Your donation makes a huge difference in the lives of abandoned animals and people in need. ARF has received Charity Navigator's highest 4-star rating for 13 years running, an assurance to donors of careful stewardship.
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ARF's 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 ARF, people experience the unconditional love and acceptance of dogs and cats to fulfill a mission of "People Rescuing Animals…Animals Rescuing People…"®
Low-cost spay/neuter services help stop the pet overpopulation crisis at the source.
Transforming rescue dogs into skilled service animals for veterans with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, and more.
Humane education lessons for schools build compassion and respect for both animals and people at an early age.
ARF's therapy animal team spreads pet-assisted comfort to children, seniors, veterans, and others in need.
Award-winning summer, school break, and day camps engage children with animals and ARF's mission.
Train for a lifetime of happiness with your dog in ARF's dog training program.
Providing donated pet food to pet guardians in need and helping to keep pets at home and out of shelters.
Providing low-income residents of Contra Costa County with low-cost, non-emergency care during financial crisis.
Protects one animal from disease with vaccinations
Feeds one shelter guest for their entire stay
Brings comfort to people in need with one Pet Hug Pack visit
Provides supplies for the complete care of one shelter guest from rescue to adoption
Conducts necessary blood work for one senior shelter guest
Prevents more unwanted litters by spaying or neutering one dog
Teaches public school children compassion for animals with one day of ARF All Stars® humane education
Provides complete medical care for one shelter guest from rescue to adoption
Covers one week of transportation cost (gas, maintenance, and insurance) to rescue animals from public shelters
One month supply of specially prescribed food for shelter animals
One month supply of protective clothing for staff to ensure proper handling for infectious diseases
Keeps the shelter clean and free of disease with a one-month supply of disinfectant for entire shelter
Covers costs for one day of Pit bull, Chihuahua, or low-income spay/neuter surgeries at ARF's clinic
2890 Mitchell Dr
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Virtual Adoption Hours
By appointment only
Wed - Sat: Noon - 5 pm
Sun: Noon - 4 pm
By appointment only
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
You can save lives. Together we can make a difference.
ARF is a 501(c)(3).
Our tax ID is 68-0240341.
ARF has received Charity Navigator's highest 4-star rating for 13 years running.