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New Beginning Stories

The stories don't end with adoption – they are just beginning! If you've ever wondered what happens once a dog or cat goes home, you'll enjoy these tales of ARF alumni starting their new lives!

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Kala (formerly Miss Muffet)

Miss Muffet, known now as Kala is a sweet and kind cat. My husband and I wanted to look for a cat to be part of our family, where she can have some quiet time.

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Miss Muffet, known now as Kala is a sweet and kind cat. My husband and I wanted to look for a cat to be part of our family, where she can have some quiet time. When we sent the application for Kala and got connected with Kala, we felt she fit right into our home. Kala is curious and sweet, we are lucky we were able to adopt her because she brought lots of joy to my family.

- Tamara

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Honor

We had had been going threw a rough patch for a while and had been talking about getting a cat. I kept looking on all the websites and saw honor.

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We had had been going threw a rough patch for a while and had been talking about getting a cat. I kept looking on all the websites and saw honor. Some how We knew right away she was meant to be with us so we rushed down to ARF and instantly fell in love she brings us so much love and kindness and completes our little family. I don't know what we or I would do without her she has already gotten me threw some very difficult times. We love her with all our hearts ??

- Anya & Kyle

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Bear

I adopted Bear in early February after falling in love with his face on the website. My husband passed in early January after a long illness. The previous November, we had to put down our Main Coon.

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I adopted Bear in early February after falling in love with his face on the website. My husband passed in early January after a long illness. The previous November, we had to put down our Main Coon. We had always had cats, but deep down I am a dog person. I decided it was time to adopt a friend.

Bear has been the BEST little companion and buddy! He is smart, well-behaved, playful, and snugly - all wrapped up in one handsome and hugable 14lb. package. He follows me everywhere, loves belly rubs, has a great time on our walks, and sleeps on the bed with me at night. He is funny and full of personality, and makes me laugh daily!

Thank you ARF for all you do to save the animals and their people! I'm looking forward to a long and happy partnership with my little Bear boy.

- Cindy (Mama Bear)

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Rocket (formerly Murray) and
Buster (formerly Ernie)

My now husband and I adopted Murray (now Rocket) in April 2008. Rocket was found wandering the streets of Hayward, for that fateful weekend he was at ARF instead of a county shelter.

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My now husband and I adopted Murray (now Rocket) in April 2008. Rocket was found wandering the streets of Hayward, for that fateful weekend he was at ARF instead of a county shelter.

Since adopting Rocket he now has two children who love him very much, an ARF brother Ernie (now Buster), they've been together since August 2008.

Last June we moved from Contra Costa County to England, of course Rocket and Buster came with us. We now live by the sea and the boys spend their silver years taking long seaside walks!
I can't remember life without Rocket and Buster, I hope they're with us for another 12 years, breaking all longevity records!

- the Wright Family

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Juno (formerly Spring)

We went to ARF to look at a batch of puppies. They were taken before we got there. I see this dog sitting so upright and looking right at me from his glass room, all alone. Giving me the perfect "adopt me" face.

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We went to ARF to look at a batch of puppies. They were taken before we got there. I see this dog sitting so upright and looking right at me from his glass room, all alone. Giving me the perfect "adopt me" face. I told my mom, "why not him"? We met him, introduced him to our other dog (who was waiting in the car), and took him home. We had no idea what we were getting in to -- Juno (formally Spring) is a Basenji mix, and boy does he have a personality.

- Dylan

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Boston

We fell in love with Boston the minute we saw him on the computer. We drove to arf that day and picked him up. Boston is 12 years old and we've had him for 10 years. We are so in love with him. He loves to hike and run on the beach.

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We fell in love with Boston the minute we saw him on the computer. We drove to arf that day and picked him up. Boston is 12 years old and we've had him for 10 years. We are so in love with him. He loves to hike and run on the beach.

- Meredith

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Molly (formerly Gypsy)

My partner and I have been blessed by the presence of our sweet dog Molly.

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My partner and I have been blessed by the presence of our sweet dog Molly. We can't express how much we love her and how greatful we are to ARF for what they do! Now that we have Molly, we can't image our lives without her! I would encourage everyone to adopt if they can. My partner was on the fence about me adopting, but now he is in love with Molly and thanks me for bringing her into our home. He says that he never knew he could love a creature so much!

- Shantha

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Zoey (formerly Lombard)

We adopted Zoey (aka Lombard) from ARF exactly 3 weeks ago. My husband had been begging for a German Shepherd for over a year. We wanted a buddy for our English Cream Golden Retriever, Titus.

