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Got community cats? Best Friends has a book for you – free!

October 18, 2016

Community cats: If you’ve got them, Best Friends wants to help. They’ve written a book covering everything from the ABCs to the rocket science of community cat management, and they’re giving it away as a free download! Topics covered include: The history of the TNR movement The importance of leadership Who in your community is… Learn More

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When it comes to saving animals’ lives, think collaboration not competition

August 17, 2016

Do you ever find yourself trying to come up with new ideas or wishing you had another "you" in your position at your shelter or rescue? Someone you can bounce ideas off of, share experiences with, and even learn from? Believe it or not, you can! How? By connecting with those in your same position… Learn More

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Expert Coalition Building: Collaboration for Top Results, Part 1

Arlyn BradshawJuly 6, 2016

Learn how three leading agencies are breaking live release rate records - and how you can, too. Learn More

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Expert Coalition Building: Collaboration for Top Results, Part 2

Kathleen TothJuly 2016

Hear about a vision of a common purpose that is quickly strengthening collaboration among diverse groups - and saving more lives than ever. Learn More

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Expert Coalition Building: Collaboration for Top Results, Part 3

Tracy RoddomJuly 2016

Forming coalitions is no easy task, learn how three leading agencies are breaking live release rate records - and how you can, too. Learn More

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Getting to No-Kill, Different Communities, Different Models NKLA: Los Angeles, California

Brenda Barnette, Francis Battista, Aimee Gilbreath, Marc PeraltaJuly 17, 2015

What is the "secret sauce” that created No-kill Los Angeles’ rapid success? Come learn how Best Friends’ NKLA initiative formed public/private partnerships, created a strong coalition, and broke through misconceptions to save many more lives in L.A. Learn More

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Getting to No-Kill, Different Communities, Different Models - Austin, Texas

Dr. Ellen Jefferson and Tawney HammondJuly 17, 2015

As the largest no-kill city in the country, Austin Texas, knows how to turn things around. Find out how they did it! Learn More

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How to Win Friends and Influence Lifesaving through Coalitions and Alliances

Barbara Brown, Francis Battista and Arlyn BradshawJuly 17, 2015

Learn how to leverage allied and rival organizations toward a common goal. You can accomplish great things with the strength of active, united coalitions, find out how in this presentation! Learn More

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Alternatives to Intake: When the Shelter Isn’t the Answer

Wiley Stem, IIIApril 2015

What if your city wanted to stop euthanizing community cats in the shelter, and decided to try something bold? And what if all the animal control officers, rescue groups and community members came together to make it work? Learn More

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Rescuing Dogs from the Euthanasia List

Palmer NeuhausFebruary 2015

Fifty percent of the dogs in Austin, Texas were dying in 2008 when Austin Pets Alive! began saving lives. The rescue team had merely one- to two-hours to go through the euthanasia list, choose animals and save them before their time was up. Learn how the rescue team evaluated and chose dogs. Learn More

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Shelters Embrace New Model for Saving Orphaned Kittens

April 2013

The Jacksonville Humane Society in Jacksonville, FL, and California's San Diego Humane Society and SPCA talk about the emerging model of operating kitten nurseries to provide round-the-clock care for kittens in a shelter environment. Learn More

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Common Ground: Shared Goals, Respect for Differences Boost Lifesaving for Portland Area Pets

Britta BavarescoJanuary 2013

The ten-member Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP) has been able to reduce euthanasia by 65% in 2006 and save every healthy shelter dog and cat in the Portland metro area, thanks to a shared commitment, trust, and lifesaving objective. Learn More

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Community Cat Advocacy through a Lawmaker’s Eyes: Tips from Jennifer Fearing

Jennifer FearingAugust 2012

Maddie’s Institute spoke with Jennifer Fearing, California Senior State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, about how learning to see the community cat issue through a lawmaker’s eyes can lead to success. Learn More

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Working the System

January 2010

Moving pets quickly from municipal shelters to adoption partners and into new homes has helped increase lifesaving in New York City from 37% in 2003 to 74% in 2009. Learn More

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The Case for Collaboration Editorial

Richard Avanzino2006

Why Maddie's Fund thinks collaboration is the fastest and most effective way to build a no-kill community. Learn More

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Building a Successful Coalition

Gregory Castle, No More Homeless Pets in Utah2001

Gregory Castle of Best Friends Animal Society pulled together a statewide coalition of animal welfare organizations in 2000. Here are his 12 cardinal rules of collaboration. Learn More