I adopted my sweet pup from you last Feb ❤️ Kristen and Oliver
Please know that AFH takes the Novel Coronavirus pandemic seriously. The safety of our volunteers and adopters is paramount while we continue to save lives. We are not holding in-person adoption events until further notice. Instead we are also doing virtual homechecks and virtual visits with adoptable dogs. Virtual visits and homechecks will be done via Zoom, Facetime, Skype, Google Hangouts, or other telepresence applications. All interviews with potential adopters will be done over the phone and contracts will be signed individually to allow social distancing. To adopt one of our pets, please send an email to email@example.com and we will walk you through the process.
As you know, AFH is always in need of donations and foster parents, but the need is even more acute now during the coronavirus pandemic. We are seeing an increase in people who are giving up their dogs due to the crisis and we are experiencing extremely high demand from owner surrenders and over-capacity shelters pleading for help. In addition, we are now dealing with a litter of pups sick with parvo virus (humans can’t contract this illness) which could cost our rescue over $20,000 to treat. Our ability to help is limited by foster homes and finances. This situation will worsen throughout the pandemic and until people can get their lives back together once the virus has run its course.
As always, we appreciate whatever you can do to support our efforts to save lives. Please take care of yourself during this difficult time. We’ll get through this together.
AFH Board of Directors
Hi! I’m a previous adopter from 2017 (of Ralph of Ralph and Lauren – he’s now named Calvin).
You probably don’t remember me, but I volunteered with AFH back in like 2005-2008 time frame. We adopted three dogs from you, as well as fostered dozens more. Two of the dogs we adopted are in the photos below, and I’m writing because sadly they both passed away in the last couple months.
Timber, the chocolate lab, was 14! He was the most beautiful boy, an amazing hunting partner for seven seasons, and the best family dog. He had come from a family in West Virginia and he had AKC papers and the whole nine yards, but the original family bought off more than they could chew. Lucky us! He passed away peacefully last June because he had developed a large tumor that was at severe risk of rupturing and bleeding internally.
Pearl, my cattle dog, was my little shadow and came to us by chance. This is a story that Carmen May remember. Before Pearl we had another cattle dog mix that was tragically hit by a car when she was two in May 2006 names Scout. I was completely heartbroken and It was one of the worst experiences of my life. We continued fostering and I finally told Carmen a couple months later that I wasn’t quite ready, but that my husband and I would want to adopt another cattle dog, and that we wanted a female puppy and would she please keep an eye out? I’ll never forget what she told me. She said “well if you want a puppy, they usually come in litters. You’ll have to commit to fostering the whole litter because ACD puppies are a giant pain and none of the other volunteers will do it.” Then she went on to say “and be ready because now that you’ve got me looking, I’m sure I’ll find it right away.” That was on the weekend at the adoption fair. Then Carmen called me on Monday and said she had found a single female cattle dog puppy in West Virginia. I kind of freaked out because we still weren’t over Scout. So I said we would foster this puppy and… the rest was history. Pearl was by my side every day for almost 14 years, through three babies and a move overseas and back. Pearl passed away last month, Seven months after her constant companion Timber.
We miss them both terribly but so it goes with pets. You know it’s the deal going in that chances are you’ll have to say goodbye to them. These two enriched our lives for 14 years and for that and for your role in it, I’m eternally grateful.
All the best, Allison
PS Let me know if you come across any female cattle dog puppies. Seriously!
So sorry to report that my sweet girl Lady Vol cross the rainbow bridge yesterday I fostered her for a few months and then realized I myself would also become a foster failure when I adopted her When she was brought in to AFH her name was Baby She also was affectionately known as money pit I renamed her Lady Vol after the University of Tennessee women’s basketball team She was my heart and she always will be
Hello, AFH! Our forever pups are doing great here in Florida. Buster (the blonde) is 10 and doing great, although his visits to the senior center as a hospice therapy dog didn’t agree with his sensitive skin so the vet suggested this nifty protective outfit. I can’t say he loves it. Kermit is 7 and still a hilarious curmudgeon. He is never without a toy in his mouth. He’s pictured here with his beloved bat from Halloween. Thank you for giving us these wonderful pups who have brought us so much joy!!!
Julie and Chris
Here it is, our latest newsletter. In this issue:
- Spotlight On Mississippi
- TJ’s to the Rescue
- Ask the Vet
- How are your Donations Used?
- Saying Goodbye is Never Easy
- Adoptable Dogs
- Volunteer Spotlight: Irene Walsh, Susan Flashman and Dick Bissell
AFH is raffling off a TV! Proceeds will help to pay for heartworm treatment for 29 dogs who we are trying to help in Mississippi. We have already brought in 99 puppies and dogs from Mississippi since January, and there are a lot more who need us (including 14 – so far – who are scheduled to arrive in 2 weeks). These 29 need to start treatment now because the disease is progressing every day that goes by. Once they are well, they will come to AFH to find their forever homes.
You can help by purchasing some raffle tickets and sharing the link with friends and family. Please feel free to post on your social media.
Get your tickets at http://to-afh.org/TV-Raffle