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We adopted Zoey (aka Lombard) from ARF exactly 3 weeks ago. My husband had been begging for a German Shepherd for over a year. We wanted a buddy for our English Cream Golden Retriever, Titus. We had recently started to consider the reality of another puppy coming into our home and how much it would change the dynamics of our house. We hesitated for a bit, and said we would wait until Summer 2020 to really dive into getting a new puppy. We knew whatever happened, we'd love our new baby! On Friday, February 7, I was scrolling thru my Facebook page and another adorable ARF adoptee popped up. It was Lombard. Everything about her was perfect. I knew at that moment she was ours. I was ready to do whatever it took to get her. She was going to be available at 12 noon on the following day. I planned to wake up early and head over there in hopes to be the first person in line. The next day, I woke up and headed to ARF at 9 am. I was the first one there, and so excited. Only question left was weather she'd love us as much as we loved her already. Others started to arrive at 11:15 to form the adoption line outside. Another person showed up for the same reason as I did, to adopt Lombard. Once we got our #1 sign, the reality set in. We were so excited and couldn't keep ourselves together. We met her, she was perfect!! Her story was perfect, everything was perfect. She was OURS!!!! Since then, she has been the light in our home. She sleeps with us (I know, bad habits), but she loves to just be with her family, so what's the harm, right? She sleeps all night, wakes up early, and then comes and snuggles with us. She melts our hearts. She has a funny personality, loves her brother Tutus, and still learning to play with the cat. She does all the cute and adorable things that puppies do. I can go on and on about how perfect she is and how lucky our family is that we found her, but I would need more room on this essay to describe all the wonderful things about her. So I will keep it short and sweet.

- Robyn

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Django (formerly Stan)

We adopted Stan-changed his name to Django after the Gypsy guitarist- 3 and1/2 years ago at one years old. He is a wonderful dog! He loves everyone and is kind to our old cat. He has never barked once since we got him,we don't know why.

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We adopted Stan-changed his name to Django after the Gypsy guitarist- 3 and1/2 years ago at one years old. He is a wonderful dog! He loves everyone and is kind to our old cat. He has never barked once since we got him,we don't know why. Django is very sensitive and when we first brought him home and for several weeks after he would twirl if something upset him. He was not interested in walks and my husband had to carry him for a block, but would wait for people and especially children to come by and pet him. He was very easy to train and is the most polite dog we have ever had. H e does not jump up on visitors and waits to be petted. My young grandchildren adore him. Django has had many medical problems including surgery and allergies and is on several medications. But he remains a loving soul. We know that he is lucky to live with people who love him unconditionally and continue to pay his vet bills. But we also know that we are very fortunate to have such a lovely dog.

- Nancy

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Abe (formerly Vivio)

My husband and I adopted Abe (aka Vivio) in Dec 2018. Abe had been at ARF for a couple of months. Abe is deaf, which is why it took longer to be adopted. I admit that I had some doubts about adopting a deaf dog.

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My husband and I adopted Abe (aka Vivio) in Dec 2018. Abe had been at ARF for a couple of months. Abe is deaf, which is why it took longer to be adopted. I admit that I had some doubts about adopting a deaf dog. However, Abe easily integrated into our home learning quickly from other two dogs.

Fast forward two years later, Abe is living a full life. He loves wrestling with his big brother, Oreo, who is also an ARF dog. Abe also hikes off-leash with me and Oreo in the lovely surrounding open spaces.

In working with a trainer, she recommended Abe try Agility to boost his confidence. Here's a video of Abe and me at his recent Agility class.

I'm so proud of the dog that Abe has become. We love both of our ARF dogs. Thanks for enriching our lives!

- Nicole

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Max (formerly Mars)

Adopting Max (aka Mars) from ARF has been such a rewarding experience, we can't imagine being without him now. He fit right in immediately. We have had him since December 3rd, 2019. Max is a four year old spaniel mix.

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Adopting Max (aka Mars) from ARF has been such a rewarding experience, we can't imagine being without him now. He fit right in immediately. We have had him since December 3rd, 2019. Max is a four year old spaniel mix. He loves his daily walk, his stuffed fish (see pic), and playing fetch with his favorite ball. He loves car rides too! He's so loving and affectionate, we're thrilled he's part of our family now. Thank you ARF!

- John and Vicky

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Sulley (formerly Solstice)

We found little 5# "Solstice" running the streets a few weeks before Christmas between rainstorms.

