ARF | About | 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.
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Mission

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…”®

Core Values

Open  •  Driven  •  Educator's spirit

Strategic Anchors

Save lives  •  Inspire learning  •  Connect hearts 

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2890 Mitchell Dr
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Adoption Hours

Wed - Thurs: Noon - 6 pm
Fri: Noon - 7 pm
Sat - Sun: Noon - 6 pm

Business Hours
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

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ARF has received Charity Navigator's highest 4-star rating for 9 years running.

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