An Expansive, History-Making Renovation and State-of-the-Art Building Project
The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, May 28, 2021
from 4 to 6 PM for FOREVER HOME, a state-of-the-art rescue, adoption, and year-round
training facility that will transform ARF’s campus and the lives of animals and our adopters.
Eight-year-old Smushie dug the first hole for ARF’s dramatic new expansion during the kick-off
to Memorial Day Weekend while ARF leadership, patrons, volunteers, county officials, and
animal lovers gathered responsibly and enjoyed Rolling in Dough’s mobile pizza oven, Dreesen’s
doughnuts, and refreshments. The Town of East Hampton also honored long-time resident
Richard Wells McCabe with a special proclamation to recognize his extraordinary support of the
ARF community through his transformational lead gift to ARF’s FOREVER HOME project.
Designed by the Bacon Group, FOREVER HOME will be anchored by the Richard Wells McCabe
Welcome Center. Dogs will move into a new 40-kennel building constructed with high-quality
materials and a nitrogen-reducing waste treatment system along with flexible rooms for dogs
with special needs, meet-and-greet rooms for adopters, and new outdoor exercise areas. A
sophisticated HVAC system will cool, heat, and dehumidify the air, as well as treat it with UV
The space will feature retail and new homes for small dogs and puppies. Additionally, ARF’s
catteries and kitten room will be completely renovated and include custom-built features for
climbing, perching, and play.
Join us as we build a Forever Home for ARF! Read more about the project.
Photos by Lisa Tamburini.