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It’s Pit Bull Awareness Month, so go vote!

Wondering how voting can help pit-bull-type dogs? Here’s how.
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24,000+ animals saved, a tearful reunion with a dog and a “holy s#$%” moment for an animal control officer

The Maddie’s Shelter Embed Project at Best Friends continues to provide unprecedented support for progressive animal shelters and the communities…
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Investing in cats will help achieve no-kill

Best Friends understands that to achieve no-kill nationwide by 2025, we must address the needs of cats and understand the differences in caring for this…
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Reflecting on the race of my life

Ten years ago, Best Friends CEO Julie Castle was battling cancer, running marathons and doing what she does best: persevering.
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Gratitude for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the phenomenal women for whom she paved the way

Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped open doors for so many women today, including those of us working and leading in animal welfare.
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Cat drama: A new tool for helping policymakers separate feline fact from fiction

A recent Journal of Urban Affairs article on different methods for managing community cats demonstrates that trap-neuter-return programs are the best evidence-…
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California governor saves pets, helps businesses and slams the door on puppy mills with Bella’s Act

On the eve of National Puppy Mill Awareness Day, a critical bill to protect pets, people and businesses gets signed into law in California.
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Helping people and pets affected by the West Coast’s wildfires

Unprecedented number of wildfires up and down the western half of the country are shining a light on the need for localized emergency response for people and…
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Artful peer-to-peer collaboration and pet transport Trello boards save 160-plus East Coast cats

An innovative and cooperative team of passionate people across North Carolina, New York, Michigan and Kentucky joined forces to save the lives of dozens of…
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Asheville Humane and Open Door step up to keep pet families in North Carolina together

Partnerships between nonprofit animal welfare groups and private-practice vet clinics are changing the lives of people with pets.
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Solarflare the cat passes away, leaving behind a legacy of resilience and joy

A beloved special-needs cat at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary beat the odds and left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who met him.
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Eyes on 2025: Changes coming to Best Friends

Exciting changes are on the horizon as Best Friends transitions its regional lifesaving centers to serve a community-supported approach to lifesaving.
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Remembering Hurricane Katrina

And preparing for Hurricane Laura
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Celebrating powerful change and collective impact: Animal welfare groups from nine states win Best Friends Lifesaving Awards

Twelve lifesaving organizations and two state coalitions were recognized this year by Best Friends for outstanding contributions to and progress toward…
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25 years, more than $18 million, thousands of miles and hundreds of pit bull kissing booths later

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Best Friends’ Strut Your Mutt dog walk and fundraiser and the first year that the entire event will be hosted virtually…
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Pet adoption policies: More red carpets, fewer roadblocks, empty animal shelters

Saving the lives of dogs and cats in shelters is only possible when we remove barriers to pet adoption and create more pathways to responsible pet care and…
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Creating a professional lifeline for 23 remarkable animal shelter leaders during the pandemic

The Best Friends Executive Leadership Certification program just celebrated graduation for another class of shelter leaders, offering critical professional…
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Dog lovers and BBC journalists celebrate International Cat Day, too

Saturday, August 8, is International Cat Day and everyone — from old school Dogtown caregivers to a former BBC journalist turned major league soccer…
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Why our good intentions might be killing more than 1,000 cats and kittens every day

Proven programs for saving our communities’ cats are key to achieving no-kill nationwide by 2025 and acknowledge that a safe, loving home for a cat doesn’t…
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New Mexico shows some big love for its 6,000 at-risk cats

Eight years after the first Best Friends community cat program rolled out in Albuquerque, a new collective effort to save our feline friends is launching…