In Our View








In My View: Forget the dog breeders; not one is good
By Priscilla Feral

In 2020, we hear too many stories about owner/ breeders surrendering dogs to a shelter or rescue groups. While people who shop (rather than adopt) for dogs say they’re looking for a “good breeder,” that’s a misnomer if more than 1.5 million cats and dogs don’t have decent, capable homes and end up killed each year, FoA President Priscilla Feral notes in her newest blog.










Nonhuman animals can do the math too

Nonhuman animals’ counting capabilities allow them to navigate, protect themselves, forage, and find mates. The Wildlife Law Program examines the issue here.









On the Trail: The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act needs some repair
By Fran Silverman

At first blush, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2019 that was voted out of the House Natural Resources Committee seems like helpful legislation that proffers funding and sheds a much-needed spotlight on the formidable challenges facing species in the U.S. The act would allocate almost $1.4 billion toward wildlife conservation efforts each year. The bill is being touted as the most impactful wildlife bill in a generation. And it’s hard not to want to support it. But a closer look reveals some important flaws.








The Unexpected joys of animal sponsorship

By Dustin Rhodes

Animal sponsorship is surprisingly a great joy and gives in ways that even I—an employee of Friends of Animals —didn’t expect. I always thought, “this is such a nice way to feel like I am helping,” yet it’s more than that.










Don’t underestimate the power of nature shows
By Nicole Rivard

In her newest On the Frontlines blog, FoA Editor Nicole Rivard reveals how her love of wildlife and a desire to have a career that involved helping animals in some way was stoked by watching nature shows such as “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.” These shows remind humans what we are connected to and should motivate everyone to help prevent any species from disappearing from the earth, she writes.









Can you fit a dog into your schedule?
By Meg McIntire

Working at an animal rights organization means I typically field a lot of questions about wildlife, pets, and veganism from my friends and family. But this recent text from a friend of mine really stuck with me and prompted me to question how people define being a responsible pet owner. Read more