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September 2018

The smallest pup in his litter, the ironically-named Goliath was always a small step behind his siblings. But as they left him behind, chasing toys and tumbling over one another in their foster homes, it became clear that Goliath's diminutive stature wasn't what was holding him back. He was having trouble keeping meals down, and as a result, wasn't growing big and strong as one would expect. ARF's veterinary staff began feeding him small meals in an upright position by putting his food bowl on a tiny stool, and keeping him in an upright position for ten minutes after each meal (using an adorable "puppy bjorn"). A series of x-rays and a CT scan confirmed their theory that he had a pair of conditions called "Persistent Aortic Arch" (PRAA) causing a "mega-esophagus", which means his heart valve had grown around his esophagus, constricting food from getting down into his stomach when in a normal all-fours position!

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August 2018

A nationally trusted disaster operations partner, ARF recently served as first responders, coordinating Bay Area rescue teams during Northern California's devastating Carr Fire.
Over the course of multiple rescues, 130 adoptable animals were removed from shelters within the fire zone. Ninety of these animals were relocated to ARF's headquarters for care and adoption. This created desperately needed local space for fire-displaced pets and provided a better opportunity for securing homes for these animals, now safely out of harm's way. It also left ARF caring for a near-capacity shelter population that included many senior, special-needs, and stressed animals.

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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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November 2016

The duo of one week-old puppies nudged their tiny black noses closer and closer to their mama’s belly, snuggling tight together for warmth and comfort. It had been a long road for their mom, Roxxy, who had given birth on the floor of her run at the public shelter. Short on space and resources for a nursing mother and such delicate lives, the only option was to house the small family together in an isolated room. When our rescue team spotted the sweet terrier mix and her precious babies, we immediately brought them back to ARF to receive the critical care they needed. As she and her puppies arrived at ARF, Roxxy showered our faces with kisses, as if saying “Thank you for saving us”

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October 2016

From the moment the veteran laid eyes on the big, tan mastiff-mix with the adorably oversized head, he couldn’t stop smiling. It was love at first sight when Eddie first spotted Calvin in a lineup of possible Pets For Vets dogs, and asked to meet him as a potential emotional support dog for Eddie’s service-related challenges. When veterans return from deployment, the quiet, unconditional love of a pet can be an essential part of transitioning back into civilian life. ARF’s Pets for Vets program provides powerful therapeutic and practical benefits for veterans in need through transformational relationships with shelter pets, and Calvin was no exception. Once together, their connection was instant and incredible, with Eddie burying his face in Calvin’s neck and murmuring “Look, we trust each other already,” into his soft fur.

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September 2016

As our deployment team loaded up the rescue truck to head back to ARF, they carefully cleared a spot for the two new passengers. Once again, California summer wildfires had ravaged thousands of acres, and ARF’s team answered the call to step in and help save furry lives. For four days, we worked diligently through thick smoke at the makeshift shelter, providing much-needed affection, tending to burned paws and other sensitive injuries, and helping dogs and cats safely reunite with their grateful owners.

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August 2016

It had been a long day of rescuing dogs at a public animal shelter more than three hours away, and ARF’s rescue vehicle was finally home. They had worked all through the day into the night, finally returning to ARF late in the evening with a truck full of eager dogs all saved from tragic fates. The lateness of the hour was no problem for the dedicated group of ARF staff and volunteers meeting them in the parking lot, cheering when they saw the van pull in. “How many did you save?” one asked. “Twenty-four,” the team replied, and another round of cheers rang out.

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July 2016

All year long, we appreciate the freedoms we are able to provide to the dogs and cats who pass through ARF’s doors. Freedom from the past - from the heartbreaking situations where little care or love was given. Freedom from treatable physical ailments which diminish their quality of life. And last but never least, freedom to take the time they need to find the family who will cherish them for years to come.

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June 2016

A stray cat ran onto a ball field in 1990, frantically searching for a way out until she hesitated at Tony La Russa’s feet. Somehow, she must have known he would keep her safe.

