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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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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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Surfing dog raises ½ MILLION dollars for charity on New Year’s Eve

More than 250 human/animal causes benefit as Surf Dog Ricochet achieves this major fundraising milestone on New Year’s Eve!

Surf Dog Ricochet celebrated New Year’s Eve by reaching a new milestone… raising ½ million dollars! These funds have helped more than 250 different causes, as well as Ricochet’s programs and initiatives.

Reaching this major milestone demonstrates how much Ricochet’s worldwide community supports her efforts. She sincerely thanks her individual donors, social media followers, corporate sponsors and members of the media for their continued support.

Most of Ricochet’s fundraising has been done through social media, such as her popular Facebook Page with more than 259K supportive fans, Instagram with more than 104K followers and her inspirational video “From Service dog to SURFice dog” with more than 6.4 million views.

Ricochet has been raising awareness and funds for human/animal causes since 2009 when she made an independent decision to jump on a surfboard with Patrick Ivison, a quadriplegic surfer. As a result, she became the only SURFice dog® on the planet who creates unique programs, initiatives and surf therapy experiences that empower kids with special needs, people with disabilities, wounded warriors & veterans with PTSD.

Prior to Ricochet, there were no dogs committed to adaptive surfing. As such, she became the Canine Ambassador for Surfers with Disabilities, and revolutionized the healing power of the ocean, and the healing power of dogs. As the years passed, there have been a number of surfing dogs inspired by Ricochet’s work who are now sharing the stoke of surf therapy, such as Leia from Walking on Waves in South Africa. Ricochet acted as a mentor to their program, and made a $500 donation to one of their surf sessions this past summer.

Having more dogs in the line-up comes at a time when Ricochet’s grassroots initiatives have organically evolved to the next level. One of those initiatives is her Waves of Empowerment program that empowers individuals to help themselves by helping others, while maximizing their well-being. These are folks that Ricochet has previously surfed, or worked with, who are now volunteering to help the next wave of disabled surfers get on board with her.

A look at Ricochet’s achievements, aside from fundraising, includes a wide variety of projects that focus on community outreach including her PTSD Battle Buddy Initiative, Operation Socialization, Friends of Bethany Hamilton Beautifully Flawed Retreat, ISA Adaptive Surfing Championship, Surf Away SMA, Life Rolls On, The Best Day Foundation, Veteran’s Adaptive Sports Camp, The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation Ocean Therapy program and many more that can be found on her website at http://www.surfdogricochet.com.

A key to Ricochet’s success was retiring from surf dog contests. Although she typically placed in the top three winning positions, she found adaptive surfing to be the ultimate prize. She has a powerful ability to make immediate, deep, heart-to-heart connections with the individuals she interacts with. She intuitively and empathically alerts to their emotional and physical changes which allows for profound paws-on healing interventions. She balances boards… and lives!

Next up for Ricochet is her 9th birthday on January 25. She has also been cast as one of the dogs in the upcoming IMAX film, Superpower Dogs. In addition, Ricochet is currently training her new puppy, a golden/lab mix named Encore (Cori). Although it’s not known if Cori will follow in Ricochet’s pawsteps as a surFUR, it’s a given that whatever she does will be in the spirit of pawing it forward!

Ricochet graciously thanks her generous supporters for these crucial donations that make it possible for her to carry out her work, proving what dogs are capable of.

Note: For more information visit http://www.surfdogricochet.com. On Facebook & Twitter: “Surf Dog Ricochet” https://www.facebook.com/SurfDogRicochet

ABOUT SURF DOG RICOCHET
Ricochet is a world famous, award-winning surfing dog who surfs for fun, wins surf dog contests & most importantly… SURFS WITH PURPOSE! She surfs solo, with children, adults, pros, celebrities, other dogs, a goat & even Rob Machado!

She is a certified and registered therapy dog who lives a lifestyle of helping others by pawing it forward while raising funds and awareness for human/animal causes. Her life story is penned in a book called Ricochet: Riding a Wave of Hope with the Dog Who Inspires Millions (available on Amazon).

She has gone from service dog to SURFice dog and back again! She holds the titles of AKC Therapy Dog Distinguished (THDD), American Humane Association Hero Dog, ASPCA Dog of the Year, AKC Award for Canine Excellence, Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Surf Dog Hall of Fame, International Surfing Museums Surf Dog Walk of Fame, San Diego Humane Society Animal Compassion Award, and many more that can be found on her website.

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