This year Tony La Russa may have made more headlines for winning the World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals than he did for his work with the Animal Rescue Foundation, which he co-founded with his wife Elaine - but that hasn't stopped him and ARF from being beloved local legends. And good news for critters in need: Tony may have announced his retirement as manager of the Cardinals, but the La Russas' commitment to animal welfare is unwavering. Since opening its Walnut Creek center eight years ago, ARF has found homes for more than 23,000 pets and performed 19,000 spay/neuter surgeries, in addition to offering award-winning programs for kids and a wide variety of dog training classes.
Always in dire need of donations, ARF's HOPE fund, which pays for the medical treatment and recuperation of pets rescued from death row, truly makes a lifesaving difference. It provides medical care for those who are suffering from a condition outside the reach of shelter funding, providing comfort to suffering pets like Moxie the Doxie, who got much-needed back surgery to lead a happy, pain-free life before being matched with her new family.
The La Russa family can't help Moxie and all the other dogs (and cats!) ARF rescues without your help. Donations are always welcome, or you're invited to purchase a ticket to one of the January ARF benefit shows at The Dean Lesher in Walnut Creek. Tickets go on sale December 6 for Comedy Night featuring George Lopez and Stars to the Rescue, ARF's annual star-studded fundraising gala with Country superstar Wynonna. A great night out for yourself or the animal lover on your gift list, especially knowing you're helping save a life or two in the process!