Animal Rescue Foundation
Dogs and cats
People Rescuing Animals
Tony La Russa
At Maloney Construction, we are pet owners and love all of the work that ARF does in the Bay Area. Our dogs and cats enrich our lives in so many ways and ARF is an organization that rescues countless of animals every year. So all of us at Maloney Construction want to give ARF a five-bark review for its excellent work.
ARF is an award-winning, nationally recognized leader for its unique mission of “People Rescuing Animals…Animals Rescuing People.®” Founded in 1991, ARF rescued more than 38,000 cats and dogs and has expanded its national outreach and education programs. ARF elevates pets in our society, enhances connections, and transforms the bond between people and animals.
Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, ARF is a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization supported by donors in all 50 states and internationally, receiving no government funding. In 2017, ARF earned the highest possible rating – four stars – from Charity Navigator for the tenth consecutive year. Only one percent of charities reach this milestone, and ARF is proud that 87 cents of every dollar goes directly to its programs.
The catalyst for ARF came on May 7, 1990 at a televised baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees. In the middle of an inning and amidst cheers from spectators, a stray tortoiseshell cat looking for food took a wrong turn and suddenly found herself on the playing field.
Trapped in the enormous Oakland Coliseum and frightened by the roar of the crowd, the frantic cat dashed around the field, desperately leaping at any means of escape and eluding the players and umpires who tried to capture her. Panicked and unable to find a way out, she slinked towards the infield, exhausted from her ordeal. Tony La Russa, then-manager for the Oakland Athletics, coaxed her gently into the A’s dugout where she would spend the rest of the game in safe confines.
Tony and his wife Elaine, a life-long animal advocate, discovered there was not a single no-kill shelter in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area and that the little cat would likely be euthanized. They took her under their wing and exhausted every lead in hopes of finding a safe haven. At last, they were able to place “Evie” – named after Oakland A's team owner, Evie Haas - in a permanent, loving home where she could live out her natural life.
Evie wouldn’t be the last “save” of Tony’s career.
The experience awakened Elaine and Tony to the realization of the desperate circumstances in besieged public animal shelters and the plight of homeless dogs and cats, and inspired them to take action. Less than a year later, they co-founded ARF with the goal of rescuing dogs and cats before they ran out of time at high-kill shelters.
In donated office space with a small team of driven volunteers, ARF worked tirelessly to save the lives of more than one hundred dogs and cats its first year. It wasn't long before ARF's board of directors realized that of equal importance to rescuing animals was the remarkable role they play in the lives of people. ARF's dual mission of "People Rescuing Animals...Animals Rescuing People®" was born.
Early humane education programs began in 1993, ingraining an early love of animals in school-aged children. Two years later, a therapy animal team and other programs introduced the unconditional love and acceptance of animals to seniors, veterans, at-risk youth, and more people in need. Programs to help low-income pet guardians keep their beloved pets in homes and out of shelters soon followed.
In 2003, ARF completed construction on its current home - a 37,700 square foot animal shelter and community center in Walnut Creek, California.
Today, ARF is renowned as a local leader and national model in the animal welfare community. Since its inception, ARF has re-homed more than 37,000 dogs and cats saved from public animal shelters, performed more than 38,000 spay and neuter surgeries to combat pet overpopulation, and is home to an array of innovative outreach and education programs that bring people and animals together.
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)
2890 Mitchell Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Phone: (925) 256-1273
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