Attend an ARF Volunteer Orientation
Pet Hug Pack members are first and foremost, ARF volunteers. Members of the pubic will view you as a representative of the organization and will expect you to be knowledgeable of ARFâ€™s programs. This 1 Â½ hour orientation will provide you with an overview of ARFâ€™s history, mission, goals, and programs. Please use the link to register for an upcoming orientation.
Tony La Russaâ€™s ARF
Attention: Pet Hug Pack Coordinator
P.O. Box 30215
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Spay/Neuter - In keeping with ARFâ€™s mission and belief that overpopulation is a key factor in our homeless animal problem, PHP animals must be spayed or neutered prior to assessment.
Vaccinations - A vaccination certificate must be provided to ARF at the time of your petâ€™s assessment and if accepted onto the team, must be resubmitted annually.
Canine Good Citizen Test and Training (Dogs Only)
All canine members of the Pet Hug Pack must the American Kennel Clubâ€™s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test or hold a CGC certificate which was earned in the last 24 months. The CGC program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for guardians and basic good manners for dogs. Three ways to meet this requirement are:
ARF offers a 7-week training course for the CGC test. Please see the schedule of dog training classes for upcoming dates and fees.
If you feel your dog can pass all 10 test components without taking the training course, you may arrange to take the test only. Contact ARFâ€™s dog training coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your CGC test.
The CGC test can be administered at another AKC approved test site. A copy of the test results must be provided to the Pet Hug Pack Coordinator.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Pet Hug Pack Assessment All animal/handler teams must pass an assessment conducted by the Pet Hug Pack coordinator.Â To schedule this assessment please email the Pet Hug Pack Coordinator at PetHugPack@arf.net or call 925.296.3176.