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Holly Sizemore, Chief Mission Officer

Holly Sizemore entered the animal welfare world in 1991 when she discovered a colony of community cats eating near a restaurant dumpster. The experience inspired her to co-found the first trap-neuter-return (TNR) organization in Utah (Community Animal Welfare Society, located in Salt Lake City) and she co-led that organization as a volunteer for more than 10 years.

In 2000, Holly joined No More Homeless Pets in Utah and served the organization in a variety of roles, ending with Executive Director from 2007 to 2010. While at No More Homeless Pets in Utah, she created and implemented some of the first comprehensive, targeted community cat public-private partnerships with Utah shelters. During her tenure, more than 100,000 lives were saved across the state in Utah shelters, thanks to the efforts of No More Homeless Pets in Utah and its many partners.

In 2010, Holly took a national role at Best Friends and has provided leadership support and stewarded growth in these areas: animal care at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the Best Friends Network, community cat programs, and puppy mill, cat and pit bull initiatives. In her current role as Chief Mission Officer, Holly oversees the areas of national programs, national no-kill advancement, and legislative and advocacy efforts. A member of Best Friends’ senior leadership team, she feels very lucky to be able to work with the teams at Best Friends who are dedicated to scaling up and sustaining the programs that will help create a no-kill country by 2025.

Holly’s leadership has focused on growing and improving upon many of the early innovative no-kill programs and tactics implemented throughout Utah, including comprehensive shelter-focused community cat programs, large-scale adoption events, targeted spay/neuter, open adoption policies, community collaboration, data analysis efforts to steer lifesaving, legislative reform, widespread marketing and awareness efforts, effective change and conflict management strategies, and public-private partnerships that involve working side-by-side with shelter partners. The shelter-focused community cat programs have evolved into one of the most effective, efficient and transformational tools in a community’s journey toward no-kill, and Holly is most proud of seeing how use of this model is growing exponentially throughout the U.S.

Holly holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington. She and her husband share their home with a few former community cats and one adopted dog. Holly believes that we will achieve our common goal of achieving no-kill nationwide by 2025 through the right balance of warrior resolve, patient persistence and true collaboration.

Twelve days of Christmas with the horses and donkeys

at Black Beauty Ranch

 

MURCHISON, Texas (Dec. 10, 2020) – The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas, is celebrating the holiday season this year with 12 days of Facebook videos that feature some of the nearly 400 horses and donkeys living at the sanctuary.

 

Hosted by the equine caregivers at Black Beauty from December 14 to 25, viewers will get a daily behind-the-scenes look at feeding time, caring and therapy treatments for special needs horses. The videos will also feature staff patrolling across the 800-acre pasture and other surprises. Caregivers will also read holiday-themed books alongside horses and share the back stories that brought these animals to the sanctuary.       

 

Noelle Almrud, senior director of Black Beauty, said, “We want to give a virtual holiday gift to our supporters and share an inside look at what it takes to properly care for hundreds of horses and donkeys every day. Our expert equine caregivers will take viewers through an array of daily activities and introduce some of our incredible animals who were rescued from cruelty and neglect. We miss being able to offer our monthly tours due to the pandemic and created this virtual alternative experience for all to enjoy.”   

 

Some of the residents who will be featured are Katniss, a special needs mustang; Pride, rescued from a Humane Society of the United States undercover investigation into soring of Tennessee walking horses; Stewie, a donkey found as a stray by law enforcement; and Mulan, part of a large rescue of over 800 feral mustangs who were found starving. Along with nearly 800 residents at the 1,400-acre sanctuary – from tigers, bears and primates to the nearly 400 donkeys and horses – these animals are living happily ever after with proper care at the sanctuary for the rest of their lives. 

 

Videos will post at 9:00 a.m. CST daily on Facebook.  

 

Support Black Beauty and the Fund for Animals. 

Texas Ranch Goes From Selling Animals For Slaughter To Rescuing Animals For Sanctuary - Interviews Available
 
  • Rowdy Girl Sanctuary is the first documented beef cattle ranch to ever convert from selling them for slaughter in the agriculture industry to rescuing them and becoming a vegan farm animal sanctuary.
  • We are an education based sanctuary that teaches folks that if cattle ranchers can go vegan anyone can - we always tell our story and because it is so unique people listen - vegan or not, people are very curious about cattle ranchers that have gone vegan.
 
