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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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