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Mama Mia!
4th Dec 2018, by Best Friends Animal Society

That would be Mama, the German shepherd that Silva and I adopted recently from Harris County Animal Shelter in Houston, not my dearly departed Italian mother! I want to tell you her story because she almost became a number. She was a hair’s breadth away from being one of the 4,100 pets killed every day in America’s shelters. She has been a wonderful addition to our family and is perfect in so many ways, but because she is an older girl with a bit of grey on her face and a few ex...

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The Future Of Animal Shelters
21st Nov 2018, by Best Friends Animal Society

OK, so let’s walk this through. The mission of Best Friends is to end the killing in shelters and to bring about a time when there are no more homeless pets. We have put a stake in the ground to realize the first piece of that goal and to end shelter killing in this country by 2025, and we have been joined in our 2025 campaign by thousands of organizations, large and small, public and private. There are already thousands of no-kill communities around the country and we are implementing a ...

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The California Wildfires
14th Nov 2018, by Best Friends Animal Society

As many of you have seen on the news, California is experiencing the worst wildfires in its history, both in the northern and southern part of the state. Find an animal lost during the California wildfires. As of today, the Woolsey Fire in Ventura County and Los Angeles County has consumed almost 100,000 acres and close to 200 homes in its treacherous path, while the Camp Fire in Paradise has been particularly calamitous, with 125,000 acres and 6,000 homes burned. It’s been a devasta...

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A Model Dog Law To Save More Lives
27th Oct 2018, by Best Friends Animal Society

We’ve all heard our share of lawyer jokes. Heck, some of us have even been known to crack them every once in a while. (We could fill multiple blog posts with some of our favorites.) And while it’s fun to poke fun, I think we feel comfortable telling them, in part because deep down a lot of us are apprehensive about lawyers and the legal profession. And I say that as a lawyer myself. I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t always “felt the love” when it...

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800-Dog Transport From Tex-Mex Border Begins
23rd Oct 2018, by Best Friends Animal Society

Today’s the day! The first 70 of 800 puppies and small dogs that we will be transporting out of south Texas by Thanksgiving are hitting the road in Edinburg. The idea is to get them to partner organizations so that they will be ready for adoption by the holidays. OK, I admit it. I have a thing about Texas. On one hand, it’s really real and it’s also really cool. On the other, it has been a train wreck for shelter animals. At the moment, I’m stuck on the latter. Signi...

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Kittens, Kittens, Kittens!
12th Oct 2018, by Best Friends Animal Society

Last week, I wrote about the NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) Coalition’s drive to achieve a 90 percent save rate for the year for all six Los Angeles Animal Services shelters by year’s end. Today I want to drill down into the most critical component of this drive — saving kittens, neonatal kittens in particular. In almost any other city, the first and most effective way to address the issue of kittens being killed in shelters is to go to the source of recently born kittens ent...

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Speaking With One Voice: A Call For Transparency In Sheltering
5th Oct 2018, by Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends is proud to be a co-author of the landmark position statement jointly issued today by eight of the nation’s leading animal welfare organizations and foundations. Calling upon every organization in the country that takes homeless pets into their care to share their data, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Best Friends Animal Society, Michelson Found Animals Foundation, the Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund, PetSmart Charit...

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NKLA: Calling All Heroes!
3rd Oct 2018, by Best Friends Animal Society

The city of Los Angeles is on a final push to achieve the no-kill threshold of a 90 percent save rate by the end of this year. I can’t adequately express how excited I am about that! There is energy, optimism and collaboration to achieve this important goal, but that wasn’t always the case. Quite the reverse, in fact. When Best Friends and our NKLA Coalition partners first met in December 2010 to begin the year-long planning to form the citywide NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) initi...

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Dogs Have It. Do We?
22nd Sep 2018, by Best Friends Animal Society

You may have seen a recent article in the New York Times that made the rounds among animal people. The piece, by James Gorman, reports on a study that helps prove what animal lovers have always known: Dogs have empathy. All of us at Best Friends, and most likely everyone who’s reading this blog, know that dogs’ empathic abilities don’t need to be proven. If it was a scientific secret, then it’s one of the worst-kept secrets in the world. It’s like proving that b...

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How Best Friends Is Working To Help Those Affected By Hurricane Florence
15th Sep 2018, by Best Friends Animal Society

We are waiting with bated breath to see what another major storm hitting our country’s shores will mean for the animals in the affected area. As Hurricane Florence hits the Carolinas, it has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm. Although this might offer a false sense of security to some, it’s not the wind speed that’s the issue when a storm of this magnitude hits. It’s all about the storm surge. And though we won’t know the full effects for a bit, we’...

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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 sti...

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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 Fairgroun...

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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 ca...

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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 r...

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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 proble...

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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 possible...

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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 nex...

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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 l...

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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 immediately...

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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-loc...

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