Renee King-Sonnen, Executive Director and Founder of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary
 
Renee King-Sonnen, a native Houstonian, is the Executive Director and Founder of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary in Angleton, Texas.  She remarried her husband Tommy Sonnen, a multi-generational cattle rancher in 2009 and moved to the ranch. She fell in love with farm animals, having no idea her life was about to transform. After witnessing time and again the baby calves going to the sale barn she became extremely depressed. In October 2014, she went vegan as a result and began researching factory farming and the compassionate alternative, farm sanctuaries. She desperately consulted with leaders in the vegan movement, determined to do whatever she could to create sanctuary out of what was once a beef cattle operation in the heart of cattle country.
 

“Giving Animals the Gift of Tomorrow”

 

Who are we?

Since 1990, BrightHaven has saved over 5,000 senior (16+ years of age), sick or disabled animals, a vulnerable population that has an overwhelming need to find love and care in society. We have evolved into a unique holistic healing arts and education center. Our rescue arm helps shelter animals most at risk for euthanasia. Co-Founders Gail and Richard Pope received the prestigious Jefferson Award in July 2013 in recognition of their tireless efforts to help animals in need.

We are pioneers in our distinct approach to animal hospice: We focus on achieving a state of wellness, joy and balance whether for continued life or for transition. Our hospice care is very much aligned with hospice care for humans where love, comfort, dignity and quality of life are of the highest importance, and the spiritual aspect of the journey is deeply honored.

We are dedicated to improving the care and support of animals with a serious or end-of-life illness. We foster respect and awareness for animals as sentient beings and promote an understanding of death as a natural part of life. Gail and Richard are well-known educators in the growing animal hospice field. Gail proudly served as a founding board member of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (I.A.A.H.P.C.).

What is our mission and vision?

BrightHaven is dedicated to providing rescue and sanctuary to animals in need of specialized treatment, elderly care and hospice. We are not casual in this responsibility. We live a brand mission of providing leadership in the development and application of holistic care for senior and special-needs animals, and animal hospice and its philosophy of care.

What makes us so unique?

Our holistic approach is grounded in classical veterinary homeopathy and the feeding of a natural raw meat-based diet, including the use of nutraceuticals, and animal Reiki and other alternative healing modalities as indicated. Our goal is one of healing for body, mind and spirit. Love—and more love—is a key ingredient of our healing recipe!

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi

For more information:

www.brighthaven.org

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Phone: 707-578-4800

BrightHaven is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization--donations are tax-deductible

Surrounded by the Catskill Mountains in the town made famous for peace and music, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary provides shelter to cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, and goats who have been rescued from cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

We are a place where visitors can come face to face with these animals who most only know as dinner and learn about the devastating effects of modern-day agribusiness on the animals, the environment and human health. Here you can frolic with goats in a large open pasture, sit down with a pig who wants nothing more than a belly rub, cuddle with chickens who seek out your attention or get nuzzled by some very friendly sheep!

At the heart of our mission is the hands-on work of rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for farmed animal refugees — as well as educating the public about the horrific treatment of animals who are raised for food.
Animals Slaughtered For Food Since This Page Opened

63,852 chickens
3,147 ducks
1,731 pigs
1,192 rabbits
961 turkeys
717 sheep
406 cows
Number of animals who have been killed worldwide by the meat, dairy, and egg industries.

Source: Action for Animals

Many people don’t realize how dramatically meat and dairy production in the US has changed over the past 50 years. Those childhood images of happy animals living on sunny, idyllic farms couldn’t be further from reality. Virtually all animals who are raised for food — or their products — live miserable lives in intensive confinement in dark, overcrowded facilities called “factory farms.” These operations emphasize high volume and profit with little regard for the environment or humane treatment of animals.


