For the second month in a row, an employee honored as the Employee of the Month (EOM) has chosen to give their donation to Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF). This organization had roots that reach all the way back to a May 1990 baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees. During the game, a stray cat ran into the field, running between players and staff. Tony La Russa, who was then the manager of the Oakland Athletics, was able to coax the cat to come into the dugout, and then took on the responsibility of finding a suitable local shelter to take the animal. Tony, however, could not find a single No-Kill shelter in the area; he learned that if he was to take the cat anywhere, she'd be euthanized.
Tony and his wife decided to keep the cat and named her "Evie."
The story, however, does not end there. Inspired by his experience, Tony was driven to start ARF as a No-Kill organization to save animal's lives and bring them together with loving, stable homes. One year later, ARF was created. Since then, they have been responsible for helping thousands of dogs, cats, and other pets find homes through their adoption services. For example, in their 2011-2012 report, they stated that nearly 2,000 dogs and cats had been adopted. Their services, however, don't end there. In the same time period, more than 2,000 "Pet Hug Pack" visits were delivered to more than 100,000 people in need. Similarly, they delivered more than 170,000 pounds of pet food and put in more than 85,000 adult volunteer hours.
To learn more about ARF, their mission, or to donate yourself, please visit them online at www.arf.net.