HPG Goes to the Dogs, and the Cats Too

Want to bring a bit of unconditional love into your life? Adopt, foster or donate to help an animal in need. Everybody wins!


Over at the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons in Wainscott, October is in full swing for adoptions. In  memory of ARF supporter Nancy Weintraub, ARF is offering a $75 gift certificate all month long to those who adopt a black kitten or cat,  or any adult cat (over the age of 1). Check out the little cuties here. Congrats are also in order for the non-profit, which has done so much to help homeless animals to find their forever homes, since it raised $85000 last weekend  from the annual Stroll to the Sea event. I just LOVE sharing such good news. And since we’re on the subject of ARF, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the annual ARF Halloween Party at the end of the month. It’s sure to be a  barking good time.


But that’s not all the good news for our four-legged friends. Tomorrow, Sunday, October 16, Barks of Hope (a non-for-profit rescue organization that helps the far too many homeless dogs in Rincon, Puerto Rico) is hosting a free event for East Enders. The gathering will be at Wainscott Farms and will include a fun agility course for dogs, plus adorable and adoptable puppies. Want to learn more or to donate? Email Jane@janeelappin.com.

ARF Names New Top Dog

Scott Howe Photo by Jody Gambino

Scott Howe and Stritch. Photo by Jodi Gambino

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons announced today that Scott Howe will be taking over the Executive Director position starting May 9. His first public ARF appearance will be at the organization’s annual Pet Celebration Day at the Adoption Center in Wainscott on Saturday, May 7.

Currently serving as the Deputy Director for Administration and Institutional Advancement at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, at ARF Mr. Howe will oversee all departments at the ARF Adoption Center in Wainscott and the ARF Thrift & Treasure Shop in Sagaponack. The owner of a rescue dog named Stritch will also oversee community programs and lead the organization in its next Capital Campaign, which includes three new buildings (Cat Sanctuary, Dog Sanctuary and an indoor Dog Training Center) as well as a renovation of the current medical wing and adoption center. He replaces longtime Executive Director Sara Davison, who left the organization in May 2015.

“We did an exhaustive search of 55 candidates and Scott was a unanimous decision by the ARF executive committee,” says Board President Lisa McCarthy. “We are delighted that he will become part of the ARF family.”


Giving and Receiving

The holidays are nearly upon us so what better way to pre-celebrate than to share some good news about some of our friends and neighbors.

Still of Julianne Moore in the Hamptons in

Still of Julianne Moore in the Hamptons in “Still Alice.”

Huge, huge props to Julianne Moore, who made it possible for the homeless kitties saved by the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons’ Operation Cat trap/neuter/release program to eat another 10,000 meals. Sponsored by Halo, Purely for Pets and Freekibble.com, the 2,500 pounds of donated food was offered as a gift certificate in the Oscar winner’s goodie bag from this past year’s Academy Awards, where she won the statuette for Best Actress  in “Still Alice.”  The free food will be used to feed the growing number of feral cats on Long Island.

stackable rings

Tara Berkoski is on cloud nine right now after hearing that Oprah has added her newest venture, Chloe + Isabel, to the list of Oprah’s Favorite Things. The items Ms. O specifically shouted out were the Birthstone Stackable Rings, aka Gem Dandies, which are “fashion forward, meaningful and astonishingly affordable,” says Oprah. Tara asked me to let you know that you can receive 20 percent off one or two of the pave rings (valued at $22 each) when you use the code ‘OPRAH’. Also, purchase any three birthstone rings for $48.

The Amagansett Farmers Market is now accepting pre-Thanksgiving orders. Pick up your fixins now and order ahead for cheese platters from Lucy’s Whey (also at Chelsea Market in the city) and pastries and sweets from Carissa’s Incredible Pies and Breads. The Farmers Market also has a nice variety of hostess gifts and holiday table necessities.

Now through the end of the year, Christine John is offering Reiki and Restorative Yoga Sessions at Hamptons Yoga Healing Arts in Westhampton Beach every weekend.


Lastly, Elements Fitness Studio in East Hampton is hosting a Pre-Holiday Detox and Cleanse Workshop on Saturday, November 14,  at 10:45 a.m. The event will include a signature Elements works, detox tips, and free Sweaty Betty goodie bags. This sounds like an excellent way to kick off the holiday season.

News About Our Four-Legged Friends

Please help take care of the homeless cat situation wherever you may be.  Photo courtesy ARF.

Please help take care of the homeless cat situation wherever you may be.
Photo courtesy ARF.

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons’ Operation Cat Program will celebrate  “National Feral Cat Day” on Friday, October 16 in Wainscott with a goal of performing 100 surgeries for community (feral) cats in our area. This is a FREE service, but appointments must be made in advance by contacting Operation Cat Coordinator Rita Del Rey at 631-537-0400 x210 or email rita@arfhamptons.org. Learn more at http://www.arfhamptons.org.

Also keep in mind that October is national Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is hosting an Adoptathon event today at Petco at Bridgehampton Commons, starting at noon. Learn more at http://www.southamptonanimalshelter.com.


