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Moving Beyond Bias with CARE

A discussion with animal welfare leader and president of Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity (CARE), James Evans. James talks about how the animal welfare movement got to where we are today and how we move forward.

Hosted by José Ocaño, Senior Director of Culture and Talent and featuring Best Friends CEO, Julie Castle.


Intro- José Ocaño - 0:02
Julie Castle, Best Friends Animal Society - 2:35
James Evans, Care - 3:52
History, patterns of oppression, duality between animal welfare and human rights - 10:38
Country in transition - 6:37
Adoption gaps - 19:15



James’ top suggestion for change in animal welfare - 44:00
How do we overcome the history of bias in our movement and its impact on our shelter relationships? How do we lay the groundwork to overcome that? - 57:00
How can we bring more people of color and other minority groups into animal welfare leadership work? - 59:49
Specifics of harm and how to not cause harm? "From the conversations I'm having with BIPPOC in animal welfare, it's being made clear to me that we're causing harm to the very few BIPOC that we currently do engage with." - 1:01:30
How do we get AW funders to support community-driven community? - 1:05:30
When we look at racism as a systemic issue of society which affects education, how do we ensure that the POC who are on our staff can receive the training they need in order to be successful in management+ positions while fulfilling our business needs? - 1:10:00

James Evans

James Evans

President of CARE

James is a multi-awarding winning creative strategist and leader with 25+ years of experience developing relationships between organizations and their constituents. His expertise has been utilized across a diverse group of brands, both non for profit, and for profit. Specific brand experience includes: Timberland, Disney, The Mills Corporation, NAACP, Baltimore Health Department, Maryland Health Department, Kennedy Krieger Institute, CVS Caremark’s Project Health, Safe Streets Baltimore and many other brands.

James and his team have initiated several programs, including the ground breaking Gulf Spay/Neuter Campaign and HSUS’ Pets for Life, which helped reshape animal welfare, while simultaneously advocating for more diversity and inclusion throughout the field.

He has also played an integral part in AWO organization’s projects, including HSUS’ Adopters Welcome, Outdoor Cats Research, Stop Puppy Mills and Spayathon, as well as Best Friends Animal Society’s Outreach Action Team, Maddie’s Fund, and SPCA of Texas’ Let’s Fix This Campaign.



Changing the Color of Our Movement blog by Julie Castle
Project Implicit tests by Harvard University