With an impact stretching far beyond what anyone could have imagined, Evie’s run alerted Elaine and Tony La Russa to the plight of homeless animals and the lack of no-kill shelters in Contra Costa County, California. With their dream - and a small group of dedicated people who cared - ARF was officially established a year later on June 14, 1991.

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May 2016

Last week’s rescue run to one of our partner shelters started like many others - rows of dogs and cats hopefully peering out at us from behind the bars of their cages, litters of kittens needing care, wiggly puppies full of life and needing love. But this rescue run quickly turned extraordinary when the shelter workers informed us they critically needed immediate help in placing a very large number of animals, hoping to save them from a desperate fate. ARF sprang into action - working round the clock and traveling hundreds of miles, rescuing an astounding 97 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens in just two days!

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April 2016

Excitement buzzes through the crowd as dogs playfully greet each other and walkers flock to the starting line. A large goofy dog, smartly dressed for the Best Dressed Pet Contest, rolls on his back to give a delighted child an opportunity to scratch his fluffy white belly. Hand-lettered signs wave in the air, exclaiming WHO RESCUED WHO? and MUTTS RULE and TEAM GRACIE. Everywhere you look, walkers in bright t-shirts are smiling and meeting new friends who have gathered together to support the same goal: raising critical funds for ARF’s homeless dogs and cats. This is much more than a walk - it’s a rescue mission - and we hope you will join us on Saturday, May 14 at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek.

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March 2016

The delicate, two and a half-pound puppy gave a gentle sigh, her slender front legs dwarfed by oversized casts wrapped in thick layers of bandages. She’d been found on the street by a good samaritan who saw the fawn colored pup shivering and unable to walk, and turned her into the local public animal shelter hoping she’d receive the care she obviously needed. But Leila’s injury was worse than anyone could have imagined - her two front legs were severely broken, and the public shelter lacked the resources to treat such a serious injury, and the time for her to recover and heal properly. Fortunately, they knew ARF was only a phone call away to give her a second chance.

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February 2016

Last year, ARF found homes for more than 2,600 dogs and cats, spayed and neutered 3,148, and brought the magic of animals to 319,903 people in need. We’re barely into 2016 and busier than ever, recently rescuing more than 60 dogs and cats from crowded public shelters near and far in just one day. Surveying the rows of our weekly arrivals, we can’t help but fall in love with each wagging tail and soft nose, grateful we were able to save them. If you’re ready to share the love and make the biggest impact, join our compassionate group of monthly givers, ARF Sustainers.

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January 2016

The staff at the public shelter led the ARF rescue team through endless rows of full cat cages, stopping at the very last one – the cat most in need. There, a tiny tuxedo kitten peered out, his damaged ear hidden in the shadows. Discovered as a stray with a serious injury, the limited medical resources at the public shelter weren’t enough, and he needed rescue now. ARF’s rescuers gently coaxed Kringle out of his cage, and he happily settled into their arms, purring loudly through his discomfort. One look into his soft green eyes and we knew we had to give him a second chance.

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December 2015

Saving Lives Every Day

It was already dark when ARF's rescue team returned - weary, happy, and with arms full of squirming puppies as another day of saving lives came to a close. A young beagle mix sniffed his surroundings and circled before snuggling into his warm bed. A bashful tabby peeked out from her crate and tiptoed forward to investigate a full food bowl. As the shelter quietly hummed with pets settling in for the night, the heartbreaking fate from which ARF had rescued them seemed far away.

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November 2015

Connecting Hearts

The beautiful red merle Catahoula mix could sense the veteran’s nervousness as he fumbled with the adoption paperwork in his hands. Billy had suffered disruptive night terrors since he returned home from serving overseas and the VA suggested adopting a dog to help him cope with feelings of anxiety and isolation. Quietly, Noni wiggled up to him and leaned against his knee, calmly looking up at him with soft, soulful eyes as he clipped his leash to her collar. He relaxed instantly, and couldn’t help but smile as he stroked his new dog’s face and murmured “good girl.” 

