Our December “Adoptable Pet of the Month” is Cooper!

We have had Cooper at CAF since August, and he is so ready to go home! Cooper is a special cat, who has taken a little longer to warm up than the rest of our kittens. When Cooper first came to CAF he was nearly terrified of people. He became tense when touched and spent most of his time hiding out of sight in the adoption room.

I have spent a lot of one on one time with this wonderful boy, and have seen him grow so much in the past couple months. Though he is still shy – he becomes more confident every day. Last month he finally learned that he couldn’t get rid of me, and I was going to give him gentle, considerate love no matter what! Once he accepted this, he began to show me love in return, and realized it was kind of nice! He now loves his back scratches, and purrs and kneads the whole time he is getting them.
Last week Cooper made the biggest improvement of all! While laying in his favorite cubby hole, he began to play with one of our wonderful volunteers. After a little while, he made the decision to venture out of his safety zone and cuddle up on her lap! Not only did he cuddle up with her, but he let one of the littlest kittens climb on top on him and try to nurse! He purred the whole time through!

Each day he has been playing and socializing more and more with people and animals. He needs to find a home that sees him for the sweet and loving boy that he is. He needs patience, kindness, and a chance to grow and learn that the world is not such a terrible place. I truly adore this handsome guy, and I can’t wait until he finds someone who can give him everything that he deserves.

Please come meet him in our adoption room Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm at 88 Sunnybrae center in Arcata.


Our poor blog has been so neglected the past few months! I sincerely apologize – it is a busy life working in rescue!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have fun plans for the upcoming holiday season. With these gift-giving holidays on the way, a lot of animals will hopefully be finding new homes! However, the hard reality is that many people buy/adopt these pets simply as “presents”, instead of realizing what a huge (and wonderful) commitment you should be making to these animals.

I certainly do not want to discourage anyone from bringing home a loving dog/cat this season. It is one of the best decisions that anyone can make! Instead, I want to educate those who plan to do so.

  • First, a pet should be a family decision, NOT a gift. Specifically not a child’s gift. Though it is wonderful to share the responsibilities of pet ownership with your children, it is not realistic to expect a child to do all the care necessary for this living being. This means, that you must also be on board with and excited about adding a new member to your family.
    Likewise, you should never pick out a pet for someone else. They will be sharing their lives with this animal, and choosing it for them is like choosing a significant other for them. They need to feel the connection and choose to make the commitment.
  • Dogs can live anywhere from 8-20yrs and cats 10-25yrs! When you choose to bring an animal home, you are making a commitment to them for their entirety of their lives. Though we all know these facts already, many do not consider it when they choose to adopt/buy a pet. Where will you be in 25yrs?
  • Many people turn to breeders when they decide to get a puppy – mainly because they are searching for a purebred dog. However, twenty-five percent of dogs who enter local shelters are purebred (Source: NCPPSP). It is actually fairly easy to find a purebred dog to adopt. A great source is Petfinder.com, where you can narrow your search to breed, age, size, and location!
  • Why opt for a mixed breed? Mixed breeds often have less health and behavioral issues than purebred dogs. Mixed breed dogs are just as wonderful of companions as purebreds, and are often more unique looking! I love showing off my mixed breed hound dog, because she looks like no other!
  • Why adopt instead of buy? The truth is that the animals NEED you to adopt. Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats). Though there are some breeders who care greatly for their animals and breed wonderful dogs/cats – anytime you purchase a pet from a breeder you are adding to these already horrifying numbers. This is a problem we have created, and there are two ways to fix it. 1. Spaying/neutering your pets, and 2. Opting to adopt.
  • Should you adopt a puppy?
    Everyone loves puppies! They’re adorable!! However, puppies take a lot of work…and I mean A LOT. Puppies can take many months to potty train, simply because they cannot fully control their bladders until they’re about 6 months old. This means that they need to be let out every 2-5 hours (depending on their age). This is not a commitment that every can/wants to make. Puppies chew, nip, jump, and have lots of energy! These are all things that can be corrected with training, but training takes time and effort. If you have the time and the motivation to train a puppy, then I encourage you to find one that fits your family!
  • Should you adopt an adult dog? If you do not feel like you can make this commitment to a puppy – please consider an older dog! There is the misconception that an older dog will not bond with you as a puppy would. This is completely wrong, and in fact, they often bond with you even more! An adult rescue dog’s love in incomparable. They seem to truly see you as their hero. Wouldn’t we all love to be someone’s hero?Even if you feel like you could handle adopting a puppy – I hope that you read this list: Top 10 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog 

In short, I hope you use this to make a responsible decision about getting a pet to add to your family, or share with your friends so that they can do the same. All animals deserve a home. It is up to us to make sure we are prepared to give them a lifelong, loving one.

