H E L P U S H E L P T H E A N I M A L S O F A R U B A.
board member of the Animal Relief Foundation Aruba (ARFAruba)
started out as a tourist visiting the Island of Aruba. As
much as we loved visiting the Island, we were greatly
disturbed by the number of dogs and puppies across the
island that were homeless, hungry and sick. Over the years,
we have rescued many dogs and a number of cats – bringing
them to the veterinarian, feeding them, bathing them, and
finding these animals foster and forever homes. In March
2007, we raised money for a spay/neuter program bringing two
U.S. veterinarians and eight veterinary technicians to Aruba
to provide this service. We coordinated this event with the
local animal rights organization and one of the veterinary
services in Aruba. Everyone worked together to make this a
successful project and 65 dogs and cats were spayed/neutered
free of charge.
raised money for the local Aruba animal organizations,
donated a computer, paid veterinary bills, and we continue
to rescue dogs and cats.
We have been
very fortunate in receiving donations from other concerned
tourists and contemplated starting a fundraising foundation.
Early in 2010, another concerned tourist, who is also an
attorney, contacted us and volunteered to assist us in
establishing the Animal Relief Foundation Aruba. She
obtained a Federal tax ID number and Federal tax exempt status for our
organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
It is our
intent to receive donations and use those funds to pay for
programs that will help the animals of Aruba. No donated
moneys are used for salaries or for the benefit of anyone
other than the animals of Aruba.
ARFaruba Board currently includes:
Andreottola. Kathy has been visiting the
Island of Aruba for over twenty years. She built a house
there several years ago, has retired and lives on the Island
full time. Kathy is our woman “on-site” Kathy has been
involved in rescue, foster care, feeding of stray dogs.
She also is tireless in her efforts to bring the animals to
the Aruba veterinarians for treatment, locate forever homes
and transport dogs and puppies to the United States to their
Renee Brock. Renee
has been vacationing in Aruba for just two years but quickly
noticed the need to help the homeless hungry dogs and cats.
Renee has been involved with animal rescue activities for
many years in the U.S. as a volunteer for a trap, neuter and
release (TNR) organization for feral cats as well as by
adopting her own pets from shelters. Renee graciously
volunteered to deal with the complex legal aspects of
establishing this non-profit foundation.
Caron. Cheryl has been visiting Aruba for
over twenty years. She also has a home there next door to
Kathy. Together, Kathy and Cheryl organized the spay/neuter
program noted above, have rescued many dogs and a few cats,
do fundraising and transporting animals to forever homes.
Cheryl has an artistic side so she paints pictures of Aruba
scenery and Kathy sells the paintings to raise money to pay
for the veterinary bills of our rescue animals on the
Island. We’ve just begun to take crafts and paintings to
the flea market on the main road in Aruba on weekends so
keep an eye out for our booth.
Cathy LaFace. We met
Cathy on the beach one day a few years ago in Aruba. She
was concerned about a female dog that was pregnant and
hungry wandering the beach. She called us for help. When we
arrived, Cathy was feeding and petting the dog with tears in
her eyes. She asked for our help and we took the dog to the
veterinarian where she received care and delivered her pups
a few weeks later. Cathy came back to the Island
specifically to adopt this same dog, now called Oxi.
She and her family have since adopted three homeless dogs
from the Island. Cathy has been instrumental in raising
funds and returning to Aruba to help us find homes for these
special animals. She continues in her dedication to help
the animals of Aruba.
Robertson. Stella is a fairly recent
frequent visitor to Aruba. She visited the Island with her
husband for a week’s vacation just over two years ago and
during that week, bought a house there. She had just
retired and now spends almost six months of the year in
Aruba. She has volunteered at the Animal Rights Aruba animal
shelter, going there sometimes twice a day to clean out the
pens, feed and exercise the rescued dogs and take them to
the veterinarian for medical attention. She has worked
closely with Cheryl and Kathy to rescue and care for the
street dogs they find.
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