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Changing the world: Our own Francis Battista’s amazing TEDx Talk

How does a group, or even one person, change the world? One of my mentors and Best Friends co-founder, Francis Battista, can tell you.

Thirty years ago, a ragtag crew of dreamers and visionaries moved to a canyon in the middle of nowhere. Most people thought they were crazy, but of course, they formed what is now Best Friends Animal Society.

In a powerful and important TEDx talk delivered in Reno, Nevada, Francis speaks about those early days and the power of a single citizen to change the world with “just an idea and commitment.”

This is truly a defining moment for anyone who fights for the survival and well-being of our nation’s pets. As you know, only about 25 percent of all pets are currently acquired through adoption. In order to change that, to truly Save Them All, we must elevate this cause beyond the animal welfare world.

TED is a wonderful organization dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.” We believe the no-kill movement and the ideas that can save the lives of millions of pets are certainly worthy of spreading.

Once you’ve watched the video, please share it with friends and loved ones through social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to use #SaveThemAll and tag “Best Friends Animal Society” on Facebook and @bestfriends on Twitter.

Together, we can Save Them All.

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Julie Castle
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Best Friends Animal Society

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  • jmuhj

    Thanking you for this and I have been sharing it daily to social media, with special message.

  • Bobbi Small

    Thank you for outlining your desire and commitment to reach out and “Save Them All”! As an individual who had considered and tried adoption/rehoming when I looked for a companion I can say the application process and the $ 200.00 – 700.00 fees are ludicrous when taking the cost and commitment required to provide support for a traumatized pet is quite expensive. The point of the shelters is too find forever homes and keep pets from being euthanized and overpopulating the shelters. However, the shelters trying to recoup their expenses through extremely high adoption fees and even higher fees for desirable dogs is counterproductive to locating forever homes. In addition, the physical, psychological and emotional trauma coupled with aggressive actions, on-going medical treatments (if applicable) does not warrant the adoption fees required.

    Perhaps you can reach out to the shelters and rescues. Make them understand. We appreciate all of their hard work and dedication and we are helping by adopting at reasonable costs and life long care.

    • MelissaLMiller

      Hi Bobbi,

      Thanks for your note. You may be interested in reading a blog post we did early this summer on the topic of rescue groups scaring people away from adopting. You can read that here:

      However, regarding adoption fees, it is understandable that shelters and rescue groups need to recoup costs spent on medical care for each animal. With all shots, spaying/neutering, microchipping and additional, potentially very expensive medical care like treating parvovirus or heartworms, $200 is a very small price to pay when comparing what one would pay for those services at a private veterinarian.

      Additionally, certainly not all, or even most, animals from shelters or rescue groups have “physical, psychological and emotional trauma coupled with aggressive actions and on-going medical treatments.” There are millions of healthy, happy dogs and cats searching for their forever homes, and it’s important that we don’t stereotype all rescue pets as being damaged in some way. You may also be interested to know that 25% of shelter pets are purebred! You can read more about shelter pet myths here:

      Thanks again for your note and input and for all that you do to help homeless pets.

      Melissa Miller
      New Media Coordinator