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Program Spotlights

The following program spotlights feature Network partner organizations demonstrating how they have put collaborative and effective programming in place that has helped increase lifesaving. Each spotlight includes specific examples and takeaways that you can learn from and implement at your organization. By sharing experiences and learning from each other, we can collectively save more lives. 

In addition to the program spotlights below, check out our editorials.


2022 Program Spotlights


From surviving to thriving: an interview with José Ocaño
By: Liz Finch  October 4, 2022

When rescuers need rescuing: managing our mental health
By: Liz Finch  September 26, 2022

Reconsidering your mission (Part III)
By: Liz Finch  September 13, 2022

Reconsidering your mission (Part II)
By: Liz Finch  September 6, 2022

Reconsidering your mission (Part I) 
By: Liz Finch  August 30, 2022

Making the jump from private practice to shelter medicine
By: Liz Finch  August 23, 2022

Going digital to seek out donors: 7 ways to prepare for adding the latest technology to your fundraising tools
By: Liz Finch  August 16, 2022

Second National Adoption Weekend results in nearly 10,000 animals finding new homes
By: Liz Finch  August 9, 2022 

Setting the stage for strategic intake
By: Liz Finch  August 3, 2022 

Best Friends National Adoption Weekend – Take Two!
By: Liz Finch  June 28, 2022

Volunteers prove they can do more than just walk dogs or play with cats
By: Liz Finch  June 14, 2022

Tricks of the trade- Best Friends cat expert shares neonatal care tips for foster
By: Liz Finch  May 31, 2022 

Getting past “the ringworm stigma”
By: Liz Finch  May 24, 2022

Making the leap: How to feel more at ease with reduced-price or fee-waived adoptions 
By: Liz Finch  May 10, 2022

Five types of tech to streamline your lifesaving work
May 3, 2022

We're back baby!!
April 26, 2022

We’re all in this together: Working with, not against, unions
By: Liz Finch  April 19, 2022

Where, oh where has my little dog gone?
By: Liz Finch  April 5, 2022

More tips on getting your shelter’s SOPs in shape
By: Liz Finch  March 22, 2022

Best Friends experts share more tips on preparing for kitten season
March 1, 2022

Kitten programs 2.0 part 2: Bringing up (a neonatal) baby
By Liz Finch  February 8,2022

Kitten programs 2.0 part 1: Re-examining medical protocols for neonates
By: Liz Finch  February 1, 2022

NACA comes out in support of appointment-based intake
By: Liz Finch  January 25, 2022

Spokane agencies collaborate to bridge gap between human/animal services
By: Liz Finch  January 4, 2022


2021 Program Spotlights


Encore! Encore!
December 21, 2021

Got behavior-challenged dogs?
December 6, 2021

Happy Tales for Thanksgiving
By: Liz Finch  November 23, 2021

Teaming Up to Build Better Animal Ordinances 
By: Liz Finch  November 8, 2021

Unique Partnerships Add New Dimension to Helping Animals 
By: Liz Finch  November 2, 2021

How to Build a Strong Partnership
By: Liz Finch  October 26, 2021

Research Underscores Need to Use Broadly Understood Language
By: Liz Finch  October 19th, 2021

Harnessing the Power of Story to Benefit your Bottom Line
By: Liz Finch  October 12, 2021

One Tail at a Time Stretches Role of Rescue with Creative Programming
By: Liz Finch  August 30, 2021

Getting the Message Out
By: Liz Finch  August 13, 2021

Building Bridges on the Navajo Nation
By: Liz Finch  July 30, 2021

Need Data to Support Community Cat Programs? 
By: Liz Finch  July 23, 2021

Making the Case for Keeping Adjusted Shelter Practices Post-Pandemic 
By: Liz Finch  July 16, 2021

No-Kill Doesn't Mean No Challenges
By: Audrey Lodato  June 30, 2021

Ten Ways to Get the Public Re-Engaged with Your Shelter Post-COVID
By: Liz Finch  June 11, 2021

First-Ever Virtual National BF Conference Promises Something for Everyone
By: Marc Peralta  June 4th, 2021 

Kitten Kits Help the Public Participate in Lifesaving
By: Liz Finch  May 21, 2021 

Finding Pathways to Success for Rural Shelters  
By: Liz Finch  May 14, 2021

Keeping Pets with their Families
By: Laura Donahue  May 4, 2021

Appreciating Volunteers Goes Beyond Just Saying “Thank You” 
By: Liz Finch  April 22, 2021

Ushering in a Change to How We Help Shelters Increase Lifesaving for Cats
By: Liz Finch  April 15, 2021

