April 22, 2021 marked one year since our rescue team found Kirk, a senior pit bull mix in need of extensive medical treatment, at a municipal shelter. At the time, Kirk was estimated to be 11 years old, and it was clear he had been living a hard life. To celebrate how far he has come, we threw Kirk a party for his 12th birthday. He enjoyed lots of treats and toys, but the birthday gift he really wants is a forever home. While adoption interest increased at animal shelters across the country during the pandemic, Kirk is still seeking a loving home to call his own.

Kirk with camera man

This warmhearted pit bull mix has been homeless since before the onset of COVID-19 last year. He was originally found as a stray. Our team rescued him on April 22, 2020; transporting him from a municipal shelter that didn’t have the resources to treat his extensive medical needs. Our veterinary team removed cancerous tumors, treated skin and ear infections, and eased Kirk’s arthritis pain. Kirk’s cuddly and goofy personality emerged after recovering in a nurturing foster home with a volunteer. His affectionate nature has gained him many fans. Several artists have highlighted Kirk’s charm, and one fan has even generously sponsored his adoption fee.

Kirk’s adopter will get:

  • Non-urgent wellness care provided through our clinic for a year post-adoption.
  • Refills on his medications through our clinic for one year.
  • We will provide his prescription food for his allergies at no cost for the rest of his golden years.

You can help find Kirk’s forever home:

  • Spread the word.Share Kirk’s profile arflife.org/help/kirk. His perfect adopter is out there, ARF just needs your help to find them.
  • Donate. We are able to give animals like Kirk a second chance thanks to the community’s support. Now is a great time to give, because a generous donor is matching all gifts, one-for-one, up to half a million dollars.
  • Submit an adoption inquiry.

Learn more about making Kirk your new best friend at arflife.org/adoption-process.

Despite all of the challenges and uncertainties we’ve faced during this pandemic – no matter how long it takes – ARF stands committed to finding Kirk the perfect match.

About Us
Our core mission is the rescue of dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters, giving them a chance at life until a new home can be found. ARF couples this focus with innovative programs strengthening the human-animal bond for children, seniors, veterans, and people in disadvantaged circumstances. Through us, people experience the unconditional love and acceptance of dogs and cats to fulfill a mission of People Rescuing Animals … Animals Rescuing People®.

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