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Meet the Team

Click on our teams below to learn more about their work and their team members. 



Regional Teams


The regional team members are dedicated to helping the Network partners in their region be successful. These experts are your contact should you need assistance locally.

Pacific (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)
pacific@bestfriends.org

Mountain West (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming)
mountainwest@bestfriends.org

Great Plains (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)
greatplains@bestfriends.org


Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Wisconsin)
midwest@bestfriends.org

Northeast (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont)
northeast@bestfriends.org



National Embed Program Team

The National Shelter Embed Program originated in 2011 when Best Friends partnered with PetSmart Charities to pilot Community Cat Projects. Through the programs, we placed Best Friends staff members in shelters to lead these lifesaving efforts that increased cat save rates dramatically. Today, the National Embed Program continues this same concept, placing Best Friends staff members in agencies across the country to work side-by-side implementing proven lifesaving strategies that will guide them to achieve no-kill status.

Agencies with the highest lifesaving gaps qualify to have leadership staff embedded at their agency for up to one year in order to lead systemic change and coach the agency in how to sustain new ways of working. These short-term, program-specific embeds are backed by a diverse array of subject matter experts and are designed to help partner organizations accomplish lifesaving outcomes that would normally take years in just months. 

If you are interested in one of these programs for your organization, please contact your regional team.


National Shelter Support Team

Best Friends Animal Society provides proven lifesaving support and training for animal control agencies through the national shelter support program. We help create and sustain successful animal welfare operations for all types and sizes of communities throughout the country. The national shelter support team offers several opportunities for agencies looking to improve their animal control and shelter operations, create an ideal balance between public safety and animal protection, and improve their agency's reputation through community programs. If you are interested in learning more about assessment, mentorship, training, or emergency response for your organization, please contact your regional team.


Shelter Collaborative Program Team

To expand our reach and increase our lifesaving impact, we strive to empower animal welfare groups to share their expertise. The shelter collaborative program matches shelters that are leaders in animal welfare (peer mentors) with shelters that are working to achieve a 90% save rate (fellows). Best Friends helps to facilitate these matches between shelters, works with peer mentors to create proposals, provides funding, and offers ongoing coaching to peer mentors, while they work with their fellow shelter partner to increase lifesaving in another community.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact the shelter collaborative team at sheltercollaborative@bestfriends.org.