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Best Friends’ call to action

Who knows, maybe it’s something in the pristine spring water that flows out of the red rocks at Best Friends headquarters in Southern Utah. More likely, it’s just because it is the right thing to do. The “it” is Best Friends’ recently launched national call-to-action campaign that encapsulates, in positive, active terms, our no-kill mission and our vision of a time when there are No More Homeless Pets.

It is “Save Them All,” and it states, in no uncertain terms, how, as a movement, we will end the killing of all healthy and adoptable shelter animals in this country. In order to achieve no-kill, we must Save Them All – the two principles go hand in hand.

And, as described here a couple of weeks back, Save Them All was the theme resonating throughout the No More Homeless Pets National Conference last month in Jacksonville.

If you haven’t already seen one, be on the lookout for Save Them All TV spots that have just hit the airwaves. As Julie Castle elaborates in her keynote address from the conference, Save Them All goes to the core of our calling in the no-kill movement and reaffirms our collective commitment to every shelter pet.

I highly recommend that you watch Julie’s keynote. It will inspire you, uplift you, and give you an insight into the spirit, ethic, and inescapable logic of “Save Them All.”

Francis Battista
Best Friends Animal Society

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  • JudyMae

    Julie’s keynote on YouTube says “Owner has not made available for mobile”. Needs to be made available for mobile in order for me to watch on my tablet.

    • MelissaLMiller

      We’re sorry about that, JudyMae. Because of a certain song we used in the video, it’s left up to the distributor to choose where people can view it, and unfortunately they haven’t made mobile an option.

      We’re sorry for the inconvenience and hope you get a chance to watch Julie’s keynote on a desktop device. Thank you for all you do to help homeless pets!

      Melissa Miller
      New Media Coordinator

  • Patricia Shea

    Laws are already on the books that require rabies shots as part of pet ownership. Part of this problem would be solved if pet spay/neuter was also a requirement.

  • Matt

    I agree with the message, however I live in a community that has BSL, TNR bans, and is a very conservative community that wants to cut costs at all costs. I have found that the biggest problem with this movement is that it hurts the shelters in communities with laws that help prevent us from getting to a no-kill goal. I volunteer at a shelter and we have “no-kill advocates” come in and yell at us and call us killers on our Facebook page where we are trying to advertise our animals. When we explain that we would love to be “no-kill” but we need the advocates to concentrate on changing the laws in the community to make an already difficult job a little easier, they balk and simply think by attacking us it will force change. The ones that I have mentioned this to have no interest in that, they have no interest in trying to change laws, so then they attack the shelter and demonize the workers and volunteers there, they also scare away adopters by posting horrible things about the place that are either untrue or uninformed. So unless the movement wants to get its followers to either quit attacking the shelter (which is the end result of irresponsible pet ownership) or get them motivated to start working at changing laws, then “Saving them all” is just a pipe dream. I want to save them all, we have many others that do as well, but having people demonize you and your work because you volunteer in a place that does euthanize to me is counterproductive. They don’t want animals killed so they attack the very people and building that is trying to get the animals out to a home, damage the shelters reputation and subsequently drive off possible adopters. Like any movement zealots make a splash, what my community needs and I think many others would need is the know-how to change laws, ordinances, and impose spay-neuter requirements. I just have a problem with “no kill advocates” attacking the shelter and other shelters for its shortcomings when in almost every instance there are 30 reasons or hindrances why things are the way they are. Change all of the laws, get rid of BSL which makes it almost impossible to adopt out certain breeds, change ordinances on Trap-neuter and release, then go after the shelter for change.
    Honestly I feel like many no kill advocates end up hurting the very animals they profess to love and want to save by attacking the people on the front lines. A quick stat, we get in over 3,000 cats a year, we average 5 cat adoptions a month, Trap, neuter and release is against the law due to ordinances about animals running loose, explain to me how a shelter can deal with that kind of number if the only option for the animals to get out is adoption? The “no kill” people simply crow about deaths but miss out on the fact that between laws and owners failure to spay/neuter the shelter gets the end result, yet they hold the shelter responsible for the problem. In the time of “fiscal responsibility” many shelters do not have the money or the means to handle injured or sick animals, I have yet to find a rescue that is not constantly full or fundraising in an effort to help its current animals so once again in an era of failed school levies and the cutting of food stamps, it is hard to make people who have nothing or have a lot want to pay for the curing of animals. So I apologize for the long-windedness, I love what you guys do at Best Friends, but I think you would openly attest it is all about money and resources and unfortunately not all communities outside of the animals lovers care to much about a feral cat or injured dog. So please have “no-kill advocates” work on the obstacles first and educate themselves first instead of simply energizing them to attack any entity that is no No kill.