Please comment here or email me at cafanimals@gmail.com, if you have any questions on how to find/pick a dog that is right for you!

I also encourage you to read this very interesting article that I came across earlier this week!

Zoey was adopted!


Our Adoptable Pet of the Week is Zoey!

I am infatuated with Zoey! When she came to CAF in June, she was extremely shy. It was a challenge even to pet her at times. Within just a couple months, her confidence has grown tremendously! Zoey now follows people around the thrift store actually asking for attention!

Though Zoey is still very young (only about 1.5yrs) and acts like a kitten herself, she is actually a mom! When she first came to us, it was with her litter of 4 kittens. All of her kittens have been adopted, and she is still waiting to catch someone’s eye.

She is such a character and makes me laugh daily. Just this morning, she galloped back and forth across the store making noises I thought only a beast could make! On top of being hilarious – she is also very inquisitive and seems to love checking out new hideaways and objects that intrigue her. She really is an enjoyable young cat!

If you want Zoey to be a member of your family, come by our Sunny Brae store during business hours. She has been waiting so patiently for you!

Companion Animal Foundation is starting a new program called “Little Dogs, Big Love”, and we will now be sharing our Sunny Brae facility with some very special small breed dogs. I am so excited to finally be letting the world know about this wonderful, life saving program!

We have the opportunity to work with Oakland Animal Services, a wonderful shelter and community that has many dogs that are in need of rescue. We are so happy that they are working with us, and helping us to bring handfuls of their dogs up here to Humboldt County!

We are starting out small, only about 5 dogs this time. However, we are SO excited to even be able to pull this many! Because of our wonderful foster families, not only will these 5 dogs be safe… but we have now made room at the shelter for 5 more dogs. That is a total of 10 dogs whose lives were spared this week!

Starting next Wednesday, we will be having a few of these dogs at our store each day during business hours (M-F 10-5:30 & Sat 10-5). We would love if you could come and meet them!

CAF cannot come close to expressing how grateful we are to our foster families. If not for them, this would most certainly be impossible. They have opened their homes and their hearts to these homeless dogs – because of them, they get a second chance.

If you would like to be apart of this program, there are so many ways you can help!

  • Foster – of course! Without fosters, we cannot pull dogs. The more fosters we have, the more lives we can save!
  • Donate – All of our adoptable dogs need to be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed, and FED! This on top of any possible medical issues they are having. All of which costs money. Every little bit counts. Next time you empty your change jar, consider saving a few nickles for the animals. 🙂
  • Volunteer – As many of you know, we have a lot of cats/kittens at our store that need care. On top of this, we will now need people that are also willing to clean dog runs, take the dogs out for potty breaks, etc.
  • Visit! – Even if you cannot dedicate a lot of time to this program, by coming into our store to play with (aka socialize) our adoptable dogs, you are helping to prepare them for their forever homes. The more people they meet, the better!

We are bursting with enthusiasm about this new adventure! We hope to see you guys next week (and by “we”, I mean CAF and the dogs!!)!


We are located at 88 SunnyBrae Center in Arcata – or we can be reached by phone at 826-PETS (7387).

 Misty was adopted!

Animals currently at CAF

Animals currently at CAF.

Misty is our Adoptable Pet of the Week. Why? Because she is amazing! Misty is only 1.5yrs at the most and delivered 8 (yes, you read that right) healthy kittens!

All of her babies have gone to their forever homes, so now sweet Misty is just waiting patiently for hers.

She has made herself quite comfortable at our Sunny Brae thrift store and walks around like she owns the place. She loves attention, and can never seem to get enough of it! Misty is currently sharing the store with two other adult cats, and though they get along just fine, she would truly be better suited for a home where she is the only cat. Misty knows she is a queen, and because of this, doesn’t seem to know that she is supposed to share with her kitty friends.

Misty has been exposed to a few dogs and does very well with them. She is not afraid to show a dog whose boss when she first meets them, and then will be best friends with them once she gets the respect she deserves.

Misty is not only sweet and loving, she is very fun and playful, too!

Stop into our Sunny Brae store and meet this beautiful and petite girl!

Hello All!

The idea behind creating this blog, is to better connect with YOU! It is so important to us at CAF to share with you why we do what we do. This blog will give us an opportunity to share pictures and stories of the amazing animals we have in our facility – along with educating the public on the importance of proper animal care (i.e. spaying/neutering, training, etc) and of course, sharing the many happily-ever-afters of our animals finding their forever homes and life long best friends!

As you will come to see, we are not bloggers. We really don’t have much experience in this “writing” thing at all. What we do have though, is an extreme love for animals and our community. That is what this blog is about. So please bear with us and dismiss the few (…okay the many) grammar and spelling errors. Instead, enjoy our stories, share your animal experiences, and ask TONS of questions!

Here we go…