People Rescuing Animals...Animals Rescuing People®

Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) is an award-winning, nationally recognized leader for its unique mission of “People Rescuing Animals…Animals Rescuing People®” Founded in 1991, ARF has rescued more than 38,000 cats and dogs and has expanded its national animal advocacy, disaster-relief efforts, and education programs. ARF elevates pets in our society, enhances connections, and transforms the bond between people and animals, extending this mission through innovative programs strengthening the human-animal bond for children, the elderly, military veterans, and people in disadvantaged circumstances.

Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, ARF is a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, receiving no government funding and supported by donors in all 50 states and internationally. 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 in May of 1990 during a baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees when a stray cat wandered onto the playing field. Tony, then the Manager of the Oakland A's, coaxed the terrified cat into the dugout, secured its safety for the remainder of the game, then took responsibility for placing it with a local shelter. To his dismay, Tony discovered there was not a single No-Kill facility in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. When Tony learned the cat would be euthanized, he and his wife, Elaine, named her "Evie" and found a home for her. His experience with this cat was the genesis for the founding of ARF, an organization dedicated to bringing people and animals together to enrich each other's lives.

Tax ID 68-0240341
2890 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek, California 94598


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