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WHAT ARFS HAS DONE

ARFS was incorporated in January 2022 and began providing financial aid immediately.  In its short history of 27 months, ARFS has provided $55,535 for an estimated 346 animals.  Currently the recipients of ARFS's financial aid include mostly impoverished pet owners, three animal sanctuaries, two animal shelter, many foster homes, several animal rescuers, and multiple homeless dogs and cats.  A huge thank you to all of ARFS's generous donors who have enabled us to help so many needy animals and those who care for them.

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ARFS received a desperate phone call from the manager of a local campground claiming that about 30 cats were dropped off at the campground overnight.  The panicky manager said, “I don’t have any food for all these cats.”  So ARFS bought two shopping cart loads of dry food and took them to the campground.  But the bigger problem was not the lack of food, but the fact that these cats were not spayed or neutered.  ARFS arranged to have the cats sterilized and paid for these surgeries.  And ARFS continues to provide the campground with cat food.  $1,397.00 +

 

A local animal rescuer feeds multiple cat in multiple colonies and pays for all the food and vet expenses out of his own pocket.  Because ARFS helps those who help animals, ARFS paid $2,338 toward his vet expenses.

 

ARFS received an urgent plea from a woman whose cat had severe tooth pain. The cat had been hiding under the bed and not eating for five days.  She had no money to pay a vet for dental treatment.  ARFS came to her rescue.  An appointment was made and ARFS paid for tooth removal and antibiotics.  $285.00

 

A woman heard the sound of a cat crying in her back yard.  Upon investigation, she discovered a mother cat with a broken foot and three young kittens with oozing skin lesions.  She tried to find a vet to care for these stray cats but no vet was taking new clients.  Then she heard about Animal Rescue Financial Support.  ARFS made an appointment for the cat and her kittens and paid for their medical treatment.  ARFS also paid for the mother cat to be spayed.  $596.00

 

A 12-yr-old blind Chihuahua was suffering from tooth problems.  Its owner did not have the finances to pay for treatment.  She contacted ARFS, and ARFS paid to free her dog from pain.  $519.00

 

ARFS received an email from a couple with three children asking for help for their dog. Their beloved dog "Tiny" went outside in its own yard, and a stray dog attacked Tiny, causing major wounding. The couple did not have the money for vet care.  After five days of trying to find help, they discovered ARFS.  The total bill for surgery, antibiotics, and other treatment was $1,278. ARFS split the cost with another rescue organization and Tiny and his family are “living happily ever after.”   $639.00

A retired law officer found himself in severe debt after paying his wife's medical and funeral expenses.  He made an attempt to pay off his vet expenses for his diabetic dog, but discovered that he did not have the resources to do so.  If payment was not made, the vet clinic would no longer see his dog, which now was the only "family" that the man had after the death of his wife.  ARFS came to the rescue by paying off this man's debt so that his dog could continue to receive medical attention.  $1,500.00

A dog jumped out of a car window and broke its leg.  The leg was so damaged that it needed to be wired and pinned.  Without the finances to do this, the owner could not help the dog.  That is, until he heard of ARFS.  ARFS got the dog a vet appointment and paid for the surgery to repair the leg.  $940.00

ARFS was introduced to Wonderland Animal Sanctuary in Clay County, NC.  This sanctuary cares for 70 rescue animals that include dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, goats, a horse, and a donkey.  That’s a lot of mouths to feed and a lot of medical bills to pay.  ARFS provides financial aid for animal shelters and sanctuaries, so ARFS is providing a Tractor Supply gift card to Wonderland Animal Sanctuary of $250/month to purchase pet food for their animals.

 

ARFS latest benevolence is providing dog and cat food to the Towns County Food Pantry so that impoverished pet owners can feed their pets.  ARFS also donates cat food montly to two animal recuers who are feeding 44 homeless feral cats. Currently ARFS is spending about $800/month on dog and cat food to feed hungry animals.  Donations for pet food can be made by mail or on this site.  If donating by mail, please designate “pet food” on your check and send it to ARFS, P.O. Box 972, Hiawassee, GA  30546.  Or go to our DONATE page and click on the Chewy icon.  Then choose "gift card" from ARFS’s Wish List.  Chewy gift cards are greatly needed to purchase the 90 bags of pet food that ARFS buys monthly for the Towns County Food Pantry and  the12 bags of cat food for homeless felines.