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October 2015

Rescue Under Fire

ARF’s disaster response team couldn’t ignore the plea from the exhausted volunteers at the public shelter. They had gratefully greeted our truckloads of supplies for pets displaced by the blazing Butte wildfire, but conditions were worsening and space to shelter evacuated pets was rapidly running out. Healthy, adoptable animals were suddenly in desperate need of rescue as the volunteers frantically tried to make space for incoming displaced pets. As thick smoke loomed in the sky and helicopters whirred overhead, we filled our vehicles once again for the long ride home, this time with nineteen cats and dogs headed to a new life. 

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September 2015

Saving Lives All Year Long

The puppy’s ears perked up at the sound of volunteers unloading the rescue truck. His rescuer gently lifted the roly poly hound pup from his crate and lovingly wrapped him in a warm towel. After a tumultuous week of being dumped in the night drop box at the public shelter, surviving a short stay, and making the long journey to ARF, he - and sixteen other puppies - were finally safe.

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August 2015

Second Chances

“Stop the car!” The neighbor frantically waved her arms as she ran toward the sedan pulling out of the driveway next door. The distraught meows were barely audible over the noise from the engine, but it was clear something was terribly wrong. Together, they followed the cries as they searched for the kitten, and finally spotted him - a small orange ball of fluff trapped in the wheel well where he’d hidden from fireworks the night before.

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July 2015

Just One More

Though clearly in pain from a deep wound on his front leg, the little Chihuahua didn’t whimper. Without medical resources and overburdened with animals, the staff at the public shelter couldn’t give Henry the emergency surgery he needed, or time to heal. As a last resort, they begged ARF’s rescue team: could we take just one more?

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June 2015

Free Adoptions in June

ARF is kicking off our Summer of Saving Lives! For the first time ever, for the month of June, ARF is offering waived adoption fees for all dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens because we want to send them ALL HOME! What better time to find your perfect pet partner?

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May 2015

One Cat Saved 30,000

Frightened by the roaring crowd, the tortoiseshell cat tore across the baseball diamond during a televised A’s game at the Oakland Coliseum, frantically looking for a way out. After sprinting around the field, she ran toward the dugout and hesitated at Tony La Russa’s feet. Somehow, she must have known he would keep her safe.

 

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April 2015

One Act of Kindness

The sweet blue pit bull mix had been on the streets alone for a long time. Her belly was distended from the later stages of her pregnancy and she was dangerously close to giving birth, but her tail still wagged with joy when she found a friend in a kind on-duty police officer. In her desperation, she buried her head in his lap and began to whimper and cry, exhausted from her ordeal and in need of a safe place. Touched by her plea for help, he immediately drove her to safety where she gave birth to three puppies.

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March 2015

Walk to Save Lives

Walkers in bright t-shirts and their four-legged companions gather at the starting line. Many of the excited pets are former ARF rescues, returning with their families in support of ARF’s critical cause. This is much more than an ordinary walk: it’s a rescue mission. Hundreds of animal lovers are walking to save lives at ARF’s Animals on Broadway Pet Walk at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek.

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February 2015

Diesel, a big tabby cat, spent much of his life as a stray and was found scrounging for food at a local construction site. The crew took him to what they thought was a safe place - a public shelter - but his fate there quickly became uncertain as more animals arrived every day, adding to the overcrowding. ARF’s rescue team took one look at him as he nuzzled against the bars in his small cage, and knew the friendly cat deserved a second chance.

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January 2015

New Hope in the New Year

Safe at last, the gentle black Labrador mix curled up with her puppies, bringing their tiny, wriggling bodies close to her warmth. They had been through a nightmare - seized from the dark basement of a condemned home where they had been badly neglected. Pacific, the doting mama, was reduced to skin and bones from the struggle to feed and care for her pups despite her own malnourishment. Without space or resources to care for eleven delicate lives, the public shelter reached out to ARF in desperation.

