By Mimi and Hooch

Tails were wagging and motors purring this week at the ARF house.

Chancy, the Lab/Aussie mix perked his ears up at just the right time and wagged his way into a perfect forever home. Paws up to you Chancy!

But it was in the cattery where all the excitement was.

Isabella, our calico diva, batted her eyelashes, melted the heart of her forever mom, and her wish came true. She will now have her own human to love and her very own pillow to rest upon.

Opie, the Maine coon mix, purred his way into the heart of one of ARF’s angels and will be forever loved and cherished.

And, Dusk & Dawn, our two black kittens, were adopted by Aimie, the Chihuahua that was adopted by her forever human at Easter time. Aimie and her mom just couldn’t bear to leave ARF’s appreciation luncheon on Sunday without the babies in tow, and now they are a happy family. A rags-to-riches story, the kittens’ scary lives under the beauty parlor is now only a memory. We’ll miss you, Dusk & Dawn.

This is Annie, the Chihuahua/min pin mix, and daughter of Aimie. Annie spent the weekend with 26 of America’s men and women who are young military veterans. They, like Annie, are learning how to overcome trauma through experiencing the love and trust gained by connecting with another being. Spending almost her entire life in rescue shelters has made Annie fearful, but she looks for and expresses love, wiggling onto a friendly lap for caresses. Once you establish a bond with her, it will be for life. Annie is adorable and playful, and as fast as a jet with plenty of healthy young energy.

Missy is a young Australian shepherd/pit mix with a heart of gold. Left alone in an abandoned house to starve, Missy lives in the moment and put the past behind her wagging tail. She loves the wind in her face, chew bones, and to share love with everyone she meets. With one blue eye and one brown, Missy will be sure to capture your heart.
DukeDuke, the chow, will be the perfect partner for the coming fall and winter days. He is a young senior who lives for the walk, and the love of his forever human. His handsome coat will surely keep you both warm. Duke needs a foster or forever home now.

ARF has several cats and dogs available for adoption or fostering. Go to and click on Petfinder. All pets are spayed, neutered, and up-to-date on shots. ARF is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Email [email protected]. (951) 659-1122.

Creature corner is sponsored this week by Brent Skean. To sponsor the column, call Shane Fender at the Town Crier, 659-2145.