November 7, 2012
ARF was a vision created from an absolute love and neverending concern for the welfare of animals, by two of the most wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. After years of caring for animals and finding them homes, Tony and Elaine LaRussa realized that Contra Costa County was over burdened by unwanted and lost animals in an overcrowded pound, whos only solution due to lack of funds, was to comtrol their population through euthanazia. I remember them being so surprised that there wasn't with a non profit, or privately funded alternative that would give so many wonderful animals an opportunity to find a new life with a new caring family. They recognized the need for grief counseling after the loss of a pet, and spay and neutering these animals for their own protection. They worked tirelessly to raise money to give the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF a home, and finally in the early 1990s it became a reality, pairing up responsible dog and cat lovers with their future new family members. I have had many many friends and clients who happily adopted a new family member from ARF and as a local delivery driver I have been able to watch the happy families bond with their new four legged friends.ARF is an extended family. Your association with them doesn't end when you adopt. It's just the beginning. I have seen many foundations throughout the years in my carrier, but never have I seen such a passion not only from Tony and Elaine, but genuinely from ever member of its volunteer staff, extending to the amazing people that qualify and choose to add these precious souls to their lives. ARF fever touches everyone envolved. I can't tell you how happy I feel every time they showcase a new adopted family and pet on their website. It's as if we all stand up and clap that another life hasn't gone to waste...but is instead enriching children's lives and teaching them to be kind, gentle and empathetic, and keeping the elderly company. I just can't say enough about this non profit organization. I can't even imagine how much of their own money they've put into this, but I can tell you that Tony is so beloved and so kind that people in the entertainment industry gladly volunteer their time and performances to raise money and awareness to help this man with this most important of causes. If you love animals and want to help you need to know that your money will be used to change lives. There is no greater gift than saving a life, and there is no greater lesson from God than teaching us how to love unconditionally. That's what animals do for a hug and some food. I'm so proud to know these people and so proud of them that they've changed so many lives. Animals have friends in ARF. Go on down and feel the energy there. It won't take but a minute to understand.
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MY ROLE:General Member of the Public