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Natural Disasters And The No-Kill Movement
24th Oct 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

It has been more than 50 days since Best Friends deployed rescue, sheltering and transport teams to the Houston area in the devastating wake of Hurricane Harvey. To date, more than 1,600 dogs and cats have been helped through an effort that has engaged every corner of the organization and that has been supported so generously by members, friends, volunteers and the public as a whole. And that lifesaving continues today, as we work to find foster homes and adopters for the hundreds of animals st...

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Hurricane Harvey Animals
17th Oct 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

In the immediate wake of Hurricane Harvey, Best Friends deployed search and rescue and sheltering teams to Houston. We also called upon our amazing Best Friends Network partners to assist in transporting dogs and cats from the region in coordination with our efforts and in support of other organizations. Their efforts alone moved nearly 1,300 dogs and cats already in shelters to safety with partnering organizations around the country. Our sheltering work began at the Montgomery County Fairgrou...

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“Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other”
27th Sep 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

This blog was to have been a call to action to add your voice to the torrent of objections to the Guggenheim Museum’s astonishing and disgusting plan to show “Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other,” a work by husband and wife Chinese conceptual artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu of four pairs of pit-bull-type dogs facing each other while restrained on treadmills. Thanks to the outrage voiced by so many in response to a celebratory New York Times article on the upcoming exhibition c...

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California Legislature Makes History For The Animals
19th Sep 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

Update: We’re thrilled to share that on October 13, 2017, California governor Jerry Brown signed AB 485 into law, making California the first state in the nation to enact a statewide prohibition on pet store sales of dogs from puppy mills. The dominos are really beginning to fall on pet store sales of mill-bred animals. California has often led the nation when it comes to legislation to protect animals. In fact, one of the first communities in the nation to pass a law restricting the ...

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Hurricane Irma Update
14th Sep 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

On the heels of Hurricane Harvey, Irma made its way across the Atlantic, shattering records for strength and size. Irma battered island nations from Barbuda to Cuba, killing dozens and leaving a trail of destruction from which it will take years to recover. Hurricane Irma then hit Florida, and while the damage wasn’t as bad as many feared, Irma has devastated the state from top to bottom. Roughly four million homes and businesses are without power and communication is a serious probl...

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Pet Reunion Pavilion Opens For Business
12th Sep 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

Reuniting pets affected by Hurricane Harvey with their families is the first priority for Best Friends and other organizations working in the area. To that end, we are proud to announce the opening of the Pet Reunion Pavilion at the NRG Arena in downtown Houston. This massive operation, a collaboration between Best Friends, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) Animal Shelter and Houston Pet Set, has already helped facilitate reunions. Marmaduke escaped his yard in Houston at the worst possibl...

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Getting Ready For Hurricane Irma – Volunteer Transport Needed
8th Sep 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

Irma is going into the record books as a monster storm. Best Friends Animal Society and other national and local animal organizations are working overtime to ensure that she won’t go into the record books for her impact on Florida’s animals. Before landfall, Best Friends is mobilizing our network of more than 2,000 rescue and shelter partners around the country to secure commitments to take in animals from Florida shelters, and help transport them out of the state within the ne...

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The Power Of Partnership
6th Sep 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends has grown over the years, driven by the need of the animals and the passion of their advocates. From local shelter rescue to sanctuary to society, it has always been an acute awareness of the injustice of shelter killing and the integrity of the people who turn their lives upside down to do something to help them that has fueled our growth. The Best Friends Network and our Network partners are the farthest expansion of that synergy. A universe of animal lovers cooperating to save ...

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Demand Houston SPCA Save Hurricane Harvey Animals
4th Sep 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

Update: We want to be clear that our call to action regarding the HSPCA has nothing to do with the totally unsubstantiated rumors that have been floating around the internet that the HSPCA is killing animals in Beaumont.  The wild he-said-she-said gossip began on the evening of the 2nd as the HSPCA took over the management of the temporary animal shelter at the Ford Center. Best Friends has not, and is not accusing the HSCPA of killing animals during the storm or the chaos immediatel...

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Best Friends Partners On Hurricane Harvey Rescue And Reunite Center
3rd Sep 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

On Thursday, August 31, the Best Friends team moved from Austin, Texas to a new operations center at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds just 30 miles north of Houston in Conroe, Texas. The Rescue and Reunite Center in conjunction with the Montgomery County Animal Shelter and Best Friends Animal Society is already up and running and housing animals, with more arriving all the time. We are partnering with Montgomery County Animal Shelter who have been running an evacuees’ pet shelter, co-lo...

