Things are always moving at ARF and this season has been a busy one! We never stop moving, whether it's adoption events, fundraisers or just the endless care that the shelter needs. While things keep moving, our sweet, sweet pibbles stay, watching quietly, waiting patiently and continue to see other dogs get adopted. We luckily had only a few new pibbles come in these past few months, but they came in very bad shape. As soon as we do the intake and get them cared for they settle in and we see that sigh. It is the sigh of relief that they are safe and cared for. You can then see the "old timers" talk to them and let them know it's going to be ok, they'll be loved here and maybe, just maybe one day they will be adopted. Because of breed restriction laws, misconceptions and the many that abuse and fight pits, most live out their lives at ARF, with only the few and far between getting adopted.
Since most are lifers, we try to focus on their quality of life. The pibble group is a favorite of volunteers so they get extra special walks and time in the play yard. They get lots of attention from lots of different people: young, old, middle school class field trips, college volunteers, parents and their young ones. People love to bring in special chewies for them, bring in a new rope toy for a good ole game of tug and lots and lots of tennis balls to chase after. During the warmer month we fill up the kiddie pools in our big play yard and give them a "day at the beach." Pibble smiles stretch across the entire play yard and by the end of it our volunteers are covered in drool: that's how they say thank you!
Due to breed restrictions, we can not even take them out and show them off at all the adoption events. It is sad because we know just how wonderful they really are. So instead, we focus on social media outlets to spread their story. Most affective though is just word of mouth. Once people see how special they are they just have to tell their friends and sooner or later we get a few adoption applications in. We have a strict adoption process though to be in the highest interest of the dog. So many of them have such horrid histories that we feel it is our duty to protect them and prevent that from ever happening again. It is rough sometimes, but worth it.
Since we have had this project only two have now been adopted, but this second adoption is extra special. Jerry Jeff has been adopted! He is one of the favorite dogs in the entire shelter. He's a beautiful brindle pibble with a giant heart of gold and even bigger smile. He came to ARF in 2011, skin and bones in very bad shape. He of course was instantly loved and nursed back to health. Through projects like this, we were able to get him vetted, cared for and trained so that he could be at his best for that perfect forever home. Finally, after such a long time, he has found his match. It was well worth the wait and the entire ARF family could not be happier. As there is a collective sigh of relief that one more is saved and that all the effort is worth while, we now look forward to that empty pen of his. Now we can fill it and save one more.
It keeps going on, we keep moving on and slowly but surely we are helping. We are helping because supporters like you are helping us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you feel moved, please help spread our story and consider donating so that we can help just one more. Thank you.
Dogs come and go, but there's always plenty of puppies at ARF! Just as a bunch grow and move on, get adopted and whole new group comes in. We don't complain though because who doesn't like puppies? We've recently had some wonderful successful puppy adoption stories and we couldn't be happier. Every few months we have a completely different group. With each new group, our puppy area grows more and more into the dream that we have for it.
With the overall care of the shelter in need constantly, growth and progress can sometimes be slow, but we always keep pushing forward. We have an outstanding group of volunteers who donate their time and help build it into something truly unique and special. In our puppy room, more and more hardy hand-made pens have been built. The most exciting news though, is the separate puppy play yard that has been finished. It is in a nice quiet corner of the back of the shelter, isolated and perfect for puppies to socialize, play and grow. The posts have also been put in for our puppy runs. This will give them the opportunity to exercise and play even more in an appropriate and safe environment.
This project has helped continue our dream of having the best puppy section any shelter has ever seen. In that, we stand out from the rest and because of that, we thank you. Letting puppies grow in this kind of environment with these advantages helps prepare them and get them even more ready for adoption. I believe it is because of this that our puppy adoption rate has increased greatly. Thank you! Just think of all the puppies you have helped get adopted. With your continued support we can keep this puppy prosperty growing!
There are some seasons that the struggle is just to keep food in the bowls, but because of you this was not one of those seasons! Of course you know and we say it often but the work at a shelter is never done. The stress about finances is never small. The worrying about our future never fades. However, these past few months have been a blessing. Just as things got harder, wonderful people swooped in and helped raise us up. Supporters local and from all over the world have helped us. The generosity is inspiring! Thank you!
Vet bills, event costs, daily operation costs (food, electricity, ect) and training are constant. Despite that we have broken ground and started the major project of multiple play yards and runs for the dogs. This is a huge undertaking and without the man hours volunteered or online donations, we could not do this. With more runs and yards we can get more dogs exercised. When the large volunteer groups come, more groups of dogs can be brought out for play and traning. Being able to rotate more dogs outside not only helps the dogs physically and mentally, but it also helps the people who care for the kennel. Everyone is happier and things move smoother. On top of that, happy, healthy dogs get adopted faster and we have had many more great adoptions!
As well as being able to work on the outside of the shelter, many much needed repairs to the inside have been done. Things being worked on are isolation rooms, larger pens, extra pens and the cat room. We've also been able to finally fix some of the damage that was done during our break-ins. With the New Years fast approaching, we feel like we have turned a corner and much bigger and better things are on our horizon. This new motivation and hope is brought in large part to supporters like you. The donations help us physically get things done and our support that stretches from all around the globe boosts us up and keeps us going. Thank you and we hope to bring you even more progress with even more adoption stories for the next report. ARF supporters are the greatest! Thank you!