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Peaceful Pet Crematory Opens
December 4, 2009 marked the official opening of Animal Rescue Foundation’s newest venture. Begun in
June, the Peaceful Pet Crematory represents the collective work of many donors and volunteers. Through
their efforts, the crematory opened up in a mortgage-free facility, and all proceeds from the crematory can
go straight toward supporting ARF’s mission of placing family pets in responsible, forever homes.
The grounds of Peaceful Pet Crematory, which is located at 721 S. Wilkinson St. next door to ARF’s main
facility, also include a rose bush-lined scattering garden where the bereaved may scatter the ashes of their
ARF would like to thank the following donors and veterinarians for their assistance with this project:
Donna & Rick Williams Chet Purcell Bug House Pest Control Roy Atchinson
Doyle Beckham Linda Kerce Sean Swearingen Tom Blenk
Anne & Tilman Chamlee Baldwin Builders Supply Linda, Gary, & Cory Ashley Joy Norman
Edwin Thompson Jack Harris Mary & Harvey Schoonmaker Dr. Russ Edwards
Gus Pursley Bryan Harris Brian Schoonmaker Dr. Dean Campbell
Raymond Grimes Tanya & Keith Drinkwater Marge Schoonmaker Dr. Saralyn Smith
Robyn & Randy Register Debbie & Gene Slay Larry Glover Dr. Bob McWhorter
Lee & Bo Edwards Mark James James Pinter Dr. Jim Lee
Kandis Sawyer Charles Baxley Chris Hartman Dr. Toni Hall
Donna & Myron Bennett Barry Bonner Ricky Smith Dr. Cheryl Council
Membership Renewal Drive
It is time for our annual membership renewal. If you are already a member, now is the time to renew your
membership for 2010. If you are not a member, please join today. Membership costs $35 for a family and
$20 for an individual. For your convenience, a membership form is included with this newsletter. We look
forward to receiving your renewal soon.
But don’t stop with a membership renewal!
ARF relies on your support to provide shelter and care for homeless dogs and cats housed at ARF. Every
dollar helps make their lives a little easier. Please consider a donation today (see our insert inside this
newsletter). Remember that your donation is tax deductible.
You can also renew or donate online at http://www.animalrescuefoundation.org.
Upcoming Event—Hold the Date
It’s Reigning Cats and Dogs ARF Auction
Saturday, March 6, 2010 at the Milledgeville Country Club
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Reduced Adoption Fees Who We Are
In December and January only, ARF is offering Board of Directors
reduced adoption fees as an incentive to find homes President: Bobbie Thompson
quickly for our wonderful and loving cats and dogs. VP/Secretary: Robyn Register
We are offering a Senior Citizen Discount to those Treasurer: Joy Norman
60 and older: $50 for all cats and dogs over one year
old and $75 for all kittens and puppies less than one Members at Large
year. For everyone else, the fees to adopt a cat are Linda Ashley
$100 for kittens up to six months old, $80 for kittens Tom Blenk
six months through three years, and $50 for cats older Heather Langston
than three. The adoption fee for dogs is $100 for a Kathy Groseclose
puppy through one year, $85 for over one year
through three, and $75 for three and older. Animal Rescue Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1032
Additional fees may apply if an animal has required 711 S. Wilkinson Street
special veterinary treatments and care. ARF is also Milledgeville, GA 31059-1032
offering reduced fees for multiple adoptions. Adopt (478) 454-1273 (454-1-ARF)
two cats or two dogs or one of each, at the same time, http://animalrescuefoundation.org
and the second pet will have a reduced adoption fee.
Your donations are tax-deductible
and are greatly appreciated.
Please mail your check, payable to Animal Rescue
Foundation, to the above address or
donate via PayPal from our website.
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Join our group today!
The ARF elves were busy during the month of
December! Once again, they set up the Santa Paws
Wish Tree at the Milledgeville Mall. Shoppers
stopped by, selected a tag, purchased the specified
item, and delivered it to the ARF shelter. From
bleach and garbage bags to collars and monetary
donations, all were needed and most appreciated. Annual Meeting
It is time again for our Annual Meeting! This
ARF also sold a variety of stocking stuffers for the year’s meeting will be on Wednesday evening,
animal lovers in our community. ARF logo January 27, 2010 at Sylvia’s Grille, 2600 North
t-shirts, baseball caps, tree ornaments, and Adopt a Columbia Street. Our meeting will begin at 6 p.m.
