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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.

Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

Like a Boss

Paramount Pictures and Artists First present an R rated, 83 minute, Comedy, directed by Miguel Arteta, screenplay by Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly with a theater release date of January 10, 2020.

Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

A Simple Favor

Lionsgate, Bron Studios and Feigco Entertainment present an R rated, 117 minute, Crime, Drama, Comedy, directed by Paul Feig, screenplay by Jessica Sharzer and based upon the novel by Darcy Bell with a theatre release date of September 14, 2018.

Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out of 4 paws

Girls Trip

Universal Pictures, Perfect World and Will Packer Productions present an R rated, 122 minute, Comedy, directed by Malcolm D. Lee, written by Kenya Barris and Karen McCullah with a theater release date of July 21, 2017.

39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend:

Tales of Caution For Dog Lovers

By Dr. Judith Samson-French

A Must-Read For All Dog Lovers

A REALITY CHECK YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO MISS:

WHAT YOU LEARN HERE COULD SAVE YOUR DOG’S LIFE

 

Many of us can’t imagine our lives without our dog. We share pictures of them with our followers on Instagram, repost cute BuzzFeed links featuring them on our Facebook feeds, and spoil them with treats and toys – all in exchange for the incomparable love, warmth and companionship that only a canine can provide.

But how much do we really know about our four-legged friends? And is it possible that we’re often inadvertently compromising their health, safety…even life?

In 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend: Tales of Caution For Dog Lovers, internationally renowned veterinary surgeon, researcher and philanthropist Dr. Judith Samson-French exposes what happens when the good intentions of well-meaning owners go awry. With case files from Dr. Samson-French’s practice, 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend invites readers into a bustling veterinary hospital, where life-and-death are everyday realities that a little education in simple do’s and don’ts of responsible canine care would see avoided.

Tackling polarizing issues such as cancer treatment, adoption, greyhound racing, medical errors and choke collars head on, 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend is a compassionate but unflinching reality check that no dog owner can afford to miss.

A dog with no name will be fed for 3 days with the proceeds of sales of 39 Ways. Among the topics and themes explored in it are:

· How to play the role of the pack leader – not alpha dog – if you have multiple dogs to avoid BDLD (Big Dig Little Dog) deadly encounters

· Spills that can kill: which household liquids to keep away from your dog

· Gobble, Gobble: Why you should absolutely not allow your dog any fatty leftovers this or any other Thanksgiving

· The Irresistible Puppy: What to avoid when adopting

· And many, many more!

“Although identifying details have been altered to protect the anonymity of all involved, 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend is in no way a work of fiction,” states Dr. Samson-French. “The stories you will find on these pages, about more than 39 real-life canine companions, are all true. These events should not have happened, but they did, and our challenge now is to learn from them. By reading about these dogs, what went wrong for them and how it could have been prevented, I hope to empower you to protect your own pet from a similar fate.”

About the Author:

A veterinary clinician and surgeon with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Judith Samson-French owns and operates a veterinary hospital in the heart of the beautiful Rocky Mountain foothills. A graduate of McGill University (B.Sc.) and the University of Alberta (M.Sc.), she received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College.

She is currently leading a groundbreaking project that involves implanting contraceptives in unwanted dogs to prevent the births of countless dogs with no names. The DWNN project has initiatives in Alberta, Labrador and Curacao, and profits from the sales of her books Dogs With No Names and 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend are donated to the DWNN charity, of which Samson-French is founder.

In 2013, Dr. Samson-French was awarded the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Humane Award, and featured in/on the National Post, CBC, Canadian Geographic, The Bark and more. She is also a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, and holds a Canadian Securities Course certificate – an education that has supported her work as a social entrepreneur and now sees her launch a Dogs With No Names jewelry line.

39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend is currently available via the DWNN website, Amazon and in select chain and independent brick-and-mortar bookstores throughout North America.

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Website: http://dogswithnonames.com/

RKO Pictures, Opening Night Productions, Concept Entertainment, Unison Films, Spring Pictures and Entertainment One present an R rated, 105 minute drama directed by Yaron Zilberman, written by Zilberman and Seth Grossman with a theater release of November 16, 2012.