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In this website you will find all the information that you need regarding our organization, from our mission to the adorable pets that are up for adoption. Not sure if you want a life-time commitment? Then you can help us by being a foster parent. And of course, you can always help us with donations.  Thanks for visiting us!

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Finding Someone for BB King

Most of the people who want to adopt a dog select a puppy. I understand; they are cute and fluffy and they are adorable even when they are barfing. If you show me a baby and a puppy, I will always pick up the puppy… always. An older dog has less chances to get adopted, but we train them so they are good with people (especially children), other dogs and, if possible, cats. This increases their chances of getting adopted. But an older dog with a disability is even more difficult to find someone who will adopt him or her. I am afraid this is the case of BB King.

BB KIng, one-year old, male, neutered, medium size, 30 pounds.

BB KIng, one-year old, male, neutered, medium size, 30 pounds.

BB King was struck by a car in front of the Burger King (hence part of his name; we did not want people to call him “burger” for any reason). As a result of his injuries, he has a – permanent – dislocated shoulder on his right front leg. Also, he had a fracture in one of his back legs that did not heal properly. So basically, he limps – and he kind of looks funny while walking – but he can run like the wind. His disability does not bother him at all; on the contrary, he is always happy. But he is already one-year old so his chances of getting adopted are slim. And it has to be someone who can see more than his limp.

BB King playing with Zachary.

BB King playing with Zachary.

There are many advantages of adopting an older dog that has a foster parent; the main one is that whoever is taking care of the dog can vouch for its personality. I have been fostering BB King for a week now and I can tell you that he is great with kids, with other dogs (loves puppies too) and with cats. He is also very sweet; loves to give kisses and to be petted.  BB king is also learning to be house-trained (last four nights have been “accident-free”) and he quickly learned to go from the house to the backyard without any “detours”. The person who adopts him, will still have a dog that limps, but will also have a dog with such a positive attitude (and contagious) that will make life seem a whole lot better. Now, to find that person!

Other dogs and three cats are part of BB King's environment.

Other dogs and three cats are part of BB King’s environment.

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R.I.P. Michael Compare

Michael Compare (picture taken from http://patch.com/connecticut/milford/)

Michael Compare (picture taken from http://patch.com/connecticut/milford/)

Many years ago Michael Compare and his wife, Agnieszka, adopted Molly, a 2006 rescue from ARF of Rincón. In December 2014, they again adopted from ARF of Rincón – Atticus. Michael, a police officer from Milford, CT, explained that he named the dog after his favorite character from To Kill a Mockingbird. As time passed by, he kept in touch with us and would send us updates with pictures of the two dogs.  In March, 2015, Michael was happy to say that Atticus “and his sister Molly (were) finally becoming friends.”

Atticus (left) and Molly (right) becoming friends.

Atticus (left) and Molly (right) becoming friends.

On April, 2015, the current board of ARF of Rincón was able to meet Michael and his wife personally, as they passed by our office during a trip to Puerto Rico. We were so happy to meet this wonderful couple. We were also thankful to have such amazing people adopting our rescued dogs. We thought that all adopting parents should be like Michael and Agnieszka.

Atticus and Molly at the beach in CT.

Atticus and Molly at the beach in CT.

On June 22, 2015, we learned that Michael passed away. Our hearts fell to the ground. Words cannot express how deeply saddened we are about this.  We here at ARF of Rincón, want to express our condolences to his wife, Agnieszka, his parents Gary and Marie Compare, his brother Brian and his wife Serene, his maternal grandparents Mary and Earle Hanson, and all the rest of his family as well as his friends and everybody who was lucky enough to meet him. Michael: you were such a wonderful person and a great example of the power of giving back to the community; you will be greatly missed.

Until we meet again.

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ARF of Rincón – Understanding Our Mission

Animal Rescue Foundation of Rincón (ARF of Rincón) was founded in 1997. It started simple: by feeding the strays and offering pet owners help in sterilizing their furry friends. Today, over 18 years later, we continue to educate pet owners of the importance of sterilization and we rescue stray dogs and cats so we can find them homes. As in any other situation, rules are necessary in order to be successful. We believe is important to explain these rules and the reasoning behind them so everybody understands why we do things the way we do it.

