Brent Toellner

Regional Director, Great Plains and South Central Regions

Brent Toellner
Brent Toellner is the regional director of the south central and Great Plains regions for Best Friends Animal Society. Brent joined Best Friends in November of 2016.

Prior to joining Best Friends, Brent, his wife Michelle and a few others co-founded the Kansas City Pet Project (KCPP). In July 2011, they formed KCPP to bid on the contract to run the Kansas City, Missouri, pound — a place where, for decades, more animals died than were saved. Since KCPP took over in January 2012, adoptions have increased by more than 200%. KCPP has had a live release rate of more than 90% for four consecutive years while remaining an open-admission shelter, making KC Pet Project one of the largest open-admission no-kill shelters in the nation. In 2016, KCPP finished the year with a 94% live release rate.

Brent still serves on the board of directors for KC Pet Project and is the author of the “KC Dog Blog” (, where he shares information about the fight against breed-specific legislation and no-kill practices.

Prior to forming KC Pet Project, Brent volunteered in animal rescue and then advocacy as the legislative chair for KC Dog Advocates.

Brent lives in Kansas City with his wife Michelle. They share their home with both dogs and cats.

Saturday, July 15, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Keeping Up with the 90 Percent: Sustaining No-Kill Status

Saturday, July 15, 2017
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Go Local: Great Plains Regional Workshop

Thursday, July 13, 2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Save Them All: Great Plains Regional Case Studies

Friday, July 14, 2017
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Get on the 2025 Train: Engaging Every Region and Everyone