The dog of a disabled veteran was taken outside in the morning as usual, but this time the dog decided to chase after a truck.  The dog's head smashed into the truck's tire resulting in a severly broken jaw as well as open leg wounds.  The dog needed immediate emergency care. He was taken to a local veterinarian, who was unable to properly fix the jaw, so the vet recommended that the dog be seen by a specialist.  But the veteran did not know any specialists nor did he have the finances to pay for one.  Then the veteran heard about Animal Rescue Financial Support.  ARFS found a specialist near Atlanta Georgia and agreed to pay for the dogs emergency expenses.  ARFS also paid for local follow-up care.  $2,520

Raylan is a puppy, and like many puppies, he eats thing he should not eat.  Raylan ate a sock that lodged in his intestines.  Raylan could no longer eat nor pass anything through his bowels.  Raylan's ower frantically searched for someone to help his dog, but the owner did not have the money to pay for surgery.  After living with a sock inside him for three days, Raylan was in serious condition and his owner was in a panic watching his dog die.  But then the owner found a veterinary hospital that informed the owner that financial aid was available through ARFS.  With a flicker of hope, the owner called ARFS, and ARFS contacted Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital to set up an appointment for surgery.  On the fourth day of bowel blockage, the sock was removed, the owner was ecstatic with joy, and Raylan learned not to eat socks.  $1,152.

Spencer is the beloved cat of a couple with two young children.  Spencer was hit by a car, causing him to have a severely fractured leg.  The couple rushed Spencer to an emergency clinic in Gainesville, GA, where they paid $1,000 for X-rays, an antibiotic, and a diagnosis of leg amputation, which the clinic did not do.   So $1,000 later Spencer still had a shattered leg.  With no money left for another vet visit, the owner did a Web search for financial aid for animals.  Bingo.  ARFS popped up.  The owner quickly called ARFS, and ARFS quickly called Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital to schedule surgery for Spencer.  But instead of an amputation, the leg was successfully wired and Spencer will continue to walk on four legs.  $1,200.

"FRIEND"

A Feline Feeder, who was feeding a cat colony, spotted a stray cat that did not belong to the colony. The cat approached the feeder, and the feeder noticed that the cat has facial disfigurement.  When she fed the cat, he couldn’t eat the food properly. The feeder put the cat into a carrier and took it to a local vet clinic. The cat, named “Friend” because it is so friendly, was diagnosed with two holes in its palate, an abscess that needed to be drained, decayed teeth that needed to be extracted, a urinary infection that needed antibiotics, kidney disease that needed a special diet, and critical starvation and malnutrition.  This cat was in serious condition.  ARFS paid for all the vet expenses for this stray cat.  $865.00

RESCUED SHEPHERD

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This dog was the best friend of an elderly man who lived in a run-down trailer.  When the man died in January 2022, the dog was chained outside the abandoned trailer with no shelter of any kind.  He endured torrential rain and lightning, freezing cold weather with no means of warmth, and hot, humid temperatures with no shade.  In December 2022, about 11 months later, the dog was rescued by Katz N Dawgs Helping Hands.  Animal Rescue Financial Support partnered with Katz N Dawgs to get the dog vetted and to a trainer, who helped the dog overcome fear aggression from his abandonment and abuse.  The dog was adopted in March 2023 by a couple who had been looking for a Shepherd for a long time.

WHAT ARFS HAS DONE

ARFS was incorporated in January 2022 and began providing financial aid immediately.  In its short history of 27 months, ARFS has provided $62,026 for an estimated 354 animals.  Currently the recipients of ARFS's financial aid include mostly impoverished pet owners, three animal sanctuaries, two animal shelter, many foster homes, several animal rescuers, and multiple homeless dogs and cats.  A huge thank you to all of ARFS's generous donors who have enabled us to help so many needy animals and those who care for them.

