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President's Message
Hello ARV Supporters and Volunteers, 18x24_YardSign_WnW2018_Street_Sign_2
Wag ‘n Walk - An Event For All Dog Lovers
Register Now

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It is only about 1 month before our 13th annual Wag ‘n Walk fundraiser.  Please join us for this fun event on Saturday, September 29th from 7 am to 11 am.  Visit to register for FREE.  Bring your dog for a 3-mile walk along the park and surrounding areas.  After the walk, sit in the shade of the trees, visit our vendors and Ventura County Animal Shelter’s adoptable dogs, enjoy the entertainment, and once again the FREE photo booth with your photos printed instantly.  Don’t miss out on our raffles and silent auctions. Remember you can bypass the 3-mile walk and not bring a dog, while still enjoying the activities and raising funds.  Tell your family and friends.  Make it a family event.
This is such a worthwhile event and we need your support to continue saving our furry friends.  Just recently, we rescued a dog, Annie, from the shelter.  Her owners moved out of state so she was left with some people.  They did not want her, so they left her in the yard 24/7.  She was then given away 2 more times and became an escape artist.  The shelter picked her up and contacted the owners who did not want her back.  We knew when rescuing her she had a heart murmur so we immediately took her to our veterinarian.  Her foster momma noticed Annie was having what appeared to be epilepsy, where she would collapse during the episode.  We took her to a cardiologist who confirmed her heart disease which will require her to be on medication for the rest of her life.  The cause of her epilepsy episodes is still unknown.  She is currently wearing a monitor to record her heart during an episode (see photo below).  The foster needs to manually start the recording during an episode so that we are guaranteed to get data of her heart.
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Our mascot, Rosebud, needed costly hip surgery and multiple specialized testing for her neurological issue.  Her momma was rescued pregnant from the shelter.  She was born in the foster’s home and had a tough time with breathing, nursing, and developing properly. 
We will again have roving judges. To be judged you need to be in the quad by the vendors between 7 am and 8 am. We will be awarding prizes in the following categories: Longest Fur, Prettiest Eyes, Cutest Couple, Best costume, Biggest, Smallest, Best shake, Best Dance, Best Sit, and Best Trick.
Also, the top 3 individual fundraisers will receive a prize.  All monies must be turned in by Wednesday, Sept 26th by 5 pm via mail and Thursday, Sept 27th by midnight via online (Wag ‘n Walk fundraiser page or Paypal Link) in order to be counted towards the prizes.

For the animals, please register now for our 13th annual Wag ‘n Walk.
Staci O’Connell
ARV President
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ~ Roger Caras
Pet of the Month
Hope was born approx December 2010. She was rescued from the shelter pregnant. She had 4 puppies, who have all been adopted. Now Hope is hoping for her furever home. She is sweet, likes to be held and on your lap, likes to snuggle, and will be your shadow following you around.

Link to more of Hope's story
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Coming October 2018
Cook's Night Out
Coming October 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 October's cook's night out.  Have a place you would like us to go to? Email us at

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Success Story
By Staci
Rocket was a stray picked up by the shelter.  We rescued him 4 years ago and he was adopted a couple months later.  The owners adopted another dog and the two did not get along.  As a result, Rocket became snarky with them so they returned him to us.  In the foster’s home, he was protective of himself and snappy when he felt uncomfortable.  However, he improved and flourished in the foster’s home. 
We knew it would take a special family who had experience with dogs.  Happily, a groomer, who has helped us with some of our dogs, saw him online.  She and her husband immediately fell in love with Rocket.  At his meet and greet, Rocket was on his best behavior but then showed some of his snarky side.  They knew to give him space when needed and patience as he would be a great addition.  He has adjusted great in his new home and is so loved.  Thank you, Karen and Jerry, for opening your home and hearts for Rocket.
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Photo: Jerry holding Tommy, Rocket and Karen holding Joe

FREE to Register!
It's as EASY
as 1, 2, 3!

1) Register for Wag ‘n Walk and create an optional fundraising page.
2) Ask your friends and family to make a donation on your behalf.
3) Get the word out. Tell others about the event
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the fee to register? It's FREE to be a walker at our event. This event is a charity dog walk that encourages the walkers to help raise funds so that Animal Rescue Volunteers can continue their work to rescue more animals.

I have a sponsor that prefers to mail in their donation. Is there a form? Yes, if your sponsor prefers to mail in the donation, we have a form.  Click here for the form.
Have your sponsor complete the form and mail it to the address listed. NOTE: Make sure you are registered on-line first so that the mail-in donation counts towards the funds you have raised.

How much do I need to raise to receive an event T-shirt? $100 and you will also receive a goodie bag.

I do not have a dog.  Can I still attend and join the walk? Yes! This is a community event and we welcome everyone, with or without a dog.

I will not be able to attend the event, but would like to still raise money? Register and afterwards you will be given the option of creating a fundraising page to support our event.

I know you have a dog contest at the event but I always miss out. How do I register for that? No need to register. The key is to show up by 7 am and remain in the quad by the vendors.  Judging will end by 8 am. There will be secret roving judges selecting dogs for different categories.  See President's section for categories
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Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors
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Dog Adoption Location
  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

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