What Is Virtual Adoption?

Virtual apoption is an opportunity to browse, meet, apply for, and adopt pets from the comfort and safety of your home. During these distanced times, technology allows us to continue connecting homeless animals and the special people ready to open their hearts to them.

During September, Petfood Express is partnering with rescues and adoption centers across California, including Animal Refugee Response, to help connect you with your new pet. The event will run throughout the month of September with special surprises planned for September 11-12. Whether you’re looking for a running buddy or a couch companion, you can find them conveniently online. Register in advance at: www.petfood.express/petfair. New adopters will receive a 20% off coupon redeemable at any Pet Food Express or online, and the adopting organization will receive $25 for each qualifying adoption to reduce the adoption fee!

In October, we are looking forward to one of our favorite events of the year: the Albany Subaru Loves Pets! Adoption Event. This year, in partnership with ASPCA, Subaru, Animal Refugee Response and Albany Subaru are co-hosting a one week virtual adoption event October 17 through 24. This is your chance to make a dog’s (or a cat’s) day by giving them the gift of a loving home forever. We’re looking forward to making some great matches!

Thanks to a grant from ASPCA and Albany Subaru, all adoptions during this event will be fee-waived. As a virtual adoption event, you will be able to browse available pets, meet pets via zoom, and fill out applications and adoption forms all from your computer or phone!

Be sure to log on to animalrefugee.org/virtual-adoption beginning at 12 noon on October 17 for the first look at all the wonderful dogs, cats, puppies and kittens waiting to meet you. It is a great time to adopt!

Cat Loft Mural Project Celebrated

The well-loved loft in our cat environment, built by Keith Anderson includes sleeping cubbies, backed by wood with cat-sized peep holes. When Keith fashioned cat ears to the top, those peep holes became eyes, and all that was left was to paint the cats he envisioned.

We were very lucky when two talented artists stepped forward. Susie Guyett began the painting with brilliant, happy colors. When Susie had to return to South Dakota before she finished, Olivia Guralas picked up the paint brushes. She continued the project with her own artistic flair. Now complete, the mural of happy cats welcomes all into our cat area.

ARR finds homes for 38 dogs from Contra Costa Animal Services

Dogs that find themselves at Animal Control with “behavior issues” or medical/age issues, are often the ones left behind when offered for adoption or rescue. Their time is limited.

In a partnership with Contra Costa Animal Services, Animal Refugee Response is taking these dogs and working with them until they are ready for adoption. Many of them just need to be held and talked to. Others need a home-like routine. And some, of course need medical care. It takes a lot of time and effort, but we are proud to say that as of mid June, 2020, we have found loving homes for 38 of these dogs so far.


In May, 2020, Animal Refugee Response received a generous grant from The Pedigree Foundation. The grant was given for the purposes of continuity of our efforts during the COVID-19 crisis, including veterinary needs, pet food and animal care.

The giving spirit of The Pedigree Foundation has helped us continue to provide a high quality of life for countless animals during this time of crisis when donations are way down, volunteering is way down, and animals in need are way up.

Thank you, Pedigree Foundation from all of us at Animal Refugee Response.


In May, 2020, Animal Refugee Response received a generous operations grant from Petfinder Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Petfinder Adoption platform to use for pet food and vet care during the COVID-19 shutdown.

We appreciate the support from Petfinder Foundation during these times of crisis. They have a good understanding of the reality of homeless animals, and that grants to organizations like ours who are dedicated to saving animal lives is money well spent.

Thank you, Petfinder Foundation from all of us at Animal Refugee Response