Atlanta, GA -  (December 11, 2017) – Rebecca Guinn, CEO of LifeLine Animal Project in Atlanta, is joining rescue and shelter leaders from across the country in a new initiative launched by Best Friends Animal Society to end the killing of dogs and cats in our nation’s shelters by 2025. The goal is to save the approximately 5,500 dogs and cats that are killed in shelters every day simply because they don’t have safe places to call home.

A national steering committee has been formed to help guide the efforts. The committee is being led by Best Friends and comprised of leaders in animal welfare who have played key roles in driving no-kill agendas in a variety of cities and towns, from Los Angeles to Lynchburg, VA.

The purpose of the national steering committee is to help develop more coordinated efforts within the animal welfare movement by providing oversight and expertise to no-kill coalitions nationwide, encouraging increased participation around priority life saving programs, exchanging ideas, and enhancing widespread ownership of the 2025 goal.

“There has been a lot of progress and momentum for no-kill programs across the country but the work has been segmented,” stated Gregory Castle, co-founder and CEO, Best Friends Animal Society. “As a movement, we need more efficiency and collaboration. The 2025 steering committee is focused on making the no-kill movement more accountable, committed and coordinated than ever in order to achieve our national no-kill mission within the next eight years.”

2025 Steering Committee representatives include:

●             Francis Battista – Co-Founder/Board President, Best Friends Animal Society

●             Judah Battista - Co-Founder/Chief Regional Programs Officer, Best Friends Animal Society;

●             Bonney Brown - President and Principal Consultant, Humane Network;

●             Brenda Barnette - General Manager, Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS);

●             Gregory Castle – CEO/Co-Founder, Best Friends Animal Society;

●             Julie Castle - CDMO, Best Friends Animal Society;

●             Jon Cicirelli - Director of Animal Care and Services, City of San José;

●             Denise Deisler - Executive Director,  Jacksonville Humane Society;

●             Rick DuCharme - Founder and Executive Director, First Coast No More Homeless Pets;

●             Rebecca Guinn - CEO, LifeLine Animal Project;

●             Mary Ippoliti-Smith - Executive Leadership Team, Maddie’s Fund;

●             Dr. Ellen Jefferson - Executive Director, Austin Pets Alive!

●             Adam Lamb - CEO, Brandywine Valley SPCA;

●             Christi Metropole - Founder and Executive Director, Stray Cat Alliance;

●             Dr. Sara Pizano -  Team Shelter USA, LLC

●             Lee Ann Shenefiel - Deputy Chief Animal Services Officer, Austin Animal Center;

●             Holly Sizemore - Chief National Programs Officer, Best Friends Animal Society;

●             Makena Yarbrough - Executive Director of Lynchburg Humane Society

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