Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc. (ARF) is hosting a special 40th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 3 from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the ARF Adoption Center (90 Daniels Hole Road) in Wainscott.
ARF is inviting the public to bring their dogs (on leashes) and their cats (in carriers) to this free event, where pets can rub noses with old and new friends, try out the agility course, nosh on treats, enter contests and “Ask the Vet” with ARF’s Veterinarian Dr. Sarah Alward. They are also offering microchipping, which is the fastest and most efficient way to reunite a lost pet with its owner, as well as free rabies vaccines, donated by Suffolk County Department of Health Services and administered by Dr. Tom DeVincentis, owner of the Country Vet in New York City.
A number of elected officials will also be on hand to help ARF celebrate 40 years of caring for animals, and make proclamations to honor the organization. The list includes Congressman Tim Bishop, Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman (who is currently championing a bill to curb local puppy mill business), East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne Holst, East Hampton Village Mayor Paul Rickenbach and Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley.
Sandy Rapp will sing and play her guitar while guests drink coffee donated by Hampton Coffee Company, eat anniversary cake and pizza from the Rolling in Dough Pizza truck, which will be parked on site. Four-legged guests can enjoy treats and free samples from the Freshpet carving station for dogs and cats, featuring real food made from fresh ingredients.
In addition, ARF will hold a brief annual meeting with the election of new board members Gordon Hoppe and Amy Sullivan.
This 40th Anniversary Celebration is open to everyone — adults, children and pets! Undoubtedly, there will be many former ARFans in attendance with their proud owners. Many of these adopted dogs and cats are re-named and have lost or gained a few pounds, but ARF staff members always recognize them and are delighted to see them happy and healthy with their new, loving owners.
The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons’ mission is to actively rescue cats and dogs, and provide quality care and sanctuary until loving homes can be found. Founded in 1974, ARF is the leading no-kill animal adoption center on the East End on Long Island.
Visit arfhamptons.org or call 631-537-0400 for more information, to donate or to adopt a pet.