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February 2018   
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President's Message
Hello ARV Supporters and Volunteers,
Happy Belated Valentine’s day!  We hope everyone had a sweet day!
Rosebud Update
Some of you who follow us on Facebook know Rosebud’s story.  She was the fifth puppy from Molly and Buddy, Beagle / Basset mix.  She was born with inverted back feet, which have corrected themselves, is deaf, and has neurological issues.  It was touch and go when she was born but she is now 3 months old and 5 lbs.  She is half her siblings size though. 
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We took her to a neurologist who diagnosed her with hydrocephalus (water on the brain) and nerve development issues.  Many reflex tests showed she had little reflexes.  He felt the hydrocephalus is the least of her worries as the nerve issue is more severe.  They attempted to take blood to check for an infection and to get a baseline.  She panicked so much that she stopped breathing.  They immediately stopped and placed her in an oxygen tank.  She was lightly sedated and they were able to draw blood.  We await the results. We were given antibiotics to see if it would help her improve, but it did not.  When she is older, we will need to do a nerve test to get an exact diagnosis.  Currently, her nerves are too small and could cause complications since they remove some of the nerve for the test.  Therefore, her life expectancy is unknown at this time.  Supporting us at our Wag ‘n Walk helps us to provide the best care for Rosebud and all our animals.
Wag ‘n Walk 2018
MARK your calendar - September 29, 2018 is our 13th Annual Wag ‘n Walk at the Rancho Community Park (commonly known as the duck park) located on the corner of  Erringer and Royal.  This is a vital event for our continued success so we hope to have your support.  Wag ‘n Walk is a fun filled family event that is FREE and open to the general public.  It is a leisure three-mile walk that participants and their canine companions can enjoy at the park.  However, you do not have to be a walking participant or even a dog owner to enjoy the event.  You can stroll and view vendors, dog adoptions, listen to live entertainment, or bid on the many wonderful raffles and silent auctions.  More details to follow as we near our fun event.
Facebook support
We are very grateful for your continued support.  Sharing our postings on Facebook will help our cause tremendously.  Asking your friends to share it too is even better.  With so little effort on your part, can you imagine the number of people who will read about our cause if you and your friends share our posts? If only one gets adopted as a result, that is one more.  If you have not liked us on Facebook, click here to like us.  Ask your friends to like us too.
Support local businesses that support us
Many thanks to R & R Pet Lifestyle and Supply, 2780 Tapo Canyon Road in Simi Valley who hosts our Saturday adoptions from 11 am to 3 pm.  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, a big thank you to Unleashed by Petco in Thousand Oaks at 475 E. Avenida de los Arboles, who hosts our adoption events on the 1st Sunday of the month.  We are very grateful for their support.  Please support businesses like these that support us. 
Thank you for your support!  It is because of YOU that we are able to save so many lives.
For the Animals,
Staci O’Connell
ARV President
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened” ~ Dr. Seuss   
Dasher newsletter
Pet of the Month
Dasher was born approx June 2016. She is super sweet and playful. She was a stray we rescued from the shelter pregnant. She had 7 puppies and was a very good momma. She has been spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped and is ready for her furever home.

Link to more of Dasher's photos
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Coming April 2018    
Cook's Night Out
Coming April 2018
This is our every 3rd month 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 April's cook's night out.  Have a place you would like us to go to? Email us at

Razzle newsletter

Success Story
By Sue (Foster)

We rescued Razzle, his siblings, and his Momma, Skittles, from a local "high kill" shelter when the pups were newborns.  They were raised in a loving foster home until they were ready to be adopted.  On their first adoption day, Razzle was absolutely terrified and was trying to bite anyone that would come close. We continued to work with him while the rest of his family was happily adopted.  Every new experience had to be slowly introduced because it was very evident he had fear aggression.
He was a gorgeous pup with an issue that would take a special adopter who understood his fears.  That couple came to adoptions one day and were eager to meet him.  I carefully set him on their lap rear-end first and encouraged him to not be afraid.  His fear aggression did not scare away this couple as it had many potential adopters before them.  I explained that he would need to be slowly introduced to all new things with a lot of reassurance from them. They were already in love with him and ready for the challenges ahead.
He entered his new home and quickly met a cat named Lucy, that was not too happy about his arrival.  Luckily, he gave that relationship some time as he had many new fears to meet and overcome.  He now goes on several long walks per day and gets to play in a community dog area with many other dogs.  I am happy to report that he has adjusted well to his new family, but it did take time and patience.  Once he bonded, everything got easier and he continues to make wonderful progress.  He loves his new family and was renamed Ricky.  Now they have Lucy and Ricky! :)


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Photo: Meredith holding Ricky and Steve

  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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