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Best Friends Town Halls

The Best Friends Town Hall series brings together thought leaders from Best Friends and across the industry to provide insight, analysis, and solutions to the unprecedented challenges to lifesaving that we’re all facing right now.

The topic of each town hall reflects the most earnest conversations happening that week in animal welfare. We treat the event as an interactive forum where live questions from attendees are answered with a crowd-sourced solution that benefits all.

Every live town hall is recorded and posted down below. Keep an eye on this page for updates each week. 

Thursday, July 30

COVID-19: Preparing for the Housing Crisis
Join Elise Traub, Best Friends' Senior Director of Legislation and Advocacy, as she leads a panel of housing and eviction experts from both the animal welfare and public housing fields. Their discussion will include how to get ahead of the curve, how to support families in crisis, and how to keep pets and families together.

Elizabeth Orek, national campaign manager, Best Friends Animal Society
Flora Arabo, national director for state and local policy, Enterprise Community Partners
Shannon Glen, executive director, My Pit Bull is Family
Subi Ambrose, executive director, Matrix Housing Services

Register here

Click below to view past town halls and associated resources. 

Leveling the Playing Field: How to Remove Barriers for Underrepresented Communities and Their Pets from July 9, 2020

Best Friends 2019 National Data Set Review from June 25, 2020

The Collective Impact of Community Centered Lifesaving from June 18, 2020

Moving Beyond Bias with CARE from June 11, 2020

Transport During a Pandemic from June 4, 2020

Making the Case for a New Tomorrow from May 21, 2020

Emerging Lifesaving Technology Solutions from May 14, 2020

Re-Opening a Different & Better Tomorrow from May 7, 2020

Staff and Volunteer Morale from April 30, 2020

Impact Across the Country from April 23, 2020

Impact to Animal Care & Control from April 16, 2020

Neighbor-to-Neighbor from April 9, 2020

Lifesaving Safely from April 2, 2020

Shelter Operations Town Hall from March 26, 2020