Best Friends: Petition to the Government of Israel

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

The following is from the Best Friends Network: Middle East Community:

The ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon is quite fragile. And for the animals caught in the war zone, life is still very precarious. We urgently need your help in evacuating some of them to safety.

Best Friends is working with groups in both Lebanon and Israel. This e-mail is about how we are organizing an evacuation of about 300 dogs and cats from around Beirut.

The animals are in the care of BETA (Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) – a truly dedicated group and Lebanon’s only animal welfare organization.

In the early days of the bombing, when their shelters were being damaged, BETA volunteers moved all the dogs to a farm in the hills outside Beirut. This looked like a safer situation. But now local people are complaining about the dogs and are threatening to poison them at night. This creates an increasingly urgent situation.

Hundreds of people in the United States have offered to adopt these displaced pets, and Best Friends is acting on behalf of BETA to make this possible.

The big challenge is organizing the transport. Several carriers have agreed to bring the animals to the United States, and at discounted prices. And we have now spoken with the Israeli Embassy about the possibility of lifting the blockade that is still unofficially in place so that we can get the transport under way.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION: We have set up a respectful petition to the government of the State of Israel, supporting our request and asking them to lift any blockade that may be in place and that could prevent the evacuation of these homeless pets. Please view and sign the petition here: http://network.bestfriends.org/petitions/detail.aspx?pn=3

SPONSOR THE EVACUATION: We’re estimating a further cost of about $200 for each of the 300 cats and dogs who will be brought to the United States. (They’ll be coming to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary for further health and behavior checks, and then on to new homes.) Your donation to this effort, large or small, will be a huge help. Basically, we can’t do this without you. You can make a donation here: https://www.bestfriends.org/donate/NRF.cfm

Please sign the petition, and consider making a donation if you can.

The entire alert is available here.

Best Friends: Some favorite AOK’s (Acts of Kindness toward animals)

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

June 23rd has come and gone, but you can perform these acts of kindness 365 days a year.

For additional info, see the Best Friends Animal Society’s Best Friends Day campaign page!

—– Original Message —–
From: Michael Mountain
Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2006 2:00 PM
Subject: Some favorite AOK’s (Acts of Kindness toward animals)

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Dear Members and Friends,

Tomorrow, June 23rd, is Best Friends Day. And all weekend, we’re asking people everywhere to perform at least ONE ACT OF KINDNESS TO ANIMALS, and to report it on the Best Friends website.

Many folks are asking for examples of things anyone can do – like friends and family. So we’ve posted a “101 Acts of Kindness” list of suggestions on the Best Friends Network at http://network.bestfriends.org – in the Resources section. Here are a few of them:

* Bake some cat or dog treats and give them to your local rescue group

* Take an elderly neighbor’s dog for a walk, or help them groom their dog or cat

* Spend an hour or two at your local shelter or rescue group. Pet the cats, clean litter boxes, spend time with some homeless pets who are least likely to be adopted right away

* Donate yarn and thread to the “Snuggles Project” or knit a cage blanket to donate

* Take your dog to work on Friday. (It’s actually Take Your Dog to Work Day, too!)

* Make a donation to a local humane group – or to Best Friends

Imagine what a difference we can make if, this weekend, thousands of us unite to carry out an act of kindness to an animal.

The odometer is already running on the Best Friends Network website at http://network.bestfriends.org. Let’s see how many AOK’s we can clock up this weekend!

Michael Mountain
Best Friends Animal Society

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