Best Friends Animal Society Hires Brent Toellner as Regional Director, Great Plains and South Central Regions

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Best Friends Animal Society announced today that Brent Toellner has been hired as Regional Director for the Great Plains and South Central Regions.

In his new role, Toellner will oversee Best Friends' Regional programming in the South Central and Great Plains areas. He will focus on community analysis, no kill program consulting and coalition building in key communities that will enable Best Friends to aid the region in achieving no-kill status. 

Toellner is a co-founder of the KC Pet Project an organization that took over operations of the city of Kansas City's shelter in 2012. Under municipal leadership, the shelter saved approximately 35% of the animals that entered the shelter. Within six months, KC Pet Project was saving more than 90% of the animals at the shelter and has sustained that success by saving more than 94% of the 10,000 pets that will enter their shelter in 2016. 

"We are very excited to welcome Brent to Best Friends," said CEO Gregory Castle. "He has a storied history in animal welfare and brings a lot of important knowledge about this region to the organization. We look forward to expanding the reach of our mission to Save Them All by working together with existing shelters and rescues in the area."

Brent is an alumnus of the University of Missouri and holds a master's degree from the University of Kansas. He has 20 years of professional experience in marketing and advertising. Brent and his wife Michelle share their Kansas City home with 3 dogs and 3 cats, all rescues.


Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, adoption centers and spay and neuter facilities in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,600 rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

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Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters in 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to 415,000 last year. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 4,700 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. For more information, visit