Author: Kara Dannenhold

Never Give Up: Jetta’s Story

This is the second article in a series of articles about adopted ARF animals who have had a significant impact on their adopters. While ALL ARF animals fit this bill, there are a special few who have gone above and beyond what anyone could have ever expected. Some animals have helped their humans with feats of heroism. Others have done so simply by being by their side day after day and forming a powerful and unique canine-human bond. The article below is about one of those powerful bonds and an adoption that was just “meant to be.” NEVER GIVE...

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The Ontario Spay Neuter Task Force

This month I would like to highlight a very important volunteer group close to ARF’s heart, and a sister group to ARF Ontario: The Ontario Spay Neuter Task Force, or “CanFix.” Stay tuned next month for the second instalment in the “Power of Dog” series showcasing yet another heroic adopted ARF animal! Imagine this: An ARF volunteer gets a call about a mama dog, Katie, and her litter of pups that are getting big and have no homes to go to. This is the third time ARF has rescued puppies from Katie. Thankfully, Katie has a wonderful and caring...

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The Power of Dog

This article will be the first in a series of articles about adopted ARF animals who have had a significant impact on their adopters. I think it’s safe to say that ALL ARF animals fit this bill, but there are a special few who have gone above and beyond what anyone could have ever expected. Some animals have helped to drastically change the lives of their humans for the better simply by being by their side day after day, and others have done so with a single, heroic act. The article below is about one of those heroic acts...

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The ARF K9 Ambassador Program

ARF’s newest volunteer endeavour, The ARF K9 Ambassador Program, has taken off like a rocket. The program consists of ARF Ontario volunteers (“Arfies”) and their own adopted ARF dogs. Our primary goal is to provide schools, groups or anybody who requests us with highly-social adopted dogs who help us to educate about everything from bite prevention to the “adoption option.” Since its inception only a few months ago, the ARF K9 Ambassadors have been invited to high schools, elementary schools, Girl Guide groups, post-secondary institutions and a pre-school. Our ambassadors have helped teach kids how to approach a dog,...

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ARF Ontario: A Home for Skipper

Well this is my first article, and as one may imagine trying to decide what to write about was decidedly frustrating. I work as a full-time volunteer for ARF Ontario and have some amazing and uplifting stories that I very much look forward to writing about. I also would love to share with the readers about the many projects that ARF is a part of that go well beyond basic rescue and adoption. So after a lot of mulling and no doubt a fair amount of procrastination, I settled on writing the story of one of my favourite rescues, as I think this particular story does a good job of exemplifying ARF’s core values and its incredibly devoted volunteers. The notion that it “takes a village” to raise a child most certainly applies to animal rescue as well. In fact, I’d venture to say even more so. From intake volunteers to our vets to our foster homes to our trainers to our adoption coordinators and to finally the “forever home” of our rescued animals, all are critical components to the three R’s…Rescue, Rehab & Rehome. Skipper’s Story: I was just getting back inside after taking my own dogs out for a long hike on our farm property when the phone rang. One of our regular community contacts in a local First Nation’s Community was on the other end and...

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