Can animal welfare leadership be taught?

“Leadership is so key to helping animals.” That’s how Gregory Castle opened his presentation, Learning to Lead, at the 2015 Best Friends Animal Society Conference. With that simple yet profound statement in mind, how do we create more leaders? Are people born to lead, or can leadership be taught? Castle, one of the founders and… Learn More

Use social media to get more foster homes for big dogs

Can you save 44 large dogs’ lives in 14 days through the power of social media? Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) did just that, and in this recording from the 2015 Best Friends National Conference, Faith Wright tells you how you can, too! In Foster Faster: Growing Your Dog Foster Program, Wright says the trick is… Learn More

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Engaging teens to help expand your current foster program

Whether you have a well-established foster program or are just getting started, one question always remains: How can you get more fosters? Faith Wright tackles this question and provides innovative actionable ideas in her presentation of Foster Faster: Growing Your Dog Foster Program at the American Pets Alive! 2015 conference. One of her ideas? A… Learn More

Creating a culture of continuous improvement at your animal shelter

“How many people think an animal control officer would be capable of heading a no-kill initiative for a city?” That’s the question Vincent Medley, Executive Director of the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia, posed to the audience during his session at the Best Friends 2016 Conference. While many found it hard to believe,… Learn More

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Simple ways to revamp your shelter to increase adoptions and community support

What can you do to help project a more positive image of your shelter without spending a fortune? “Plenty!” said Denise Deisler and Makena Yarbrough in  “A Fresh Image: Increasing Adoptions and Community Support by Revamping Your Shelter” at the Best Friends 2016 Conference. “It’s not about money and resources, it’s about being creative with what… Learn More

Building a success-driven team for your animal shelter or rescue

How do you build a success-driven team for your animal welfare organization? Whether you work at a shelter or volunteer at a rescue, said Mark Peralta of Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles, “You need to find people who will work along side you and carry out your vision.” In his presentation at the… Learn More

Using data to save pets’ lives

Why is data crucial to saving pets’ lives? “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it,” said Found Animals Foundation executive director Aimee Gilbreath, quoting the famous Peter Drucker during her session at the 2016 Best Friends National Conference. Understanding that data analysis can be overwhelming, Gilbreath broke her presentation into a step-by-step process:… Learn More

It’s about trust: Brent Toellner’s Aha! Moment with KC Pet Project

What can an animal shelter do without the trust of the community? Not much. That’s why transparency and accountability are absolutely required to save all the healthy and treatable pets who come in the doors of your organization. But what can you do if not only the community but your own staff and volunteers already… Learn More

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