National Manager, Puppy Mill Initiatives
Best Friends Animal Society
Elizabeth Oreck is the national manager of Best Friends’ puppy mill initiatives, which confront the puppy mill crisis in the U.S. through education, advocacy and legislation. Elizabeth has worked in animal welfare for 15 years, having entered the field as a managing director for spcaLA; she has been with Best Friends since 2008. She is a wildlife rehabilitator who served on the boards of the California Wildlife Center, Pets90210 and the Coalition for Pets and Public Safety.
Because she strongly believes that legislation should be a key component of animal welfare issues and solutions, Elizabeth has worked on various state and local efforts throughout the U.S. In the past two years, she has been instrumental in the passage of a number of ordinances to ban the retail sale of puppy and kitten mill animals in pet stores, including Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale and Huntington Beach. She served on the advisory committee for Los Angeles’ spay and neuter ordinance, as well as a task force to target illegal breeding and pet sales. She is a member of the judging committee for the HSUS Genesis Awards, and is on the Regional Council of the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
A student of martial arts for 17 years, she has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and in her spare time runs marathons to raise money for and awareness of various animal charities.