P4A: Best Friends Animal Society


Hey … I’m still under a massive time crunch with that big freelance project I’m working on, but I wanted to get out a post today as part of “Project for Awesome” which is, if nothing else, a meme traveling through the ChicagoNow community for this Friday’s posts.

I’d like to point out one of my favorite charities: Best Friends Animal Society … which is an awesome (but, of course!) animal rescue program.  Frankly, I’ve known the Founders of BFAS since the mid-70’s, and it has been a “long strange trip” watching them evolve from what they were to what they are now –  the largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals.

I hope you’ll go visit their web site for lots more info, but I figured I’d quote a bit of it here to show what they’re about:


Best Friends Animal Society is guided by a simple philosophy: kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us. In the late 1980s, when Best Friends was in its early days, roughly 17 million dogs and cats were being killed in shelters every year. Despite the commitment of shelter workers to the animal in their care, the conventional belief was that little could be done to lower that terrible number.

Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets campaign created a new vision: A grassroots effort to place dogs and cats who were considered “unadoptable” into good homes, and to reduce the number of unwanted pets through effective spay and neuter programs.  Since then, the number of dogs and cats being destroyed in shelters has fallen to approximately 5 million a year.  There has been much progress,but there is still much more to do.

The next phase of this work – bringing the number down to essentially zero – will take more work and some bold new initiatives.  Shelters are crowded with pit bulls, dogs abandoned after being bought from pet stores, stray cats rounded up on the streets and not looking their very best when they’re brought in, and other pets abandoned or neglected.

As the flagship of a grassroots network of people and organizations that care about animals, Best Friends continues to lead the way towards this future.  And that’s why our purpose remains: A better world through kindness to animals.

You can also follow them on Twitter @BFAS and various other social media sites.  The core group behind Best Friends has been passionately working for animal welfare since the early ’60s, and it has been one of constants of their vision over the decades.  Please go check them out, and if you can afford something, please consider a membership, subscription, or donation!

P.S.: Sorry about no “link dump” for the second Friday in a row, but my Twitter reading has been drastically curtailed as I put in 14 hour days “pushing pixels” on this freelance project … I hope that will resurface next week!

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