The Commons at Dallas Ranch Hosts Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation to Recruit Volunteers for the ARF Pet Hug Pack Program

Efforts to Expand Program that provides pet therapy to seniors in East Contra Costa County Continues.

Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) is expanding their therapy animal program into Antioch, Pittsburg, and Brentwood. To accommodate this expansion, they are seeking volunteers who want to brighten the life of a senior.

ARF’s Pet Hug Pack teams visit hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools and adult day care facilities throughout Contra Costa County. Pack pets are tested to ensure they are well-mannered, healthy and possess good temperament. The teams provide unconditional love to the people they visit. There are proven health benefits to animal interaction which recipients enjoy by petting or holding an animal team member

ARF had been involved with animal assisted activities for several years prior to launching the visiting animal program in August 2002. As of April of 2012, 135 Pet HugPack volunteers and their qualified pets make over 280 visits per month to more than 70 facilities throughout Contra Costa County.

For more information contact ARF at (925) 256-1273 or visit their website at

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