Pippa, a 1½ -year-old bulldog mix, won over ARF's rescue team at first sight during a recent trip to a partner shelter in California's Central Valley.

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News from Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation  |  November 2021


Pippa Starts Service Dog Training Just in Time for Veterans Day

Pippa, a 1½ -year-old bulldog mix, won over ARF's rescue team at first sight during a recent trip to a partner shelter in California's Central Valley. In addition to being extremely loving with everyone she met, Pippa had all of the exceptional qualities ARF's Pets and Vets team looks for when selecting aspiring service dogs for Veterans with PTSD, anxiety, traumatic brain injuries, and severe depression. And ARF’s team had just the Veteran in mind for Pippa: Rob!

When Rob and his family met Pippa for the first time, his daughter proudly stated, "We're a family now." Since being matched together, Pippa is already making a difference. The first time they went to a pet store together, Pippa kept sitting on Rob's feet, with Rob realizing, “She may already be sensing when I’m anxious.” Over the next year, Rob will work with Pets and Vets trainers to teach Pippa life-changing service dog skills, working towards her certification as a psychiatric service dog.

When ARF provides second chances to animals in need, each pet has their own journey to begin. While some are beloved companions, others become emotional support or therapy animals, and a select few begin training to become Pets and Vets service dogs — every one of them provides the unconditional love that only an animal can give.

Your gift today will be doubled thanks to our $50,000 Giving Tuesday matching campaign, saving twice the lives and extending the impact of your generosity.


Keep Pets Safe During Thanksgiving

As we gather to give thanks this month, be extra mindful of your pets. Many foods on your holiday dinner plate — including garlic, onions, raisins, grapes, and chocolate — are toxic for your furry companions. Plus, once the meal is over, your pet may be tempted to delve into the trash can for these morsels, so keep a keen eye out.

Animals can join in on the holiday fun in healthy ways! Dogs love the crunch of air-popped popcorn, baby carrots, or apple slices. Cats can get in a festive mood with a live catnip plant or cat grass. Plus, a taste of pure pumpkin can be a mouthwatering source of fiber for dogs and cats alike! Alternatively, consider bonding over some extra playtime or a long walk in the autumn air before guests arrive. No matter how you spend Thanksgiving with your pets, be safe as you give thanks for having them in your life.


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Save 2x the Lives this Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday, the worldwide day of giving, takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. In honor of Giving Tuesday, all gifts this month will be matched (up to $50,000) thanks to the generosity of Maud and Burton Goldfield, who are champions of the human-animal bond and hope to save more lives. Don't miss this chance to save twice as many lives while supporting ARF!

New ARF Apparel Available

ARF supporters voted last week, and the favorite new ARF apparel and accessories will be available soon! Give the animal lovers in your life the purrfect gifts. Make sure you order by November 25 to ensure delivery before the December holidays.

Help Improve ARF's Website

ARF is seeking testers to help determine the best way to organize ARF's website content. With so many life-changing programs, your participation by November 14 will help ARF create a more intuitive site to fulfill our mission.

Sports Memorabilia Auction

Do you (or someone you know) love collecting sports memorabilia? Don't miss ARF's online auction. Available items include an autographed Buster Posey jersey, autographed Jack Nicklaus photo and scorecard, 49ers Levi Stadium suite tickets, and more. Bidding ends on Saturday, November 20.

Adopt Vivian

Vivian is a lovely recent mama who is ready to retire into a loving home now that her kittens have been adopted. Submit your adoption inquiry today! By the way, did you know ARF waives adoption fees for military veterans? That's just another way we say thanks to the brave men and women who have served this country.