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Behind Sugar Pie’s Wagging Tail

Sugar Pie, a bouncy, wiggly Pit Bull Terrier mix from California’s Central Valley, has never met a dog or person she didn’t like. She greets everyone she meets with a happy face and perpetually wagging tail. She’ll do all she is asked for a treat, and is able to focus and be calm when on a walk, at the store, and around loud outside noises. Traits like these make her an excellent candidate to become a psychiatric service dog for a Veteran in ARF’s Pets and Vets program.

Like most dogs found as strays, Sugar Pie’s past was mostly a mystery. No one knows what she experienced before being rescued. But there were clues that indicated her life was not an easy one. In fact, when our clinic team prepped Sugar Pie for her spay surgery, they discovered something terrifying — this sweet dog had a bullet lodged in her shoulder.

Our clinic successfully removed the bullet while performing her sterilization surgery, so she is no longer enduring the shoulder pain and discomfort.  

Shortly after she recovered, Sugar Pie was matched with a grateful Veteran, and ready to begin their service dog training together. And as a reminder of the endless (and perhaps undeserved) love and forgiveness dogs have for humans, Sugar Pie’s new guardian has kept the bullet as a keepsake.

Every animal who enters our doors has their own story. Like detectives, we’re often able to piece together clues as to what life was like for our animals before their time with us began. It warms our hearts to know that we are where their happy, new beginnings commence. Sugar Pie’s inspirational second chance was made possible by ARF supporters like you.

Your gift gives animals a happy, new start and access to medical care!

Bring Your Skills to a Career for the Animals

Have you ever walked into the Animal Rescue Foundation and felt something special? The warm, positive, and loving energy the animals bring makes our campus feel like a home.

If you are looking for a career path that makes a difference, and you absolutely love animals, ARF could be the perfect place for you. You can use your skills to advance ARF’s mission of People Rescuing Animals … Animals Rescuing People®

Our mission saves lives, inspires learning, and connects the hearts of animals and people. And now is an exciting time to be at ARF, as we grow our team to deepen our impact. To make that a reality, we are looking for talented, enthusiastic team members in a wide variety of available roles including Adoption Specialist, Animal Care Specialist, Community Solutions Specialist, Director of Marketing and Communications, and more. Apply today or share our job openings with someone who has a passion for animals and wants to use their skills every day to save lives!

More Updates

Playtime at Puppy Socials

Did you recently adopt a puppy? Join our skilled trainers for a Puppy Social! Your new pup will get 45 minutes of supervised fun with other puppies 8-18 weeks old in a clean environment. Puppy socials teach impressionable, young pups valuable play skills and bite inhibition — plus, they couldn’t be cuter to watch! Select a date, and remember to bring treats!

Shop for Less and Save Lives

Get thrifty! Shop the ARF Thrift Store and find a variety of merchandise at a fraction of the retail pricing! Plus all sale proceeds benefit the lifesaving efforts of the ARF Emergency Medical Fund®. Come see for yourself Monday-Saturday, 10 am-4 pm at 1950 Market Street, Suite H, in Concord, CA.

Fostering Saves More Lives

Want to help animals from the comfort of your own home? Have love to give, but not ready to adopt? Consider fostering! ARF provides everything you need: food, toys, litter, treats, full-time support, and access to our full-service veterinary clinic. Register to foster and get started today!

Adopt Sweet Ferry

Ferry is a darling, affectionate, senior cat with mesmerizing, smokey black fur. She is ready to share her golden years with a loving family. Learn more about Ferry and the rest of our adoptable animals.