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December 2014

Double the Lives Saved

The tiny silver kitten gave a demanding mew and hopped to the front of his cage at the public animal shelter. ARF’s rescue team almost didn’t notice he wasn’t using his left front paw, which appeared swollen and infected. The kitten was undeterred, bounding around his cage as best he could and brushing his body past the bars for attention. Captivated by his spirit, we knew we couldn’t leave him behind. Thanks to you, we didn't have to.

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November 2014

Making a Difference: Healing Hearts

The veteran waited in ARF’s adoption center, wringing his hands together and anxiously pacing back and forth. He heard the telltale jangle of a dog’s collar, and looked up to see a smiling ARF volunteer leading his new dog around the corner. She walked right to her new guardian and nudged at his hand with her wet nose. Overcome with happiness, he dropped to his knee and began to stroke her ears softly. She stood calmly at his side as he buried his hands in her fur and whispered to her. “It’s okay, girl. We’re going to help each other get better.”

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October 2014

You Can Save Lives for 60 Cents a Day

We first noticed Ramon’s golden eyes looking deeply into ours from the shadowed corner of the cage at the public shelter. The handsome young cat spotted ARF’s rescue team and stretched toward us, purring insistently for attention. His beautiful eyes were watery and his nose congested from a respiratory infection – a symptom of living in a shelter constantly overrun with cats and lacking medical resources. Even his discomfort couldn’t dampen his sweet, charming personality...and we couldn’t leave him behind.

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September 2014

Make Room for More Love

From the first time Shorts rested his head on his new mom’s knee and shyly raised his eyes to meet hers, she knew he would be part of the family. The handsome, scruffy terrier mix had traveled a long way in his young life - from a wandering stray to an overcrowded public shelter to ARF’s adoption center...to the arms of his new family, where he belonged.

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August 2014

Home at Last

The graceful German Shepherd had been through so much – her rail-thin body and forlorn gaze told the story of a once well-loved pet who couldn’t understand why she was on her own. She was incredibly sweet, but the deep sadness in her eyes spoke volumes. We couldn’t leave her behind to face more uncertainty. Thanks to you, we didn’t have to.

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July 2014

The Heat is on to Save Lives

When the days get longer and school lets out, most of us can’t wait to bring out the barbeques and beach blankets and enjoy the lazy days of summer! At ARF, our summers are anything but carefree as we work harder than ever to rescue and care for hundreds of abandoned animals. During this busy time of the year, the heat is on to save lives.

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June 2014

No Puppy Left Behind

Seven puppies curled together on a towel on the cement floor of the small kennel. The smallest one spotted ARF’s rescue team and stood, stretching and wiggling past his littermates, desperate to be the first to greet us. Craving the kind touch of a human after all they’d been through in their short lives, they licked at our fingers through the kennel door. Adorable, but in need of care far beyond what the crowded shelter could provide, the sweet puppies had no hope of being rescued until ARF stepped in to save their lives.

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May 2014

Animals on Broadway is May 18!

Bring your best friend to Animals on Broadway, Sunday May 18 at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek! It’s not too late to register for the Pet Walk to raise money to save more homeless dogs and cats. We're halfway to our goal of $75,000, and we can't reach it without you! If you can't attend, you can still help by donating to Wee Willie, who is walking on behalf of ARF's animals. Check out furry friends at ARF's adoption mobile and rescue groups, get your pet a check-up at the Pet Wellness Fair, shop vendor booths, win raffle prizes, and more! Celebrate the special bond we share with our pets at this fun, free community festival. Sign up today!

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April 2014

Love Blossoms

Though scared and underweight, the Dachshund mix’s sweet charisma shone through her soulful brown eyes. She whimpered in pain from an injury, but managed to wriggle her way into the laps of ARF’s rescue team and shyly lick our hands. She had most likely been hit by a car, but how long she had endured life as a starving stray was impossible to know. Only one thing was certain – she had just gotten the second chance she desperately needed. 

