Kindness is not a commodity: New Best Friends Podcast kicks off with CEO Julie Castle


The Best Friends Podcast, hosted by our own Jon Dunn, is officially rolling! Jon sat down with me and captured my perspective on the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrust upon animal welfare and the rest of the world, including the challenges created for a new generation of leadership and a glimpse of the future that I see being defined.

What role should kindness play in this time of crisis? What would a “shelterless” future look like? How can doing more with less inspire innovation? Why aren’t virtual pet adoptions and veterinary telemedicine the norm? And what the heck are “kitten minutes”?

In this wide-ranging conversation, Jon (my longtime colleague and former radio news reporter) and I dig into my two-and-a-half decades in animal welfare and my experience leading Best Friends through one of the most tumultuous periods in human history.

Listen to our first interview from April 9 and get your animal-loving, community-minded spirit fired up!


Julie Castle


Best Friends Animal Society