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July 2018

ARF is proud to have teamed up with Purina this summer to salute our country's service members and their canine companions. From Independence Day (Wednesday, July 4) to Veterans Day (Sunday, November 11), a portion of the proceeds from Purina's Chicken-flavored Dog Chow will be donated to ARF's Pets and Vets program, giving more and more veterans the chance to heal alongside an ARF service dog. Through Pets and Vets, we're proud to save lives at both ends of the leash. Combat veterans get a new "battle buddy" to have their back and help with service-related issues ranging from PTSD to seizures. And shelter dogs are given a second chance after facing an uncertain future at a public shelter. As one of our Pets and Vets veterans put it, "My dog is the best medication that's ever been prescribed."

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June 2018

Tucker and Milly were a pair of scared pups found abandoned, tied to a pole in a rural neighborhood. Shying from human contact and barely taking treats, they only showed glimmers of bravery and happiness when together. At ARF, this duo was housed together, ate meals together, and went on walks together, helping open them up to people. An amazing family fell in love with Tucker (and introduced him to his new canine sister Gabby) and took him home. But Milly, now alone, became withdrawn and fearful of her surroundings. She lost interest in treats, fetch, and walks. ARF's behavior team and trainers went into action working with her to make certain her progress wasn't lost.

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May 2018

More than twenty-seven kittens and their five moms were rescued by ARF in just one day last week, alongside seven additional cats who were scheduled to be euthanized at a public shelter due to lack of space. That's a lot of meowing arriving all at once! Now in warm, loving foster homes, the kittens are receiving the care they need and will soon be ready to find their forever homes.

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April 2018

When spring rolls around, ARF's focus is less on the arrival of baseball season and more on "major-league" kitten season! As winter subsides, a corresponding boom of cat births occur. And while the term "kitten season" may sound downright adorable, the reality of the situation is the opposite. The soaring numbers of young (oftentimes infant) cats places a strain on shelters as they rally to provide space, time, and resources needed to protect some of the most vulnerable lives in animal welfare. Stella and Luna are a perfect example of what ARF faces this time of year - a pair of precious kittens who, separated from their mother, would not have been able to survive on their own.

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March 2018

Adorable poodle-mix Feldspar didn't have much to smile about. When ARF rescued him from a public shelter, he needed major dental work. A severe overbite was causing painful damage to his teeth and roof of his mouth. Surgery was necessary to remove some of his lower teeth and repair affected areas of his incisive papilla. Many animals with comprehensive health issues get overlooked, or worse, at crowded public shelters, but ARF's new dental suite gives dogs and cats like Feldspar a bright smile for an even brighter future.

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February 2018

Max didn’t have the best start to life. A handsome Australian Shepherd mix, he lived at a suspected backyard breeding operation, tied up in a yard, often without proper food, water, or sanitation. At just a year old, county animal services took Max into protective custody. Australian Shepherds, known for their intelligence and speed, like to run and learn new things. This made Max’s cruel confinement even more stressful

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January 2018

When ARF rescued a young kitten with cerebellar hypoplasia, Snowflake seemed the perfect name for this unique girl. Kittens born with cerebellar hypoplasia display tremors, jerky movements, and difficulty controlling motion, similar to some symptoms of ataxic cerebral palsy in humans. In cats, this is a non-progressive, painless and non-contagious condition. In mild to moderately affected cats, it doesn't limit a cat’s health, life-expectancy, or ability as a loving pet. In fact, these special cats often develop extremely close bonds with humans who provide them a little extra help. Those who don’t understand the condition might not give Snowflake a chance for a full life.

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December 2017

Oscar and Felix. The Blues Brothers. Ernie and Bert. The clown and straight guy make great comedy, and at times, great cat pairings! Cash came to us as an extremely shy kitten. After watching his sister and several roommates get adopted, he became reluctant to interact. Along came Swift, an “enthusiastic” kitten - so much that his own littermates found him a bit much.

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November 2017

ARF evacuated a total of 115 shelter animals during recent Northern California wildfires - even when delivering medical supplies to the area. During a Sonoma County shelter delivery soon after the fires broke out, staff asked if we could take eight puppies.

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October 2017

In an emotional celebration attended by family and friends, eight U.S. military veterans and their ARF- rescued dogs received diplomas of training completion and congressional commendations for service-animal training.

