|Barked: Wed Oct 5, '11 3:02pm PST |
|Best Friends is an animal sanctuary first and an advocacy group second, which is REALLY different from HSUS or PETA or any other mainstream animal rights/welfare groups. No animal at Best Friends will EVER be put down if they can still lead a comfortable life. "Adoptable"?- doesn't matter! They have a lot of dogs with severe health and behavioral issues that are being managed as best as they can and will live their lives out there. Since they are well-funded and staffed, this doesn't mean "warehousing" unadoptable pets like sanctuaries are often accused of- the facilities and level of care is excellent at Best Friends. I've been there, it really is a nice place. They have cats, parrots, horses, pigs, and other critters as well as dogs.
They have a really nice website if you want more info about them:
Best Friends Animal Society . Go to the side tab "About Best Friends" for FAQs, mission statement, admission policy, etc. They were also the focus of the Nat Geo show "Dogtown".
The only complaints I've ever heard about them were that they don't go far enough- in animal rights, in condemning bad shelter practices, etc. They're not extremists, in other words. I've also heard someone disagree with their practice of not putting down old dogs that have arthritis- but then again, isn't that the POINT of a sanctuary? To let unwanted animals live out their whole lifespan in peace?
I think overall they are a reputable group that I wouldn't feel any conflict in supporting.
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