S.A.F.E. – Saving Animal From Euthanasia. In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the United States, ARF was a team of two. We were two sisters who had never been to Louisiana or Mississippi, but responded to the worst animal disaster our country had ever seen. There was no precedent for the type of animal disaster Katrina left in her wake. Major organizations and individual first responders flocked to the coast, but there was no precedent for what we witnessed. … Read More

Kachka Fund

The shelters we work with down south have significant financial challenges that seriously impact their ability to provide veterinary care for injured or sick animals. The Katchka Fund will help us continue to financially support our shelters so that their animals do not lose their lives simply because they are sick of injured. In 2015 ARF paid over $37,000 in veterinary bills for our animals. … Read More

Heal a Heart

Here at ARF we feel strongly that the heartworm positive dogs have been abandoned twice. First by their family who did not give them heartworm prevention medicine, and then left them at a shelter, in most cases a very high-kill shelter, where their chances of ever finding a home are next to nil. We are committed to giving these animals the best possible chance at a loving and safe home. The first step is to get them well! Here are just a few of the precious souls who have been helped through ARF’s Heal a Heart program:

“I have had dogs all my life, Ben, my first, was 10 months old when I was born, I was 14 when he passed. Labs have always been my favorites, my last Sonny was an extraordinary dog with a zest for life, always happy, and I’m convinced loved to make people laugh. He was unfortunately plagued with a varied amount of medical issues, all treatable and we were happy to help him every step of the way. We put him to sleep a few years ago and to say I was just broken is an understatement. … Read More

ARF Board of Directors

Chris McLaughlin

Chris McLaughlin’s life’s purpose became clear when the floods of Katrina receded. The toll the disaster took on the lives of the animals of the Gulf Coast ignited a passion and purpose that continues today. “ARF’s work will live on because of the lives we met, the lives we saved, and the lives we lost.” …Read More

Nick Wright

Nick Wright lives in New Hampshire, with his wife, Kristine, and their two children, Henry and Olivia as well as four dogs, Bam-Bam, Little Bear, Boo and recent addition, a blind pup named Rosie. Bam-Bam, a Great Pyrenees, is the canine equivalent of Eeyore, and will happily keep any bare feet warm in the winter. …Read More

Jan Mitchell

Jan Mitchell resides in Boulder, CO and has been fostering animals for her local humane societies and rescues since 1991. She met Chris in New Orleans while doing post-Katrina animal rescue work and she has worked with rural farmers in a small village in Ghana since 2001 teaching gentle handling of their working animals. Eventually, …Read More

Dr. Duni J. Schutzengel DVM.

Dr. Schutzengel began her veterinary career as a student in Italy and then continued her studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. from which she graduated in 1984. From 1984 until 1996 she worked in multiple small animal and emergency clinics throughout Virginia and Maryland as a “relief vet.” In that capacity she provided both …Read More

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