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Everyone needs a little help, even if they can’t ask for it.
Tony La Russa is chief baseball analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks and co-founder of the Animal Rescue Foundation. “The story begins when I married Elaine and we had been married for a while and we had this incredible love and concern and compassion for animals. There were thousands upon thousands to millions being euthanized because you couldn’t find a home and all the public facilities were overwrought and could only do so much.”
In 1990 La Russa was managing the Oakland A’s when a stray cat ran out onto the field and hid in the dugout. The next day animal control said they would have to put the cat down because there was no money to shelter it.
That winter we decided that we were going to start ARF, February 1991 and we thought we’d do a little something here and it’s become over 27 years something that’s beyond our imagination the support we’ve got from volunteers and sponsors and the like.”
Today, ARF has found homes for more than 35,000 animals.
This post was originally published on May 24, 2017
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.