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President's Message
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Wag ‘n Walk - An Event For All Dog Lovers
Register Now
It is only 1 ½ months before our 12th annual Wag ‘n Walk fundraiser.  Please join us for this fun event on Saturday, September 30th from 7 am to noon.  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, 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 pregnant momma, Bambi, who had her 5 puppies 5 weeks ago.  She was a stray picked up by the shelter.  She was in the shelter for a month when they noticed she was getting larger.  We received the call for help and picked her up that day.  Two days later she had her puppies in the foster's home. Whew! Just in time.  Mommas with new puppies have very high medical expenses.
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Bambi with her newborn puppies
Our mascot, Princess, needed costly surgery.  While at the shelter, they approached us about Princess.  We were already pulling a 14-year-old dog, Prinze.  They told us her heartbreaking story and that they felt she needed amputation of her leg after being in a very bad car accident with her owners, who sadly dumped her.  We had her surgery and saved her leg!  Bambi, her puppies, Princess, and future rescues need your support.
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: Biggest Ears, Smallest Ears, Prettiest Eyes, Cutest Couple, Most unique "natural" fur coat, Largest, Smallest, Best Dancer, Best Sit, and Best Trick. 

Vendors/Sponsors NEEDED
If you are interested in being a sponsor/vendor or know of a possible company, please email us at
Also, the top 3 individual fundraisers will receive a prize.  All monies must be turned in by Wednesday, Sept 27th by 5 pm via mail and Thursday, Sept 28th 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 12th annual Wag ‘n Walk. 
Staci O’Connell
ARV President
“You can’t change a dog’s past but you can change their future” ~ Unknown

Pet of the Month
Harley was born approx 2011. He is a very devoted and loving little guy....but his devotion it seems is limited to one person in the household.  Harley lost his eye as a result of humans mistreating him.

He is happy go lucky at adoptions. He will hop from one lap to another lap to another lap throughout the day. But once in a home, he doesn't want to share his person with another.

He loves to sit in laps and gives little kisses and jumps to be picked up.  His favorite treats are tortilla chips and ice cubes. Please consider Harley. He really is a sweet boy and so deserving of a home that will understand and love him for who he is.
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Coming October
Cook's Night Out
Coming October 2017
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 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 (Foster)
Sadie was rescued from a local shelter.  She was not the dog we were waiting to look at, but as we walked by her cage, she looked at us with a plea for help.  She was with several other dogs and being a black color, she was not as visible to the public as the other dogs in her kennel.  Her owners had surrendered her as she was a gift to them and the landlord would not allow them to keep her.
We asked to see her and she was a bundle of happiness in the greeting area.  Clearly we could not leave her behind, as her chance of being adopted with us was greater than at the shelter.  Black dogs, in general, are harder to adopt.  Well not for Sadie once in our group. 
She was a great size.  She was a deer head Chihuahua / Rat Terrier mix with long legs.  She was a very friendly, sweet, and loving dog.  She was playful and good with all dogs and people.  She loved to snuggle up with you.  As soon as I would sit down on the couch and before I could blink, flop! She was on my lap and falling asleep.
Her new adopters saw her online and came to meet her with their dog.  They too saw how sweet she was.  We are so happy Sadie has a new furever home with a very sweet playmate.  Thank you for adopting and saving another life!
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Kirk holding Sadie and Joni holding Emma

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
Wag 'n Walk Mascot!

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Princess busted after playing in the mud!
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
Please support them!

Interested in being a sponsor/vendor?  Please email us at
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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