What: Flea Market
(our property & surrounding neighborhood)
Details: Come out for a day of bargains!
Where: Aberdeen Fire Hall
Details: All proceeds go to ARI. Call (443) 616-5829 for details or to purchase tickets.
What: Dogs' Day
in the Park
John Rudy Park
Details: Join us for our annual benefit for the pets! Food, fun, vendors, contests and more!
Kitten Season is Here: Don't Wait Until It's Too Late!
Kittens are cute, cuddly and fun. But many people don't see the heartbreak that comes with so many unwanted litters. Think about it. One female cat can produce an average of 3 litters each season - that's potentially 30 cats each year. We often hear these words:
"I can find homes for them! I'm sure I'll have no trouble
Animal Rescue, Inc. specializes in adoption of homeless pets. Each kitten or cat adopted from ARI will be spayed or neutered, up-to-date on
his shots, microchipped and tested for FIV and FeLV. And still, our cat numbers are in the high hundreds. There are simply not enough loving, caring, forever homes for
Don't wait until it's too late. Get Fluffy spayed now. Bring that stray male to our clinic or another to stop the cat fights, the spraying and the unwanted litters. Sure, kittens are cute. But not when they have upper respiratory infections that clog their noses and eyes with mucus and puss. And not when they've been hit by a car, stepped on by a cow, or are riddled with distemper, leukemia or another incurable illness that will make their unwanted lives that much shorter.
Kittens like this end up at Animal Rescue, Inc.
If you're reading this, you're already a proponent of our cause. If you see a neighbor with many cats, encourage her in person or with a letter to contact us or another local organization for help. Found a stray? Don't hesitate to help! Every small effort will make a difference. Call us at (717) 993-3232 to learn more.
This kitten was found by the roadside. His mother is still having unwanted litters.
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Animal Rescue, Inc. would like to thank Eagle Scout Michael Dercole and his group for building a fence with a partial roof enclosure for the rescue last year. The enclosure serves as necessary storage for supplies. Thank you for all your hard work!
ANIMAL RESCUE, INC. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization dedicated to alleviating the suffering of abused and abandoned animals.
Our "Shelter for Life" is home to hundreds of homeless dogs and cats while they await their new adoptive homes. No animal is ever euthanized because it is unwanted or because of the inconvenience of care.
We also provide supportive services to pet owners and pets in times of extreme hardship with the goal of keeping the human-animal bond intact. We also offer pet-assisted therapy, humane education and spay-neuter surgeries, believing that prevention is the key to controlling pet overpopulation. Donations to Animal Rescue, Inc. are tax-deductible.
I was asked to write about what the Animal Rescue, Inc. Memorial Garden means to me. It's a quiet place to visit one of my favorite animals at the farm. It is also a beautiful place to celebrate the seasons. I can smell the blossoms in spring and hear the first robins. I can relax in the shade in the summer and watch the fish enjoy the cool pond. I can walk down the memorial path to the lake and see the leaves change color in the fall. I can view every monument and ornament in the winter.
Most of all, this is a place to remember my loved ones, three companions who lived with me. I can remember Dooley's kindness and generosity, Poppy's wisdom and fierce spirit and Sammy's unending love -- three dogs who affected my life greatly. In this garden, I know their memorial markers are surrounded by the love of many others. It is a place of understanding and sharing both grief and joy.
The spirit of these loved ones blends with the natural surroundings and the souls of all those remembered. Their goodness renews my commitment to help others, to do whatever I can to help Animal Rescue, Inc. and animals in need. The caretakers at this sanctuary learn about many sad things, but they work untiringly to end suffering and to turn lives around. I see numerous monuments in the garden that demonstrate the bond shared in forever homes. I know that many animals have found love and happiness through Animal Rescue, Inc. never again to endure the misery they had experienced earlier.
