Best Friends Animal Society

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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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It’s not back to business as usual for animal welfare

Jul 22 • 38:23

In an unprecedented year, 2020 brought about a lot of change and many new opportunities for lifesaving innovation. Many communities across the country implemented lifesaving programs such as managed intake or return-to-field programs for community cats. Some launched their first-ever foster program. These are programs that engage the community to be part of the solution. P...

Innovation and collaboration - lifesaving in El Paso, Texas

Jul 15 • 52:37

The journey for El Paso, Texas, towards becoming a no-kill community is a familiar one - mostly. ...

Compassionate Badassery (rebroadcast)

Jul 8 • 28:39

This week’s episode begins with a simple question. How do you feel?...

Best Friends pet lifesaving dashboard

Jul 1 • 19:32

When Best Friends planted the stake in the ground and announced the no-kill 2025 goal in 2016, we realized that to achieve the goal, we needed to know much more about what was happening to animals in shelters across the country. But, unfortunately, the data available at that time was very minimal. So much so that no one even knew how many animal shelters there are in the U...

2020 by the numbers

Jun 24 • 42:21

Did you know that nearly half of the animal shelters in the United States are now no-kill? That is just one of many encouraging discoveries in the Best Friends 2020 National Dataset....

Unicorn Foster Squad

Jun 17 • 23:13

One of the most at-risk populations in animal shelters is large dogs. In communities big and small, urban and rural, big dogs struggle to make it out alive most often due to behavioral issues....

If "nobody's perfect," then why do we expect all pet adopters to be?

Jun 10 • 36:37

Every time someone chooses to adopt an animal, we have the opportunity to positively change that person's life and save the life of an animal. So why do we still put up so many barriers that make adopting an animal so unreasonably difficult?...

The 2021 Best Friends National Conference

Jun 3 • 23:02

Each year, thousands of people hit the road and converge at the Best Friends National Conference. It's a highlight of the year, which is why the cancelation of last year's event due to COVID-19 was such a disappointment. This year the conference is back but will, for the first time, be held virtually....

Managed intake programs

May 27 • 43:01

The pandemic forced a lot of changes across the industry. The lockdowns, for example, required shelters to find ways to provide services while being closed. The massive support from the public who offered foster homes took much of the burden from the shelter system, but there was still a need to take in animals. Many shelters decided to try implementing a managed intake pr...

Kitten Action Team

May 20 • 12:52

When a resident of Sacramento, California, calls the 3-1-1 customer service hotline to report kittens in need, they don't route that call to a uniformed animal services officer. Instead, a member of a new volunteer-powered field response team is assigned the case. ...

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