Connecting animal shelters to save the lives of cats and dogs
The Best Friends shelter collaborative program (officially named the Prince and Paws Shelter Collaborative after the beloved pets of the program’s principal investor) pairs mentors from no-kill shelters with their colleagues from shelters that aren’t yet no-kill.
The peer mentors offer their hard-earned expertise, along with lifesaving techniques, training and other forms of support, to shelter fellows to help them achieve no-kill. And Best Friends is there to provide support to both.
How the program works
Using the latest data, Best Friends identifies and strategically pairs shelters that have achieved a 90% save rate (the benchmark for no-kill) with shelters that need help in reaching the no-kill threshold.
In the first year of the program, participating shelters saw a 40% increase in save rate and a 71% reduction in the number of dogs and cats killed, on average.