Senior Director, National Programs
Brent Toellner is the Senior Director for National Programs for Best Friends Animal Society. In this role, Brent oversees all of Best Friends’ regional teams as well as network partner programming and business intelligence. Brent joined Best Friends in 2016 as the South Central and Great Plains Regional Director and was responsible for connecting, consulting and collaborating with animal shelters, advocates, spay/neuter groups and rescue groups across the 11 states in the two regions. Prior to joining Best Friends, Brent was involved with the Kansas City Pet Project (KCPP). In July 2011, Brent, his wife Michelle and a few others co-founded 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 five consecutive years while remaining an open-admission shelter, making KCPP one of the largest open-admission no-kill shelters in the nation. In 2017, KCPP finished the year with a 96% live release rate. Brent has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master’s in marketing communication from the University of Kansas. Brent lives in Kansas City with Michelle and they share their home with both dogs and cats.