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Programs & Services

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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…"®

ARF Programs & Services


Low-cost spay/neuter services help stop the pet overpopulation crisis at the source.

Pets and Vets

Transforming rescue dogs into skilled service animals for veterans with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, and more.

ARF All-Stars®

Humane education lessons for schools build compassion and respect for both animals and people at an early age.  

Pet Hug Pack®

ARF's therapy animal team spreads pet-assisted comfort to children, seniors, veterans, and others in need. 

Camp ARF

Award-winning summer, school break, and day camps engage children with animals and ARF's mission. 

Dog Training

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. 

ARF Emergency Medical Fund®

Providing low-income residents of Contra Costa County with low-cost, non-emergency care during financial crisis.




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