People Rescuing Animals...Animals Rescuing People...®
ARF saves dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters and brings people and animals together to enrich each other's lives. ARF strives to create a world where every loving dog and cat has a home, where every lonely person has a companion animal, and where children learn to care.
ARF is a national leader in the animal welfare industry co-founded by Elaine and Tony La Russa in 1991. Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, the nonprofit receives no government funding and is an accredited four-star charity. ARF’s core mission is the rescue of dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters, giving them a chance at life until a new home can be found. ARF couples this focus with innovative programs strengthening the human-animal bond for children, seniors, veterans, and people in disadvantaged circumstances. Through ARF, people experience the unconditional love and acceptance of dogs and cats to fulfill a mission of “People Rescuing Animals…Animals Rescuing People…”®
Open • Driven • Educator's spirit
Save lives • Inspire learning • Connect hearts
2890 Mitchell Dr
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Wed - Thurs: Noon - 6 pm
Fri: Noon - 7 pm
Sat - Sun: Noon - 6 pm
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
ARF needs your help to save more lives! Together we can make a difference.
ARF has received Charity Navigator's highest 4-star rating for 10 years running.