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Group of happy people at the Best Friends National Conference

The 2018 Best Friends National Conference: “They laughed at us”

By Julie Castle | November 7, 2018

The 2018 Best Friends National Conference that took place in Los Angeles last week (July 19-21) was one of our best yet and, in many ways, marked a quantum leap for Best Friends and for the no-kill movement. The conference has been and remains a transformative experience, both in its rejuvenating energy and critical distribution of information and expertise. However, the 2018 conference marked something new: For the first time, there was a clear sense of purpose and coordination with regard t

Julie Castle with a cat in her lap and another cat walking by

In My Own Words – A Vision For The Future

By Julie Castle | June 21, 2018

Eight weeks ago, I was accorded the extraordinary privilege and honor of being appointed to the position of CEO by the Best Friends Animal Society Board of Directors. It was the culmination of four years of preparation following the board’s decision to select me in their succession planning. A previous blog by our board chair, Francis Battista, gives some background on my 22-year career with Best Friends up to this point, but this entry is about the future. These past weeks have been someth

Woman hugging a rescued white pit bull type dog wearing a sweater after Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey animals

By Gregory Castle | October 16, 2017

Overview of Best Friends’ efforts with Hurricane Harvey animals and a detailed account of the outbreak of canine distemper in the shelter population.

2016 Best Friends National Conference comes home to Utah

By Julie Castle | June 15, 2016

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, abused and special-needs animals. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary remains the heart of our national organization and is home to more than 1,700 dogs, cats, horses, bunnies, birds, pigs, goats and assorted wildlife at various stages of recovery and rehabilitation. Each year we welcome more than 30,000 visi

Dont blame Craigslist or any other marketing channel for adoptions gone wrong

By Julie Castle | January 14, 2016

A number of posts deriding Craigslist as an unsafe venue for adoption promotions have crossed my screen recently. These tend to bubble up following an expose of some animal abuser who adopted a dog or cat via a Craigslist ad. The sky isn’t falling. Such anger and distress is misplaced. Craigslist, like Petfinder, Facebook or your local newspaper, is simply a megaphone to reach more people. Sixty million Americans access Craigslist every single day, looking for everything from jobs to new cou

Happy National Feral Cat Day!

By Gregory Castle | October 16, 2015

October 16 is National Feral Cat Day, a day to recognize the only humane option for stabilizing and reducing the stray cat population: trap/neuter/return (TNR).