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2: Elena Bicker, Tony La Russa's ARF: Building A World Class Rescue Community

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Elena Bicker, Executive Director of Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, ARF, discusses twenty-five years of creating a world-class animal rescue facility and community. They have been rescuing thousands of cats and dogs for years, and along the way have developed a wide range of programs related to rescue, foster, advocacy, education, and community awareness. It all started on May 7, 1990 when a stray cat wandered onto the field during an Oakland A’s baseball game. Tony La Russa – a Hall of Fame player, manager, and baseball executive – was the manager for the A’s, and he and his wife Elaine were surprised to find that there weren’t any no-kill animal shelters in the neighboring areas. That initial event was the genesis for ARF. Elena Bicker joined staff in the late 90’s and made an immediate impact, raising over $1 million, and she never looked back. Elena’s been Executive Director for ten years, helping ARF achieve a 4-star rating as a charity from Charity Navigator, and truly creating a blueprint for other animal shelters to strive for. To loosely quote Elena Bicker from the interview, they set out to build a shelter, and ended up building a community. Resources Website https://www.arflife.org/ Donate https://www.arflife.org/donate Tony La Russa's Hall of Fame interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoLWZK9ep4Y Photo credit: Barbara Brady-Smith Music by Luke Gartner-Brereton and Vanilla Groove Studios. https://soundcloud.com/luke-gartnerbrereton https://soundcloud.com/vanillagroovestudios