 

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March 2014

Walk to Save Lives - May 18

Walkers and their furry four-legged companions gather at the starting line, excitement buzzing in the air and tails wagging with anticipation as the starting time nears. The dedicated walkers and their devoted pets are ready to go, knowing this is much more than a walk – it’s a rescue mission. Hundreds of people and their animals are walking to save lives at ARF’s Animals on Broadway Pet Walk at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek. 

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February 2014

Making a Difference: Big Love

The gangly speckled pup stretched her neck forward to deliver a bashful kiss to her rescuer’s face. We carried her four sisters into ARF’s shelter behind her, holding them tightly as silky ears brushed our cheeks. Their sweet Labrador mother greeted her pups with nuzzles as we coaxed their father – a thin but majestic Great Dane – inside with treats and gentle coos. Tucking them in after the long journey, we were rewarded with deep, grateful gazes – heartfelt thanks for our labor of love to bring this family to safety, together.

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January 2014

A Fresh Start in the New Year

A bystander watched in disbelief as a vehicle slowed and tossed six kittens out of the car window before speeding off. Miraculously, the vulnerable litter survived their trauma and were rushed to a public shelter. Because the shelter was crowded and couldn’t take on more delicate lives in need of around-the-clock care, ARF came to their rescue and the little black and white kittens were soon on their way to a new life.

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December 2013

Give Them Twice the Hope

It was after dusk when ARF’s rescue team returned - weary, happy, and with arms full of cat carriers as another day of saving lives came to a close. Cranberry, a gorgeous young tabby, and her four wee kittens snuggled together, safe and sound after the long journey. Cuff Link, a big handsome cat, peeked out from under his towel to investigate his full food bowl as the team settled the 22 new arrivals in for the night. As the full room hummed with serene purrs, the tragic fate we had rescued them from seemed far away.

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November 2013

Thankful for You

“Would you like to meet Dana?” the shelter staff asked. “ARF is her last chance.”

Her expressive golden eyes looked deeply into ours from behind the bars of her kennel. When we opened the door, the beautiful pit bull mix stepped out calmly and placed her paws on the lap of the ARF team member, reaching out to nuzzle her neck and give gentle kisses. She was everything anyone could want in a companion affectionate, trusting, and full of love. She had come a long way since she had first arrived at the public shelter, but week after week visitors walked past her until ARF arrived on her very last day.

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October 2013

Spay it Forward

Tucked safely in their rescuer’s arms, the puppies poke their wet noses over the folds of the blanket and sniff at their new surroundings. After the deafening noise of barking dogs at the packed public shelter, and the long journey to ARF, their ears perk up at the sound of cooing volunteers unloading puppies from the rescue truck. As another busy summer comes to an end, the stream of animals in need of rescuing shows no signs of slowing.

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September 2013

Save a Life for 60 Cents a Day

Oversized ears flopping, the puppy pounced on her bed and romped with delight in the soft blankets. Watching her happily gnaw on a rope toy, it was hard to believe she was the gravely ill pup we had rescued weeks earlier. Her fur dry and dull from severe dehydration, she had been too weak to lift her head to eat. At just four months of age, the darling hound mix should have been thriving. Instead she was near death, suffering from parvovirus.

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August 2013

A Place to Call Home

The gorgeous Border Collie mix stretched and yawned at the sunlight streaming into her condo. Although her back legs were limp and couldn’t bear much weight, she hopped to the window, excited to glimpse a familiar volunteer with leash in-hand. Monsoon is just one of thousands of dogs and cats who have been given a brand new start since our shelter opened ten years ago. Walking down the rows of furry faces, it’s difficult to imagine that each was a nameless stray just hours from being euthanized at a high-kill shelter…before we rescued them.

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