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Ponyo’s “Whooshing” Heartbeat

Ponyo and her two feline sisters were tearfully surrendered to one of our partner shelters when their previous guardian couldn’t find affordable, pet-friendly housing. This has been a heartbreaking and all-too-common story for countless animals and guardians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a routine exam, our veterinary team heard an unsettling “whooshing” sound as they listened to Ponyo’s heart. Just like her anime character namesake, Ponyo found herself needing some help – and maybe a bit of magic, too.

An echocardiogram, performed by a veterinary specialist, revealed she had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which can lead to heart failure. Although there is no cure, the “magic” of daily medication helps Ponyo live a longer life and puts nothing in the way of being her affectionate, sweet self. 

Thanks to donors like you, Ponyo has a second chance to live her best, curious cat life. Your gift today can help save more cats and dogs who need life-changing treatment and care. Thank you for giving animals like Ponyo a brighter future full of hope. 

Fostering Saves Lives

Every day dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens thrive thanks to the loving care of our foster volunteers. Fostering provides the benefit and companionship of having an animal at home without the long-term commitment of having a pet. We provide support from our full-time foster coordinator, full-service veterinary clinic, and all the necessary supplies like food, litter, toys, treats, bowls, litter boxes, etc.

Interested in opening your heart and home temporarily to animals while they prepare for adoption or placement with a Veteran with PTSD? Register for a foster orientation!

Join our foster community that helps save hundreds of animals every year!

More Updates

Leaders and Legends

Join Tony La Russa at the 11th annual Leaders and Legends. This memorable weekend will be full of insightful leadership sessions, fabulous food and drink, and one-of-a-kind entertainment — November 10-13 at Resorts World Las Vegas.

 Shred Day

Save lives while securely shredding your documents on Saturday, October 22, 10 am to 12 pm (or until the truck is full). Diablo Paper Shredding’s certified drivers will shred your papers in minutes right here in ARF’s parking lot. Only $10 per box.

Calendar Pre-order

Pre-order your 2023 ARF calendar featuring the winners from our Sit, Stay, Smile photo contest. Order by October 31, 2022 for home delivery or pick-up at ARF in Walnut Creek, CA. Mailed orders will be delivered by early December.

  IRA Rollover

If you are 70 ½ or older and love animals, you can use your IRA to reduce your taxable income while fulfilling your charitable goals. Learn how your gift will give animals a second chance. 

Adopt Radar

Radar has the sweetest smile! This 2-year-old pup is an intelligent, treat-driven guy who loves adventures! He loves to play with his dog friends and cuddle on the couch.