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We found little 5# "Solstice" running the streets a few weeks before Christmas between rainstorms.
Our local shelter happened to be closed that day, so we bathed him, fed him, snuggled & absolutely fell in love with him! We pursued adopting the little guy, calling the shelter every day.
After 10 days of waiting & calling, we were heartbroken to find he had been transferred out of our town, over an hour and a helf away. Thankfully, he was in the loving care of A.R.F. when we tracked him down. This was our first exposure to this amazing facility. The caring staff was so compassionate toward our plight to finally bring him home. We were overjoyed to finally bring him home on Christmas Eve Day. It TRULY was a WONDERFUL Christmas!
Thank you A.R.F. for the compassion you showed our sweet boy and our family!
We appreciate your daily mission of mercy & your devotion to all the furry friends you help each and every day.

- The Strom Family

P.s. "Solstice" now has a new home, a new name "Sulley" (Sullivan). He's a healthy 6.4#, has 2 rescue dog siblings, a couple bunnies he loves & an adoring family. He's living the good life!

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Spritz (formerly Hazelnut)

Spritz, formerly known as Hazelnut, was a stray from Sonoma who had ringworm before she got to ARF. As an ARF volunteer, I was part of the team taking care of Spritz, who was in isolation with her 2 brothers.

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Spritz, formerly known as Hazelnut, was a stray from Sonoma who had ringworm before she got to ARF. As an ARF volunteer, I was part of the team taking care of Spritz, who was in isolation with her 2 brothers. Spritz completely stole my heart! She still loves to jump up on everyone's shoulders, a habit she had in isolation.
Special thank you to the in-house medical clinic, who did an amazing job getting the kittens back to normal.

- Candace

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Zoey (formerly Pignoli)

Our family fell in love with Zoey (FKA Pignoli) when we first saw her picture on your website. We were nervous on our drive up from Stockton to meet her because we thought for sure she'd be adopted.

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Our family fell in love with Zoey (FKA Pignoli) when we first saw her picture on your website. We were nervous on our drive up from Stockton to meet her because we thought for sure she'd be adopted. Luckily, we were able to adopt her and she is above and beyond what we expected. She has already been ingrained into our hearts. She is the PERFECT dog for us. Thank you ARF!!

- James

 

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Dylan

We adopted Dylan in June 2019, and he has made my family happier than we could've ever imagined. He has so much personality, absolutely adores to snuggle, loves exploring on walks, and makes everyone he meets fall in love.

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We adopted Dylan in June 2019, and he has made my family happier than we could've ever imagined. He has so much personality, absolutely adores to snuggle, loves exploring on walks, and makes everyone he meets fall in love. My family is so, so grateful to ARF for connecting us with such a special dog, and we love him so much!

- Charlotte

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Zion (formerly Cassiopia)

We have numerous friends who have adopted dogs and cats from ARF and always loved the experience so we knew we wanted to adopt from here as well, even after we moved from the Bay Area.

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We have numerous friends who have adopted dogs and cats from ARF and always loved the experience so we knew we wanted to adopt from here as well, even after we moved from the Bay Area.

A friend volunteers here and met our perfect cat so we drove to Walnut Creek overnight to make sure that we could scoop her up first thing. We loved working with ARF and were happy to rescue Cassie, who was a rescue from one of the Bay Area fires in 2018. We also loved that ARF made a point of spending months looking for her original owners and making sure that she was ok before finally putting her up for adoption. We couldn't love our adorable fluff monster more, thanks ARF!

- Michelle

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Penny Lane (formerly Yumi)

I asked my mom for a dog my whole life. When she finally said yes I knew I wanted a rescue. I wasn't looking for a puppy but I fell in love with Penny Lane and her cute eyebrows. We just celebrated her adoption day!

- Delaney

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I asked my mom for a dog my whole life. When she finally said yes I knew I wanted a rescue. I wasn't looking for a puppy but I fell in love with Penny Lane and her cute eyebrows. We just celebrated her adoption day!

- Delaney

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Madison

We initially went to ARF with our hearts set on a different dog, but my youngest saw Madison and fell in love. Madison is the perfect dog for our family.

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We initially went to ARF with our hearts set on a different dog, but my youngest saw Madison and fell in love. Madison is the perfect dog for our family. It took her a few days to feel comfortable and learn the rhythm of the house, but now she loves playing, walking, sleeping, and getting lots of love.

- Linda

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Earl (formerly Cadbury)

We had been wanting a cat for a few months and finally decided to come in and meet a few at ARF. The first one we met was our dream kitty! He started purring immediately and let us pick him right up like a baby.

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We had been wanting a cat for a few months and finally decided to come in and meet a few at ARF. The first one we met was our dream kitty! He started purring immediately and let us pick him right up like a baby. And over the next few months his hair grew out and now he has so much FLOOF! He spends his days cuddled up on the couch with us, chasing the dog around the house, and napping in the windowsill. We're so glad we brought Earl home!

