Celebrities, dogs, Best Friends party prior to Oprah's Live Your Best Life Walk

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NEW YORK CITY (May 10, 2010) ─ Glamorous, sophisticated actresses and singers were only too happy to be covered in dog kisses at a party celebrating Best Friends Animal Society's inclusion as one of the 10 charities benefiting from Oprah Winfrey's "Live Your Best Life" Walk on Sunday, May 9 in Manhattan. The walk was the culmination of the weekend-long celebration of the 10th anniversary of O, The Oprah Magazine.

Actresses Rachelle Lefevre, Lisa Edelstein and Maggie Q; and singers Emmylou Harris and Neko Case were joined by jovial rescued dogs at the party in Loews-Regency Hotel on Saturday, May 8. Sherry Woodard and John Garcia, stars of National Geographic Channel series "DogTown" were also on hand. The party was a "thank you" to Best Friends' top 25 participants in the fund drive for the "Live Your Best Life" Walk. Lefevre also is Best Friends' celebrity spokesperson for its puppy mill initiatives.

Over the last several weeks, 506 Best Friends members and supporters have taken their love of animals and made it their impetus for doing something remarkable - something that will help save the lives of many, many animals. Collectively, they fund-raised well over $100,000 in support of Best Friends No More Homeless Pets® mission. They joined Oprah on Mother's Day for the walk through Manhattan on behalf of the ten charities the magazine chosen to participate in the celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Best Friends fund-raiser Joan Couturier of Anaheim, Calif. raised an astonishing $17,779, which made her not only the lead Best Friends fundraiser, but also the top fundraiser of all the ten charities represented at the "Live Your Best Life" Walk. She won the best prize O Magazine offered- the opportunity to walk alongside Oprah herself in the Live Your Best Life Walk.

About Best Friends Animal Society®

Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets®. The society's leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country's largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of supporters and community partners across the nation. "A better world through kindness to animals." 

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About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 378,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 4,200 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. For more information, visit bestfriends.org