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Best Friends Town Halls

The Best Friends Town Hall series brings together thought leaders from Best Friends and across the industry to provide insight, analysis, and solutions to the unprecedented challenges to lifesaving that we’re all facing right now.

The topic of each town hall reflects the most earnest conversations happening that week in animal welfare. We treat the event as an interactive forum where live questions from attendees are answered with a crowd-sourced solution that benefits all.


Check out our past town halls and associated resources 


Using transparency to empower and support your community, from March 24, 2022

Expanding your walls: Maximize lifesaving with a community-based foster program, from February 24, 2022

The kittens are coming! Preparing your foster program ahead of kitten season, from February 10, 2022

Community-Supported Sheltering: Aligning all stakeholders in the welfare of animals in your community, from January 27, 2022

2021 Town Halls


The Road Map to Creating a No-Kill Country by 2025 Conference Session from December 30, 2021

Social Media 101 The Basics and Beyond Conference Session from December 23, 2021

The Unintended Consequences of Pulling Friendly Community Cats Conference Session from December 16, 2021

Reducing Length of Stay at Your Shelter Conference Session from December 9, 2021

Innovative Ways to Work with At-Risk Dogs from December 2, 2021

Successfully Marketing and Adopting Hard-to-Place Pets from November 18, 2021

People, Pets, and Policies from November 9, 2021

Elevate Lifesaving Work with Technology from April 8, 2021

Let's Get Them Home from January 14 & March 18, 2021

Activating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare from February 11 & 18, 2021

Out With the Old, In With the New: Switching Gears to Managed Intake from January 28, 2021

2020 Town Halls


2020: When Plans Change from December 17, 2020

The Human Connection: save more lives by building stronger relationships in communities from November 12, 2020

Cats Outside, It's Going to be OK from October 29, 2020

Rock Solid Fundraising: Strengthening Your Financial Foothold from October 15, 2020

Keeping Families Together: Navigating the Blurry Lines Between Neglect, Cruelty and Lack of Access to Care from October 1, 2020

Moving Beyond Bias with CARE 2.0 from September 10, 2020

Times They Are a Changin' Series Three-part series from August 13, 20 and 27, 2020

COVID-19: Preparing for the Housing Crisis from July 30, 2020

Leveling the Playing Field: How to Remove Barriers for Underrepresented Communities and Their Pets from July 9, 2020

Best Friends 2019 National Data Set Review from June 25, 2020

The Collective Impact of Community Centered Lifesaving from June 18, 2020

Moving Beyond Bias with CARE from June 11, 2020

Transport During a Pandemic from June 4, 2020

Making the Case for a New Tomorrow from May 21, 2020

Emerging Lifesaving Technology Solutions from May 14, 2020

Re-Opening a Different & Better Tomorrow from May 7, 2020

Staff and Volunteer Morale from April 30, 2020

Impact Across the Country from April 23, 2020

Impact to Animal Care & Control from April 16, 2020

Neighbor-to-Neighbor from April 9, 2020

Lifesaving Safely from April 2, 2020

Shelter Operations Town Hall from March 26, 2020

COVID-19: Fundraising During a Crisis webinar from March 23, 2020