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The staff of Best Friends is made up of industry professionals from across the country. We come from municipal shelters, private rescue groups, animal control departments, and every other kind of animal welfare organization in all 50 states. We’ve cleaned kennels, directed departments, founded organizations, and organized communities. And now we work together with over 3,100 Network partners to better the industry for the sake of ourselves and the animals in our care.

The editorials on this page represent insights, analyses, examples and experience from our staff in order to support yours in our collective work to save more lives.

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

Outdated policies prevent shelters from partnering with the public to save lives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

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

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

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

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

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