  1. We have to focus on Rincón. ARF is supported 100% by donations. These donations come from people who live in Rincón or come here to visit. We do not think is fair to use these donations to help animals from other towns. In addition, other towns have their own rescue organizations, so overlapping is not desirable. We are more than happy to assist other rescue organizations, but we cannot put our own rescued animals aside so we can assist others. You start by cleaning your own house first.
  2. We know we cannot rescue them all. The overpopulation of strays in Rincón (and all Puerto Rico) is overwhelming. The rescuers from ARF of Rincón know that they key is sterilization – we know it – and we want to educate everybody about it. However, we know that we are being reactive instead of proactive and we absolutely hate it. No matter how much we try to focus our efforts in spaying and neutering, there is always a stray dog or cat that needs our immediate attention, so we (sadly) deviate from one of our main goals. That’s why sometimes we have to say “no” when somebody calls about a stray animal. This leaves us to our next rule.
  3. Is okay to say “no”. If you ask any animal rescuer what they would wish for, they would say to have a house with a big yard so they can rescue all the stray dogs and cats. We truly wish for that. So until one of us wins the lottery, we sometimes will have to say “no” when you call us about a dog or cat. Believe us, we want to say yes, but our space is limited. Remember, we are not a shelter; we rely on the help of good people who offer their own houses to foster a dog or a cat. When you call us about a dog, we probably already know about it, but we have to wait until one of our spaces is available before we can pick up the animal.

Being an animal rescuer is an intense job; we see a lot of sad scenarios and it gets to us. We get frustrated, sometimes we even get angry, but we continue to do it because nothing beats the face of a dog when it has found his forever loving home. We hope that understanding our work will help you understand our decisions. And please consider helping us in return; we need a lot more people with big hearts so we can continue our mission.

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ARF of RINCON is a BARKBOX Charity Partner!

It’s official! ARF of Rincón is now a BarkBox Charity Partner!  Pet lovers can sign up for BarkBox. When you sign for up for BarkBox, every month you will receive a box in the mail with four or more carefully selected products and presents for your dog – anything from toys, bones and all-natural treats to hygiene products and innovative new gadgets. A portion of profits from each box will go to help ARF of Rincón in continuing assisting doggies-in-need. BarkBox also makes a great gift for a fellow pet lover.

To sign up just click on the icon below and it will direct you to the page; there follow the three easy steps and done! Thanks for sponsoring ARF of Rincón.

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Mama Beach and her Puppies; dumped in front of ARF’s office

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014, was a rainy day. One of those days that you want to stay in bed and, if you are lucky, cuddle with your dogs and cats. But there was work to do, so staying in bed was not an option. When we got to ARF’s office there she was, a skinny female dog with her 6 puppies. It is a sad sight; a sweet mama dog dumped with her babies on a weather like that. We named her Mama Beach.

Mama Beach dumped with her puppies in front of ARF's office.

Mama Beach dumped with her puppies in front of ARF’s office.

Mama Beach was dumped along with her puppies. Her puppies were placed in a box with two clean towels. They did not have ticks of fleas. Somebody was obviously taking good care of this family. We ask ourselves “why anyone would do something like this?” as we think on how we assist all our foster parents.

Mama Beach nursing her puppies.

Mama Beach nursing her puppies.

We will not lie; it is frustrating. ARF of Rincon is not a shelter and we have no space for this kind of situation. We depend on nice people who open their homes and their hearts and agree to foster our animals. And right now we need more people like that. Also, we are only opened three days of the week, so Mama Beach was lucky that we were able to see her the same day she was dumped. Furthermore, if a person feels like he or she is in a tight situation, we will help them; there is no need to dump the dog or cat. ARF of Rincon will work with anybody that agrees to foster a dog or cat until the animal gets adopted.

We were able to place Mama Beach and her puppies in a foster home. She is a very good mom – she likes to clean them when they are dirty, nurses them when they are hungry, and protects them from other dogs. Mama Beach trusts us humans with her puppies, which is good because that way we get to cuddle with them. One curious fact: Mama Beach has a short tail; we thought it was because of an accident but three of her babies have short tails too!

If you can help by fostering or adopting, please call us at 787-823-7167 or send us an e-mail (arfrincon@gmail.com). You can also help us by donating via Paypal. Any help (small or big) will be greatly appreciated.

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