Francis Battista is one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Society. He has served as director of animal care, outreach programs and Los Angeles programs. Francis managed the Best Friends rescue shelter in Tylertown, Mississippi, for four months following Hurricane Katrina and was involved in the negotiations with federal agencies and courts that brought 22 of Michael Vicks dogs to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. In 2011, Francis was instrumental in launching NoKill Los Angeles NKLA, a Best Friends initiative to take the city of Los Angeles to nokill. He currently serves on the board of directors of Best Friends as board chair, advises Best Friends community programs and services and communications divisions, and works with the development division.