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ARF

ARF: Pooh & Piglet

IN THE July 2 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Wendy Hunter


As an ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) volunteer, I have done a lot of things. I have cheered when excited families choose a lucky critter to take home, and I have wept with broken-hearted people surrendering their beloved pet for reasons beyond their control. I have also witnessed heartless humans relinquish senior dogs because they have a new, improved, younger pup at home, and there is too much turmoil in the house. I have stood in stunned amazement, when our resident groomer takes a pitiful, mangy, matted mess of a mutt, and trims and shaves him until he resembles nothing even close to his former self.

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by Wendy Hunter


You are a dog. You are a spoiled dog. You are a dog with one crooked ear, and you snooze on a squishy sofa, gobble up leftovers, and bark like mad when those squirrels hijack the bird feeder. You have a human. You love your human, even though she owns a crazy calico cat that hisses in your ear, and refuses to let you drink from the toilet.

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Animal Rescue of Fresno: Stray Dogs

IN THE January 2 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Wendy Hunter


My sister has a gigantic Pit Bull the color of coal with a head the size of a cinder block, and a bark that’s louder than a Boeing 747. She also has a cattle dog mix with amazing grey eyes, serious ball-chasing skills, and a crazy Jekyll & Hyde personality. To say there’s never a dull moment in that house would be an understatement.

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ARF: A Puppy For Christmas

IN THE December 5 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Wendy Hunter


I don’t have kids. Yup, it’s true. I don’t know the joys of being a parent. Like celebrating first birthdays, first steps, first words, first day of school, and first Christmas. That glorious time of year when tiny tots stay up late, eagerly awaiting Santa Claus, families gather to ingest more food than humanly possible, and children all over the world utter that magical phrase every mother and father will hear at some point in their lifetime: “Can I get a dog for Christmas?”

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ARF: Choose a Chihuahua!

IN THE November 7 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Wendy Hunter


We live in a big world. We like big things. We drive big cars, carry big phones, surf big computers, buy big houses, and watch big TVs while eating big meals. There are trucks in this town with wheels so enormous, that they could flatten my dinky Honda into a shriveled piece of tin foil. My sister’s Samsung cell is almost the size of her head. The Mac in my bedroom could double as a movie screen.

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ARF Column: The Black Dog Syndrome

IN THE October 3 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Wendy Hunter


Boo! It’s finally October folks, and Fall is upon us once again, when the leaves and temperature (hopefully) begin to drop, sweaters make a blissful appearance, and Halloween rears its ghostly head.

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ARF: Logan, Lizzy & Carly

IN THE September 5 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Wendy Hunter


So it’s a typical morning at Animal Rescue of Fresno (ARF) and you’re hanging out by the food bowl with your buddies, and wondering who ate all the chewy chicken pieces again. Probably that new pug mix, who’s always rooting around, taking your favorite poultry flavor, and leaving behind that dreaded morsel of misery reviled by small children and dogs all over the world—liver. Bleah. Just when you think the day is getting off to a rocky start, you see them: A whole herd of humans strolling out to the yard, lead by a knowledgeable volunteer, heading straight in your direction. This is it.

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by Wendy Hunter


I suppose if you’re a lonely little dog, stuck in the scary confines of a shelter or rescue, life can seem a bit like starring in an emotional prison movie. You’re with a bunch of crazy critters you don’t know, you’re pretty sure you don’t belong there, the noise level is insane and some varmints just aren’t familiar with the term “personal space.” You didn’t sign up for this. You didn’t ask for 47 roommates. And you certainly didn’t agree to share a bed with a bunch of total strangers. Yuck.

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by Wendy Hunter


This is a story about second chances. This is a story about the brave canine soul. This also just happens to be a story about both the well-meaning kindness of the human heart, and the occasional foolhardiness it can cause. As a weekend volunteer at Animal Rescue of Fresno (ARF), I am privy to all the good, bad, and ugly things that can happen on a dog day afternoon.

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by Mindi Miller



What exactly is Heaven Can Wait? Heaven Can Wait is a transportation unit that takes dogs of any size that were going to be euthanized out of the Central Valley and drives them to Medford, Oregon to give them a second chance at life instead of death.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


What better way to celebrate Halloween than by being able to not only have a fun scary evening, but also help animals in need. Next weekend on October 25 and 26, Animal Rescue of Fresno (ARF) will be having its sixth annual Halloween Fright Night, which will raise funds for their animal rescue work. The fright night’s are basically like an obstacle course in the dark with actors and you become part of the story.

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