Thanks for helping save the animals |

Thanks for helping save the animals

Dear Editor:The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) would like to thank the community for its support in 2004. With the financial support and sponsorship that we received, volunteers that worked so hard, and the wonderful homes that chose to adopt these desperate, abandoned animals, we were able to save 78 animals by placing these pets in new, loving and permanent homes. This adoption rate was a 260 percent increase over 2003, our first full year in operation. In fact, in just over two years, we have saved nearly 120 animals – most of which had no other hope but for ARF. Our pet of the week program has been a huge success. In December, we expanded this effort to Saturday adoption days. Each Saturday in December, we brought many of our available pets to RJ Paddywacks for the public to meet. The community embraced this effort and we not only placed a record 13 animals in the month alone, but received many generous donations as well as found a few new (much needed) volunteers. Due to the overwhelming response, we will continue our Saturday adoption events on the first Saturday of each month – look for more information in our pet of the week ads which run on Wednesdays in this paper. ARF wants to thank our sponsor, RJ Paddywacks, for its support, and Bode’s Kennel and Lisa Johnson of Doggone Obedience training for their generosity and hard work. Besides spaying or neutering and vaccinating each animal before adopting them out, our dogs all receive obedience training thanks to Lisa. We find makes them far more “adoptable.” For those of you not familiar with ARF, we are an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to rescuing those animals unlucky enough to stray or be abandoned in an area where there are no publicly funded, no-kill animal shelters. We also find homes for all of the Basalt strays. We are a small group and rely solely on our volunteers and private donations and grants to fund our work. We have recently received generous grants from the Aspen Thrift Shop and the Town of Basalt. We do not have a shelter, but as the need is great, we hope to be able to raise funds to have a shelter soon, so we’ll be able to vastly expand our rescue capabilities. For more information, please visit us on the web at or call 963-4562.Again, thank you to all who have helped in some way. With your continued support we look forward to an even more successful 2005!Peggy CorcilloAnimal Rescue Foundation director

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