Proven Strategies

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The Best Friends Network editorials are written by industry professionals from Best Friends who come from all different types of animal welfare backgrounds - municipal shelters, private rescue groups, animal control departments, and every other kind of animal welfare organization. Our experiences range from cleaning kennels to directing departments, founding organizations to organizing communities, and everything in between. In our editorials, we provide insights and opinions about industry trends, issues, and happenings. Our goal is to keep Network partners and other animal welfare organizations in-the-know on current events and best practices.

2022 Editorials

The reality of today's shelter struggles
By: Brent Toellner  November 14, 2022

Overwhelmed? Under-resourced?
By: Brent Toellner  July 26, 2022

Survey sheds light on factors impacting pet acquisition
By: Liz Finch  July 19, 2022

2021 was a challenging year – but it’s not all bad news
By: Brent Toellner  June 7, 2022

Stepping up pay ranges for animal welfare staff
By: Liz Finch  May 16, 2022

We do what?
By: Sue Cosby  March 15, 2022

Best Friends’ program endorsements: Arming shelters in their efforts to progress policies and procedures
By: Liz Finch  February 23, 2022

The paradox of adopting out unaltered animals
January 18, 2022

Engage with intention
By: José Ocaño  January 11, 2022

2021 Editorials

One Size Does Not Fit All When It Comes to Animal Welfare Agreements
By: Sue Cosby  November 30, 2021

Managing the Transport of Heartworm-Positive Dogs to Increase Lifesaving
By: Erin Katribe, DVM, MS  November 15, 2021 

Balancing Needs of Shelter Animals, Community in Times of Crisis
By: Liz Finch  October 5th, 2021

Help! We Just Can’t Keep Up!
By: Sue Cosby  September 27, 2021

Exploring Ways Shelters and Rescues Can Close Gaps to Accessing Care
By: Liz Finch  September 14, 2021

The State of Access to Veterinary Services Today – An Interview with Aimee St. Arnaud
By: Liz Finch  September 8, 2021 

Shelters Prove They Can Reach 90% Goal—and Stay There
By: Liz Finch  August 24, 2021

Getting Out of the Staffing Shortage Rut
By: Brent Toellner  August 18, 2021

Keeping up the Pace of Lifesaving
By: Brent Toellner  June 25, 2021

The 2020 Data Set is Here!
By: Vicki Kilmer  June 22, 2021

You Asked the Potential Adopter What?
By: Sue Cosby  June 9, 2021 

Setting the Record Straight on Shelter Returns
By: Brent Toellner  May 18, 2021

2020 Editorials

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Efforts Take Rightful Place at Center Stage
By: José Ocaño  December 18, 2020

Outdated policies prevent shelters from partnering with the public to save lives
By: Scott Giacoppo  July 31, 2020

Animal Welfare Should Tear Down Walls to Pet Ownership 
By: Liz Finch  July 10, 2020

Is Spay/Neuter an Essential Service During the Pandemic?
By: Aimee St. Arnaud  April 30, 2020

Using the Current Absence of S/N to Gain Long-Term Advantages for Community Cats
By: Peter Wolf  April 14, 2020

Why Putting Human Health Above Unlimited Spay/Neuter is the Right Thing to Do
By: Sue Cosby and Erin Katribe, DVM  March 31, 2020