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New Best Friends Effort Set To Launch In Atlanta, Georgia

The founders of Best Friends always knew that someday we would see an end to the killing of healthy and treatable pets in shelters. We believed that to be true, even in the mid-80s, when the number...
Aug 12, 2016

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California Governor Signs Bill To Save Dogs Seized In Fight Ring Busts

I’m currently in Michigan to attend the Traverse City Film Festival for a screening of The Champions. (If you’re in the area, please join us. Tickets are on sale now.) The documentary...
Jul 27, 2016

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2016 Best Friends National Conference Is Almost Underway

Note: The conference starts on Thursday, July 14. Online registration has officially closed. We will accept walk-in registrations starting on July 13 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in...
Jul 9, 2016

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A Farewell To Tug, The Vicktory Dog

I am deeply saddened to be the bearer of the news that Tug, one of the dogs who thrived at Best Friends after being rescued from the property of Michael Vick, has passed away. Like many dogs rescued...
Jul 1, 2016

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Viral Adoption Story Highlights Absurdity Of Breed Discrimination

It was a simple photo of Waterford, Michigan, resident Dan Tillery with his newly adopted dog Sir Wiggleton lying on the ground, smiling ear to ear. But it took the internet by storm —...
Jun 23, 2016

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2016 Best Friends National Conference Comes Home To Utah

Best Friends was founded in 1984. It was in that year that the Best Friends founders acquired the Utah property that would become home to the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for abandoned,...
Jun 16, 2016

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It’s Time For The Best Friends All-Staff Week

Best Friends’ headquarters is located in what some people might consider to be a remote part of the world. Anyone who’s made the trek to visit or volunteer knows that getting to Kanab is...
May 27, 2016

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Obama’s Words For The No-Kill Movement

No, the president didn’t actually talk about the no-kill movement, but he did give a rather interesting speech recently at the Howard University commencement that I think will resonate with a...
May 19, 2016

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Best Friends Earns Harris Poll EquiTrend Honors For Third Time In Six Years

Every person and every company has something that they’re known for. For example, if I said to you, “Just do it,” you’d likely know that I’m talking about Nike. Or one...
May 14, 2016

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week

Editor’s Note: This week is National Volunteer Week, and at Best Friends, we know we cannot do what we do without volunteers! We’d like to share this post from 2013 from Gregory Castle,...
Apr 15, 2016

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Million Cat Challenge Half Way To Ambitious Goal

Saving cats who enter shelters across America has proven to be a challenge for many communities. A number of factors contribute to the problem, but a clear one is the need to create programs that are...
Apr 12, 2016

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The Flat Earthers Of Animal Welfare

As a movement picks up steam, detractors and deniers seem to come out of the woodwork. Motivated by who knows what, and aided by the handy megaphone of the internet, these folks have moved off street...
Apr 8, 2016

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Global Banking Firm Takes A Stand For The Animals

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about the shift in policy at SeaWorld, thanks in part to the efforts of animal welfare and animal rights organizations, but mainly due to the impact of the powerful...
Apr 6, 2016

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Who Should You Believe — Some Reporter Or Your Lying Eyes?

Have you ever taken the ubiquitous “pick the pit bull” quiz online? If you’ve never done it, definitely take a moment and take it by clicking here. How’d you do? According to...
Mar 30, 2016

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New Incentive Program Hopes To Boost Participation In National Database Program

For more than 20 years, Maddie’s Fund has been a leader for the no-kill movement, and has directly impacted the lives of millions of animals. Maddie’s has been a key partner to Best...
Mar 26, 2016

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What’s Happening In Oklahoma Is Not OK For The Animals

The Oklahoma State House of Representatives recently passed bill HB 2250 with the specific intent of preventing national animal welfare organizations from advancing humane policies and practices...
Mar 23, 2016

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SeaWorld: Not Feeling The Love

Many of you are familiar with the Best Friends mission: To bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. It’s the organizing principle around which we build all of our work. However,...
Mar 19, 2016

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The Pursuit Of Breeding Perfection Leaves A Trail Of Destruction

At Best Friends, we don’t really dwell on the breed of a dog. Whether a dog is a purebred golden retriever or some jumble of breeds, we think each special doggie personality is what really...
Mar 11, 2016

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You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry: The Champions, The Documentary About The Vicktory Dogs, Releases Today

A number of events over the course of Best Friends’ history have constituted watershed moments not only for our organization, but for the animal movement as a whole. Our work in the aftermath...
Mar 2, 2016

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Taking An Entire State To No-Kill

Utah is called the Beehive State. You may wonder why, since the state isn’t exactly known for its honey. (Utah is ranked 24th in the nation for honey production.) The state’s nickname...
Feb 25, 2016

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