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Hurricane Harvey
28th Aug 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

(Image courtesy of National Weather Service) Best Friends’ disaster response team is deploying to Texas to rescue stranded animals, deliver supplies to hard-hit shelters, transport displaced shelter pets and support emergency sheltering efforts. Best Friends volunteers, especially those with animal-handling experience, will be notified in the coming days of specific needs and how to support our work or that of our partners as soon as the situation on the ground warrants. Best Frien...

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Community Cats Lawyer Up
18th Aug 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

Everyone likes lawyer jokes, except maybe lawyers. But here at Best Friends, we love our attorneys! They’re the ones who do the often invisible and underappreciated legal work that sets the stage for our lifesaving programs. These days, a lot of that has to do with local and state ordinances related to facilitating trap-neuter-return (TNR) and shelter-neuter-return (SNR) programs, both of which are key to keeping community (stray and feral) cats out of shelters. They are humane and effect...

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Saying Goodbye To Willie Boy
15th Aug 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

Of the 22 Vicktory dogs who came to Best Friends after being rescued from Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels in April of 2007, Willie Boy faced some of the biggest challenges. But neither his traumatic past nor his frail health could ever wash away the best parts of his character, and the people who became his family at the Sanctuary will always remember him as a fun, happy and gentle soul. On Friday night, that family, which included Dogtown caregivers and members of the Best Friends ve...

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Michael Vick And The Virginia Tech Sports Hall Of Fame
1st Aug 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

On July 11, Michael Vick was selected to be inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, based on his extraordinarily successful sports career at that school. Understandably, many have come out against giving such an accolade to Vick, a convicted felon involved in horrific animal abuse. I agree and believe that the university is only sullying its reputation by bestowing such an honor on him. As of this writing, more than 60,000 petition signers on Change.org agree. However, Best Frien...

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2025: Let’s Do This!
22nd Jul 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

That was the bottom line of the 2017 Best Friends National Conference, which wrapped last Sunday with a visit to the Alley Cat Allies Boardwalk Cats Project, a model community cat program.* This year’s conference picked up where the 2016 national conference left off, when Julie Castle planted a stake in the ground on behalf of Best Friends and the animals to lead the entire country to no-kill status by the year 2025. “This is our moon shot,” she declared. And indeed the entir...

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To Adopt Or Not? A New Best Friends Survey Sheds Light On Pet Adoptions
6th Jul 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

When I started working with Best Friends in 1994, the standard adoption screening application and contract that rescue groups used, Best Friends included, treated every potential forever family like known animal abusers at worst or high-risk homes at best. Applications were filled with disqualifying “gotcha” questions. Adoption contracts were (and in some cases still are) onerous documents that threatened reclaiming of an adopted pet for any breach, and this warning extended into th...

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New Jersey Declares ‘thumbs Up’ For No-Kill
23rd Jun 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

Love reading the Best Friends Blog? Make sure you never miss a post by clicking here to subscribe and receive every post right in your inbox. The first step in achieving no-kill in any community is making a commitment to no-kill and the policies and programs that will get you there. No matter what level of government we’re talking about, officially establishing the goal of ending the killing of cats and dogs in shelters is a big moment signifying change. As we mentioned in a blog post r...

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Another Successful Super Adoption As L.A. Gets Closer To NKLA
9th Jun 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

Large-scale adoption events, or as we call them, super adoptions, have been a banner event for Best Friends for many years. Whether we hold them in New York City, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles or anywhere else, the details are basically the same. Large tents in a city park or high-traffic area of the community signal a fun atmosphere, and the goal is to bring together local rescue organizations and shelters to find homes for as many animals as possible over a two- or three-day period. They also d...

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In Memory Of John Fripp
7th Jun 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

The Best Friends family suffered a sad loss yesterday with the passing of my friend and co-founder, John Fripp, following an extended illness. John was 82. John’s strength, stability and unflappable demeanor naturally placed him at the center of things when times were most difficult and, in the early days of Best Friends, we went through some tough times. John was the administrative hub of Best Friends until his retirement in 2011. He created our financial system and was our first CFO. ...

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Los Angeles City Council Passes No-Kill Resolution
9th May 2017, by Best Friends Animal Society

On Wednesday, May 3, the L.A. city council unanimously approved a no-kill resolution making Los Angeles the largest city in the nation to do so. Best Friends and the NKLA Coalition worked closely with the resolution’s sponsor, Councilman Paul Koretz, to help draft and advance the measure. Councilman Koretz is a vocal friend of the animals and was an early supporter of the NKLA initiative. Resolutions, in government speak, are a non-binding way for government bodies to proclaim a sta...

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