Best Friends Magazine

Published by: Best Friends Animal Society

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

            Quite some time ago, I discovered a very worthwhile charity in the
Best Friends Animal Society.  Best Friends is a grassroots organization dedicated to the well-being of abandoned animals.  They take in just about any and every animal they can and have a no-kill policy, one of the main things that attracted me to the organization.  Located on a sprawling piece of territory in Utah, the Best Friends Sanctuary is dedicated to giving a better life to animals whose former owners abused them, abandoned them, or found them too sick to take care of. 

            Unlike many charitable organizations, Best Friends makes an attempt to put a face to the donation by offering donors a chance to sponsor a specific animal.  For just $25.00, you can sponsor an animal of your choosing and Best Friends will send you a picture of your sponsored animal with his/her background story.  In addition to your informative photo, Best Friends will send you issues of Best Friends Magazine, the Best Friends Animal Society bi-monthly informative magazine.  This year, I sponsored Kermit, a cat with back legs and paws that donít work properly.  Coming from a shelter in Maryland, Kermit lives at Bentonís House on the Best Friends Animal Society grounds with a group of other cats with various disabilities.  The photo of Kermit was simply adorable, and I canít imagine anyone who is willing to take care of a special needs animal not wanting to adopt her based on this picture.  Shortly after receiving my photo, I received the September/October 2008 issue of Best Friends Magazine.

            Best Friends Magazine is dedicated to not only spreading the word about the organization, but to bringing its readers good news about animals, wildlife and the earth.  Realizing that most charitable animal organization publications feature the horrific side of animal rescue, the creators of Best Friends Magazine thought it would be better to show readers the more positive side of animal rescue.  The result: an upbeat magazine chock full of stories about the facility, successful adoptions, effort to restore wildlife, animal rescues and more.

            Often, articles are somewhat tongue-in-cheek, designed to bring some humor to their readers.  Since this issue comes smack dab in the middle of the Presidential race, we of course are given the opportunity to meet the candidates of the Best Friends Party Ė Lucas the Dog, Colonel Potter, Lois the Cat, Grandpa Bernie the Donkey and more. 

            This issue also features articles about the rebound of the condor, pet microchips, efforts to put a stop to puppy mills, the options provided pet owners who are suffering from the current economic crisis, the creation and expansion of Tails Magazine, interviews with UK astronomer royal Sir Martin Rees and author Cathy Scott, and so much more.  Readers will be delighted to discover the dedication of Best Friends Animal Society members as they rehabilitate dogs like Parker and cure sick kitties like Lillian.  The Animalsí Bookshelf provides readers with reviews of novels featuring animals that might peak their interest.  The magazine answers questions from its readers in the Pet Health & Behavior section and small stories throughout the magazine discuss adoptable animals or success stories from those who have already been adopted.

            Best Friends Magazine is an informative and enjoyable read chock full of photos, all with one thing in mind Ė enlightening the people.  Iíve always enjoyed reading this magazine and often lend it to those who are not members in an effort to bring them aboard.  Itís important for us to be involved in animal rights issues.  After all, the animals have a hard time speaking for themselves.  So support Best Friends Animal Society and learn about all of the new and interesting things occurring in the animal kingdom through Best Friends Magazine.  You wonít be disappointed and you might even learn a thing or two while donating to an incredibly worthwhile charitable organization.

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