Best Friends and animal welfare groups collaborate to save pets like this brown and white cattledog.

Working together to save more pets' lives

At Best Friends Animal Society, we've always firmly believed that collaboration with local animal shelters and rescue organizations - the people who know their communities best - is key to increasing lifesaving of dogs, cats and other pets in America's shelters. When we work together, we save more lives. Together, we will Save Them All.

Help for animal shelters, rescue groups and others

The Best Friends Network, comprising public and private shelters, rescue groups, spay/neuter organizations and other animal welfare groups across all 50 states, is at the heart of the collaborative spirit that helps define Best Friends. We believe that each shelter and the community it serves have their own individual personality, just like animals in the shelter's care. And because of that, each shelter deserves support and resources designed to address its specific lifesaving needs.

Joining the network comes with benefits, such as access to a variety of professional resources and mentorship opportunities to achieve organizational goals and increase lifesaving impact. A few select organizations, which have a significant and measurable impact on reducing deaths in shelters in their communities, may qualify for special grants. Network partners can also participate in major fundraising events such as our nationwide Strut Your Mutt, which takes place in the fall each year. In the 2018 event, nearly $2 million was raised for our network partners around the country.

Network partner application

If you are affiliated with a 501(c)(3) humane organization or shelter, and are interested in applying to be a network partner, you can learn more by visiting the Best Friends Network partner site. Membership is free!

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