On Saturday, October 10, the Hamptons International Film Festival will screen “The Champions,” an inspirational story about pit bull rescues at 1:30 at East Hampton UA Cinemas. This film, and others like it, is part of the new Signature Program focused on animal rights, “Compassion, Justice and Animal Rights.” Learn more here at http://hamptonsfilmfest.org. For Saturday’s schedule, visit http://hamptonsfilmfest.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/HIFF-2015-Saturday-Schedule.pdf.

Photos from ARF’s Bow Wow Meow Ball

More than 400 animal lovers turned up to the annual Bow Wow Meow Ball, which raised $700,000 to benefit the Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons on Saturday, August 15. Among those who enjoyed the evening of dinner and dancing at ARF’s 22-acre campus included: internationally acclaimed architect Peter Marino, who was honored; Brooke Shields, who emceed the evening; current board members Kathy and Billy Rayner; plus Chris Henchy, Robert Wilson, Jane Trapnell, Kathy and Billy Rayner, Leslie Alexander and Liz Brown, Lisa and Brian McCarthy, Priscilla and Christopher Whittle, Raphael DeNiro, Barbara Slifka, Barbara and Donald Zucker, Alex Papachristidis, David Monn, William Rudin, Tommy and Heather Leeds, Patricia Stewart and Frank McNamara, Bettina Zilkha, Alison Mazzola, Carol and Bill Dollard, Carol Mack, Debbie and John Loeffler, Pam and Peter Fabricant, Virginia Coleman, Christina and Alan McDonald, Gordon Hoppe and Michael Breault.

The entertainment included dancers from the New York City Ballet and Peter Duchin and his orchestra. Benjamin Doller of Sotheby’s served as auctioneer for the live auction. The large tent was decorated by Alex Papacristidis and David Monn. Joining in the evening’s festivities was a selection of ARF cats and dogs available for adoption. One puppy and two kittens found loving homes as a direct result of the celebration.

Charitybuzz auction items, some of which are still live, include: a golf lesson at the exclusive Maidstone Golf Club; a pair of autographed baseballs signed by NY Yankees stars Brett Gardner and Dellin Betances; a New York Knicks Game Experience, which includes two tickets, gift bags and meet and greet with Knicks Legends and a viewing of the “closed to the public” pre-game warm up on the court. Interested bidders still have the chance to make offers online until Wednesday, August 26 by visiting http://www.charitybuzz.com/support/arfhamptons.

Notable Guests Included: Brooke Shields and

Learn more at www.arfhamptons.org.

Share Your Love, Adopt a Senior Pet

donald sole 2 shadow 3

Every single animal lover I know (me included) already knows the secret to true happiness–welcoming a pet into your home. This November, let the love in and give thanks early by adopting a senior pet. You’ll be thrilled that you did.

In celebration of Adopt a Senior Pet Month, ARF is waiving adoption fees for all animals over the age of 6. Shadow and Donald, above, are just two of the beautiful pets awaiting their forever homes at ARF. Learn more about adopting by visiting www.arfhamptons.org or stop by the ARF Adoption Center in Wainscott.

While I’m on the subject of our four-legged friends, don’t forget that most animal shelters welcome linens (towels, sheets, etc.) for bedding and grooming, in addition to tennis balls, toys and food. I know that ARF, the Southampton Animal Shelter and Elsa’s Ark are all always grateful for the help and support.

Learn more about these fine pet saviors at:




ARF Garden Tour After Party

ARF Garden Tour After Party

Scenes from the 28th Annual ARF Garden Tour wine tasting at the home of Marshall Watson and Paul Sparks. Photos by Dawn Watson

Boy oh boy did I ever have fun at the 28th annual ARF Garden Tour wine tasting at the home of Marshall Watson and Paul Sparks in Springs!
First off, I’m a huge ARF advocate and love the folks there and everything that they do to shelter and care for homeless dogs and cats. Secondly, my “uncle” (not really, that’s just our little joke) Marshall is one of my very favorite people on the planet, and Paul is wonderful too. Thirdly, their home is on my Top Five of all houses out here on the East End, maybe Top Three; I’ll have to make a list. Anyway, it’s stunning.
And then there was the wine. Made by vintner Ridge Watson (Marshall’s brother, for real) the tasty bevvies were from his Carmel Valley, California-based Joullian Vineyards. I loved the sauvignon blanc, and the rosé and chardonnay were also quite deelish. And the food, by our friend Elizabeth George, was yummy too. I could’ve eaten a million of those savory little cheese and onion tartlet numbers.
Lastly, though I could go on and on, the folks who are attracted to ARF are my kinda people. Man, they are awesome.
My favorite quote of the day had to come from a new friend (I shan’t name names, as his partner pooh poohed the priceless declaration), who was excitedly talking about his adopted doggie, Ava, a puppy mill rescue.
“She showed up in a pickup truck and left in a Maserati,” he laughed. “See, dreams do come true here in the Hamptons.”
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