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The Best Friends Podcast

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An animal welfare professional’s typical day includes unparalleled joy and heart-wrenching despair, often in equal measure. The burnout is real but it’s the hard-won progress that sustains us. The Best Friends Podcast brings you stories from the front lines of lifesaving. You’ll hear from leadingRead more

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Julie Castle on Saving America's Pets

Nov 24 • 16:34

On behalf of all of us at Best Friends, we'd like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!...

Changing minds with David McRaney

Nov 18 • 57:48

When was the last time you tried to change someone's mind? A discussion on the internet, perhaps. Maybe a dinner with family or friends led to a heated debate. Or it may have been in your day-to-day work as you try to get everyone on board with proven lifesaving strategies - even though those approaches may be different than what you've always done....

The healing power of pets: connecting shelter dogs and veterans

Nov 11 • 22:12

On behalf of everyone at Best Friends, we’d like to wish all brave men and women who have served in the armed forces a Happy Veteran’s Day! To commemorate this special day, we talk about the healing power of pets and how the right animal can help veterans through tough times as they readjust to life back at home....

Language matters

Nov 4 • 21:32

Every industry, including animal welfare, uses jargon - the terms and acronyms familiar to those working within the field but often leaves everyone else scratching their heads. The alphabet soup of acronyms and technical language can confuse the public and makes saving lives more difficult....

Building partnerships to maximize lifesaving

Oct 28 • 23:39

We save more lives working together than we do if we all go it alone....

The art of storytelling for year end fundraising

Oct 21 • 39:06

As the calendar year begins to wind down, one group of people in animal welfare are just getting warmed up - the fundraisers....

Keeping ourselves whole (rebroadcast)

Oct 7 • 29:39

We all know how important the work being done in the animal welfare field is right now. But dealing with the pandemic and other serious issues such as the growing staffing crisis - on top of all the demands associated with living in this moment in time - has certainly not made working in thefield any easier. These challenges are driving people away from the field at what s...

Expanding our reach with multilingual marketing

Oct 1 • 48:25

For decades, the lack of positive outreach into bilingual communities has left generations of people unaware of animal shelters, what is happening at them, and how they, as pet lovers, can help save lives. And it truly is millions of pet owners. The Hispanic community alone accounts for more than 22-million pet owners....

"I just trust people"

Sep 23 • 33:59

Have you ever owned a pet you acquired for free as a stray? Do you love that pet any less than others you’ve had in your life?...

Professionalizing the profession

Sep 17 • 33:51

Animal welfare is more professional than it’s ever been. Across the country, collectively, we’re saving more lives on any given day than some ever thought possible. We have a greater understanding of the role pets play in our individual lives and within our communities. More than ever, our industry strives to preserve the human-animal bond and keep families together....

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