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Debbye Turner Bell, DVM, Former Miss America will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/7/15 at 5 PM EST to discuss National Puppy Day Featured

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Debbye Turner Bell



Dr. Debbye Turner Bell’s first passion is motivational speaking. Since being crowned Miss America in 1990, Turner Bell has spoken to millions of students at countless schools, youth organizations and college campuses. She has addressed audiences in the corporate, academic, and community service arenas. Her topics include personal excellence, determination, goal setting and the importance of a solid education. Turner Bell’s beliefs reflect her own life-lessons – it took seven years and eleven tries in two states before she was crowned Miss America.

Turner Bell can be seen as an expert contributor to the show DOGS 101 on Animal Planet. For 11 years, Turner Bell enjoyed her role in broadcast journalism as a staff correspondent for CBS News starting in 2001. She covered a variety of subjects, and was from time to time called upon to cover breaking and developing news.  Turner Bell was dubbed The Early Show's resident veterinarian sharing a wealth of advice about quality pet care. In 2002, Debbye garnered an interview with President & Mrs. Bush at the White House for a Pet Planet segment about the first family’s pets. Periodically she reported for the CBS Evening News.  And she provided an in-depth look at the working dogs of the federal agency, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) for CBS Sunday Morning.  Turner Bell hosted a prime time television magazine program called "48 Hours on WE."  Prior to joining CBS, she co-hosted a local television magazine program called "ShowMe St. Louis."

Over the last 23 years, Turner Bell has found time to serve on many local, state and national boards, including the National Council on Youth leadership, Children's Miracle Network, Missouri Division of Youth Services and Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, and the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council, which is an advisory council to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which is an institute in the National Institutes of Health.

Turner Bell graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 1991 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture in May 1986 from Arkansas State University. Turner Bell lives in the New York City area with her husband and daughter.

Gregory Castle

CEO and Co-founder, Best Friends Animal Society


Gregory Castle is a co-founder of Best Friends Animal Society and currently chief executive officer. Born and raised in England, Gregory is a graduate of Cambridge University with a master’s degree in philosophy and psychology. After his studies, Gregory began a short stint in filmmaking before linking up with many of the individuals who would become his fellow co-founders of Best Friends Animal Society.  


Even before they founded Best Friends Animal Society, animals were an important part of the equation for the co-founders. The group campaigned against animal testing and began looking for a home in the red-rock canyons of southern Utah where they could care for abandoned and abused animals. Gregory was one of the first on-site in Angel Canyon to set up what would become the largest animal sanctuary in the nation and the flagship of the no-kill movement. Without formal training in construction and armed only with a few “how to” books, Gregory was initially responsible for doing all of the electrical and plumbing work.


Gregory is a recognized leader in animal welfare and a voice of reason and reconciliation among grassroots rescue groups, animal shelters and national animal organizations. Gregory is responsible for the creation of No More Homeless Pets in Utah, which evolved into No-Kill Utah, a Best Friends-led coalition of animal welfare and rescue organizations and animal lovers collaborating to deliver aggressive spay/neuter, adoption and public awareness programs to help the state’s homeless pets. Gregory’s efforts have fundamentally changed the state of animal welfare in Utah, which is currently on a trajectory to become a no-kill state by 2019.


Gregory lives in Kanab with his wife, Julie Castle, chief development and marketing officer of Best Friends Animal Society, and his family of pets.




At Nature’s Variety, we believe dogs and cats should live healthy, happy lives. It’s core to our company purpose of empowering people to transform the lives of pets®.  Best Friends Animal Society is an animal welfare  organization  with  a  goal  to  end  the  unnecessary  killing  of  adoptable  dogs  and  cats  in  animal shelters. And now, Nature’s Variety and Best Friends Animal Society are excited to announce the launch of Long Live Pets and begin an exclusive partnership.



LongLivePetsisamultifacetedcampaigndesignedtoeducatethepublicaboutsavingthelivesof thousandsofshelterpetsandencouragepeopletoadoptapet.


Shockingly,anestimatedseventoeightmillionpetsentersheltersandrescueseachyear.Threeto  fourmillionofthesepets,whoarebeautifulandadoptable,arekilledinthosesheltersduetolackofspace.Thisequatestoabout9,000petseverysingleday.

LongLivePetswillraiseawarenessofthe scale of this issue and inspire people to takeaction.


As the first part of our Long Live Pets campaign, we’re inviting pet lovers to join us in the creationofaninspiringshortfilmcelebratingthefirstdayinthenewlifeofarescueddog.Ownersof  adoptedorrescueddogsareinvitedtosubmitphotosoftheirrescuesatLongLivePets.comto be included in thefilm.

 The film will be used to inspire thousands more to join the no-kill movement by adopting a pet, volunteering, or making a donation. Submit photos now through March 31,2015.
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