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All Eyes on Cheddar

Cheddar, a playful, affectionate Chihuahua mix, was found as a stray with his siblings at only two months old. He arrived as a perfectly happy puppy. But one characteristic made him stand out from the litter: his shrunken and shriveled right eye. 

Our veterinary team took Cheddar into surgery to carefully remove the malformed and non-functional eye. While the brave puppy recovered in a foster home, it didn’t take long for his charms to shine through. In fact, Cheddar’s volunteer foster mom, Kelly, very quickly noticed something special in him! 

Kelly gushed to us, “Cheddar stole my heart immediately when we fostered him and his siblings. I couldn’t get enough of him, and we were best buds the entire time. He was either my shadow, my snuggle bug, or attached at the hip while I worked. It was the saddest goodbye when he left.”

Thankfully, that goodbye didn’t last long.

On the day that Cheddar and his three, equally-adorable siblings were ready for their adoption debut, Kelly dropped them off at our campus. But she quickly realized she had made a mistake letting go of Cheddar. “I know ‘goodbye’ is the goal with fostering – this one just stung more than usual,” explains Kelly, whose family has fostered more than 20 dogs for ARF since 2021. “[When] I realized that I could never go another day without him…I headed straight to ARF and brought him back to his, now forever home.”

Thank you for giving animals like Cheddar a second chance! You provide dogs and cats access to immediate medical care and the bright future they deserve. Will you help the next animal on their journey?

Join us for Yappy Hour on February 9

Looking for a fun and unique date night leading up to Valentine’s Day? Need a little animal cuteness to cheer you up after a stressful week at work? Join us on Thursday, February 9 at 6 pm for Yappy Hour: an evening of fun for animal-lovers ages 21+. Unwind over drinks, smiling faces, and the company of furry friends.

The Yappy Hour festivities include snacks and drinks, Valentine’s Day crafts and, animal-themed trivia. Plus, tickets are only $25! Doesn’t that sound paw-sitively amazing?

More Updates

Dog Training Classes

Join our skilled trainers for a variety of fun and engaging group training classes that will take your bond with your dog to the next level. Remember, a well-trained dog is a happy dog! Classes will fill quickly, so sign up today!

Adoptions Now Open on Tuesdays

We’re excited to extend our adoption hours to Tuesdays, with the opportunity to find furry friends! Adoptions are now open Tuesday-Sunday, from 12-6 pm with early sign-in available Tuesday-Friday beginning at 9 am. View available animals.

Free Behind-the-Scenes Tour of ARF

Do you wonder what happens behind-the-scenes? On Sunday, February 12 from 2:30-3:30 pm. Tour our clinic, dental suite, newly-constructed animal care expansion, and Pets and Vets Center. You might even meet a new furry friend! Reserve your spot now.

Adopt Ferry

Ferry is a gorgeous senior cat who looks like a sleek, elegant panther. She is amazingly sweet and would love to be your new best friend. Learn more about Ferry and the rest of our adoptable animals.