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This letter is in response to Emily Kemp’s comments about Auburn Area Animal Rescue Foundation (Journal, Jan. 25). I am an animal rights activist and involved in several watchdog groups. I have volunteered at rescues and sanctuaries, and have been volunteering at AAARF for quite some time now. I was shocked at Ms. Kemp’s letter to the Journal. AAARF is a wonderful organization. Lena Korn, the supervisor of the shelter, is not only intelligent, but organized, efficient and empathic. She treats every animal as if it were her own. She shows the same respect to everyone working under her and every person who walks through that door as a potential adopter. Ms. Kemp’s accusation that AAARF is run with “elitism and arrogance” could not be further from the truth. I have never seen any indication of that. What I have seen is an attempt to bend over backward on the part of AAARF to make sure a potential adoption happens, i.e, keeping the animal at the rescue until the adopter is able to bring it home, sometimes for a week or two at a time, etc. I have never seen a potential adopter dissuaded from adopting and I know first-hand that if AAARF does dissuade, it is with very good reason. AAARF wants the animals to find a home, that is their goal. If, in fact, Ms. Kemp’s father was turned down to be an adopter, I’m sure there was a very good reason behind it. Again, with all of my exposure to rescues and sanctuaries, I have never seen a rescue run more beautifully than AAARF. Pamela Stocklmeir, Auburn