ARC wishes to thank another one of its loyal volunteers. Each year, Jim Morris volunteers his time and talent to entertain everyone at the Lights of Love Event.
Jim Morris is an articulate singer/songwriter with a devotion to storytelling. Whether it is a thoughtful ballad about doomed love or an anthem to a night of revelry, the listener can always count on well-crafted songs with carefully drawn characters, clever lyrics and satirical charm.
ARC wants to say, “Thank you Jim, for sharing your time and talent to help make the Lights of Love such a successful and heartwarming event.”
Holly posted Jan 28 2012
Our indoor cat became lost on Monday, and we are checking everywhere! She is declawed (front paws), spayed, microchipped, brown striped tabby with large green eyes.Our indoor cat became lost on Monday, and we are checking everywhere! If anyone has any information about Holly, please call 239 936 0088 immediately. Thank you.
Florida University Group
For the second year in a row, the Florida Alternative Breaks group from the University of Florida selected ARC to perform community service during their long holiday break. These students did basic cat care, cleaned cat and dog Kuranda beds, assisted in training our “green” dogs, socialized with our shyer cats using our treat program routine, and did weed trimming and mowing. This group of fine young men and woman energized all of us with their youthful energy!
Antique Appraisal Day 2012
Hundreds of people took pictures off walls, items out of cabinets, unpacked boxes or unwrapped items stored away for years in the back of their closets. They brought them, as well as their “high hopes,” to ARC’s Antique Appraisal Day held at the Crowne Plaza on January 21st. Several people were pleasantly surprised to learn they had items of considerable value and others were absolutely shocked! One gentleman’s 18K gold ring with a 3 caret round cut diamond was valued at $40,000, and an exquisite diamond brooch comprised of 5.6 carets was valued at $22,500. Several sketches from the 1800’s were valued at $5,000 each. Many items from Grandparents or Great-Aunts or Uncles proved to be very valuable if not monetarily, at least sentimentally. A unique ceramic statue depicting a family of Boars was purchased in the Serengeti desert for $100. This item turned out to be worth $800!
Not only is it fun to share in everyone’s excitement, it is a pleasure to hear where people obtained their items. A story of heirlooms being handed down from generation to generation always gets the crowd talking among themselves. The biggest “wow” factor happens when someone tells how they found their item at a garage sale for a few dollars and then it turns out to be worth ten times that. Some smile or even laugh when that hundred dollar item ends up only having sentimental value.
Once again, we thank the generosity of the Crowne Plaza for sponsoring this event and providing spacious accommodations and refreshments. Also, very special thanks go to the appraisers whose knowledge and expertise covered an incredible range of items. Appraisers included the charming Peter Curran from the Antique Road Show and Henry Eckert from Naples. Everyone was pleased that Jane de Lisser, from Ft Myers, returned again this year. ARC was also thrilled to be able to welcome Brad & Colbi Congress of Bradley’s Jewelry to review a wide range of estate jewelry. New to our event this year was watch expert Tony Genovese who has over forty years experience in fine watches, including Rolex. We deeply appreciate everyone’s time and energy. These efforts helped raise over $4,000 for ARC’s special medical needs program!
Hi my dog is lost . Please we really would like to find our dog. She is a hound mix, mainly white with redish brown spots, about 40lbs. She has been missing since Tuesday January 10, 2012. She was lost of ben c prat/daniels/colonial. She is a huge part of my life and I am offering a $100 reward for her safe return. Please Any help you can give would be very appreciated.
Please contact Kristi at 863-214-5670
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Nose to Nose
In 2004 the “ARC Academy” was formed for ongoing training of our canines. Additional training and exercise yards were constructed on an acre of property for canine social and behavioral training to enhance this program resulting in a dramatic increase in adoptions of our larger canines. A well-mannered and behaviorally sound dog is highly desirable to adopters and the ARC Academy was pivotal to successful adoptions of our resident canines.
Your donations helped save this puppy
All donations are appreciated, no matter how small. You may donate on this blog or on our website at: www.AnimalRefugeCenter.com
Cat Socialization Program
Several years ago ARC hired Dr. Terry Curtis, a board certified veterinary behaviorist, to assess what we could do to improve the lives of the cats residing at ARC. After a period of study, Dr. Curtis gave ARC a detailed report and many suggestions. One suggestion which has proved very worthwhile is the cat socialization program. Several days, each week, volunteers and staff take time to offer treats and socialize the cats. This close contact helps them to adjust to their new environment and to prepare them for living a well balance and happy life in a new home. If you are interested in volunteering and spending some quality time interacting with our felines, please contact ARC at 731-3535 between 9:00AM and 4:00 PM or CLICK HERE to fill out a volunteer application online,.
Lights of Love
On December 13th over twelve hundred pets were remembered or honored at ARC’s thirteenth annual “Lights of Love” ceremony. Guests, accompanied by their 4-pawed friends, enjoyed the warmest temperatures and the clearest night sky that we have had at this event in a long time. To celebrate the love of companion pets, the Coconut Point Mall in Estero once again graciously hosted this gathering and Home-Tech was an event sponsor. Songwriter/singer Jim Morris provided his unique island rock/country sound and sang songs woven with everyday experiences. The chance to win raffle prizes was provided by the local Parrot-head Club who, are huge fans of Jim’s melodic tunes!
The Lights of Love is a touching way to remember pets that have brought so much joy to our lives. For a donation to ARC each pet was remembered by a white light or honored by a colored light. These lights graced over a dozen trees on stage. ARC thanks each of you for embracing this annual tradition and illuminating the hearts of ARC’s residents with the light of your love. By remembering or honoring your pets, you helped raise over $18,000 for ARC residents-residents who are looking to become a cherished pet as well! Could you be that home for them during this year and bring them to our 2012 Lights of Love? We, and they, certainly hope so!
Miss Bee came to ARC in a condition to sad to even share. At last, safe in the loving arms of ARC, Miss Bee got the medical attention she deserved and lots of loving care and assurance that she would soon be alright.
How true that statement was. Miss Bee totally recovered and was adopted by the Bishops, a loving family. Not only did the Bishops adopt Miss Bee, they adopted Dante (another ARC canine) as well. ARC has received frequent updates and pictures showing how happy Miss Bee and Dante –now know as Bonnie and Clyde– are and how well they have adjusted to their new forever home. ARC wishes again to thank everyone for helping these two live out the rest of their live happy, loved and healthy in their new forever home.
It is your donations that makes these the sad beginnings turn into happy endings. Please consider donating today. No matter how small, every donation counts. You donate on this blog under the donate menu by CLICKING HERE.