A doozy of a year

Rainbow over Angel Canyon

Well, this was a doozy of a year! As we say goodbye to 2021, I want to take a moment to wish everyone a safe new year and thank everyone, not just at Best Friends but across the country, for all you have done to bring us closer to no-kill. 

This past year hasn’t been easy, and I’m sure we’ve all felt like giving up at one point or another, but we pushed through. As communities across the country and across the globe, we must all continue to work together with kindness and hope for the future. May we continue to put our health and the health and safety of others at the forefront and enjoy countless holidays, birthdays and many other joyous moments to come. 

While the pandemic continues to change how we think about animal welfare, I can promise you that at Best Friends, we will continue to push the boundaries of innovation to save as many lives as possible. In Northwest Arkansas, we are so excited to continue building the “shelter of the future” with the Walton Foundation, which is changing the way we think about brick-and-mortar shelters. 
And we continue to be encouraged by our work in data science, which allows us and the public to stay connected to our shelter partners throughout the country to understand what they need during this difficult time. 

With 2022 on the horizon, now more than ever, we need to stay true to ourselves and not get discouraged. While following our passions may look a little different as we navigate this new world, it is important that we never lose focus. With fostering and adopting looking a little different in this new way of life, we at Best Friends are excited to keep finding new ways to Save Them All in 2022. I am full of hope for the year ahead and the great things it has in store. 

Wishing you all a healthy and happy new year!

Julie Castle


Best Friends Animal Society