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ARF Walnut Creek Saves Pets and People

August 25, 2016

082516_1Being a pet lover, I am always on the lookout for great organizations who go the extra mile to help our cats and dogs, and people too. There is one such not-for-profit organization in Walnut Creek that I want to share with you. ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) was founded in 1991 as a rescue center for cats and dogs running out of time in California public pet shelters. Taking pets from shelters who are facing euthanasia, these cats and dogs get another chance at finding a new forever family.

ARF has a greater mission in mind, which is readily understood through their logo, People Rescuing Animals…Animals Rescuing People®. Through a variety of educational programs and events, ARF helps create deep and lasting bonds between humans and pets. They have a unique Youth Program, designed to teach children not only compassion, but how to care for pets responsibly and be respectful of all animals. There is also a wonderful and unique program which ARF is involved in for young kids, the All Ears Reading® program. With the Contra Costa County Library, ARF pairs young readers with a Pet Hug Pack® therapy dogs to help build confidence in reading. This therapy animal program is recognized nationally for the good it has done, not only with kids, but also with seniors and veterans, too.

082516_2ARF truly wants to help people as much as they do pets. Going beyond their work to match pet companions to forever families, ARF has an incredible program just for vets as well. The Pets for Vets program is specially designed to help veterans suffering from PTSD to find an ideal pet companion. Studies have shown having a pet helps to reduce stress, provide social interaction, and help alleviate feelings of isolation; ARF knows this, too. By taking the time to understand how people interact with animals, and how animals best respond to interactions, this innovative program is helping many vets return to civilian life successfully.

Because ARF is a not-for-profit organization with no government funding, they rely on the support of donations and volunteer work from individuals, businesses, and other organizations. There are events throughout the year to help raise funds, which not only provide great opportunities to make a difference in the lives of pets and people, but can make a difference in your life as well. Upcoming events include Boudin Dine & Donate on September 7th. Enjoy a night out at the Boudin restaurant in Walnut Creek, and Wine & Whiskers on September 24th, a very popular wine tasting fundraiser held at the ARF headquarters.

082516_3The main goal of ARF is to pair up pets and people. While you can always go to their main center in Walnut Creek to adopt a pet, there are also mobile pet adoption clinics held around the San Francisco Bay area throughout the year. Each pet taken from a public shelter is thoroughly examined and treated for medical or behavioral conditions prior to being released for adoption. As we all know, there are so many pets waiting for a home; sometimes it takes longer than is ideal. To this end, ARF also has a Pet Foster Care program; they provide the food, medical care, and basic supplies, you provide a caring, temporary home, a win- win for everyone.

Whether you are looking to adopt a pet or simply love cats and dogs like I do, ARF of Walnut Creek is an organization worth supporting. A bit of time volunteering or supporting their fundraising efforts can also go a long way to helping save our pets. When you are ready to sell your home, my team and I are ready to help you through the entire process. Our goal is to make your experience both easy and pleasurable. Contact us today at (925) 634-7820, or by email at realestate@cecily.com.

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