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Animal Control Enforcement Abuse Costs Lives

A recent CNN Money article titled “Dogs killed over unpaid fines” is a scary commentary on how some local animal control agencies hold pets for what amounts to a ransom over leash law violations...
Jun 2, 2015

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Honoring The Bonds Forged In Battle

It wasn’t until HR 5314, “Robby’s Law,” was signed into law by President Clinton in 2000 that military working dogs could be adopted at the conclusion of their service. Before the law was...
May 27, 2015

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A Founder’s Farewell

Sadly, yesterday Best Friends said good-bye to one of its founders, Estelle Munro. I don’t believe, when we all started this sanctuary together, that she or any of us imagined it would turn into...
May 21, 2015

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Courage To Spare

Long before Mark Dodge was a hero to the cats of Los Angeles, he was a hero to the men he served with in Vietnam, for which was awarded a Bronze Star Medal and a Purple Heart for his valor in...
May 19, 2015

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Live From The Oxford Union: It’s Best Friends!

The Oxford Union Society is the second oldest and most respected debating society in Great Britain. Founded in 1823, the Oxford Union not only hosts debates, but also speakers from almost every...
May 14, 2015

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You Can’t Put A Price On Your Best Friend

I had the good fortune to attend the recent Best Friends Super Adoption in Manhattan. It was a terrific event with more than 275 dogs and cats going to new homes directly from the adoption event,...
May 6, 2015

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Come And Get ’em While They Last!

Pets, that is. It’s spring super adoption season at Best Friends and the next two weekends will feature three of these hallmark events — this weekend, April 24-26 in New York City, next weekend,...
Apr 25, 2015

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“I’ve Made Up My Mind. Don’t Confuse Me With The Facts.”

We’ve talked about some “controversial” topics in past blogs. My July post on open adoptions caused a bit of a stir among many of you. Any time we write about some of the more progressive...
Apr 21, 2015

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“Get Out Of Jail Free” Card For Cats Passed By Arizona Legislature

The Arizona legislature recently passed Senate Bill 1260, which includes language that paves the way for return-to-field (RTF) programs for stray and free-roaming cats, such as the Pima County...
Apr 18, 2015

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A Nod To The Innovator Of Our Era, The Father Of The No-Kill Movement Retires

Like Henry Ford and Steve Jobs, Rich Avanzino didn’t invent his field of endeavor, but through innovation he took it to a completely new level. In 1976, Rich took the helm of a highly...
Apr 9, 2015

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Declaring A Victory For Community Cats

What if I told you there is a program that has proven it is possible for a community to go from a 60 percent live release rate (LRR) for cats to 90 percent within three years? Would you believe it?...
Apr 6, 2015

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Katrina: How The No-Kill Philosophy Came To Disaster Response

Hurricane Katrina blew the doors off the nation’s disaster response establishment. The damage wrought by the storm and the subsequent breaking of the levees in the greater New Orleans area caused...
Mar 28, 2015

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Eight Reasons To Attend This Year’s Best Friends National Conference

When Best Friends took on animal rescue responsibilities during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, many of our programs had to be put on hold. We spent nine months rescuing thousands of animals who were...
Mar 23, 2015

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Want To Help Save Them All? Talk To 10 Friends Today.

This statistic shouldn’t be a surprise to any of you who have read this blog for any length of time. Every day 9,000 dogs and cats are killed in shelters right here in the U.S. It’s a shocking...
Mar 18, 2015

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The Absurdity (and Tragedy) Of Breed-Discriminatory Laws

A woman in Hazel Park, Michigan, was saved (literally) by her pit bull terrier from an abusive, drunken boyfriend while he was slamming her head into a wall. The dog grabbed the guy’s leg and...
Mar 12, 2015

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Badges? We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges.

By the time Best Friends opened its doors in 1984, most of the founders had been involved in one aspect or another of animal rescue or advocacy for some time. Like most rescuers, then and now, they...
Mar 5, 2015

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A “leftover Dog” Becomes My Guide Dog

Jeffrey is showing his age. He is a bit over 15 and the last survivor of a particular era of our household pets, many of whom I have written about here on the blog or in Best Friends magazine. You...
Feb 26, 2015

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Movement Leader, Game-Changer And 70th Birthday Guy

In the March issue of Dog Fancy magazine, Francis Battista is honored as one of the “45 people who changed the dog world.” The writer points out Francis’ significant involvement in the launch...
Feb 24, 2015

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Confused About What No-Kill Means And Doesn’t Mean?

There seems to be persistent confusion about what the no-kill movement advocates for, what no-kill means and doesn’t mean, and the feasibility of no-kill as a comprehensive approach to sheltering....
Feb 12, 2015

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“You Mean They Kill Animals In This Country?”

Social change, as sociologists define it, is any significant alteration in behavior patterns, cultural values and norms over time. The goal of Best Friends and the no-kill movement is to influence...
Feb 6, 2015

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