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The Michael Vick Dogs

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to puppy class at your neighborhood pet store, photos surfaced of Michael Vick with his recently acquired Malinois, Angel, at dog training class at a New...
Mar 9, 2013

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Single And Loving It!

The true north for Best Friends Animal Society, our core guiding principle, is that we can save them all — that all lives are worth saving and all lives have intrinsic value. Whether it be Michael...
Mar 7, 2013

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Maryland Anti–pit Bull Ruling Could Be Overturned

A new bill goes to the Maryland Senate as SB 160, and, if passed, will advance public safety and save the lives of thousands of well-behaved pit bulls. SB 160 and the House companion bill, HB 78,...
Feb 23, 2013

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Power Of Partnership

In 2011, only 58% of shelter pets were leaving the West Valley City (WVC) shelter alive. In June of 2012, WVC, the largest municipality in the Salt Lake Valley, committed to a no-kill goal and...
Feb 22, 2013

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Radical Notion Of Not Killing Our Friends

It sounds perfectly reasonable. No-kill, that is: not killing dogs, cats or any pets as a method of population control. It’s not surprising that no-kill is hugely popular with the public. Many pet...
Feb 15, 2013

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Fuzzy Math On Cats, Birds Clouds Highly Questionable ‘study’

Did you see it? It was all over the Internet the last couple of days. Sound the alarm, alert the news media. Reportedly, cats are stone-cold killers to the tune of possibly 19 billion animals a...
Feb 1, 2013

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Another Victory! California Continues To Lead The Way For Puppies

A late-night vote in Burbank, California, has that city following in the footsteps of many before them. When the final “yea” vote was cast, the crowd in attendance cheered. The Southern...
Jan 31, 2013

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Power Of The People In Oklahoma!

Announcing victories for pit-bull-type dogs on this blog has become commonplace. Massachusetts and Ohio were the biggest wins of 2012, with many others across the U.S. helping to overturn...
Jan 26, 2013

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After Decades Of Frustration, A New Strategy Against Puppy Mills

Like the war on drugs, or the age of prohibition, the historic efforts to end the abuses of puppy mills have been aimed at reducing supply. In the case of puppy mills the greatest efforts have gone...
Jan 24, 2013

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Goodbye, Pat

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of our friend Pat Whitacre yesterday. Pat was a dog trainer, and so much more, at Best Friends from 2004 until 2012. He was part of the fabric of Dogtown...
Jan 23, 2013

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NKLA’s No-Kill December: A Record-Breaking, Lifesaving Effort

The NKLA calculation for success is based on reducing noses in and increasing noses out. This means that the threshold benchmark for the NKLA Coalition is a 90 percent save rate for dogs and cats...
Jan 10, 2013

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Manhattan Borough President Calling For Change For New York’s Animals

Best Friends CEO Gregory Castle was invited to speak at a press conference Sunday called by Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer. President Stringer released a report calling for a...
Jan 7, 2013

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The Angels Will Smile

When Juno, the beagle rescued from a bankrupt research lab, fixes her soft, brown eyes on the Newtown school children and wags her tail, a circle of compassion will be completed that will likely...
Jan 5, 2013

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Best Friends Helps Save Nearly 90,000 Lives In 2012

Thank You! Best Friends directly saves or fixes tens of thousands of animals in 2012. The mission of Best Friends Animal Society is to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets, and...
Jan 3, 2013

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Help Make The Holidays Happy For Homeless Pets

The holidays are a time of family, friends, gift-giving and festivities. Good will towards others and affirmations of the ties that bind us as human beings are an inherent part of the rituals and...
Dec 22, 2012

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Our Deepest Condolences

All of us at Best Friends are deeply saddened by the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that has shocked the nation and the world. The mission of Best Friends is driven by compassion, and our...
Dec 17, 2012

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Missouri Pit Bull Round-Up Thwarted For Now

Last Monday, I participated in a presentation on the topic of breed-discriminatory legislation (BDL) to an audience comprised of members of the general public, which was acting as a focus group....
Dec 11, 2012

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A National Treasure

Full disclosure — I am married to one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Society, Gregory Castle, so my view on this topic may be a bit skewed. However, it is indisputable that the founders of...
Dec 6, 2012

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NKLA On Target To Exceed 2012 Goal

When Best Friends pulled together the first No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) Steering Committee meeting in 2010, comprised of veteran leaders of local grassroots organizations, along with the recently...
Nov 30, 2012

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Giving Thanks This Thanksgiving

We have much to be thankful for – you and I who devote our time and energy to the animals. I am grateful especially for the gene, circumstance, parent, pet, divinity or whatever that opened my...
Nov 21, 2012

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