- Rachel and Cole

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Kona (formerly Blue Topia)

Blue Topia was a foster fail! We were only supposed to have her for about 1-2 weeks and the moment I saw her, I knew I was going to want to keep her.

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Blue Topia was a foster fail! We were only supposed to have her for about 1-2 weeks and the moment I saw her, I knew I was going to want to keep her. She was very shut down, didn't know how to play with toys, and wasn't very affectionate but she was the sweetest and most well behaved dog! We fell in love very fast and ended up adopting her on March 1st, 2018. Since then, she has become a completely different dog - she is now VERY affectionate (a total cuddle bug), LOVES toys (but is particular!), and has continued to be the best addition to our family!

- Caitlin

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Amber & Jaco

Adopting our cats, Amber & Jaco, from ARF was a great experience. We were guided thoughtfully through the entire process, from looking for our cats to taking them home completely set up and up-to-date with their shots, etc.

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Adopting our cats, Amber & Jaco, from ARF was a great experience. We were guided thoughtfully through the entire process, from looking for our cats to taking them home completely set up and up-to-date with their shots, etc. We couldn't recommend ARF more highly.

- Marilyn

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Pele

13 1/2 years ago my parents found me at ARF! I was standing in the grass, so my parents didn't notice at first how short my legs were, but when I got on the cement they knew I was the dog for them! (Because my mom is so darn short) Now, I have .

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13 1/2 years ago my parents found me at ARF! I was standing in the grass, so my parents didn't notice at first how short my legs were, but when I got on the cement they knew I was the dog for them! (Because my mom is so darn short) Now, I have a nice quite life with daily meanders outside, and logging in many many couch and pets hours. Now that I am 14, in honor of my birthday mom started volunteering at ARF, and she loves it!

- Terri

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Jam

We brought Jammie home with us a month ago and we couldn't be happier with our snuggle bug! Thank you!!

- Angela

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We brought Jammie home with us a month ago and we couldn't be happier with our snuggle bug! Thank you!!

- Angela

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Addison & Arya (formerly Karitza)

I was not in a good place in life and really wanted a dog, being that I'm a huge animal lover. So I moved to a place where I could have a dog and walked into ARF one day just to look (isn't that what we all say).

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I was not in a good place in life and really wanted a dog, being that I'm a huge animal lover. So I moved to a place where I could have a dog and walked into ARF one day just to look (isn't that what we all say). Addison was with another family at the table next to me and they decided to think about it. She walked over to me and looked into my eyes. I was done! She has seriously changed my life forever. After about a year Addison decided she wanted a sibling so we went back to ARF and she chose Arya. They are inseparable and I love them both with all my heart. I now volunteer at ARF doing dog walks and I foster dogs and cats. The girls are so good with all the fosters and help them come out of their shell. They have also inspired me to start a new business that will help raise money for rescue organizations like ARF. We are a happy ARF family!

- Christy

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Rainier

We had been looking for the perfect dog for our family and a friend of ours who works for ARF thought she'd found us THE one. So my family went in on an adoption day to meet this sweet little cinnamon roll.

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We had been looking for the perfect dog for our family and a friend of ours who works for ARF thought she'd found us THE one. So my family went in on an adoption day to meet this sweet little cinnamon roll. Two years later and she is still the light of our lives, she protects our girls and is convinced she's another one of our human children.

- Nicole

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Frodo (formerly Bulgur)

We adopted 9 month old Bulgur, now named Frodo this past January 2nd. What a joy he is! Over the past 11 months Frodo has made his mark in our family. He has a lot of energy which is great because I love to walk. The ball is his obsession.

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We adopted 9 month old Bulgur, now named Frodo this past January 2nd. What a joy he is! Over the past 11 months Frodo has made his mark in our family. He has a lot of energy which is great because I love to walk. The ball is his obsession. He's never without it. All he wants is for you to play ball with him. When he settles for the night, he is a total snuggle bug. We couldn't be happier with Frodo. I'm so happy we found each other! Thank you ARF!

- Wendy

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Walter (formerly Cappuccino)

Just a quick note to let you know that Walter (formerly Cappuccino) is doing great. We've had a couple discussions about what he can scratch, and what he can't, but otherwise he's fitting right in. Turns out, he loves people.

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Just a quick note to let you know that Walter (formerly Cappuccino) is doing great. We've had a couple discussions about what he can scratch, and what he can't, but otherwise he's fitting right in. Turns out, he loves people. BTW, I really enjoyed the adoption process. You folks did a great job.

- Dane

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