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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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