Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons breaks ground on FOREVER HOME: An expansive history making state-of-the-art building project and renovation.
May 28, 2021: Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons hosted an historic ground-breaking for their new expansion, FOREVER HOME. The community celebration for East End animal lovers was held from 4-6pm on Saturday, May 28th at the ARF Campus 124 Daniel Hoe Road, East Hampton. Specially trained canines dug the first hole for the dramatic new expansion.
The Big Dig Kick-off on Memorial Day weekend for boasted Rolling in Dough’s mobile pizza oven, Dreesen’s doughnuts, and refreshments. Since 1974, ARF has been home for tens of thousands of dogs and cats — FOREVER HOME is the largest renovation and building project to take place in ARF history.
ARF Board Chair Katharine Rayner opened the ground-breaking ceremony, where the East Hampton Town Supervisor,Peter Van Scoyoc, honored long time resident, Richard Welles McCabe with a special proclamation for his extraordinary support to ARF. His generous lead gift to ARF’s FOREVER HOME was transformational to the project.
FOREVER HOME is a state-of-the-art rescue, adoption, sanctuary and year-round training facility that will transform ARF’s campus and the lives of our animals and their adopters. Designed by the Bacon Group, FOREVER HOME will be anchored by the Richard Wells McCabe Welcome Center. Dogs will move into a new 40-kennel building constructed with high-quality materials and a nitrogen-reducing waste treatment system along with flexible rooms for dogs with special needs, meet-and-greet rooms for adopters, and new outdoor exercise areas. A sophisticated HVAC system will cool, heat, and dehumidify the air, as well as treat it with UV LIGHT. The space will feature retail and new homes for small dogs and puppies. Additionally, ARF’s catteries and kitten room will be completely renovated and include custom-built features for climbing, perching, and play.
A new 8,400 square foot year-round training center will be built on-site to accommodate yearround training, socialization, and enrichment to ensure animals become or remain adoptable, and increase our capacity to provide classes for the public and ARF’s adopters. This state-ofthe-art facility will include a viewing area, outdoor play yard, and an environmentally conscious waste system.
This extraordinary renovation was made possible by the very generous donations of animal lovers in Suffolk county and beyond as part of ARF’s ambitious campaign to meet the challenges of adoption needs, and community outreach for animal rescue and welfare. The animal-human bond is a source of joy and comfort to so many, and the facilities in a community, which serve the needs of animals through adoption or training, are an important part of a happier, healthier community.
ARF’s programs go beyond adoption, into programs like our Pet Food Pantry, which provides free pet food to low-income families and veterinary and training services, which provide jobs and training that become a vital part of the surrounding community.
ARF invites everyone to be a part of their animal-loving community, with many opportunities to get involved. Contact ARF’s Executive Director, Scott Howe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 631- 537-0400 ext. 209 for information on supporting ARF.
Photography: Barry Gordin