By Mimi and Hooch

ARF orphans’ wish list: a warm bed to call my own, plentiful food in my bowl, a kind human touch to my fur, the leash, treats, and most of all, that special car ride to my new forever home.

Four paws up to Duke, the chow chow, for having his Thanksgiving wish come true.

Michelle, our feral tux will see her Thanksgiving at a new home, too. Thank you to her patient and loving angel.

And many purrs to Granite the cat. We know you will be thankful for your new home with an angel that has always loved you.

Reily’s bags are packed, bones included, and she is ready to go. A true hikers dream, Reily has great energy on the trail, and on a leash. Hide and seek is her favorite game whether it’s a rock or her favorite toy. Reily’s focus comes naturally, and everything else she learns is just gravy. In the bowl, that is.

All dressed up in his tux, Blackjack is a young male tuxedo. Calm, house trained, and good with other felines, and canines. Blackjack still has a little kitty in him when it comes to playtime, and enough maturity to know the rules.

Leonardo is almost 2 years old. Always open to new friendships, Leonardo will bravely welcome any four-legged that walks thru the door, be it canine, or feline. He knows no enemies, as he makes sure all the new orphans at ARF are accepted and safe. A sleek short haired grey, Leonardo, along with his siblings, lost his mom shortly after birth. One by one, his brothers were all adopted. He chose to pass it on, as Mr. Mom to Dawn and Dusk, who also lost their mom and were living under a house. Leonard is a one of a kind furry friend who is at his best consoling and loving other cats and dogs.

And just in time for Christmas: we have kittens!

ARF has many cats and dogs available for adoption or fostering. Go to and click on Petfinder. All pets are spayed, neutered, and current on shots. ARF is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call for appointment on any other day at (951)659-1122. Email and donation opportunities are at or e-mail [email protected].

Creature corner is sponsored this week by Rosie Beagle. To sponsor the column, call or email Shane Fender at the Town Crier, 659-2145.