Bob Baker has been active in animal welfare for over three decades and is a nationally recognized authority on animal cruelty. His work on investigations, legislative initiatives, and his advocacy efforts on behalf of animals have all been widely acclaimed. Bob brings extensive experience to the Alliance, having worked for both national and local humane organizations during his career. Recently with the ASPCA, he played a key role in efforts to combat the cruelties of puppy mills and to effect the passage of precedent setting legislation in Pennsylvania regulating large-scale commercial dog breeding operations.
His investigations into animal fighting ventures led to the arrests of more than 1,000 individuals. He also spearheaded an extensive investigation into the commercial dog breeding industry, inspecting more than 1,000 puppy mills during the past thirty years. These efforts generated a tremendous amount of national publicity, the closing of numerous puppy mills, probes by the federal government's General Accounting Office and the Office of Inspector General, and the closing of the nation's largest pet store chain, "Docktors Pet Center."
Bob not only fought to expose cruelty but lobbied to enact laws to prevent such abuse in the future. He initiated and worked on local, state, and federal legislation to improve the welfare of animals. His efforts led to the successful passage of legislation in forty-two states, through direct lobbying activity as well as grassroots lobbying efforts, including the passage of stricter animal abuse laws for horse racing, dog racing, dog fighting, cockfighting, puppy mills, and pet stores. He also worked on regulatory initiatives and increased enforcement efforts by federal and state government agencies.
Bob conceived and aided in the production of several national news exposés on animal abuse including televised pieces on "60 Minutes," "20/20" and "Dateline." He has been a tireless spokesperson over the years on a host of animal issues. He is a respected author and his book, "The Misuse of Drugs in Horse Racing" resulted in major reforms in the horse racing industry.
Growing up as the child of parents in helping professions, Aislinn was raised with the value of giving her time to improve the lives of others. She finds meaning in working on behalf of vulnerable populations and has served as a social worker for foster youth and in communications on behalf of animals. Aislinn graduated from Washington University’s Brown School and earned her master’s in social work with a specialization in policy.
Aislinn is the proud mom of three rescue cats; Daniel, Gabriella, and Benjamin (ages 1, 3, and 14, respectively). She also has two rescue cats in heaven, Muffin and Esmeralda. In her free time she enjoys cooking, coffee, and time spent with friends.
Tori received her Bachelors of Science from Webster University in 2023 in Political Science and Public Law, with a minor in Human Rights. During college she was able to explore different job fields through internships, volunteerism, and classes that helped to fulfill her desire to help others. Tori has served as a campaign intern for a Missouri State Senator and interned at the Saint Louis County Prosecutor's Office.
In 2020, Tori began volunteering as a dog walker at the Humane Society of Missouri alongside her parents. There she grew an immense desire to help shelter animals. She accepted a Temporary Volunteer Coordinator position after graduation before transitioning to the Alliance. She continues to volunteer weekly and hopes that her work continues to support the animals of our state.