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The Best Friends Podcast Episode 97

What to watch for in 2022
January 20th, 2022

As this new year gets underway, we’ve been thinking about what lies ahead for 2022. Of course, the last two years were a good reminder that even the best prognosticator can’t see everything coming, but that doesn’t mean we should stop thinking about the future.

We asked the experts and settled on a “top five” list of areas that are most likely to be affecting you in one way or another in the weeks and months ahead (if they’re not already!). By no means an exhaustive list, today’s episode focuses on community-supported sheltering, staffing, foster programs, cat lifesaving, and the veterinary resource crisis. So what is happening with these issues, what may lie ahead, and what can you do about them?

We sat down with Best Friends regional director Stacy Rogers to talk through the issues impacting shelters and rescue organizations across the country.

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Community-supported sheltering



Veterinary Resources


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Stacy Rogers - Best Friends Animal Society

Stacy Rogers

regional director, Great Plains and Midwest Regions, Best Friends Animal Society

Stacy Rogers is the Midwest Regional Director for Best Friends Animal Society. In this capacity, she works with shelters and rescue organizations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters.

Before joining Best Friends, Stacy was the Executive Director at Almost Home Humane Society in Lafayette, Indiana. She began her career in the kennels of Almost Home at a time when the organization's save rate hovered near 30 percent and witnessed the dramatic changes in animal welfare that resulted in the no-kill movement coming to her community. After an inspiring visit to the Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Conference in 2012, Stacy led Almost Home to no-kill by focusing on gap analysis, working creatively with a small budget, and collaborating with human service agencies to keep pets out of the shelter.

Stacy lives in rural Indiana with her husband and their menagerie of pets, including three dogs, four cats, and three llamas.

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