Check out our latest resources
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 March in the following categories:
- Animal Care & Control
- Community Cats & Kitten Resources
- Marketing & Communication Resources
- Town Halls
- Additional Resources
Animal Care & Control
- Beyond the Scanner Advanced Field RTO in the field techniques webinar- Animal control officers play an integral role today in the reduction of shelter intake. This workshop highlights successful efforts from agencies across the country that have shown to significantly increase the field RTO rate for those animals without obvious identification.
- Community Engagement The Lifesaving philosophy webinar- Best Friends Manager of National Shelter Support talks about the new role of Animal Control Officers.
Community Cats & Kittens Resources
- Caring for Abandoned Kittens: Handout explaining what to do if an individual finds kittens (English version, Spanish version)
- Community Cats Complaint Mitigation Webinar
- FAQs to TNR- Bilingual
- Found Kittens (English)
- Found Kittens (Spanish)
- Shelter Training Videos for Cat Lifesaving Playlist
- Solutions to Cat Related Issues
- Solutions to Cat Related Issues- Spanish
- Rescue Roadblock Pledge Participants Share Their Successes- Last fall, we challenged our Network partners to become roadblock-free. By getting rid of intrusive application processes and a plethora of requirements for every dog or cat going into a new home, our industry will be better positioned to reach our shared goals of reducing the number of pets in shelters, increasing the number of animal-friendly communities, and providing more resources to keep pets in their homes in the first place.
- Latest Data Analysis Reveals Most Common Reasons for Owner Surrender- The recently released Pet Owner Surrender data analysis completed by the business intelligence department here at Best Friends had its roots in conversations from the 2018 conference in Dallas where attendees were talking about the reasons why people surrendered pets to shelters. Clearly there was a need to analyze shelter data and find out for sure what was driving people to relinquish pets to shelters so that our industry could come up with ways to stem that tide.
- Inclusive External Communications Council Digs into Ways to Reach, Reflect Diverse Audiences- A few weeks ago you read about some of the work of the People Experience Council in a previous editorial, and we wanted to share what the Inclusive External Communications (IEC) council has been up to. Of course, we know we have a massive amount of work ahead, so we’re taking baby steps just like the rest of the councils and are starting off with some charter goals.
Marketing & Communication
- Tools to help you write Op-Eds- It’s important and impactful for community members to hear from their local shelter leaders on animal welfare topics and issues. The information is provided to help you craft an Op-Ed that is effective in delivering your opinion with data-backed information to make your point clear and persuasive and to create a call to action.
- 24PetWatch Owner Surrender and Acquisition Source Analysis- This analysis quantifies the reasons for surrendering a pet in the U.S., how these reasons changed during COVID-19, how they compare to the 2009 recession and where surrendered pets are first acquired.
- No-Kill Shelter Positive Outcome Study 2019- The goal of the Best Friends No-Kill Positive Outcome Study is to determine national positive-outcome benchmarks to establish goals for increased lifesaving and reaching no-kill.
- Let's Get Them Home, part 2- Now that we’re halfway through the “No Place Like Home Challenge,” we have invited a group of participating organizations to continue our conversation from the January 2021 “Let’s Get Them Home” town hall. We discussed the evolutions and “ah-ha” moments our panel of animal welfare leaders have discovered by taking a fresh look at their current “return-to-owner” efforts during the challenge this month.