As I write this update, we are coming to the end of a busy and eventful summer at ARF. More than 500 animals were adopted between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That’s 500 pets who are now living healthier and happier lives, and 500 families experiencing the love and joy that comes from having a new furry family member.
These adoptions reflect the hard work and dedication of ARF staff and volunteers who now operate our Adoption Center seven days a week. Our expanded adoption hours could not have come at a better time: we are quickly marching toward a significant milestone in ARF’s history — 50,000 adoptions! I can’t wait to celebrate this accomplishment with you and the entire ARF family when that day comes.
Connecting hearts through adoptions represents only one way ARF makes an impact in our community. From serving Veterans, to training pets and people, to aiding pet guardians during financial crises with a range of safety net programs, ARF’s commitment to supporting, elevating, and celebrating the human – animal bond is evident in all that we do.
I continue to be impressed by, and grateful for, the passion of ARF employees who go above and beyond to ensure the wellbeing of our animals. Their dedication ensures new human-animal connections are created through pet guardianship each and every day. Their commitment was on full display when ARF joined a number of local animal welfare organizations who answered the call from Maui Humane Society when fire ravaged Lahaina. In an effort led by Berkeley Humane Society, we were able to help clear the shelters to ensure animals displaced by the fires had a safe haven on the island. For many of us, the images of devastation were far too relatable and I’m grateful ARF was able to play a small helping role in the aftermath of that crisis. And to those of you who welcomed those animals into your homes as new family members, I extend my warmest thanks on behalf of the entire ARF team.
With sincere gratitude for all you do to unite pets and people,
Susan Lee Vick, ARF Chief Executive Officer