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Everyday, all over the world, humans are doing something compassionate for companion animals. Some of those individuals are elderly, some are home insecure, and many don’t look like traditional Hollywood heroes. The animals being rescued, fed, and healed know help comes in different shapes and sizes. They know love can’t be seen from the outside. My enduring hope is that we learn to be as humane as our pets.

– James Evans, CARE President

October 29, 2022
Jose and Margaret

Rewriting my Chicano Story: A dedication to my mom

José Ocaño Growing up, until I was 18 years old, I spent my nights sleeping on a broken couch in the living room of our one-bedroom […]
October 5, 2022
Marilou and Ahnung

Ahnung – Final Walk

Marilou Chanrasmi I am grateful and honored to serve in my role as CARE Center leader for the Northern Tier at CARE. I believe all that […]
September 30, 2022
Jose and Margaret

Reescribiendo mi Historia Chicana: Una dedicatoria a mi madre

José Ocaño Creciendo, hasta los 18 años, pasé mis noches durmiendo en un sofá roto en la sala de nuestra casa de una habitación en Barrio […]
April 3, 2022
Pick Up Truck

A Tale of Two Shepherds

By Katya Lidsky I used to volunteer at the old South LA Animal Shelter. I used to sit on the dirty floor of the kennels with […]
March 28, 2022
Environmental Justice, Sad dog at flooded road

A Lawyer’s Journey to Environmental Justice

My CARE Journey. Written by Akisha Townsend Eaton, CARE Chief of Policy, Environmental Justice Division To me, the thought of CARE and what it represents has always […]
January 14, 2022

Who are the Victims of Puppy Mills?

Who are the victims of puppy mills? Written by Mindi Callison of Bailing Out Benji When the public thinks about puppy mills, they often think of unlicensed, […]
March 29, 2021

As American as Apple Pie

As American As Apple Pie: An Essay about Structural Racism Written in cooperation with Camelback Ventures. By James Evans, CEO and Creative Director of C.A.R.E Some […]
March 12, 2021

The Good Work of Rescue

Written by Janet Reich ElsbachMarch 12, 2021 After grad school, I spent some time living in a tiny town in rural Mississippi. I’d come there with […]
February 2, 2021

American History

Written by James EvansFebruary 2, 2021 African American History Month, or Black American History Month… either works for me, but celebrating this month requires knowing American […]
December 10, 2020

The Endcap Holiday

Written by Janelle Erlichman Diamond Hanukkah is not Jewish Christmas. And we like it that way, we really do. In fact, in the rating of Jewish […]
December 2, 2020

Every day is a disability awareness day for me

Written by Christie Rogero I have a disability, so I’m aware of it 24/7/365. I can’t get out of bed without first putting on a prosthetic […]
November 20, 2020
Rory Adams

Organizational Change in Memory of the Transgender Family We Lost

Courageously written by Rory Adams For me, Transgender Remembrance Day is a day for grief and mourning. My hope is that this day allows all of […]
July 8, 2020

De-stigmatizing ‘Owner Surrender’

This is a picture of me and my dog Gilbert, taken in the late 1990s. I’ve been thinking a lot about Gilbert lately because his story […]
June 20, 2020
Jennifer Evans

Adoption is Choosing to Love … A Father’s Story

a·dopt/ verb: late 15th century: via French from Latin adoptare, from ad- ‘to’ + optare ‘choose’. Hi James, I watched the Best Friends webinar last night and you did a great job. The explanation of prejudice […]
June 12, 2020

Moving Beyond Bias with CARE

A discussion with animal welfare leader and president of Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity (CARE), James Evans. James talks about how the animal welfare […]
June 10, 2020

Still Dreaming

I don’t think Dr. King dreamt of President Obama, Reginald F. Lewis, Condoleezza Rice, or Oprah per se. Too often, these individuals, and other gifted people, […]
June 7, 2020

Leaning in and Listening

Best Friend Podcasts: Diversity and Inclusion           Please subscribe to our Newsletter! * indicates required     Email Address  *                                                 […]
June 3, 2020

In Pursuit of the Real Juneteenth

I heard the thud from upstairs. When you’re living with an adolescent German Shepherd and two children of similar temperament, crashes, thump thump thumping, a thud […]
May 14, 2020
Inclusion = Lifesaving: Women with dog

Street Dogs and their Human Companions

Original Content provided by: Pet of the Homeless By: Jim Ross Street Dogs and Their Human Companions While hiking on le chemin St. Jacques de Compostelle […]
May 14, 2020

Age likely why Wisconsin rescue group denied 70-year-old woman dog adoption

By: Coreen ZellPosted at 10:33 PM, Jan 17, 2018  and last updated 6:23 PM, Jan 18, 2018 A Hartland-based animal rescue group won’t let a 70-year-old adopt the dog she […]
May 14, 2020
Inclusion = Lifesaving: girl with dog

Under-representation of African American Employees in Animal Welfare

COMMENTARYSue-Ellen Brown ABSTRACTThe purpose of this research was to document the alleged under- representation of African Americans employed in U.S. nonhuman animal welfare organizations. A telephone […]
May 1, 2020
Inclusion = Lifesaving: Women with cat

Dispatches From the Frontlines of the Animal Welfare Movement

Original Content provided by: Mediaplanet By: Kenny Lamberti, Director of Grass Roots Advocacy, Best Friends Animal Society We are in the midst of a tremendous shift […]
March 9, 2020
Inclusion = Lifesaving: Women with dog

Let’s Stop Talking About Diversity and Be Inclusive

In the 1940s, leaving their wives and children to fend for themselves against theoppressive laws of Jim Crow, my grandfathers volunteered for a life-and-death strugglein opposition […]
October 2, 2019

Pets in Porcelain Berry

Pets in Porcelain Berry We have a lovely rose bush. In the morning, just after sunrise, the light lays on the bush setting the flowers aflame. […]