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November 2017   
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President's Message
Hello ARV Supporters and Volunteers,
November is adopt a Senior month.  So many elderly animals are overlooked just because of their age.  But they too are looking for a forever home and can provide many happy years for the adopters.  We have two senior dogs, Hope (pet of the month) and Harley.  We also have a senior cat, Rain, who was adopted from us 12 years ago and left behind when the owners moved. We desperately need a foster home for Rain.  She is super sweet, loving, friendly, and in good health.  Please share Rain with your friends and family.  Click on their names to learn more about them.  There are many in the shelter as well looking for their forever home.
Puppies and more Puppies
In our October newsletter, I mentioned we rescued 3 pregnant mommas.  Altogether, they had 18 puppies. They will be available after Thanksgiving on December 2nd (no adoptions Thanksgiving weekend). Apparently, there is something in the water because we received more calls from the shelter for help.  They had 3 more pregnant mommas (see photo below).  One had 6 puppies and as of now Jasmine and Molly have not birthed yet.  I need your help.  Please educate those around you of the importance of spaying and neutering their animals.  Remember, Valley Vet Non-Profit offers low cost spay and neuter services. They can be contacted at (805) 584-3823.  Help get the word out.

Help ARV earn money
The Holidays are fast approaching.  Don't forget to use the search engine to find the perfect gift.  Once you found the perfect gift, use for your online purchases.  You will be amazed as to the number of stores on the list.  Always check first for a store before purchasing online.  It's easy and you will earn money for ARV.  Please remember to designate Animal Rescue Volunteers first before searching and buying.  Also, if you purchase an item from Amazon, please visit for your purchase and designate Animal Rescue Volunteers. We will get a portion of your purchase.
Walk ‘n Walk Photos and Supporters
Photos of the event are being posted on our Wag ‘n Walk facebook page, click here.  Our 2017 Wag 'n Walk supporters are listed at the end of this email.  Please continue to support them.  They are a huge reason for our success.  Also, a big thank you to R & R Pet Lifestyle and Supply who graciously hosts our adoptions every Saturday at their location; 2780 Tapo Canyon Road; Simi Valley.  If you have not been to their store, please come by and see why they are such a great store to support.  They are privately owned, very knowledgeable about your animal needs, can special order some items, and their customer service is out of this world.  Also, Unleashed by Petco in Thousand Oaks at 475 E. Avenida de los Arboles, hosts our adoption events on the 1st Sunday of the month.  We are very grateful for their support.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  I wish everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!  Enjoy and give thanks to those around you.  We have many things to be thankful for.  Thank you for all your support throughout the year. It is because of YOU that we are able to save so many lives. We CANNOT do this without YOU!!
For the Animals,
Staci O’Connell
ARV President
Quote: November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month:  “Pets are like fine wine, they improve with age.”

Pet of the Month
We rescued Hope from the shelter and we soon learned she was pregnant. She had 4 puppies who have all been adopted. Now Hope is hoping for her furever home. She is sweet and mellow. She loves to be held and will follow you around.
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Coming January 2018
Cook's Night Out
Coming January 2018
This is our fundraiser that helps support our group. You will receive reminders when we are having our cook's night out.  So take the night off cooking and help earn us some money.  We are in the planning stages for our January's cook's night out.  Have a place you would like us to go to? Email us at

Success Story
By Janet (Foster)
Tiffany, a 6 to 8 year old poodle mix that was found wandering in the Oxnard / Ventura area, was brought to the Camarillo Animal Shelter by someone who was somehow familiar with her. According to the shelter, she was full of fleas and very badly matted.  Tiffy as I liked to call her, was then bathed and buzzed. 
ARV rescued her from the shelter and she was placed with me, her foster mom. It was very clear that she had been badly neglected, if not somewhat abused in some way in her past. She was very timid of her new surroundings, and particularly fearful of other dogs.  Upon the approach of another dog, (no matter how friendly or unintimidating) Tiffany would growl and become very defensive.

Tiffy was very loving to most humans who crossed her path. Once you gained her trust, she let you do anything, within reason. Her favorite thing was to sit on your lap for hours.  She loved being loved, and smart, oh my goodness!  She loved getting groomed and always knew when it was time to go for a ride in the car, or a walk in the neighborhood. She knew it because of what you were wearing. 
Tiffy had one peculiar behavior that was very interesting. I think she knew she'd get in trouble if she started growling at the other dogs, which sometimes happened when their food was being prepared. So, she would take herself out through the doggy door, and wait patiently at the sliding glass door where the dogs were fed. When the food was ready, I'd let her back in without incident. 
Tiffy had a couple of issues aside from her age that somewhat deterred interest in her. She had a cataract in one eye, for which we had her evaluated. However, it was determined she was not a good candidate for corrective surgery because the retina was damaged. She also had an area on her hip that was devoid of hair. For the most part, it was undetected because of the hair surrounding it, but nonetheless it was there. Neither one of these issues hindered Tiffany in any way. She was as active as any other dog. 
Due to her issue with other dogs, it became clear that Tiffany needed a home where she would be the only dog. After a year of being up for adoption, a lovely lady came in to look at a poodle mix pup we had for adoption. Their family needed a hypoallergenic dog. After discussing the pros and cons of raising a puppy, she was introduced to Tiffy. After Tiffy was placed on her lap and the initial introductions of petting and licking took place, I think it was a done deal. However, we still needed an ok from husband and son, who followed up within the hour.  Tiffy plopped into their laps and that began forming a beautiful bond that now brings tears to my eyes. Tiffany, now known as Jinger, as they have expressed to me, “changed their lives.” And they have definitely changed hers. Thank you so much Sonnemann Family for your patience, your love, and your willingness to welcome this little dog into your family.
  Tiffany adopted 2 

Colin, Jackie holding Jinger, and Robert
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Dog Adoption Locations
Dog Adoption in Simi Valley
Every Saturday
 (except for holiday weekends) 
11 am to 3 PM at R & R Pet Lifestyle and Supply
2780 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley, Click here for map
Dog Adoption in Thousand Oaks

1st Sunday of every month
(except for holiday weekends) noon to 3 pm
Unleashed by Petco,

475 East Avenida De Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, Click here for map

Please email in advance to confirm
a particular pet will be at the adoption event.
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