Sr. Director, National Programs
Brent Toellner is the Senior Director of National Programs for Best Friends Animal Society. In this role, Brent oversees all of Best Friends’ regional teams as well as Best Friends Network partner programming and business intelligence. Brent joined Best Friends in 2016 as Regional Director of the South Central and Great Plains regions. He 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, 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 pound in Kansas City, Missouri — a place where, for decades, more animals died than were saved. After KCPP took over in January 2012, adoptions increased by more than 200%. While overseeing KCPP, the organization maintained a live release rate of more than 90% for seven 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 degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in marketing communication from the University of Kansas. Brent lives in Kansas City with his wife and they share their home with both dogs and cats.