Join the Best Friends Brigade

What is the Best Friends Brigade, you ask? It is a team of amazing people who help the animals by offering their time to shelter and rescue groups on a project-by-project basis in the tri-state area (New York, Connecticut and New Jersey)!

Some of the projects the Brigade would tackle are:

  • Cleaning indoor or outdoor shelter
  • Helping get animals ready for an adoption event by bathing and brushing them
  • Staffing fundraisers
  • Completing light outdoor shelter landscaping
  • Completing minor interior shelter repairs
  • Doing food, toy or blanket drives
  • Other tasks that will help the animals!

Brigade members can also help by staffing adoption events, doing animal care, adoption counseling, reference checks or assisting with day-to-day shelter operations, freeing up the shelter staff to speak with prospective adopters.

Brigade projects may take anywhere from one day to several weekends to complete.

We are in need of volunteers for the following Best Friends Brigade projects:

Saturday September 10th Help staff at adoption event PETCO, West Babylon, NY, Long Island, NY

Saturday October 1st Help staff at a bake sale fundraiser New Fairfield, CT

Saturday October 1st Help staff at an adoption event at PETCO, Bay Shore, Long Island, NY

Saturday October 8th Help staff at an adoption event at PETCO, Patchogue, Long Island, NY

Saturday October 15th Help staff at an evening fundraiser Greenwich, CT

(schedule updated 9/4/2011)

If you are a shelter or rescue group member and you think you have a project that may be a good match for the Best Friends Brigade, please let us know; we would be happy to speak with you!

We welcome new volunteer Brigade members! If you are not already a Best Friends volunteer, please sign up by visiting the Best Friends Volunteer Center and click on "Getting Started."

If you are interested in volunteering for the Best Friends Brigade or would like to inquire if the Brigade could assist your group or shelter, please email Tammy Heeber at or call 917-733-3076.

Thank you for working toward a time when there are No More Homeless Pets!

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