Rosie is a smart lovable dog who has been easy to train, is great with our kids and has adapted well to our busy lifestyle. She loves playing with the kids, going for a run, or just hanging out. We're so happy and completely in love!....”
Shannon B., New London, CT
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.
Elise Davilli has been visiting the island of Aruba since 1991. She graduated from Bryant University in 2009 and currently lives in Glastonbury, CT. working as an accountant for a large insurance company in Hartford, CT. She began helping out ARF in 2010 when her parents became neighbors with board member, Kathy. She visits the island as much as possible now and continues to try and find homes for the animals in need.
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 one of our volunteers “on-site” in Aruba. Kathy has been involved in rescue, foster care, and 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 the transport dogs and puppies to the United States to their new families. Kathy, as well as Stella, Ann and Miguel, can often be found at the airport in Aruba seeing off dogs, puppies, cats and kittens on their way to new homes in the United States.
Renée Brock has been visiting the island of Aruba for about five years. On her first visit she found the stray and homeless animal situation in Aruba to be so upsetting that she has knew that she had to take on the challenge of helping to do whatever possible to help improve the conditions. On her second trip to Aruba Renee took home a kitten, Bee that she adopted from the Aruba Kitten Rescue. Bee has made a wonderful addition to the Brock menagerie of dogs and other cats. As an attorney, Renee has been able to help ARF-Aruba in its legal and administrative tasks, including incorporation and obtaining the IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit designation so that all donations made by US persons are tax deductible. She also enjoys doing whatever she can to assist Kathy during her semi-annual visits to Aruba – including playing with the puppies that are staying with Kathy until they are transported to their new homes in the U.S.
Aruba born Ann Angela has been living on the island since 1994. Ann and her Venezuelan husband Miguel, who are neighbors of Kathy’s, are dog and cat lovers and have a brood of four dogs, two of them rescues, as well as two cats. They started fostering for ARF in 2011 and have fostered over twenty pups by now. Dogs come and go through their once quiet home. Saying goodbye to the pups remains difficult for Ann and Miguel, but doesn’t measure up to the joy and satisfaction of knowing that they went to great homes and are living wonderful doggie lives.