WFAS is driven by the simple philosophy that kindness and respect to animals is our moral duty and that all the creatures that share this earth are here with us and not for us. Like our faithful dogs and lap-sitting cats, farm animals are feeling individuals who deserve to be treated with compassion and to live free of fear and suffering.

www.woodstocksanctuary.org

 

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Featured Video: Annabelle
Meet Pip and Zeke
Sebastian's Sanctuary
Mercy for Animals
Brenda Merritt
Thank you Brenda Merritt of Columbia, SC for your gold sponsorship of Annabelle and generous donation, WOW!
Gabby the Cockatoo
Gabby, an Umbrella Cockatoo, is already greeting everyone with "Hello Gabby."
Deborah Albert
Thank you Deborah Albert for sponsoring Zeke! He and his brother Pip were just retired from laboratory research!
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June 13, 2012
Dear Jon,
Former Lab Monkey Gets New Life Video
Please donate to our
Independence Day Cause
and help lab monkeys
find freedom.

Whew, this has been a record spring for Jungle Friends. We welcomed 5 new capuchin monkeys and a bird.

KC and Max, both former pets, came to us from different parts of Michigan, Pip and Zeke from a mid-western college, and last week we rescued little Annabelle right here in Florida.

We also welcomed Gabby, an umbrella cockatoo, to our sanctuary. He is getting acquainted with the other cockatoos and having words with the macaws. And for all you bird lovers -- we need to build another parrot habitat, so please send a donation -- just earmark it 'For the Birds'!

Jungle Friends also has an Independence Day Cause to help us build another new habitat. We have monkeys on our waiting list right now who are living in laboratories, waiting for their chance at freedom. Stop Animal Exploitation Now will match up to $2,000! Our goal is to raise $5,000 by the Fourth of July, let's make that happen!

We have been lucky to have the room to give forever homes to so many monkeys, but we are running out of room and there are more at the door. Please help us with our Expansion Project.

Lots of monkey love from Kari
Featured Video: Annabelle Goes from Rags to Riches
Annabelle's First Day Video
We rescued Annabelle, a 7-year-old weeper capuchin, from a hoarder where she was kept in shocking conditions last week. Now she is living the good life at Jungle Friends.
Learn more about Annabelle's back-story.

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No Blues for these Brothers
After a long drive to Florida last month, Pip and Zeke, two brothers retiring from research, were both terrified when they finally arrived at Jungle Friends. But it didn't take them long to start investigating their new home, compliments of the National Anti-Vivisection Society, New England Anti-Vivisection Society and the Beige family.

If you walk by Pip and Zeke's habitat, the first thing
Pip and Zeke on GTN
Watch news coverage of Pip and Zeke's arrival at Jungle Friends
you will notice is how friendly Pip is. He will run to you, climb up 15' high, and then show you where to find his shy brother Zeke.

Pip and Zeke were born at the college where they were being studied for their social behavior. And had the good fortune of staying together as they grew to maturity.

Soon they will have the chance to meet girl monkeys, so let's hope sibling rivalry doesn't get in the way of two love matches!

And special thanks to Claudia, the professor at the college where Pip and Zeke were born, who made a large donation toward their on-going care. Zeke was just sponsored tonight, don't let Pip feel left out -- Sponsor Pip!
The Sebastian Sanctuary, in memory
Beiges
Maxine, Lilliana, & Joel Beige present a sign for the habitat they helped fund
We always hope every monkey story will have a happy ending like Annabelle's rescue last week. But in the case of Sebastian, a pet whose guardians just wanted him to have a more natural life, the story ended sadly.

Sebastian never got the chance to live at Jungle Friends, because he suffered a heart attack and passed away just days before he was due to arrive.

Fortunately for two monkeys on the Jungle Friends waiting list, the Beige family donated funds toward a new habitat called Sebastian's Sanctuary, which helped provide a home for Pip and Zeke.

We are so sorry that we never got to meet Sebastian, but we will keep his memory alive with his special habitat. Read Sebastian's Memoriam.

Jungle Friends supports Mercy for Animals
Kari at Mercy for Animals 2012
Kari and MFA Founder, Nathan Runkle
Jungle Friends founder Kari Bagnall is more than just a passionate primate advocate. She is an active advocate for the compassionate treatment of all animals everywhere.

This past weekend, Kari traveled to California to participate in a fundraising event for Mercy for Animals, a leading national force for the respectful and compassionate treatment of farmed animals.

The event raised nearly half a million dollars for MFA, and Kari's attendance helped raise awareness of the Jungle Friends mission among an elite group of animal advocates.

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