OGEA Animal Friends











All Animal Rescue and Friends (AARF)

by Brianna Chenevey

     Anyone who knows Val Wood, a Special Day Class Teacher at Santa Teresa, is familiar with her involvement with All Animal Rescue & Friends (AARF), a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that physically rescues and reunites lost and found animals within the community. This particular rescue group is located in San Martin, and provides medical assistance and care to the injured, abused/neglected, abandoned, and under-age animals. AARF also rescues at-risk animals from local shelters and partners with another rescue group, South Bay Rescue.

        Animals that arrive at AARF are spayed or neutered, provided up-to-date vaccinations, dewormed, defleaed, and microchipped prior to being put up for adoption. Rather than being placed in a facility, the pets are provided safe and nurturing, private foster homes. The pets can be viewed at http://www.aarflove.org or through Petfinder under “Shelters and Rescues” at http://www.petfinder.com. If you are interested in adopting one of these featured pets, you can email AARF at adopt@aarflove.org. The adoption amount for puppies or dogs is $350 and for kittens or cats is $100. Attending one of the AARF pet fairs is another great opportunity to meet some of the pets up for adoption. The following animals displayed are currently available for adoption:

        Brownie is a 2-year-old, Rat Terrier and Chihuahua mix. She was originally placed in a local shelter, but faced challenges adjusting. She was simply too frightened to let anyone provide her with love and affection. After being rescued, Brownie was able to warm up to her foster family. Today, she is a happy, affectionate pup. Most of her time is spent cuddled up to her humans or playfully running in the yard.

     Gonzo is a playful and loving Abyssinian and Tabby mix. He gets along well with other cats and dogs and is good with children. Gonzo was born on the side of the road and lost his mother and siblings as a young kitten. Around 6 weeks of age, after having been rescued and bottle fed, he began having seizures. Gonzo is currently on anti-seizure medication and is doing well. Most importantly, Gonzo is a very happy kitty with lots of energy, always living life to its fullest. It is important that his new family has the time and energy available to spend with him at home.

     Bunny is a Manx and American Bobtail mix. She is a short-haired, white, tabby cat. Bunny is tailless and loves to run, hop, and play, so the name suits her quite well. Besides being playful and active, Bunny is also very affectionate and enjoys snuggling in the arms of her foster family. She gets along well with everyone, including dogs and children, and would make a wonderful addition to your family.

        Buddha is an American Staffordshire Terrier mix. She is crate trained, house-broken, and loves children. Nevertheless, Buddha prefers a home without cats. After being hit by a car, she has been able to regain her strength with the help and support of her rescuers. She only has three legs, yet is capable of just about anything. Buddha is patient, loving, affectionate, and ready to meet her forever family. Perhaps it could be you!

        Isa is an adorable, black and white, Pit Bull Terrier puppy. She is fun and sociable and currently lives with foster-siblings. Isa is playful and full of energy. She would do very well in an active home with other dogs. Although she is energetic, Isa is also very affectionate and is always available for a good cuddle.


Brianna Chenevey, Communications Team