Join Life of Riley at Spring Point for New Perspectives: Human-Animal Connection and Advocacy, a free webinar series designed to strengthen our collaborative efforts to end puppy mills and other forms of animal cruelty.


Life of Riley’s partners are dedicated to making the world a better and more caring place for animals. But they need your support to create a future where animals are free from harm and in loving homes.

We recognize that puppy mill rescues and advocacy groups are already skilled in the direct rescue and care of animals, as well as in passing legislation, pursuing litigation and the prosecution of animal crimes, and other legal techniques to protect the welfare of breeding dogs. This webinar series aims to complement existing skills, resources, and knowledge by introducing new perspectives, research and advocacy tools from other social justice movements, and discussing how learnings from different sectors might inform efforts to end puppy mills and other forms of animal cruelty.

Upcoming Webinars


Breeding Dogs for Profit in Urban Communities: Socioeconomic Causes and the Community-led Solutions

Thursday, July 11th, 2-3 PM ET

Speaker: Tim Freeman, Founder and CEO of Braveheart Pets Inc.


A talented dog-trainer and natural leader with a deep love for his community members and their pets, Tim will discuss the drivers of dog breeding in economically disenfranchised urban communities and the best ways to engage communities in solutions to unchecked dog breeding. Given his own proximity to the issue and the trusting relationships he has built with his community, Tim is uniquely positioned to advise the animal welfare sector on the problem of dog breeding in urban areas.   

Recent Webinars

Invisible Advocates: How the Social Justice Movement Influences Animal Advocacy

Thursday, April 25, 2024


From Companions and Animals for Reform & Equity (CARE):

  • Akisha Townsend Eaton, Chief of Policy, Environmental Justice Division
  • Aline Silva, Senior Director of Environmental Justice & Policy and Housing Specialist

Community-based Animal Protection

Thursday, March 21, 2024


From Humane Action Pittsburgh (HAP)

  • Natalie Ahwesh, Executive Director
  • Shannon Dickerson, Director of Operations
  • Dr. Darrell Payne, Plastics Collaborative Program Manager

Access to Care Includes Access to Dignity: The Positive Impact of Racial Equity Diversity and Inclusion (or REDI) Training on Vets, Shelters and People”

Thursday, February 8, 2024


From Companions and Animals for Reform & Equity (CARE)

  • Dr. Azalia Boyd, Chief Veterinary Medical Officer, Urban CAC Program & Chairperson, CARE Veterinary Advisory Committee
  • Alina M. Luna, Ph.D., Dean, Circle of Learning & Leadership
  • Dr. Raye Taylor, Senior Veterinary Medical Officer, Rural Community Animal CARE
  • James Evans, Founder & CEO


Collaborative Social Change and Justice: Moving from a Single-Issue Advocacy to Consistent Anti-Oppression

Thursday, November 2, 2023
Download Zane McNeill’s recommended readings & videos

This training introduced participants to the tenets of consistent-anti-oppression so that they could learn to identify the ways in which single-issue advocacy upholds power structures which underlie all forms of human and non-human animal oppression and how to more effectively support social justice movements.

Presenter: Zane McNeill (he/they) is a scholar-activist and editor of Vegan Entanglements: Dismantling Racial and Carceral Capitalism and Queer and Trans Voices Achieving Liberation Through Consistent Anti-Oppression. They are also the co-manager of Rights for Animal Rights Activists (RARA), founder of Roots DEI Consulting and Policy, and has curated courses on collaborative advocacy, labor rights within animal protection, and DEIJ for Sentient Media’s writing collective.