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September 2017

ARF wasted no time jumping into action after an early-morning distress call. Humane Society of Broward County contacted ARF hoping we could receive their current adoptable animals prior to Hurricane Irma’s arrival and clear their shelter for post-storm rescue and owner-recovery operations. A little more than 48 hours later, a was plane secured, and 60 dogs and 92 cats landed in Northern California.

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August 2017

This past fiscal year (July 2016 – June 2017) was one to remember with 2,602 animals finding forever homes and starting new lives. Additionally, ARF’s intake team set a new milestone rescuing 2,522 at-risk animals from shelters throughout Northern and Central California, offering them a second chance at life.

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July 2017

June saw new records in animals adopted at ARF: 305 dogs and cats found loving homes, the most ever in one month. We are grateful for your partnership in our work and know there is more work to be done; many more lives to be saved.

During the summer months, ARF never takes a break from saving lives. It is the crucial time of year when abandoned pets and new litters flood into public shelters in staggering numbers, stretching resources to the limit and forcing heartbreaking choices to be made to accommodate the overwhelming number of dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens that continue to arrive.

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June 2017

Puppy and kitten season is here, and public shelters are suddenly finding themselves overflowing with delicate babies requiring round-the-clock care. More and more sweet kittens and bouncy puppies arrive daily and quickly overwhelm the staff with their needs, like the group of five impossibly small newborn tabby-mix kittens who arrived malnourished, weak, and in desperate need of specialized care. Some arrive at the shelter with their mamas - like the four sweet lab pups who came in with their gentle, doting mom - but the majority of the tiny animals are abandoned and hungry. Options are limited for their survival, but shelters know one way to save them. With a single phone call, ARF is on the way to rescue them.

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May 2017

The last puppy had been fed and tucked in a snuggly bed for the night. ARF team members slowly added up all the new faces that came in on the rescue run that day, and, with relief, said a soft goodnight to all 44 cats and dogs. There was the sweet Beagle mix suffering from heartworm who just needed a few months to rest and grow strong again, the Shepherd puppy siblings with a skin condition desperately needing treatment, and more otherwise healthy pets with treatable conditions the public shelter simply couldn’t manage. Even though it would be a long day of rescue, we didn’t hesitate to rush to save them when we received the call for help.

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April 2017

Come together for animals in need at the Animals on Broadway fundraising Pet Walk on Saturday, May 20, starting at 9:30 am sharp at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, California! The Pet Walk is much more than a walk - it’s a rescue mission. We need you to reach this year’s goal of $90,000 - critical funds to help even more homeless dogs and cats and support ARF’s life-saving programs for pets and people. Here’s how you can get involved and make a difference!

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March 2017

Seven year-old Claire was one of 140 animals confiscated from a horrific hoarding case, and she had been cramped into a too-small crate for most of her life. Without room for her long legs to properly grow, her two front paws now permanently bend to the right. Despite her physical challenges, Claire was not in pain and had plenty of love to give. When we rescued her, we knew she’d have a new chance to find the happiness she deserved at ARF.

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February 2017

The small whippet-mix puppy dashed between the cars speeding down the busy freeway, racing for his life to avoid the onslaught of oncoming traffic. By the time a kind stranger coaxed the terrified pup to safety, he was exhausted and trembling. With no identification and no family to claim him, Tucker was dropped off at the nearest public animal shelter. Tragically, his young age required resources the public shelter simply couldn’t provide, placing his future in jeopardy. Just before he ran out of time, ARF came to his rescue.

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January 2017

The handsome brown boxer-mix enthusiastically wagged his stubby tail when he saw ARF’s rescue team approaching at the public shelter, even though he appeared to be in pain. Despite being terribly thin, Buddy still wriggled with joy and excitedly licked the faces of the team as they crouched down to meet him. With no resources at the public shelter to provide medical treatment, Buddy desperately needed help. Touched by his buoyant spirit and bubbly personality in spite of his condition, we rushed him back to ARF for immediate medical care.

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December 2016

Big or small, young or old, each and every abandoned dog and cat deserves a second chance at life. ARF sends our rescue team to public shelters to save those most in danger of running out of time, regardless of size, age, or breed mix. Looking into the eyes of precious animals in need, all we see is love. Thanks to Clinic staff and dedicated foster volunteers, we can say “yes” to rescuing very young, vulnerable newborns and sick little ones, knowing we are uniquely able to provide them the critical care they urgently need. Public shelters simply don’t have the resources to care for these delicate lives, so they reach out to ARF to step in and save them.

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