Category: Happy Tails

Happy Tails from Violet

When did you adopt your pet from AARF?: October 13, 20013 Pet’s AARF Name: Violet Pet’s New Name (if you changed it): Violet How is your adopted pet doing? Tell us about them and how they fit into your family.: We are coming up on our one-month anniversary since we adopted Violet. Our family was finally ready to adopt a dog and found Violoet at AARF and fell in love instantly. She was exaclty the type of dog we always wanted. Since Violet has joined our family, she has been doing magnificent! She is such a sweet, kind and gentle dog and is quite simply the best dog in the universe, as far as we are concerned! Violet is enjoying many long walks in the woods, snuggling with our family, playing fetch, meeting all of our friends and otherwise having a fabulous time as our new family member. We adore her. As for AARF, the staff should be commended for their compassion, dedication and hard work. They made sure Violet was a good fit for our family and took very good care of her until we came along. Every step of the adoption process was wonderful. I whole-heartedly recommend AARF and am grateful that they do the work they do to save these animals. In just this short time with Violet, we can’t imagine how we were a complete family without her! Our hearts are filled with joy. I wish many “happy tails” to those reading this.

Happy Tails from Bianca Boots & Frankie B

When did you adopt your pet from AARF?: 1 1/2 years ago & about a month ago Pet’s AARF Name: Bianca Boots & Frankie B. Pet’s New Name (if you changed it): Janel & Fred How is your adopted pet doing? Tell us about them and how they fit into your family.: Hi AARF…I want to thank you very much for my two litlte fur babies Frankie B. (previously known as Fred) and Bianca Boots (previously known as Janel.) I adopted Bianca over a year & half ago, and it was love at first sight. I will never forget the first day I went to pick her up in Bedminister, NJ. The moment I saw her I wrapped her up in her blanket and started bolting for the car…the guys at PETS laughed and reminded me I needed to take her paperwork with me, but I was so excited to finally have her and give her a loving home. We spent an entire year together just the two of us and have traveled quite a bit as well. A few months back we moved into our first home and I wanted to give her some time to get used to her new digs but she did great…it was then that I decided it was time to introduce another bundle into our little family. I immediately thought of AARF and started searching the site…that’s when I saw Frankie B. (previously known as Fred.) His scruffy little face and eyebrows stole my heart…so I showed his picture to Bianca and he got her instant approval as well. (she licked the screen…lol) I will admit I was a little nervous because I worried Bianca would not take to Frankie…but boy did I worry for no reason. The moment they met they sniffed each other a bit and then went straight into full play mode….which is a mode they’ve never really left. From the moment they wake up the two of them are running and jumping all over the house…sometimes I have to open the patio door and let them outside so I can clean up all the toys they’ve scattered across my living room. Which to think about it doesn’t really make sense because the moment they come in the toys are scattered all over the place. Words can not express how greatful I am to have these two little ones in my life….thank you for all that you do!!

Happy Tails from Lexi

When did you adopt your pet from AARF?: May 31, 2013 Pet’s AARF Name: Lexi Pet’s New Name (if you changed it): Did not change How is your adopted pet doing? Tell us about them and how they fit into your family.: Lexi is the sweetest dog our family could have asked for. Her and my five year old play and have so much fun. They have truly become best friends over the summer! Lexi loves to cuddle and is always looking for hugs and kisses! Thank you for the wonderful joy you have given us!

Happy Tails for Serenity




Ellen adopted Serenity at the end of August, 2013. “Serenity is a blessing. She stole our hearts the minute her paws landed in NJ. She was very quiet at first but has melded into our family so quickly. She doesn’t like when we have to go to work, but enjoys all the attention, walks, car rides and play time she gets. We could not imagine our lives without this super sweet girl!! She is everything her foster mom said she was and so much more. We love her so much.”

