Best Friends Animal Society Boasts A-List Celebs and Public Officials for News Conference

February 15, 2012 by Jillian at Tails in Home with 0 Comments
Best Friends Animal Society

Image Courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society

A few days ago, TAILS shared disturbing news of proposed legislation in California to end funds that support public animal shelters, which will lead to the euthanizing of thousands of animals every year. So, we were VERY excited to hear the good news from our friends at Best Friends Animal Society.

Best Friends has announced the official grand opening of Best Friends Animal Society Pet Adoption and Spay/Neuter Services. The facility, which will operate from the Northeast Valley Animal Care Center in Mission Hills, California, previously had never opened to the public because of budget shortfalls. It will be utilized as a lifesaving, high-volume adoption and spay/neuter center.

Best Friends has lent its support to the City of Los Angeles to help end the killing of over 19,000 city shelter pets each year. The organization has committed to investing more than a million dollars per year to turn what was a vacant building into a thriving adoption center and low-cost spay/neuter clinic for an underserved community. Best Friends’ goal in the first year alone is to place 3,000 homeless pets from the other city shelters in good new homes and to spay and neuter 6,000 dogs and cats. That’s 3,000 fewer animals in the already crowded L.A. shelter system, and 6,000 pets who won’t have puppies or kittens going into the community.

The grand opening is Thursday, February 16, 2012  at Northeast Valley Shelter, which is located at 15321 Brand Blvd. in Mission Hills, California. Festivities begin at 11:45 a.m. with a media tour and from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. there will be a speaking ceremony and ribbon cutting.

Guest Speakers include:

  • LA City Councilman Richard Alarcon
  • LA City Councilman Tony Cardenas
  • Jim Bickhart, representing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office
  • Best Friends Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Gregory Castle
  • Best Friends Co-Founder and Board Vice Chair Francis Battista

Celebrity Attendees Scheduled to Appear Include:

  • Kristin Bauer
  • Julie Marie Berman
  • Lisa Edelstein
  • Jackson Galaxy
  • Jason Gray-Stanford
  • Rachelle Lefevre
  • Tim Omundson
  • Amy Smart
  • Hilary Swank
  • Danny Trejo
  • Emmanuelle Vaugier
  • Diane Warren

Two paws up for Best Friends and their dedication to help prevent more abandoned animals from living on the streets of Los Angeles!

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