"The assembled groups held a variety of viewpoints on how best to help the animals, yet we all agreed that the most effective way to save the lives of all healthy and treatable animals in the shortest amount of time was to work together."
— Rich Avanzino


In August of 2004, a group of animal welfare industry leaders from across the nation convened at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, California, for the purpose of building bridges across varying philosophies, developing relationships and creating goals focused on significantly reducing the euthanasia of healthy and treatable companion animals in the United States.



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