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ARFS received a desperate phone call from the manager of a local campground claiming that about 30 cats were dropped off at the campground overnight.  The panicky manager said, “I don’t have any food for all these cats.”  So ARFS bought two shopping cart loads of dry food and took them to the campground.  But the bigger problem was not the lack of food, but the fact that these cats were not spayed or neutered.  ARFS arranged to have the cats sterilized and paid for these surgeries.  And ARFS continues to provide the campground with cat food.  $1,397.00 +

 

A local animal rescuer feeds multiple cat in multiple colonies and pays for all the food and vet expenses out of his own pocket.  Because ARFS helps those who help animals, ARFS paid $2,338 toward his vet expenses.

 

ARFS received an urgent plea from a woman whose cat had severe tooth pain. The cat had been hiding under the bed and not eating for five days.  She had no money to pay a vet for dental treatment.  ARFS came to her rescue.  An appointment was made and ARFS paid for tooth removal and antibiotics.  $285.00

 

A woman heard the sound of a cat crying in her back yard.  Upon investigation, she discovered a mother cat with a broken foot and three young kittens with oozing skin lesions.  She tried to find a vet to care for these stray cats but no vet was taking new clients.  Then she heard about Animal Rescue Financial Support.  ARFS made an appointment for the cat and her kittens and paid for their medical treatment.  ARFS also paid for the mother cat to be spayed.  $596.00

 

A 12-yr-old blind Chihuahua was suffering from tooth problems.  Its owner did not have the finances to pay for treatment.  She contacted ARFS, and ARFS paid to free her dog from pain.  $519.00

 

ARFS received an email from a couple with three children asking for help for their dog. Their beloved dog "Tiny" went outside in its own yard, and a stray dog attacked Tiny, causing major wounding. The couple did not have the money for vet care.  After five days of trying to find help, they discovered ARFS.  The total bill for surgery, antibiotics, and other treatment was $1,278. ARFS split the cost with another rescue organization and Tiny and his family are “living happily ever after.”   $639.00

A retired law officer found himself in severe debt after paying his wife's medical and funeral expenses.  He made an attempt to pay off his vet expenses for his diabetic dog, but discovered that he did not have the resources to do so.  If payment was not made, the vet clinic would no longer see his dog, which now was the only "family" that the man had after the death of his wife.  ARFS came to the rescue by paying off this man's debt so that his dog could continue to receive medical attention.  $1,500.00

A dog jumped out of a car window and broke its leg.  The leg was so damaged that it needed to be wired and pinned.  Without the finances to do this, the owner could not help the dog.  That is, until he heard of ARFS.  ARFS got the dog a vet appointment and paid for the surgery to repair the leg.  $940.00

ARFS was introduced to Wonderland Animal Sanctuary in Clay County, NC.  This sanctuary cares for 70 rescue animals that include dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, goats, a horse, and a donkey.  That’s a lot of mouths to feed and a lot of medical bills to pay.  ARFS provides financial aid for animal shelters and sanctuaries, so ARFS is providing a Tractor Supply gift card to Wonderland Animal Sanctuary of $250/month to purchase pet food for their animals.

 

ARFS latest benevolence is providing dog and cat food to the Towns County Food Pantry so that impoverished pet owners can feed their pets.  ARFS also donates cat food montly to two animal recuers who are feeding 44 homeless feral cats. Currently ARFS is spending about $800/month on dog and cat food to feed hungry animals.  Donations for pet food can be made by mail or on this site.  If donating by mail, please designate “pet food” on your check and send it to ARFS, P.O. Box 972, Hiawassee, GA  30546.  Or go to our DONATE page and click on the Chewy icon.  Then choose "gift card" from ARFS’s Wish List.  Chewy gift cards are greatly needed to purchase the 90 bags of pet food that ARFS buys monthly for the Towns County Food Pantry and  the12 bags of cat food for homeless felines.

