Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)

2890 Mitchell Dr.
Walnut Creek, California 94598
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Local Phone: (925) 256-1273

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) saves the lives of countless animals each year whose time has run out in public shelters and who are scheduled to be killed. ARF's team of trained volunteers and expert staff make sure every animal receives proper nutrition, medical evaluation and treatment, training and lots of love as they await their new forever home. ARF's shelter touches the lives of thousands of animals and people each year.

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Photo: Brad Pitt - ARF
Photo: Brad Pitt - ARF
Meet Brad Pitt. Like his namesake, this 2-year-old pit bull mix is strong, handsome, and fond of outdoor adventures. He's also very happy to sit there soaking up the TLC from his people when it's time to relax.

Brad had a run of bad luck before landing at Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek. After landing in a city shelter, he was receiving heartworm treatment when the shelter caught fire, adding smoke inhalation to the poor guy's medical woes. But his stay at ARF has helped him put all that behind him, and he's now breathing easy, heartworm free, and ready to enjoy a bright future with his own family. more »
Milky Way. Photo Courtesy: ARF
Milky Way. Photo Courtesy: ARF
Meet Milky Way, prospective companion for your DogTreks to infinity and beyond. He's a young kelpie mix—which means he's got a lot of energy, and a mighty brain that needs to be occupied. He's also a little too interested in chasing cats and small critters, so he seeks a home without them. In return, he offers a lively curiosity, a goofy sense of fun, and loyal friendship for life.  more »
Dog under the Christmas Gift
Best gift ever. Mike Schmid (CC)
Perhaps the nicest thing a dog-lover can do for canines in need is to help place them in loving homes. Even if you can’t take on another pet yourself, there are as many ways to help as there are displaced pups pouring through shelter and rescue-organization doors. And many ways to make a difference are as much fun for you as they are helpful to the dogs whose lives they help change for the better. more »
Santa and Dog

Dog photos with Santa for a good cause

What’s the nicest thing you could do for dogs this holiday season? Aside from taking on another four-legged family member, the best way to reach out is to help pets in need find loving homes. The ways to do so are as endless as the stream of abandoned pups pouring through shelter and rescue-organization doors. more »
Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation is looking for a few good dog walkers—or contingents of dog walkers—to raise funds and walk in the Animals on Broadway Pet Walk on May 20. If your dog is the strolling-and-socializing sort, this is the event for you. For those who go in for costumes, there's even a best-dressed pet contest as part of the daylong festivities that go on in downtown Walnut Creek, with fun events and lots of participation from the local merchants. Not to mention a Pet Wellness Fair, where services from microchipping to vaccinations will be available at affordable prices. You can register for the Pet Walk on site on the day of the event. more »

Tony LaRussaBetween its founder's successful baseball career, his high-profile lifesaving work and the star-studded benefit galas, Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation doesn't need much introduction to Bay Area dog folks. But they're doing something especially proactive for the animals this holiday season: helping them stay with their families.

"People in disadvantaged circumstances need the unconditional love of their pets more than ever during this time of year," says ARF Executive Director Elena Bicker. But beloved longtime pets are ending up in shelters because their humans have fallen on tough times and simply can't afford to feed them.

"No one should have to choose between feeding themselves or their beloved pet," says Bicker. Which is why ARF has teamed up with Safeway and the Salvation Army to collect food for the pets of local people in need. The food drive runs through Dec. 30 at participating stories in the Bay Area. A "Stars to the Rescue" gala in Walnut Creek on Jan. 7 is another way to help: it features award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti, Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers and Timothy B. Schmit of The Eagles.

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