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Upcoming Trainings

Below are upcoming training opportunities for shelter and rescue staff including live webinars, self-paced e-learning courses, and Townhall events. We continuously add new trainings to this page, so check back for the latest information.


Reducing Length of Stay at Your Shelter Conference Session


Thursday, December 9th at 6:00 PM Eastern Time

An optimal length of stay (LOS) for pets in shelters is one that's short but as safe as possible, and it's something every shelter should strive for. That means ensuring that lost pets return home quickly, while those who need medical care or training have a longer LOS. In this Best Friends National Conference session, we discuss how to revamp your organization's operations to safely reduce a pet's stay, whether that pet is highly adoptable, has medical or behavioral challenges, or is returned to the field. We'll also talk about the benefits of shortening the LOS, including reduced incidence of disease, decreased expenses for the shelter and increased well-being for pets. 

Speaker: Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program Director

The deadline to register for this opportunity is Wednesday, December 8th.

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The Unintended Consequences of Pulling Friendly Community Cats Conference Session


Thursday, December 16th at 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Targeted trap-neuter-return (TNR) and return-to-field (RTF) programs are becoming the norm in communities across the country, reducing the number of cats admitted to shelters and increasing the number leaving alive. Still, the number of cats killed is more than twice the number of dogs. One remaining challenge is the concerns among some TNR/RTF supporters over "returning friendlies." Although these concerns are well-intentioned, the policy implications can be disastrous for community cats and the people who care for them. This session will discuss why some outdoor cats are sociable and the importance of returning these community cats to their outdoor homes. You'll be given the tools you need to advocate for change at your local shelter.

Speaker: Peter Wolf, Policy and Research Analyst, Best Friends Animal Society

Deadline to register for this opportunity is Wednesday, December 15th. 

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Social Media 101: The Basics and Beyond Conference Session


Thursday, December 23rd at 6:00 PM Eastern Time  

It can be hard to keep up with Facebook and Instagram, let alone Twitter and TikTok. And these are only a handful of the social media outlets for sharing our lifesaving journey. This session will cover social media basics, including what channels you should join, what makes posts effective and what times you should post to reach your best engagement rates. Emily will show you how to engage your staff and volunteers to share content and how to organize that content into a comprehensive social strategy. You’ll learn how to navigate the algorithms to make sure your content is noticed in a cluttered landscape and what metrics you should be measuring to gauge your social success.

Speaker: Emily Tolliver, Social Communities and Content Manager, Best Friends Animal Society

Deadline to register for this opportunity is Friday, December 17th. 

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The Road Map to Creating a No-Kill Country by 2025 Conference Session


Thursday, December 30th at 6:00 PM Eastern Time

To make the entire country no-kill by 2025, we must know the state of animal sheltering and lifesaving in every state, community and shelter. That’s why, a few years ago, Best Friends launched the biggest data collection effort in the history of animal welfare, and it’s why we continue to keep the data as current as possible. In this session, we’ll take a deep dive into the Best Friends national dataset, providing attendees with key insights on progress toward achieving no-kill nationwide and, most important, ways that shelters and rescue groups can get involved and save more lives.

Speaker: Brent Toellner, Senior Director, National Programs, Best Friends Animal Society

Deadline to register for this opportunity is Friday, December 17th. 

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