Happy Tails for Magnolia (fna Tonya)

Jane & Bob adopted Tonya March 29, 2013. Tonya’s new name is Magnolia. “Magnolia (the dog f/n/a Tonya) came into our lives on Good Friday, March 29, 2013. I cannot begin to tell you all what a blessing she is. I knew I wanted a rescue and for months I was looking and thought I had found the perfect dog at least 7 times. However, every single time I had my heart set on each of them, something happened and thankfully, the dogs were adopted. But I was so disappointed. I would tell my husband each time that we lost the perfect dog for us. He kept saying we’ll find one, don’t worry. One day, I stumbled upon the A.A.R.F. website. I looked through the dogs for adoption and there I saw a picture of Magnolia’s face. I said that’s the one, I just knew it. I printed out all her information and brought it home. My husband said if you think this is the one, I’m happy. I filled out the paperwork and was out of state at a wedding when I got the call that we were approved for her adoption While I was waiting for her, her foster Mom Anna sent me videos which made the time go even faster. I think it was divine intervention that I picked her up on Good Friday. As soon as she was placed in my arms, she knew she was home. What a difference in our lives! She has literally become the Honorary Mayor of our Town. Everyone knows Magnolia. She has so many rescue friends in the neighborhood that we see when we go on our daily long walks. Even her vet wants to adopt her and I have even brought her to my law office. This little bundle of energy has changed our lives so much and everyday I ask God everyday to protect and take care of all animals in foster care and shelters that they will get furever homes. We are one lucky couple and are so happy. Thank you A.A.R.F and all foster parents. You will never know how grateful we are.”

Happy Tails for Otto

Michele adopted Otto on September 8, 2012. Michelle says “I went into Petco to get ear medicine for my pug and left with another pug! Otto stole my heart from the beginning. We’ve been a family for almost a year now and it’s been a transition – shortly after adoption, Otto had to to have surgery to correct his breathing and he still has some issues with certain things like many rescues do. However, he is happy and healthy and so, so, so loved. People that do what AARF does are angels on Earth and I am so grateful that AARF brought my sweet little nugget into my life! He has made so much progress in the past ten months and I couldn’t be more proud to be his Momma! :-)”

Happy Tails for Jed

Michelle adopted Jed on April 19, 2012. Jed’s adopted name is now Cage. Michelle says “The minute I saw Cage’s picture on Pet Finder I knew he was the one I was looking for! We drove from MO to TN to pick him up. He’s such a happy, goofy boy. His tail wags nonstop! He loves to sleep on the top cushion of our couch, guess the rest isn’t soft enough for him! Our other rotti loves to swim, so we thought maybe Cage would too. Cage doesn’t get all the way in the pool, just stands on the deck and barks. He falls in the pool several times while doing this, so he has to have a life jacket, but he just gets out and does it all over again! He is such a wonderful being, I can’t imagine why he wasn’t wanted, but he is loved by us more than anything, and he brings us so much joy that I can’t imagine not having him around. He loves to go hiking with us, pretty much anywhere in general, as long as he is with us. He wants to be petted 24/7. Once you start he won’t let you stop! He nudges our arms, stares at our hands or if he is being the lap dog he thinks he is he will adjust his weight on us until we start petting him again! He’s very clever! His favorite food is hot dogs! He only weighed 74 pounds when we got him and now is at a healthy 108. Thank you, AARF, for taking him in and working with me to find a way to get him from TN to MO. I am very grateful to have him in my life.”

Happy Tails for Goober

Tania adopted Goober in June 2012. His new name is Gobi.

Gobi says: hi aarf, especially my foster moms Jennifer and Donna, today is exactly one year since I boarded a van from Tennessee, just a tiny little baby Goober boy, and arrived at my new home in Connecticut. I’ve since become a full grown adult (although mom would argue with that, she says in still pretty silly!). in one year I’ve gone from 8 lbs. to 20+ (mom says I’m a little chunky, but it’s all solid muscle). I’ve made very many friends, folks always smile and hug me, and everyone says I’m the happiest dog they’ve ever seen! all the dogs in the dog park are my friends, even the grumpy and scared ones. I play, run and swim. I’ve licked away tears in neighboring Sandy Hook, where people called me a ‘comfort dog’. mom says I bring a lot of joy to everyone I meet. I think my cats at home really like me, although they try hard not to show it. oh, and my vet knows I don’t like getting on the scary, shiny and slippery examination table, so he gets down on the floor and examines me while I cover him with kisses! life is SO good!!! I want to thank you aarf and my foster moms for saving me, taking care of me, helping me get over my mange and getting me healthy and strong enough to go to my forever home, and live a full and very happy life with my mom who just loves me like crazy!!! xoxo Gobi (fka Goober)

Happy Tails for Johnathan

Jennifer adopted Johnathan February 15th 2012. Johnathan is a very happy and rambunctious boy. He is always into something and is very lovable. We brought him home as a shy boy and today he is anything but. He is such a joy to have in our family.