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April 2017   
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President's Message
Hello ARV Supporters and Volunteers,
Wag ‘n Walk – September 30th

Do you have it on your calendar?  Our 12th Annual Wag ‘n Walk is on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Rancho Community Park on the corner of Erringer and Royal in Simi Valley.  This event is our major fundraiser and gives us the ability to save dogs in need.  Registration will open in June.
Free to Participate

This is a family fun filled event that is FREE and open to the general public.  You do not have to be a walking participant or even a dog owner to enjoy the event.  Attendees can stroll and view vendors, dog adoptions, listen to live entertainment, or partake in the many wonderful raffles and silent auctions.
Great Saves

We recently rescued two sister purebred Pekingese dogs, Mindy and Minnie, from their owner. They were used as breeder dogs and the owner had no use for them any longer (please adopt don’t shop!)  The two dogs spent the last several years outside on a 6x4 concrete slab and were not cared for very well.  Happily Minnie has been adopted.  Mindy is still waiting for her furever home.

We have a very special tradition where we pull a dog from the shelter every year on Christmas Eve so they can be in a home for Christmas. Clara Jane was our 2016 Christmas pull.  She is a 12-year-old Chihuahua mix who is deaf, has limited sight, dental disease, grade three heart murmur, many warts, curvature of the spine, and bad knees.  She is a sweet girl who sleeps a lot but likes to be held and petted.  She will now get to live the good life for the rest of her years.  She will never again see the inside of the shelter, sleep on the cold hard floor, or be mistreated.  She will be loved and cared for, and there will always be a warm spot for her by the fireplace for the rest of her time.

We also recently rescued Skittles and her 4 pups, Snickers, Razzle, Taffy, and Tootsie.  They were rescued from the shelter as strays.  The pups are only 3 weeks old so all should be available for adoption in about 5 weeks.
 Mindy newsletter 6      Clara Jane newsletter     Skittles and pups newsletter  

April’s Cook’s Night Out – Yolanda’s Mexican Café– April 26th
This month's Cook’s Night Out will be at Yolanda’s Mexican Café on Wednesday April 26th  (11 am to 9 pm). They will give us 20% of your receipts.  Please click here for the flyer you need to bring with you.  Please share this with your friends and family.  Take the day/night off cooking and help earn us some money.
“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” ~ Unknown
For the Animals,
Staci O’Connell
ARV President
Pet of the Month
Baby Girl
Baby Girl was born approximately 2010. This little sweetie is very petite, weighing only 5 lbs. She is super sweet and would make a great lap dog! She is fine with other dogs but is not interested in playing. She prefers and loves to lounge on your lap. No cats.
Cook's Night Out
April 26, 2017
Yolanda's Mexican Café, 590 E. Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley
April 26th, 11 am to 9 pm, Dine-in or take-out and includes alcoholic beverages.
Enjoy a day/night off while raising much needed funds for ARV. Take the flyer to Yolanda's Mexican Café and ARV will receive 20% of the proceeds.

Click here for Flyer

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Success Story - Bolt
By Staci (foster)
Bolt was rescued from the shelter shortly after our Wag ‘n Walk 2016.  He was a confiscation case.  He clearly was abused as he snarled and snapped at people.  He would yelp if picked up under his legs.  If you walked by him, getting your feet close to him, he would snarl and cringe.
He was one lucky dog that we rescued him.  At his first adoption, he was snarly at everyone that passed.  I did obedience with him and showed him humans were not all bad.  One way to his heart was food.  The volunteers at our adoptions won him over with treats and he was soon happy to see the volunteers.
He was a super sweet dog once he was comfortable with you.  He would wag his tail and wiggle his hind back and forth quickly in excitement.  It was very cute and endearing.  He was very funny at feeding time.  He would get very excited, leaping from couch to couch barking as he went.  I would make him wait for his food, which was so hard for him. He was unable to calmly wait.  He would spin and spin until I released him. He was a vacuum when he ate.  I always wondered if he even tasted the food.
Given his poor showing at adoptions, I was convinced it would take some time for the right adopter to come in.  Again one lucky dog as he has an amazing new home with a playmate.  Thank you Joan for given Bolt, renamed Buddy, his new home and being patient with him.
 Bolt newsletter 

Photo left to right:  Joan, Buddy, and Tanner
  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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