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New Beginning Stories

The stories don’t end with adoption – they are just beginning! If you’ve ever wondered what happens once a dog or cat goes home, you’ll enjoy these tales of ARF alumni starting their new lives!

Max & Cleo

Kitten siblings Max and Cleo aren’t just cute bundles of fur - they’re lifesavers! When their adopter, Kathy, brought them into her life she had no idea they would ever fill any role besides that of beloved pets.

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Kitten siblings Max and Cleo aren’t just cute bundles of fur - they’re lifesavers! When their adopter, Kathy, brought them into her life she had no idea they would ever fill any role besides that of beloved pets. But one day while she napped, the kittens bounded on top of her repeatedly, not allowing her to rest. At first she thought they were being playful, but there was an urgency to their frolic that seemed unusual. It was then that Kathy, who is diabetic, realized she wasn’t feeling well and tested her blood sugar. It was dangerously low, and she’d only realized it because of the kittens. “I rescued them, and they rescued me right back,” she says.

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Sheamus

Sheamus (known as Apu at ARF) has served a lot of roles since being adopted (explorer, best friend, fetch partner) but recently he was tasked with his most important role yet: ringbearer in his mom and dad’s wedding! With the rings tied to.

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Sheamus (known as Apu at ARF) has served a lot of roles since being adopted (explorer, best friend, fetch partner) but recently he was tasked with his most important role yet: ringbearer in his mom and dad’s wedding! With the rings tied to his collar, Seamus sat perfectly and assisted while his parents said their “I do”s. We know it’s the dream of every homeless dog and cat to be part of a family, but few are able to play such an integral part in bringing theirs together. Congratulations to the whole family!

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Cashew

Adorable Maine Coon mix kitten Cashew met his match at ARF - he's now totally smitten with his new two-year-old human “sister,” Maddy. “Cashew is so amazing!” his adopters tell us.

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Adorable Maine Coon mix kitten Cashew met his match at ARF - he's now totally smitten with his new two-year-old human “sister,” Maddy. “Cashew is so amazing!” his adopters tell us. “He’s in love with Maddy and follows her everywhere. They sleep together, play together, he even loves to have her carry him around and doesn’t seem to mind that she’s a crazy toddler! The moment we walk in the door until she leaves he is in her arms or at her side. They love each other.” 

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Tad

Tad, (now Koda), a Newfoundland/Shepherd mix, has proven to be the perfect playmate for his new human brothers and sisters. "He is a great dog and we couldn't be happier with him," his new mom tells us.

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Tad, (now Koda), a Newfoundland/Shepherd mix, has proven to be the perfect playmate for his new human brothers and sisters. "He is a great dog and we couldn't be happier with him," his new mom tells us. A true gentle giant, Koda's sweet, happy-go-lucky personality - and love of attention! - makes him a superb fit for dress-up and other playtime favorites with the family.

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Ming Ming

When the Chester family’s beloved cat passed away, they decided that the best way to heal their hearts and honor their kitty’s memory was to open their home to a deserving shelter cat.

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When the Chester family’s beloved cat passed away, they decided that the best way to heal their hearts and honor their kitty’s memory was to open their home to a deserving shelter cat. Within minutes of meeting Ming Ming, the entire family was smitten with her friendly charms. And the honeymoon isn’t over! Her guardian beams with pride as she reports back on how the cutie pie is settling in: “Within one week she had the dogs in check, the kids learning how to play with her, and my husband and I in love.”

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Gracie

"When I first saw Gracie (right), I instantly fell in love with her cute, fuzzy face, but had no idea what a gem she would be! She’s still a bit shy, but she rules the house and neighborhood! Her big brother thinks she’s the.

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"When I first saw Gracie (right), I instantly fell in love with her cute, fuzzy face, but had no idea what a gem she would be! She’s still a bit shy, but she rules the house and neighborhood! Her big brother thinks she’s the best present we ever gave him. They love the same games, especially tearing up stuffed animals, roughhousing, and tag. She is always close by, demanding very little attention, but always ready for cuddles and tummy rubs. Her tail is thumping every morning, so I know she’s happy. I’m so glad she’s mine. She’s the perfect dog for me!"

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Scout

Scout’s (formerly Gidget at ARF) new guardian can’t believe someone ever let her go. “Whoever lost this little girl or tossed her out lost a sweetheart!” she exclaims.

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Scout’s (formerly Gidget at ARF) new guardian can’t believe someone ever let her go. “Whoever lost this little girl or tossed her out lost a sweetheart!” she exclaims. The pretty orange tabby loves to follow her human around the house like a dog, watch birds and squirrels through the office window, and spend her nights sleeping with-and sometimes on-her guardian. In fact, on her first night at home, Scout escaped from her own room in the middle of the night to sneak into bed for a snuggle. "I love her so much! We are very happy together here."

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