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  • 1.  COVID-19 Impact Across the Country

    Posted 04-22-2020 02:17 PM

    COVID-19 Impact Across the Country

    Representing organizations from several regions, shelter leaders discuss their challenges and triumphs, and what they hope changes about animal welfare moving forward. This special COVID-19 Town Hall brings local insight to shelters and rescue groups along with the opportunity to learn how different regions are navigating the COVID-19 crisis.  

    Register here:  

    Each week, we've been taking input from attendees and applying it to the next town hall. New this week: submit your questions in advance in the Questions & Comments box on the registration form. Register today and be a part of the conversation affecting all of us across the nation tomorrow, April 23, at 6 p.m. Eastern.  

    Panelists for this week's town hall are:

    • Denise Deisler, director of Jacksonville Humane Society in Florida
    • Ed Jamison, director of Dallas Animal Services in Texas
    • Emily Klehm, director of South Suburban Humane Society in Illinois
    • Alexis Pugh, director of Memphis Animal Services in Tennessee
    • Teri Rockhold, director of Fresno Humane Animal Services in California
    • Shannon Wells, director of Lawrence Humane Society in Kansas

    Best Friends medical director Dr. Erin Katribe will also be joining to discuss the most recent update on CDC guidelines. A recording will be available and distributed to registrants.


  • 2.  RE: COVID-19 Impact Across the Country

    Posted 04-23-2020 10:54 AM

    This is really awesome. Looking forward to listening in.


  • 3.  RE: COVID-19 Impact Across the Country

    Posted 04-24-2020 02:49 PM

    Hope you were able to join us! We added the recording to the Best Friends Network website along with related resources. You can check it out here: 

    I also invite you to join us next week for COVID-19 Staff and Volunteer Morale. Best Friends senior director of culture and talent, José Ocaño, and leaders from across the country will discuss the methods they use to keep employees and volunteers safe, healthy and happy through challenges. Register here:


  • 4.  RE: COVID-19 Impact Across the Country

    Posted 04-24-2020 11:48 AM

    This was a great discussion. If you couldn't join the call, I highly recommend listening to the recording. Best Friends also has a comprehensive COVID-19 resource list on their website: