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The Best Friends Podcast Episode 105

Shelter Collaborative Program
March 24th, 2022

Collaboration comes in many forms. Maybe the most common type of collaboration in our work is through a coalition—an often large group comprised of stakeholders teaming up to achieve a broader, shared goal of community-wide success.

Another approach to working together is the Best Friends shelter collaborative program, where strategic matches are made between two organizations. One shelter that has a proven track record of achieving and sustaining the 90% benchmark is paired with a shelter that is still working its way toward the goal.

It’s all about judgment-free support, driven by the shared goal of saving every pet that can be saved. Next week we’ll hear from two different organizations currently in this program. This week we get the details from Carrie Ducote, the national senior strategist with the shelter collaborative team at Best Friends.

If you are interested in participating in the program, you can email the team here: sheltercollaborative@bestfriends.org

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Carrie Ducote

senior strategist, shelter collaborative program, Best Friends

Carrie Ducote got hooked on animal welfare in 2007 when she began volunteering with a rescue group in college. After graduation, she spent four years working at Atlanta Humane Society, eventually becoming the adoption manager. She then spent a year as the operations manager at Georgia SPCA before joining Best Friends in 2015. She began the Cobb County community cat program in 2016 and currently works with the Southeast regional team throughout the five-state region. As the chair of the Georgia Shelter Alliance, she has been working with organizations and communities throughout Georgia on implementing national best practices to increase the number of animals saved.

Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Georgia College and State University and a master’s degree in anthrozoology from Canisius College.