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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 wearing a Best Friends shirt holding a Chihuahua dog

An audacious goal

By Julie Castle | February 22, 2018

No-kill “fantasy” is fast becoming a reality a year and a half since Best Friends declared intention to lead the nation to no-kill by 2025.

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