National manager, puppy mill initiatives
Elizabeth Oreck is the national manager of Best Friends Animal Societys puppy mill initiatives, which seek to end puppy mills through education, advocacy and legislation. Elizabeth has worked in animal welfare for nearly 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 component of animal welfare solutions, 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 a number of local ordinances and state laws to ban the retail sale of commercially bred animals in pet stores. She is also an instructor of martial arts and has run several marathons to raise money and awareness for various animal charities.