Take a Gander at These Partner Perks!
By: Liz Finch  April 8, 2021

Community Cat Programs: Looking Back on Past Successes, Charting a New Future    
By: Liz Finch  April 1, 2021

Rescue Roadblock Pledge Participants Share Their Successes 
By: Bethany Heins  March 23, 2021

Latest Data Analysis Reveals Most Common Reasons for Owner Surrender
By: Vicki Kilmer  March 12, 2021

Inclusive External Communications Council Digs into Ways to Reach, Reflect Diverse Audiences
By: Amy Davila Sanchez  March 5, 2021

Reaching Across State Lines to Bring Shelter Animals in Out of the Cold
By: Bethany Heins  February 25, 2021 

People Experience Council Shares First Steps in DEI Work
By: Dawn Binion-Stewart  February 17, 2021

New Report Shows How Social Vulnerability Affects Lifesaving 
By: Bethany Heins  February 5, 2021

Let’s Talk About Managed Intake 
By: Makena Yarbrough  January 28, 2021

The Best Friends National Conference is Back!
By: Rachel Hyde  January 21, 2021

Up for a Challenge?
By: Bethany Heins  January 11, 2021


2020 Program Spotlights


Looking Back on a Tumultuous Year  
By: Brent Toellner  December 11, 2020

End-of-Year Fundraising Tips  
By: Liz Finch  December 3, 2020

Field Services: Identifying Data Worth Collecting
By: Scott Giacoppo  November 17, 2020

Putting Data into Action with Field Services Staff  
By: Scott Giacoppo  November 9, 2020 

The Dilemma of the Friendly Outdoor Cat 
By: Michelle Logan  October 28, 2020

Leading with Gratitude
By: Patricia Tolbert  October 20, 2020

Shelters Closing Access to Care Gap for At-Risk Communities
By: Aimee St. Arnaud  October 5, 2020

Aiming to Bring the Animal Welfare Profession Out of the Shadows 
By: Tawny Hammond  September 28, 2020

Best Friends Moves to Incorporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into Our Mission
By: José Ocaño  September 14, 2020

Austin collaboration delivers big wins for cats
By: Lee Ann Shenefiel  August 31, 2020

Removing Rescue Roadblocks
By: Liz Finch  August 21, 2020

Reflecting on Rescue Roadblocks
By: Liz Finch  August 14, 2020

Charting Progress and Challenges in the Fight Against Breed Discrimination
By: Lee Greenwood  July 17, 2020

Virtual Fundraising Efforts Prove Successful for Network Partners
By: Liz Finch  June 30, 2020

2019 Shelter Dataset Shows Steady Progress to No-Kill 2025
By: Elizabeth Bennett  June 26, 2020

What’s Next: Reducing Racism in Animal Welfare
By: Liz Finch  June 23, 2020

Best Friends Staff Open Up about Their Experiences with Racism in Animal Welfare
By: Liz Finch  June 16, 2020

Shelters, Clinics Receive Spay/Neuter Stimulus Funding 
By: Aimee St. Arnaud  June 5, 2020

Transports Drive Lifesaving for Rural Shelters
By: Carrie Ducote  May 29, 2020

How to Keep New Fosters Engaged Post-Pandemic
By: Makena Yarbrough  May 22, 2020

Shelters Use Technology to Overcome COVID Challenges
By: Sue Cosby  May 19, 2020

Data Proves Power of Managing Intake
By: Brent Toellner  May 15, 2020

ACOs Lead Change for Shelters
By: Scott Giacoppo  May 8, 2020

Pilot Community Cat Program Leads to Lifesaving Legal Changes in Harris County
By: Bethany Heins  April 24, 2020

Best Friends Vet App Helps Shelters Support Foster Homes
By: Aimee St. Arnaud  April 21, 2020

Data about Shelter Trends Provide a Blueprint for Animal Services moving forward
By: Brent Toellner  April 20, 2020

Community Powered Lifesaving
By: Andie Peart  April 10, 2020

Helping the Public Plan for their Pets’ Care During Crisis
By: Stacy Rogers  April 7, 2020

Staying Nimble and Solvent through the Pandemic
By: Makena Yarbrough  April 3, 2020

Onset of Kitten Season Combined with Shelter Limitations Leads to Creative Solutions
By: Liz Finch March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Resource Page Gives a Glimpse into the Future of Sheltering
By: Brent Toellner March 24, 2020


Be sure to check out our editorials, published research, and The Best Friends Podcast for more lifesaving information.