From: Joe Trippi
To: * * Best Friends members
(Note: When Joe Trippi ran the Howard Dean presidential campaign in 2003-4, it
was hailed as the first true Internet campaign. As an animal charity, Best
Friends has no political leaning, but we welcome the skills and support of
everyone who cares about the animals. Joe and his wife Kathy recently adopted
a dog from Best Friends.)
I was looking for something to do -- something I could devote some time to
-- something to keep the flame burning inside me to make a difference.
And I found it when my wife Kathy and I visited Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
in Utah a few months ago.
The catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina had struck the Gulf Coast, and Kathy and
I witnessed the heroic efforts of Best Friends staff and volunteers working
long and hard to save as many animals as possible with no thought of ever
We knew we needed to do something -- even something small -- but anything that
would help. *We made a small donation to Best Friends, and in-between working
meetings at the sanctuary Kathy volunteered at Dogtown and fell in love with
Tess, an Aussie shepherd mix. We adopted her on the spot.
Tess may have survived Hurricane Katrina, or she may have been found wandering
alone in the desert -- it doesn't matter. What matters is that any animal
adopted from a shelter today helps make room for the hundreds of animals that
are still being rescued by Best Friends along the Gulf Coast -- and the
hundreds more that are in holding centers awaiting transport to a shelter near
I hope you will help spread the word about Best Friends National Katrina
Adoption Drive too, by forwarding this e-mail or the following link to any
friends or family you feel may feel the same way we do.http://network.bestfriends.org/hurricane/news/
Consider adopting an animal from your local shelter, or visiting the following
link to find out how you can adopt an animal from Katrina.http://network.bestfriends.org/Campaigns/
It will cost Best Friends over $1 million to complete the rescue work they've
undertaken and care for the unadoptable animals who will remain in their care
as part of their no-kill philosophy. So please consider making a financial
contribution to this effort today.https://www.bestfriends.org/donate/hrf2.cfm
Two years ago Kathy and I were working to change our country - to get
thousands of people to work together in common purpose for the common good.
Regardless of how you felt about the Presidential campaign of Howard Dean, I
tried to run that campaign differently and to involve people in making a
difference together. I hope that in some small way Kathy and I can help
rekindle that spirit for thousands to come together and make a difference for
the animals of Katrina.
They and Best Friends need our help - please contribute what you can.https://www.bestfriends.org/donate/hrf2.cfm