Tony La Russa to chair Arizona Animal Welfare League fundraiser

Spend a “Night at the CATSbah” and help the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA continue saving homeless pets from euthanasia.

The Moroccan-inspired event will feature 100 silent auction items, live auction items, a live band, cocktails and dinner.

Tony La Russa, chief baseball officer of the Arizona Diamondbacks, is the honorary chair of the event, which will benefit the state’s first and largest no-kill organization. Mr. La Russa has been involved in animal rescue since he helped save a stray cat that ran onto the baseball field during a televised Oakland A’s game in May 1990.

The event takes place 5:30 p.m. March 11 at Omni Montelucia Resort, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. Individual tickets are $225.

AAWL & SPCA rescued and found homes for more than 4,000 animals last year. The dogs and cats were at risk of being euthanized simply because of overcrowding in traditional “open-intake” shelters.

“Every dog, cat, puppy and kitten that finds its way into our care is treated as a unique individual,” says Judith Gardner, president and CEO of AAWL & SPCA.

“Fortunately, most of them are adopted within a couple of weeks. However, as a no-kill shelter, we make a commitment to a homeless pet to do whatever it takes — for as long as it takes — to make sure they are happy, healthy and ready to start their new life in a loving home.”

For more information the event, email or call 480-423-1511.
The mission of the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA is to end the unnecessary euthanasia of dogs and cats in the community. Founded in 1971, AAWL & SPCA operates the state’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter.

To find out more, visit or call 602-273-6852.

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