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NO adoption fees to adopt adult cats from ARF this weekend

Adoptable adult cat available at Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. (ARF photo)
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This Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22, are the last days you can adopt an adult cat from ARF with NO adoption fees!

Hi Gary,
We are coming up on our last weekend of our Cat Independence Days event where all adult cats have no adoption fees. We would really appreciate a push to try and make the most of this event and clear out the shelter to enable us to save more lives. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have attached a photo of one of our adoptable adult cats (above) and the press release follows. Thank you for your continued support.
Kendahl Stein, ARF, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek, California
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Posted on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
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Tony La Russa & Baxter … can you help?

Tony La Russa and Baxter. (ARF photo)
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Two weeks ago, I met the ARF rescue truck and help unload the dogs.  One stood out from the others, with his squatty little bulldog legs and chocolate brown fur.

Baxter was nearly 2 years old and had been housed in the county animal shelter since he was 6 months old as evidence in a criminal case. Alone, no toys and no grass for 18 months on a cold concrete floor, night after night.  Each time the rescue team inquired whether this amazingly good-natured little brown bull dog mix could join the others in the truck … and trip after trip, he had to stand there all alone and watch the others leave.

Finally Baxter was able to join the others in the ARF rescue truck.   He’s been up for adoption here now and we would love to have him find a “real” family who can show him what “fun” means.  Can you help get the word out?
Elena Bicker, Executive Director, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation,
2890 Mitchell Drive, P.O. Box 30215, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 … 925-256-1ARF

My pleasure! Hey, everybody! Baxter needs a loving home so he can learn what life is REALLY all about. Give them a call, or drop by ARF and meet Baxter in person so you can see what a great dog he is. You can find out more about ARF at

Thanks for caring! /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Under: ARF, dogs, Tony La Russa's Animal rescue Foundation | 1 Comment »

Start the New Year right at a fun ARF event!


Give the gift of laughter and entertainment this holiday season and help the animals too!

Join ARF and host Tony La Russa for a Triple Play of Events!

Comedian Dana Carvey
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*** COMEDY NIGHTFriday, Jan. 6, 7:30 P.M. — $35 … $75 premium seating.
Hosted by Mark Pitta, featuring Dana Carvey, George Lopez and more!

Country music star Wynonna
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*** STARS TO THE RESCUE XXI Saturday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m. — $75 … $100 … $250 VIP premium seating & reception.
Featuring Grammy winning country music star Wynonna, comedian George Lopez, vocalist Jeff Scott Soto and more!

Tony La Russa
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*** WORLD SERIES 2011: A CHAMP’S PERSPECTIVESunday, Jan. 8, 6 p.m. — $25 … $125 premium seating and reception.
Live commentary by Tony La Russa on the nail-biting World Series battle between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers!

Tickets available now at 925-943-SHOW… at Lesher Center for the ARTS, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, California … Check for updates.

Have fun … and help ARF help the animals at the same time! /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
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Checkout ARF’s holiday shows … Stars to the Rescue … and MORE!


We need your help getting the word out. We are sorely in need of a new puppy rescue/food share van. Our current one I fear won’t make it to the Holidays.  Hopefully these shows below can help fill the $22,000 need.  Please mention as frequently as you can.
Elena Bicker, executive director, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, Walnut Creek, California, 925-256-1ARF

*** Comedy Night
Friday, January 6, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, California; Tickets: 925-943-SHOW
$35 … $75 premium seating
Thanks to last year’s rousing success, ARF has once again added Comedy Night to the upcoming Stars to the Rescue weekend schedule. Hosted by Mark Pitta, the evening will star funny man George Lopez, with more to come. Give the gift of laughter this holiday season and help the animals too!
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Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2011
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ARF’s Emergency Medical Fund needs your support

ARF photo: Cat in distress
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Last week, a dog named Rocky was brought  to ARF’s clinic, suffering from extreme abdominal pain. After x-rays, it was determined there was an obstruction in the intestine and surgery was needed to help save Rocky’s life.  ARF’s medical team discovered huge amounts of string, which was most likely broken up particles from a towel, from the poor dog’s intestine and stomach. Nearly two feet of intestines had to be removed since the foreign body was so damaging, however, ARF’s skilled veterinarian was able to perform the life-saving surgery.

