Established in 2010, The Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) is a non profit investigative organization dedicated to eliminating extreme animal cruelty operations worldwide. Our mission is to be an uncompromising defending force for the welfare of animals in addition to putting an end to and preventing pain, suffering and torture inflicted as a result of inhumane practices.
ARM implements direct-action tactics to investigate, document and expose illegal activities of animal cruelty. The organization’s main goals are to improve the quality of life for animals and educate the public. The end result will raise awareness of the unforeseen ethical, social and environmental implications of animal abuse and produce effective changes in the treatment of defenseless animals.
ARM, alongside the Miami-Dade State Attorneys office, Agriculture Department and countless official agencies, raided and shut down one of the largest and longest running illegal animal slaughter farms just 20 minutes from Miami Beach.
The Coco Farms operation had been torturing and slaughtering an unimaginable number of animals for over 50 years. This rapidly became known as the largest tactical operation regarding animal cruelty.
Coco Farm no longer exists and all structures on the property were demolished. All of the violent animal killers have been arrested and prosecuted. Learn more by visiting our website page at : http://www.animalrecoverymission.org/operations/illegal-slaughter-farms/coco-farm/
A raw footage compilation of the new ARM Sanctuary that ARM is creating to provide life long after care to the animals of abuse which are rescued, following the investigations and rescues.
These babies were born from mothers that ARM had rescued from illegal slaughter farms in October 2015. Before their rescue, the pregnant mother goats had been in line for slaughter but thankfully they were rescued by ARM staff just in time and gave birth safety and comfortably on ARM's sanctuary.
ARMs Founder (Richard Couto) and Lead Vet ( Dr Heidi Thomas) assessing the thousands of malnourished and tortured animals , upon arrival at the Coco Farm raid in South Miami.
The heartbreaking condition of many of the animals that are filtered through the hundreds of illegal slaughter farms in Florida alone. ARM, since its inception, has now investigated, exposed and closed down over 135 of these operations. Rescuing these animals and derailing this type of criminal activity in our community has made a great impact.
These cows were rescued from one of ARMs raids/animal rescues. They were living in filth, deprived of food and water. Following their rescue, they were brought to ARMs newly developed sanctuary and rehabilitated. They will remain there for the rest of their lives.
Following ARMs grueling undercover investigations, the most satisfying moments for the investigators and organization, is seeing the violent animal killers in handcuffs and seizing all of the animals on their property that would otherwise have been slaughtered in an inhumane manner.
These rescues ultimately save the countless animals that would have also met the same fate, had the operations continued prior to ARMs intervention.
DEVELOPMENT FOR ARM SANCTUARY FOR THE AFTER CARE OF ABUSED ANIMALS
In March of 2016, ARM made the bold decision to create its own sanctuary division. This was due to the number of animal rescues that resulted from ARM’s investigations verses the sheer lack of financially secure and well run sanctuaries in the state of Florida. A 90 acre property, located in Florida, was secured and the first two quarters of 2016 has been directed into developing a safe and efficient sanctuary for the animals. This has (and still is) including the; • building of animal shelters in pastures • safe and secure fencing of the perimeter and dividing pastures within the sanctuary • acquiring necessary equipment on the property i.e. tractors, lawn mowers, etc • Hiring of qualified animal care professionals to rehabilitate and provide daily maintenance of the rescued animals from ARMs raids. • hiring and training of the ARM investigations team and development of ARMs headquarters This is ARM's 2016 leading program which is hoped to be finalized by mid 2017.
EXECUTION OF FIVE CURRENT INVESTIGATIONS OF EXTREME ANIMAL CRUELTY OPERATIONS IN FLORIDA
This program entails a six month investigation which will end with the exposure of the reality of large scale operations who are subjecting farm animals to horrific forms of abuse, neglect and torture. This is a current investigation and therefore ARM is unable to discuss the details of this investigation at this time. This is currently the leading investigation of 2016 due to its large-scale scope.
PURCHASE OF INVESTIGATIVE EQUIPMENT
For the success of current and future undercover investigations, ARM requires the purchase of a modest undercover car, investigative equipment and the hiring of one full time undercover investigator. This program will enable ARM to conduct more investigations and answer calls from the public about extreme cruelty animals. Under this program, ARM will amplify it's accomplishments made through the use of undercover investigations.
20 STALL MAIN BARN & QUARANTINE FACILITY
ARM staff want to be able to personally rescue and care for as many animals as possible. The sanctuary holds room for many more animals however, we want to make sure that they will all be comfortable and properly sheltered. This program will be geared towards the construction of a 14 stall barn equipped with a quarantine section to safety house sick or injured animals. ARM is also initiating a capital campaign to address many of these expenses and hopes to be able to offer naming rights to major donors and contributors.
EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGNS ON ANIMAL CRUELTY AND THE LAW
ARM is heavily involved with the community and the future prosecutors and veterinarians who will be implementing further change for the protection and welfare of animals. One of ARMs programs is collaborating with the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) at the Florida International University. In the coming months, ARM has organized an educational campaign with successful animal cruelty lawyers and State Attorneys of Miami-Dade to discuss the cases which ARM has executed and the process from investigation to prosecution and the importance of amending and creating statues. ARM also works closely with vet students to educate on the deplorable conditions and critical treatment for animals that are the victims of the crimes ARM investigates.
General Operations & Development
General Operations & Development
Lead Animal Caretaker / Barn Manager
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.