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Being Brave for Bailey

Pet loss is a hard subject for all pet parents, but it can be especially hard for children. Being Brave for Bailey is a sweet book that helps children prepare for and deal with pet loss.

Being Brave for Bailey was written by a veterinarian, Dr. Corey Gut, for her niece, Lexie, who had an aging dog named Bailey that developed liver cancer. The book features lovely illustrations and a story that moves through the lifetime of the beloved pet. It’s written so children can easily understand, and also in a way that isn’t too heavy considering the subject matter.

You can purchase copies on the site BeingBraveforBailey.com, where you can also find a version for cat owners called Being Brave for Smokey. We also love that there is an option to buy a book for your local library. We would love to see this in libraries everywhere to help prepare kids for pet loss.

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Best Friends Animal Society Opens First Pet Adoption Center in New York

We are so excited to be “spreading the news”!! Best Friends Animal Society Opens First Pet Adoption Center in New York!

The SoHo Center will Raise Awareness for the Nearly 5,500 Dogs and Cats Killed Every Day in U.S. Shelters. The State-of-the-Art Space is Part of Best Friends Effort to Make the Country No-Kill by 2025.

NEW YORK, NY — Best Friends Animal Society has opened its first Pet Adoption Center in New York located at 307 W. Broadway in SoHo.

The national lifesaving concept space in New York City is designed to raise awareness for the nearly 5,500 dogs and cats killed every day in U.S. shelters and to engage people in the work Best Friends is doing to end the killing. The space is part of Best Friends effort to make the country no-kill* by 2025.

“Our new state-of-the-art Center in the heart of Manhattan will demonstrate to locals and visitors alike the problems and solutions facing our country’s homeless pet population,” said Gregory Castle, ceo and Co-Founder of Best Friends Animal Society. “We’ve planted a stake in the ground to take this country no-kill by 2025, but we can’t do it alone. Our hope is that visitors leave the Center with a new best friend and feeling inspired and equipped with the knowledge needed to achieve our mission.”

The Best Friends Pet Adoption Center will inspire and educate visitors from around the country via adoptable dogs and cats housed in a playful, gallery-style setting designed to help tell a story about the problems and solutions facing our country’s homeless pet population. It will also feature a round-the-clock kitten nursery to bottle-feed the most vulnerable homeless pet population. Similar to a real nursery, the neonatal unit has strict protocols to ensure the health of kittens who have been separated from their mothers before they are old enough to survive without them. At any given time up to 30 animals will be housed in the Center.

This no-kill concept space introduces a “cause cooperative” model, in which the center will showcase adoptable dogs and cats from nine local and regional nonprofit organizations, and the New York City-run shelter, Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC). Cooperation and coalition building is a core component for a community to achieve no-kill, and Best Friends is using the new center as a demonstration of collective impact.

Best Friends is launching the New York center in coordination with a new national initiative to lead the country to no-kill by the year 2025, which means that dogs and cats will no longer die in U.S. shelters due to an inability to find them homes. The center will serve as a physical demonstration of the huge progress and momentum underway to end the killing of dogs and cats in our nation’s shelters, and will invite visitors to become part of the lifesaving work.

*“No kill” is commonly defined as a “save rate” of 90 percent of the dogs and cats entering shelters.

Best Friends Animal Society
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,800 rescue groups and shelters across the country; regional centers in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City; and the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. Founded in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from 17 million per year to about two million. Best Friends is determined to get that number to zero by the year 2025. Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All.

To become a fan of Best Friends on Facebook, go to Facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety. Follow Best Friends on Twitter (@BestFriends) and Instagram (@BestFriendsAnimalSociety).

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Cheers and Celebrations for National Puppy Day!

Do you know what day March 23rd is? YES, it’s National Puppy Day, and during this celebration, there is no better day than to bring home a cute little pup!

And while we give cheers and celebrations for this day, and hopefully you’ll find a new BFF of the 4 legged variety, there are some things to consider first before you bring a buddy home.

Rescue Puppies

The National Puppy Day motto is “Adopt instead of shop,” and there is a good reason for this too. Your local shelter has many cute and lovely little rescue puppies that need a forever home. By adopting instead of shopping, you’ll be freeing up valuable kennel space, you’ll provide funding for more rescues and you’ll be making a puppies dreams come true! There is no better feeling than this win-win situation of helping your shelter and bringing home a pupper!

Size and Space

One of the biggest things to consider is space for your puppy to grow. This is especially true if it is a large dog breed. Granted, a little pup will be happy almost anywhere, but you need to think about size and space in the coming year or two. Larger dogs need a larger space, so make sure you have the room for the size breed your puppy will grow up to be.

Plenty of Exercise

Your puppy will need plenty of exercise, including walks, runs and play. They need these activities for normal development and muscle growth. You have to make a commitment to make sure they get this type of exercise, preferably once per day walks and runs, to keep them healthy and happy.

Puppies Cost Money

When you first bring home a pup, your only thought may be about making sure they have food and water. And while that is a regular monthly expenditure, it’s only a small part. You’ll also have vet visits, shots, worming, grooming, toys and other kinds of expenses that you may never have thought of. In truth, having a puppy may run you around $300 dollars per month, and if you can’t afford that, then you can’t afford a puppy.

Open Your Heart

National Puppy Day is almost here, and if you have the room, have the space, have the time for vet visits, walks and runs, and if you can afford it, then adopt instead of shop, open your heart, and bring home a sweet little bundle of 4 legged joy!

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2017 Tournament of Tails

Playing off the popularity of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Petplan’s Tournament of Tails features adoptable pets from 32 shelters across the country vying for the crown of top dog or cat. More importantly, the tournament brings much-needed awareness for the need of pet adoption.

Tournament of Tails

It’s not an easy bracket to fill out though! These cuties are all so adorable. Half of the first-round (Terrific 32) action of the popular Tournament of Tails is already over, but you can still get in on the fun. Visit the site and vote on the current cat and dog match ups, download your bracket to play along, and of course, be sure to share on social media!

In its fourth year, Petplan’s Tournament of Tails is a bracket-style challenge, which lets fans vote to advance their favorite pets to the next round. There is nearly $11,000 up for grabs with the champion earning $5,000 for its host organization and no pet goes home empty-pawed when eliminated from the challenge. Those bounced from the Terrific 32 receive a $100 donation for their shelters, players whose run ends at the Spirited 16 receive $200, pets knocked off in the Eager 8 round receive $300, while those who claw their way to the Final Fur net $500.

Head over to make your choices now! May your bracket win!

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