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About Best Friends

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About 30 years ago Best Friends Animal Society was born. Nestled in the foothills of Knab, Utah, Angel Canyon is the home to over 2000 animals and the symbol of survival for all the homeless animals in the world. At its first inception supporters of Best Friends received a welcome letter and picture of the animal for which their donation was supporting. All during the year they would be kept abreast of new developments with their orphan protégé and would be advised when the animal was adopted. The following year when it was time for another donation, a new dog or cat would be picked as their foster child.

This was how Best Friends started with a small group of people who loved animals and believed that no animal should be euthanized just because it was sick or homeless. Even Michael Vick’s Pit Bulls found a home at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

CEO To Run Marathon for Animals

About six years ago, the former President of Best Friends, Michael Mountain, stepped down and Gregory Castle took over the reins. On September 21, 2014, the 71 year-old Castle has chosen to raise awareness for the homeless animals of Best Friends by performing an outstanding feat. He will be running a 170 mile marathon that covers six days, encompassing sandy mountain terrain and requiring the carrying of 20 pounds of backpack and sleeping gear. It is anything but a normal marathon.

Castle is an avid runner himself taking part in numerous marathons since 1999, including the Boston Marathon in 2004, 2006 and 2009. Castle is running the race to help save the countless animals that are still being euthanized across the country. The monetary goal of $170,000 has already received contributions of about $77,000. Letters were sent to all Best Friends’ contributors as well as ads that were strategically placed in various venues. The importance of the work at Best Friends is foremost to animal lovers everywhere.

It is a prestigious accomplishment for a man Castle’s age to be running the Best Friends Society with all its rigorous schedules and functions, but to participate in such a marathon to raise money for the unprotected, needy animals is a selfless act of love. It will go down in the record books as one man who cares so much about animals that he is willing to put himself at personal risk so that they might survive. Even a young man in his prime would find this 170 mile race an arduous challenge.

The Animals Need your Support

Best Friends will survive regardless of this race and its outcome because men and women the caliber of Gregory Castle will continue to make the necessary sacrifices to enable helpless animals to live. Since its foundation, Best Friends has seen the number of animals euthanized in shelters nationwide go from 17 million to 4 million each year. There is still much work to be done to save the lives of the innocent.

To support Gregory Castle's fundraising efforts for Best Friends Animal Society, visit the link here. Best Friends

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