The Best Friends Podcast

Best Friends Animal Society

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 leading experts on topics that impact all of us. These are stories that matter to shelters, rescue groups, and the animal welfare organizations that enable their service to a community and its animals. These are stories for all of us.
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Welcome to The Best Friends Podcast
Julie Castle on Saving America's PetsChanging minds with David McRaneyThe healing power of pets: connecting shelter dogs and veteransLanguage mattersBuilding partnerships to maximize lifesavingThe art of storytelling for year end fundraisingKeeping ourselves whole (rebroadcast)Expanding our reach with multilingual marketing"I just trust people"Professionalizing the professionAnimal welfare feeling the effects of the nationwide staffing crisisSaving senior pets with Vintage Pet RescueSaving senior pets with The Grey Muzzle OrganizationIncreasing adoptions through effective marketingIt’s not rescue if they already have a homeHelping Indigenous people and their pets on the Navajo NationIt’s not back to business as usual for animal welfare
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. Programs that have proven time and time again to save lives. As the world returns to “normal,” many shelters and rescue organizations across the nation are at capacity or getting very close. When this episode was published (July 2021), the year-to-date data showed that intake was still lower than in 2019, but adoptions were also down. Something to cover in a future episode, but the data further underscores the point that community-supported sheltering is needed now more than ever. At the welcome session of this year’s Best Friends National Conference, we heard from three industry leaders who shared how they not only navigated the COVID-19 pandemic but created significant advancements at their shelters to save more lives. Valerie Richardson, Cassandra Heffington, and Alexis Pugh shared their experiences, “aha” moments, and the pearls of wisdom that they acquired during the pandemic.  You’ll also hear how the pandemic caused Best Friends to take a hard look at our programs and what Sue Cosby and her team have done to engage the public more than ever before. So get ready to be inspired to implement or grow these types of programs in your community.
Jul 22 2021
38 mins
Innovation and collaboration - lifesaving in El Paso, TexasCompassionate Badassery (rebroadcast)Best Friends pet lifesaving dashboard
Jul 1 2021
19 mins