Pet car magnets have been available as well as the in the private dining room with 30 minutes of
beautiful 2010 Pet Calendar. socializing, dinner, and the business meeting.
Do you have your 2010 Pet Calendar? If not, hurry This has been a very busy year for ARF during
to ARF, Lakeside Veterinary Clinic, or Animal which much has been accomplished. Please join
Hospital because they are going fast! us as we hear reports from our officers and review
the budget for the coming year.
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Humane Education Program Underway Woof and Meow Notes
Students are learning about humane education Georgia College & State University held its
through a new ARF program for pre-school Presidential Award Ceremony honoring students
through third graders. Pre-schoolers learn about with at least 100 volunteer hours. Two of our GCSU
the right way to treat pets including concepts volunteers were honored: Julie for more than 100
such as tails are not for pulling and how to be a hours and Pavielle for more than 250 hours of
friend to an animal. service. Julie continues to volunteer with us, but
Pavi has moved on to law school.
Kindergarteners learn about taking care of pets
and first graders learn about the responsibilities ARF’s own Bobbie Thompson is a community
of pet ownership. The focus in second grade is columnist with the Union Recorder. She regularly
dog bite prevention. Students learn the correct submits articles regarding issues related to animal
way to greet a dog and what to do in the event of welfare and ARF. If you have suggestions/questions
hostility. Second graders are given a special for future columns, you may email ARF at
activity book, Fido: Friend or Foe?, firstname.lastname@example.org or send it by mail to
compliments of Merritt Massey of State Farm ARF, PO Box 1032, Milledgeville, GA 31059.
Third graders tackle animal ethics issues that are Can you believe the rain we have had? Baldwin
relevant to our community such as chaining County Sheriff’s Department notified ARF of four
dogs, puppy mills, and dumping animals. “flooding” events this year meaning that a total of
six floodgates had been opened. Since the ARF
Almost 650 students in three schools have shelter is in the flood plain, the water in the back
benefited from this program so far this year. A yard had to be monitored. Luckily, it never reached
few more volunteers are needed to go into the building and no animals had to be evacuated.
classrooms on a consistent basis and teach the
lessons. If you are interested, contact ARF.
_______________________________________________ E-Mail Addresses Needed
ARF needs your e-mail address so that you can
Pet Walk and Deep Roots receive this newsletter electronically rather that
through the postal system. This will save ARF a
In September ARF’s annual Pet Walk had to be considerable amount of money which can then be
postponed for two weeks because of flooding. used to take care of the animals. Just send us a note
This was the first time ARF held the event at the at email@example.com. You may also
Greenway. It was worth the wait. The day of the contact us via our website,
walk was a spectacular fall day and while it was www.animalrescuefoundation.org.
a lot of hard work, it went very well. Thank you,
volunteers and animal lovers who came out and
participated. Can You Give Us Your Time?
We need volunteers to help us weekdays during the
ARF also participated in the Deep Roots Festival hours we are open – 11 until 2 Mondays and
in the fall. The event exceeded expectations and Thursday through Saturday. Can you help with
plans are already being made for next year’s paperwork, reception, cat socializing, and/or dog
booth. walking? We also need assistance with fundraisers
and special events.
We look forward to seeing you at both events
next year. If your New Year’s Resolution is to get more
exercise, get it with a canine friend at ARF. He will
love you for it!
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Ribbon Cutting and Donor Appreciation Night
On the left, ARF supporters are joined by Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce members
for the Ribbon Cutting and Open House on December 3, 2009 marking the official opening of the Peaceful
Pet Crematory. On the right, Bobbie Thompson thanks donors Rick and Donna Williams for their support
and encouragement at Donor Appreciation Night on December 8, 2009.
ANIMAL RESCUE FOUNDATION, INC.
P.O. BOX 1032 NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
711 S. Wilkinson St. US POSTAGE PAID
MILLEDGEVILLE, GA 31059-1032 MILLEDGEVILLE, GA
PERMIT NO. 206
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