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We consistently add new resources to our site to keep you informed on the latest topics in animal welfare, updated on innovative lifesaving strategies, and informed on new tools to improve operations. 

We added new resources and information in April in the following categories:


Best Friends Town Halls

  • Elevate Lifesaving Work with Technology: We met with three Friends of the Network vendors who are working hard to provide services to help advance the important work being done in the animal welfare industry. They shared how their services can help elevate your lifesaving work using technology.

Editorials

  • Appreciating Volunteers Goes Beyond Just Saying “Thank You”: For National Volunteer Week, and we asked two of our staff experts for some advice on how shelters and rescues can show their volunteers some love. While Pat Guerrero, director of national volunteer engagement, and Kimberly Elman, manager of the national mentorship program, definitely had some appreciation ideas to share, they stressed that they best way to show gratitude is to set up a well-run program from the beginning. 
  • Ushering in a Change to How We Help Shelters Increase Lifesaving for Cats: The three-year full-scale CCPs that Best Friends spearheaded since 2012 prove that the combination of return-to-field (RTF), targeted trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) and complaint mitigation is wildly successful at increasing the numbers of cats leaving our country’s shelters alive. While some version of this programming should be standard practice at animal welfare agencies, implementing it is not without its challenges.
  • Take a Gander at These Partner Perks!: Our Best Friends Network team is constantly looking for new opportunities and resources to share with the 3,200-plus (and counting!) organizations that make up our Network partners. Learn about three benefits you may not have heard about that are designed to help your shelter or rescue group expand its ability to help animals and move us ever closer to no-kill 2025! 
  • Community Cat Programs: Looking Back on Past Successes, Charting a New Future: It’s no secret that Best Friends is a huge proponent of community cat programs (CCPs) as the key to increasing cat lifesaving in shelters. Since 2012, our intensive approach of embedding CCP employees within shelters for three-year periods has helped more than a dozen municipal agencies drastically increase their lifesaving through a combination of targeted trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR), return-to-field (RTF) and complaint mitigation.   

Research

  • Breed Discrimination in the Homeowners Insurance Industry: Together with several other animal welfare groups, this white paper was created to address breed discrimination in the homeowners insurance industry. The collective goal is to end breed discrimination and urge the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to evaluate the use of breed discrimination lists. The paper is complete with testimonies and arguments, and divided into sections focusing on breed lists and discrimination, unjustified use of breed as actual risk, and recommendations.

Saving America's Pets Vlog

  • Adopting a puppy? Here's what you need to know!: Best Friends Animal Society’s Holly Sizemore, Chief Mission Officer, talks with Elizabeth Oreck, National Manager of Puppy Mill Initiatives, about puppy mills, reputable breeders and finding that perfect dog for your family.

The Best Friends Podcast

  • 58. Community-supported kitten care: Kitten season has arrived, which means shelters and rescue organizations across the country are starting to feel the crunch.
  • 59. Reimagining field services: Helping people and pets in Sacramento: It’s National Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week! This week we honor these front-line heroes by sharing a story of how officers in Sacramento, California, are doing their part to save lives - of both the two and four-legged kind.
  • 60. Keeping ourselves whole: Due to the importance of the work of lifesaving, we are continually living in a state of urgency quite literally with lives hanging in the balance. It is easy to become lost in our work and not take time to recharge and care for ourselves.
  • 61. Ed Jamison - Part One: With an annual intake of more than 32,000 animals in 2017, Ed Jamison accepted what many would call a formidable challenge laid out by city officials to create a safer community for people and pets.

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