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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.

Every live town hall is recorded and posted down below. Keep an eye on this page for updates each week. 

Town Hall Mini-Series
August 13, 20, 27 @ 6:00 PM EST

2020: the times they are a-changin'

The impacts of COVID-19 on every aspect of life are immeasurable and animal welfare is no exception. However, one of the greatest realizations to emerge from the pandemic is that real change is possible in our field.

Join us for a three-part series as we dive into navigating the landscape of change, especially as it pertains to leveraging our communities and removing barriers to support lifesaving work.

We will hear from Best Friends staff members who underwent personal transformations in previous roles and network partners who worked through shifting organizational operations. In the final town hall of the series, we will come together for an open discussion where no question is off limits.

Bethany Heins, director of network operations and strategy
Makena Yarbrough, regional director (mid-atlantic and southeast)

Register here.

Click below to view past town halls and associated resources. 

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