Rocky is now at home with his family and is healing well but what about other injured animals who’s owners can’t help with a broken leg, or respiratory illness?   Without the Emergency Medical Fund (EMF) and individual donations, Rocky may not have made it.

The EMF program has saved the lives of thousands of animals in need and is often the last hope for families struggling to get by, who experience an unexpected injury or health crisis in their pet.  It is not only traumatic emotionally, but financially – sometimes their only apparent choice is to euthanize or surrender the animal to an uncertain future.

EMF not only saves lives, but also prevents shelter overcrowding, keeping beloved pets at home with their loving families.  Our funds are dangerously low in this economy, at the time when the most demand is being placed on medical services.  Can your faithful readers help rescue a pet in need of medical attention and avoid their suffering?   No gift is too small to help (love it when the children get involved and host penny drives) and donations can be made at
Elena Bicker, Executive Director, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation,
2890 Mitchell Drive, P.O. Box 30215, Walnut Creek, CA 94598; 925-256-1ARF
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Posted on Friday, August 12th, 2011
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Help ARF’s Holiday Hope Fund & Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays

ARF’s Christmas Valentine. (ARF photo)
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Help ARF’S Holiday Hope Fund & Foster FFF’s Lonely Pets For The Holidays

I’ve been alerted to some special needs for this Holiday season. If you can provide any kind of help to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation and/or Friends of the Formerly Friendless (or any other local nonprofit animal rescue groups that need an assist), please do. Thanks for caring! Merry Christmas!! /Gary

Hi Gary:
AUGH!  I have tears in my eyes as I write this. We need your help!

ARF rescued a 13-week-old kitten in need of medical care and TLC from the Martinez shelter after having been abandoned the Concord BART station. A good Samaritan found her in a cardboard box. She has minor wounds however her ears have been badly damaged, possibly burned by a chemical agent or other unknown cause and will likely require surgical removal. They are stiff, we fear they will break! She can still hear and is remarkably affectionate, purrs like a diesel and engages anyone willing to pet her.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
Under: ARF, Cats | 2 Comments »

Raider Nation Cat Celebration for ARF


The Oakland Raiders have helped Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation find homes for 37 adults cats through a special Raider Nation Cat Celebration promotion.

All adult ARF cats (six months and older) are available free of adoption fees, thanks to the generosity of the Oakland Raiders (standard adoption criteria still apply). This special Raider Nation Cat Celebration ends Sunday, October 25.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
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Losing your house? Don’t lose your pets!

On Dec. 22, Times staff writer John Simerman wrote a story about pets becoming a casualty of the foreclosure epidemic. People who have to move out sometimes don’t or can’t take their animals with them.

Real estate agents who specialize in foreclosed properties now sometimes find themselves also rescuing pets that have been left behind.

Tony La Russa, co-founder of Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), shocked after reading the above story, immediately made the following two Public Service Announcements (PSA) and sent them out to Bay Area radio and TV stations. If you know pet owners in the process of losing their home who could use a little help from their friends with their pets … please have them contact ARF for some assistance. Thanks.

Recently California had more than 39,000 foreclosure filings.
Increasingly, pet owners who lose their homes are abandoning their pets, often with tragic results.
If you face losing your home and pet, or would like to get involved helping others, please contact ARF at 925-256-1ARF (925-256-1273) or visit
If you lose your home, please don’t abandon your pets, please contact ARF.

Household foreclosures are at epidemic levels. Too often homeowners with a pet family member are facing the loss of their homes and pets.
Please don’t abandon your pets. If you need help or to be a part of the solution, contact ARF at 925-256-1ARF (925-256-1273) or

Thanks for caring. /gary

Posted on Monday, December 31st, 2007
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