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Call It Owner Surrender Or On-Demand Dumping Of Pets, The Policy Needs To Change

We all know the stories: Someone passed away, someone moved, someone lost a job, the dog ate the door, the cat scratched the kid, the girlfriend is allergic, the boyfriend is a jerk, the...
Oct 14, 2015

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The Pope, The Golden Rule And The Animals

For Pope Francis watchers, life is like Forrest Gump’s proverbial box of chocolates: “You never know what you’re gonna get.” Not being a pope watcher myself, I am not on that...
Oct 6, 2015

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TNR: Eliminating The Whack-A-Mole Factor

There’s no question about it. Trap/neuter/return (TNR) is the only humane approach to managing community cat populations. And despite the fact that TNR is widely accepted all across the U.S.,...
Sep 29, 2015

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It’s Time To Strut Your Mutt And Raise Money To Save Lives

Let’s face it: Saving lives takes money, and for a local rescue group, expenses like veterinary costs, boarding, grooming, food and vaccines quickly add up and serious fundraising becomes a...
Sep 19, 2015

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Best Friends SoCal Shelter Transport Program Comes To An End

The planned phase-out of Best Friends’ shelter transport program of mostly small dogs from Los Angeles County’s Baldwin Park Shelter to adoption-guarantee shelters in northern Utah and...
Sep 16, 2015

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On Puppy Mills And Presidents

The question for Hillary Clinton that grabbed a New York Times headline over the weekend wasn’t about emails or Benghazi. It was about puppy mills and, to her credit, Clinton seemed to have an...
Sep 11, 2015

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The Guy In The Dog Suit: Part II

The results for Teddy’s DNA are in and it certainly surprised me. Half of his genetic profile is sort of a giveaway, given his telltale tongue. The rest is just the luck of the gene-pool...
Sep 2, 2015

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Ten Years Later: Reflections On Hurricane Katrina

Working in the aftermath of the worst hurricane to hit American soil in modern times was a humbling experience, to say the least. Katrina’s impact on lives (both human and animal) was immense,...
Aug 27, 2015

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Full-Circle Win In Beverly Hills

The fight against commercial pet breeding operations, better known as pet mills, has been an interesting ride. Up until 2007, the effort had largely been focused around advocacy-based work, telling...
Aug 20, 2015

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Who’s The Guy In The Dog Suit? A DNA Test Will Finally Reveal The Truth!

Teddy is one of those canine characters who seems to be only pretending to be a dog — just for the free food. He is beyond engaging, and often appears to be playing charades with you in an...
Aug 19, 2015

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Puppy Parties: The Latest In Prime-Time Support Of Puppy Mills

Who doesn’t love a pile of puppies? With all the soft fur and puppy breath, the never-ending cuteness is irresistible. So imagine being offered a chance to have a pile of puppies delivered to...
Aug 14, 2015

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Utah’s Best-Kept Secret

Anyone familiar with the founding of Best Friends probably knows the story. In 1984, a group of friends made a promise to one another, and to the animals in their care, to build an animal sanctuary...
Aug 11, 2015

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2015 Best Friends National Conference

The 2015 Best Friends National Conference is in the books and many repeat attendees have commented to me that they feel it was the best one yet. I agree and would add that I believe that the event in...
Jul 28, 2015

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Grand Jury’s Refusal To Prosecute: A Lack Of Compassion For Cats

Chances are if you even dabble in social media, you’ve read about the case of Texas veterinarian Kristen Lindsey. A wildly disturbing photo of Lindsey quickly made the rounds, showing the...
Jul 14, 2015

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Save The Kittens, Save Them All

Who doesn’t love kittens? These cute little fluff balls seem to dominate social media these days because — let’s be honest — they’re downright adorable. Unfortunately,...
Jul 10, 2015

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The Fourth Of July Dilemma

It’s almost July Fourth, which for most of us means family, food, fireworks and fun. Chances are, whether you’re hitting the road or staying home, this weekend will be filled with great...
Jul 2, 2015

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Sin No More: Las Vegas Announces Plan To Take City To No-Kill

I hear lots of stories from people around the country about the situation for animals in their community. More often than not, those stories are about how entrenched in the killing their community...
Jun 23, 2015

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Rebecca Guinn: Leading Atlanta To No-Kill

The city of Atlanta, Georgia, had long been perceived as one of the most challenging communities in which to make real progress toward no-kill. This was due in part to the patchwork of counties that...
Jun 19, 2015

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Austin Names New Animal Services Chief

Getting to no-kill is only half the fun. Staying above a 90 percent save rate and continuing to reduce the number of animals dying in the shelter system to as close to zero as possible requires a...
Jun 10, 2015

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It’s Time To Celebrate Best Friends Day

Chances are, if you’re reading this blog you too believe it’s possible to have genuine friendships with our pets. The bond we share with them is real, and they give back to us in so many ways....
Jun 8, 2015

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