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.