At ARF Hamptons Winter 2022

Animals of the Month

Gravy: Gravy and his brother Giblet came to ARF just before Thanksgiving through our Operation Cat program. Now three-months-old, Gravy is ready for his next big adventure, hopefully with you. If you are looking for a lifetime of love, look no further. Gravy is sure to bring lots of joy and big smiles to your household. And if you have room for another, consider adopting Giblet too!

Rudy: Three-year-old Rudy is a happy, silly boy, but that wasn’t always the case. When he came to ARF in 2019, he was extremely scared and shaken, and even the gentlest touch would startle him. Since then, Rudy has come such a long way, both physically and emotionally. Rudy loves people and their attention, so much so that he will try his best to crawl into your lap for kisses. Don’t let him know he’s not a lap dog! Rudy would prefer to be your only pet, but he has plenty of love to go around. Help Rudy complete his rescue journey by giving him his forever home.

For more information contact or call 631-537-0400 x203.

All ARF animals are vet checked, spayed/neutered, microchipped and up to date on all vaccines.
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ARF’s Pet Food Pantry: Saturday, February 19

ARF’S Pet Food Pantry will be open for both donations and distribution of pet food. DONATE/PICK UP – NEW LOCATION while the ARF Adoption Center is under construction…from noon to 3 PM at Petco – Bridgehampton Commons, 2044 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton, NY 11932

Needed: unopened bags of cat and dog food (both wet and dry) and treats. Cat food is greatly needed.

Leading Regional Shelters to Combine Resources

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF Hamptons) announces a partnership with Bideawee to help feral cats on Eastern Long Island. On Thursday, December 9, ARF traveled to Bideawee’s Westhampton facility for the first of what will be monthly Spay/Neuter Clinics to address the feral cat population in Suffolk County.

ARF’s Medical Director Dr. Christine Asaro in surgery

ARF’s medical team, led by Medical Director Dr. Christine Asaro, vaccinated and spayed/neutered 30 community (feral) cats on December 9 to reduce the exponential growth of free-roaming cats and the suffering of countless kittens in the future. The surgeries took place on ARF’s mobile spay/neuter van at Bideawee, and ARF’s staff and volunteers managed intake and recovery for the cats in Bideawee’s facility.

For years, both ARF and Bideawee have been battling the same issue separately using the Trap-NeuterReturn (TNR) approach, the most humane and effective way to manage the community (feral) cat population. Since its inception in 1997, ARF’s Operation Cat Program (Op Cat) has altered and vaccinated over 28,000 free-roaming cats in Suffolk County. Additionally, Op Cat also enlists a vast network of volunteer caretakers who provide food and shelter for cat colonies, ensuring that the cats remain healthy while their numbers decline over time, thanks to TNR. Bideawee assumed responsibility of the Feral Cat Initiative (FCI) in 2019, formerly run by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, which has assisted over 200,000 feral cats. FCI provides a wealth of information to the public which includes free training and support, and access to resources and services to promote TNR and responsible colony management. FCI plays a key role in directing colony caretakers to TNR services like Op Cat.

Feral kitten in humane trap awaiting surgery

Leslie Granger, CAWA, President and CEO of Bideawee, noted, “As longtime TNR advocates, we are thrilled about this exciting partnership between our organizations. TNR saves countless kittens from being born on our streets and keeps the free-roaming cats of Long Island safe and healthy. Thank you to ARF and all who have helped make this partnership successful.” ARF’s CEO and Executive Director Scott Howe added, “It’s essential for animal welfare organizations to work together to achieve their common goals, and Bideawee is one of ARF’s go-to partners.”

Together, ARF and Bideawee intend to maximize their effectiveness in reducing the feral cat population by combining their resources to benefit the cats and the communities they serve. The next Clinic is scheduled for Thursday, January 13, 2022. Free appointments must be made in advance online at:

About ARF Hamptons: Founded in 1974, ARF is a leading animal rescue and adoption center on Long Island, helping abandoned cats and dogs locally and in communities across the country and globally. In addition to its rescue and adoption program, ARF operates a pet food pantry, free vaccine clinics, and free spay/neuter clinics for feral cats. ARF is located in East Hampton, New York.

About Bideawee: Bideawee, which means “stay awhile,” in Scottish, is one of the country’s oldest and most respected animal welfare and pet adoption organizations. Founded in 1903, Bideawee’s mission is to create and strengthen the human-animal bond through best-in-class lifesaving and compassionate care for pets and the people who love them. Bideawee provides an array of high touch services including adoption centers, animal hospital, pet therapy programs, and pet memorial parks that serve pets and pet lovers on their lifelong journey together. Bideawee is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 humane animal organization and 100% of Bideawee’s funding comes from private sources. Bideawee operates in New York City, Wantagh, and Westhampton. For more information, visit: