National manager, puppy mill initiatives
Elizabeth Oreck is the National Manager of Best Friends Animal Society’s puppy mill initiatives, which seek to end puppy mills through education, advocacy, legislation and adoption. Elizabeth has worked in animal welfare for 20 years, having entered the field as a managing director for spcaLA. She is a wildlife rehabilitator who has served on the boards of the California Wildlife Center, Pets90210 and the Coalition for Pets and Public Safety, as well as the Regional Council of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). She has been with Best Friends since 2008. Because she strongly believes that legislative reform is a key strategy to end the killing of dogs and cats in our nation's shelters, Elizabeth has worked on a variety of state and local legislation throughout the country. In the past 10 years, she has been instrumental in the passage of dozens of local ordinances and state laws to impact puppy mills and to ban the retail sale of commercially bred animals in pet stores. A student of martial arts for 20 years, she has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and in her spare time runs competitively to raise money and awareness for a variety of charities.