In May of 2017, My cat passed away with an acute illness, and my heart was broken. I walked into ARF and met gorgeous (he’s a boy!) and decided to take him home. He was friendly at ARF but very timid and shy since the car ride home. By then I understood why he was “returned” from a previous adopter as he isn’t the typical friendly orange tabby. After hiding under a bookcase for over a week, gorgeous (we named him Nacho), slowly came out of his shell to interact with me.

In the beginning, I can tell he had very little trust and experience with humans and it will take a baby steps approach for him to open up to me. A couple of months later, Nacho finally feels comfortable with human touch. He now purrs, plays, naps, and follows me around the house. He completely transformed from being a little fearful to a confident kitty! I love Nacho sooooo much!!

– Maggie

“He completely transformed from being a little fearful to a confident kitty!”

Maggie, ARF Adopter

More New Beginnings

Additional updates on ARF alumni

  • Adoption Update – Wrigley

    “We got Wrigley from ARF on 6/22/18. My father-in-law just passed away 5 days earlier on Father’s Day. We had been looking for a dog. I randomly got online to look at ARF website and then randomly Word with Friends Word of the day popped up on my phone, it was CANINE!!!…”

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  • Adoption Update – Honey (formerly Virginia)

    “This story was so random but so perfect all at once. It was an early morning and my mom was on her iPad looking on Facebook and whatnot, and all of a sudden she said ARF has puppies!! We had to be at ARF right away because it was a first come first serve process…”

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  • Adoption Update – Panna (formerly Missoula)

    “Panna was found on the streets of Stockton, CA. She was plucked from the shelter by the wonderful folks at ARF. My husband spotted her ears on the adoption page and sent me her photo…”

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