The Animal Rescue, Inc. team has also given me courage. I look at the monuments to farm animals and dogs rescued from "puppy mills." Before volunteering at Animal Rescue, Inc., I was unable to face the truth about the cruelty inflicted on animals raised for food or garments, or animals bred for money. Together, with the brave people at Animal Rescue, Inc., I can look at the truth. When I get too upset, I can sit in the memorial garden, draw on the power of my surroundings and gain strength to do what I can.
In this garden, I am not alone. Compassion is everywhere. The beauty is delightful; the waterfall is soothing. After each visit, I leave renewed, peaceful and happy to be alive.
Marianne Spencer Pearlman
Member of the Board
Animal Rescue, Inc.
You too, can be a part of our Memorial brick program. Click here to purchase a brick for your garden or ours
in memory of a loved one -- human, canine,
feline or otherwise.
An ARI volunteer noticed a dog waddling along the road. The small dog was old and the mats in her hair were hardened like rock. Her eyes weren't clear and she panted heavily. The poor girl, now named Midge, was brought to Animal Rescue, Inc.
We had no idea how long Midge had been out in the elements. All we knew is that the fur had to come off. We quickly took action and called Four Paws Pet Shop in Shrewsbury, Pa. They happily agreed to do us the special favor of grooming poor Midge, who, aside from the fur, appeared to have no other emergency issues.
Midge's hard trudge through the town ended in more confusion. Her nails were long and she looked ill-kept. The groomer found that Midge had a major ear infection in her right ear and a wound on her neck. No one had called looking for her.
But surprisingly, Midge's weight was good. In fact, she was fat. We create stories in our minds about her and other dogs who come to ARI in this kind of shape. Perhaps an older woman loved the dog and passed away, and the family, not wanting to "deal" with Midge and her health issues, let her out the door. Or perhaps she was a long-thriving stray who found unending food in a bakery dumpster. Only Midge will know the truth, and she'll never have the voice to tell us why or how she came down the path that lead her to ARI.
Since her rescue two weeks ago, Midge has been lying quietly in our small dog room. She doesn't make eye contact or bark. She doesn't jump in happiness or spin in circles when her caregivers enter. She hardly moves at all. A person would not notice her except for the floral bandanna tied around her neck from her day at the groomer.
But she's a girl with a gentle soul looking for a place to spend her senior years. She doesn't eat much and would enjoy calm words and gentle petting on her head and back. She's confused now, but with time, love and attention, we know she could be the perfect dog for an older couple or a quiet home. She's excellent with everyone she meets - human, canine, feline or otherwise. If you're interested in learning more about Midge, please call the rescue at (717) 993-3232. To assist in Midge's care and to help others like her, feel free to make a donation by clicking the button below.
Tragedy Leads to a New Life
Pupolini and her sister Dolly came to Animal Rescue, Inc. after their caretaker was diagnosed with cancer and was unable to care for the two girls. Dolly was the more outgoing of the two - she greeted her caretakers with a wagging tail and friendly eyes. Pupolini was shy - she strayed from our quiet, comforting voices and hid behind her sister.
In the winter, Country Comfort Kennels in Shrewsbury, Pa., kindly offers to house several of our dogs. When it was Dolly and Pupolini's turn to go to the kennel, Pupo got a cold and had to wait while her sister went to the kennel. That's when Pupo's forever family met her. Within two weeks, Pupo was in her home. Here's a letter we received from her family:
"Pupolini has gotten so much better around us. We named her Lucy and she took to it immediately. She has really warmed up to Julia, my wife, [as] she is home a lot. She is getting friendly with me. Lucy really enjoys walking on the trail and in the woods. We found a group of people that meet at the park every day with their dogs. She seems to really enjoy being around the other dogs, sh
e really comes out of her shell around them."
Congrats to Pupolini and her new family!
Dolly is still available for adoption. If you're interested in learning more about her, please contact us at
Cat Kuranda Beds Needed!
Our animals love Kuranda beds, and we're grateful for the number of dog beds that have been donated to us recently! But our kitties need beds, too. Cats who may be sick and are temporarily in cages like their Kuranda beds - it gives them a loft in their little apartment! If you're interested in donating a kitty Kuranda bed to our rescue for our feline friends, please click here.