Four paws up for Emma, our Aussie mix. Her smile says it all, as she enjoys her forever home and her new pack. Paws up to the human angel too for saving her.

Lucky was tied to a post, matted beyond belief, with some kibbles thrown on the ground. He is a young male dachsund, Shih Tzu mix with the softest fur. He will make the perfect small indoor pet, as his favorite thing to do is to sit in your lap and just be loved. Lucky is looking forward to his forever, loving home with you by his side.

So you had a bad day? Keep that football out, even after Super Bowl. Come home to Missy, a young Aussie mix and you won’t remember the “ruff” day at the office. She’s always ready for a game of catch, whether it’s the football or Frisbee, or her favorite toy. Prefer the walk? She’s ready. Great on the leash, good with all canines and a little inquisitive about the feline crowd, this smart girl is quick to learn tricks, and commands. Potty training? Done. Stay? Done. Release? Done. Down? Well, we’re still working on that. If you have the energy, she will match it. When the day is done, well, she might just share the remote and the couch!

Blackjack, our tuxedo teen, promises to keep you laughing in your new year with his daily antics. Dressed for the holiday, he has lately taken on the chores of Mr. Mom, watching over the five “Girl Scout” kitties. Who, by the way, have all gone to their “fur”-ever homes.

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 email [email protected].

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