Our vision for ARF is that all animals that enter into the Everett Animal Shelter have access to the care they need in order to go into their forever homes. Your donations are what make this possible. Here are just a few of the many animals that we helped over the years.
Isolde came to the Everett Animal Shelter in need of medical care. She became pregnant even though she was just a wee little kitten herself and it was more than her little body could handle. When the shelter asked us to pay for emergency surgery to save her life, there was no question that this little girl deserved a second chance so we happily paid for it!
It didn't take long for Isolde to get better and we are happy to report that she was adopted on 8/14/2016! She can now be the kitten she was meant to be in her furever home.
This active, coonhound mix came into the shelter with an untreated wound on his leg. ARF gladly paid for his care so he could be in tip top shape! He needed some extra rest time, so once he was fixed up he went to a local rescue partner where he can get all the down time he needs until he is ready to be his active, playful self!
Here's a poem as told by Victor, a long time animal advocate and supporter of ARF and the Everett Animal Shelter. His dog, Cocoa, has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and was one of the very first animals ARF helped so long ago.
I would like to tell you a short story about a true hero dog. Rarely does a dog, a ordinary dog leave behind a story, a legacy, a beginning such as Cocoa did.
I went to an event Saturday night that Animal Rescue Foundation of Everett (ARF) has been putting on for the last 3 years named Golden Paw Gala. It is a big fund raiser that goes toward helping the animals at the Everett Animal Shelter (EAS). I came into the room where the event was being held and there he was again, bigger then life, Cocoa in a Power Point slid show. Caught of guard I was at first sad remembering and then filled with happiness and finely pride as l looked around the room. This event, these people, ARF all started with Cocoa.
Cocoa came to the shelter as a stray, middle aged and sick with kennel cough about 10 years ago. At the time the EAS was just beginning its transformation and ARF was just barely getting started. Cocoa came to my home as a foster so he could get well and get adopted. It was soon discovered that there was much more wrong with him than simple kennel cough. His eyes wept all the time and he could not walk well on his back leg after playing for a bit. He was in rough shape and at that time in danger of being euthanized.
We came in and explained the what was going on with him knowing full and well what the likely outcome was going to be. The staff went to the newly formed ARF and they elected to make Cocoa the very first dog they were going to help. He received a 3 operations. One on his eyes to keep the eyelids from rubbing on the all the time and 2 knee operations. This was a tough time for a ball driven lab that had 3 other dogs running around doing dog stuff. Cocoa recovered after many, many months of kennel rest and rehab.
Cocoa went on to being ARF mascot for a bit. He was Grand Marshal at 4th July parade, did some fund raising at a baseball game a few other things and then retired. He went on and lived a ordinary dogs life. He was not a special dog in most senses of word. He was an just your average lab. Not well breed, not really all that smart. He never tracked down a bad man, won a dog show, became a great gun dog or really anything. What he did do was "be the first".
Cocoa represents a turning point in what EAS has become today. EAS is the top shelter in our area. It is the leader in what a public shelter can become. He is the beginning of ARF, and organization that has helped save hundreds of animals. Animals that went on to live out theirs lives. Animals that without the funding that ARF has provided would have been euthanized. Lastly, he was my best friend and I miss him everyday.
So as I looked around the room and I smiled. I smiled knowing that all the well dressed people, all of the laughs, all of the conversations, all of the money that was being raised all started with one plain, ordinary lab named Cocoa. A rare legacy to leave behind for a dog. That legacy is Cocoa’s ghost.
Written by Victor Timmons, May 2016.