Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in collaboration with its nationwide network of members and partners working to Save Them All.
You’re no stranger to helping homeless pets, but how can you expand your work beyond adoption photos for rescues? And where could you make a truly meaningful impact in places with the biggest lifesaving gaps? In this workshop Trish Tolbert, senior development strategist for the national shelter embed team of Best Friends Animal Society will help you answer those questions individually and collectively. She’ll bring the power of national and local data to the table, as well as input from rescue and spay/neuter groups, and municipal and nonprofit shelters to help you translate your answer(s) into on-the-ground support. You’ll learn how to access up-to-date information about where the greatest lifesaving gaps are in your state and community and collaborate with fellow participants to begin brainstorming opportunities to make a difference. Leave inspired by the lifesaving progress that has been made since the U.S. was killing over 17M homeless pets annually and determined to help close this nation’s lifesaving gap by 2025.
**Bring a laptop for interactive collaboration!
Patricia (Trish) Tolbert was “that kid who brought home all the stray and injured animals,” so it’s not surprising that much of her life has been focused on furry and feathered friends. Trish has served as the executive director of the Memphis Zoological Society and associate director of The Nature Conservancy’s Philanthropy Learning Center, as well as fundraising coach/consultant/trainer for client organizations as varied as the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, World Wildlife, AARP Foundation, Catholic Charities, Special Olympics International, Nature Conservancy Canada and (Australian) Trust for Nature.
In 2018 Trish joined the national shelter outreach team of Best Friends Animal Society. She now serves on the national shelter embed team, where team members work remotely and side-by-side with agencies that have the highest lifesaving gaps to help them implement proven strategies and accomplish lifesaving outcomes that normally would take years in just a matter of months.
Trish earned her master’s from the University of Manchester in Manchester, UK, and her bachelor’s at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. She holds certificates in nonprofit management and documentary arts from Duke University affiliates and lives near Chapel Hill, NC.
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