Every day, cats and dogs are at risk in shelters across the country, but you can take action and create change in your community and beyond.

Join the 2025 Action Team for Best Friends' inaugural National Action Week for Animals. We'll show you how to create sustainable, locally driven change for animals through efforts that benefit many animals at once. 

Saving lives nationwide takes big-picture policy changes that keep pets from entering shelters to begin with. You'll learn how to communicate with people in power on behalf of animals in your community. You'll meet other advocates working to ensure every dog and cat has a home. And you'll be inspired to push for lifesaving programs that have local benefits. 

This year we have a special focus on saving the lives of cats, but the tools and resources shared can be applied to any effort. Be part of the action April 17-21, 2023.

Advocate with confidence

Not sure how to start advocating for animals? Looking for tips and tricks to help save lives? We’ll guide you through everything you need to know during the National Action Week for Animals.

And you won’t be alone. You’ll be working alongside an entire group of animal advocates who are creating positive change for dogs and cats. 

Join daily virtual sessions where we will walk through the step-by-step process of advocating for animals and give you tools to hone your skills.  

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Monday, April 17, 2 p.m. EDT

Cat Stats 101: Why Cats Need Your Attention This Week and Beyond

In this session you’ll hear from a panel of cat experts about the challenges facing cat populations in and out of shelters and learn where to find lifesaving resources for cats in your community.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2 p.m. EDT

Sharing Is Caring: How Spreading the Word Saves Animals

Take a deep dive into the importance of sharing information with your community and how doing so can increase lifesaving. Then, hear from experts on the topic. Sharable resources will be provided to help you get started.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2 p.m. EDT

Here, Kitty Kitty: How to Approach Your Local Government About Helping Cats

Not sure how to talk to your city or town’s elected officials or where to find them? This session will take the guesswork out of that process. You’ll leave with draft messaging and self-confidence to effectively engage with local officials.

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Thursday, April 20, 6:30 p.m. EDT

From Strangers to Sidekicks: A Virtual Networking Mixer

Feeling alone in your work to help pets? Connecting with other caring animal advocates is one of the keys to saving lives. Join us to meet other advocates online.

**Pre-registration required to participate.

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Friday, April 21, all day

Be the Change: Take Action in Person or Online — You're Ready to Make a Difference!

Change starts with one step, and today’s the day you take it. We call it the “day of action.” Whether you participate in person or online, your action helps animals! Together, we will spend the day creating big change across the country.

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Take action right now

We can’t wait to see you in April for Best Friends’ National Action Week for Animals, but here are ways to start helping animals in your community today.

Cats — specifically community cats who prefer to live outdoors rather than in homes — are at risk in shelters. But, with your help and trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) programs, we’re saving their lives.

TNVR programs are saving the lives of cats, keeping them safe and out of shelters. But there are still laws and policies preventing TNVR programs in many areas of the country. Help save the lives of cats by pledging to support TNVR programs.

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About Best Friends

Best Friends Animal Society is working to save the lives of cats and dogs all across the country, giving pets second chances and happy homes.

Just a few short years ago, cats and dogs were killed in staggering numbers in this country simply because shelters didn't have the community support or the resources to save their lives. That number is now less than half a million per year, but there’s still work to do to ensure a bright future for every dog and cat in America. 

Best Friends operates the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and is committed to saving the lives of homeless pets by working with shelters and passionate people like you. Together, we will bring the whole country to no-kill by 2025. Together, we will Save Them All.