The dog of a disabled veteran was taken outside in the morning as usual, but this time the dog decided to chase after a truck.  The dog's head smashed into the truck's tire resulting in a severly broken jaw as well as open leg wounds.  The dog needed immediate emergency care. He was taken to a local veterinarian, who was unable to properly fix the jaw, so the vet recommended that the dog be seen by a specialist.  But the veteran did not know any specialists nor did he have the finances to pay for one.  Then the veteran heard about Animal Rescue Financial Support.  ARFS found a specialist near Atlanta Georgia and agreed to pay for the dogs emergency expenses.  ARFS also paid for local follow-up care.  $2,520

Raylan is a puppy, and like many puppies, he eats thing he should not eat.  Raylan ate a sock that lodged in his intestines.  Raylan could no longer eat nor pass anything through his bowels.  Raylan's ower frantically searched for someone to help his dog, but the owner did not have the money to pay for surgery.  After living with a sock inside him for three days, Raylan was in serious condition and his owner was in a panic watching his dog die.  But then the owner found a veterinary hospital that informed the owner that financial aid was available through ARFS.  With a flicker of hope, the owner called ARFS, and ARFS contacted Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital to set up an appointment for surgery.  On the fourth day of bowel blockage, the sock was removed, the owner was ecstatic with joy, and Raylan learned not to eat socks.  $1,152.

Spencer is the beloved cat of a couple with two young children.  Spencer was hit by a car, causing him to have a severely fractured leg.  The couple rushed Spencer to an emergency clinic in Gainesville, GA, where they paid $1,000 for X-rays, an antibiotic, and a diagnosis of leg amputation, which the clinic did not do.   So $1,000 later Spencer still had a shattered leg.  With no money left for another vet visit, the owner did a Web search for financial aid for animals.  Bingo.  ARFS popped up.  The owner quickly called ARFS, and ARFS quickly called Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital to schedule surgery for Spencer.  But instead of an amputation, the leg was successfully wired and Spencer will continue to walk on four legs.  $1,200.

"FRIEND"

A Feline Feeder, who was feeding a cat colony, spotted a stray cat that did not belong to the colony. The cat approached the feeder, and the feeder noticed that the cat has facial disfigurement.  When she fed the cat, he couldn’t eat the food properly. The feeder put the cat into a carrier and took it to a local vet clinic. The cat, named “Friend” because it is so friendly, was diagnosed with two holes in its palate, an abscess that needed to be drained, decayed teeth that needed to be extracted, a urinary infection that needed antibiotics, kidney disease that needed a special diet, and critical starvation and malnutrition.  This cat was in serious condition.  ARFS paid for all the vet expenses for this stray cat.  $865.00

RESCUED SHEPHERD

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This dog was the best friend of an elderly man who lived in a run-down trailer.  When the man died in January 2022, the dog was chained outside the abandoned trailer with no shelter of any kind.  He endured torrential rain and lightning, freezing cold weather with no means of warmth, and hot, humid temperatures with no shade.  In December 2022, about 11 months later, the dog was rescued by Katz N Dawgs Helping Hands.  Animal Rescue Financial Support partnered with Katz N Dawgs to get the dog vetted and to a trainer, who helped the dog overcome fear aggression from his abandonment and abuse.  The dog was adopted in March 2023 by a couple who had been looking for a Shepherd for a long time.

While trying to trap another cat, this cat was trapped "by mistake."  He is a young cat, perhaps a year old, that was obviously attacked by another animal but miraculously escaped death.  So he was named "Miracle."  When the trapper saw his horrific wounds, she called ARFS for financial help.  ARFS was delighted to pay for this little guy's medical expenses.  The right side of his head was completely infected and full of pus.  He was extremely bony, weighing only 6 lbs. when his normal weight should be about 10 lbs.  When he arrived at Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital, his chance of survival was uncertain, even doubtful.  The first step to save him was to remove all the pus from his head and treat him with powerful antibiotics.  The next step was to remove all the dead skin and muscle, as well as his ear, on the right side of his head.  Each step brought hope, but he was still in serious condition.  Nutrition and antibiotics continued, and he ate voraciously.  Then the day came with shouts of joy when "Miracle" was out of critical condition and in stable condition.  Everything about this rescue and healing was a miracle.  Now ARFS had to find a home where this sweet fellow could be emotionally healed.  The perfect home was found when Wonderland Animal Sanctuary, owned and managed by Robbin Sinay and Mike Avery, gladly opened their tender hearts and loving arms to embrace this cat that had suffered so severely.  Robbin said that since "Miracle" was such an angel, she would name him "Gabriel."  No one doubts that this rescue was definitely straight from Heaven.    $1,120

"MIRACLE"

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