During the first few weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., Best Friends shifted into high gear to offer support to our 3,000 network partners. For our Network team, that meant expediting the launch of a comprehensive set of pandemic-related resources available to shelters and rescues at the Best Friends Network website.
Additionally, Best Friends offered grants to partners through the Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants COVID-19 Relief Program and access to telehealth services for their foster homes through the Best Friends Vet Access app.
In communities around the country, this meant putting the focus on immediate critical needs, building a strong network of foster homes and coordinating pet food donations and deliveries. We started curbside adoptions, began door-to-door delivery of foster pets and created videos to teach volunteers how to care for newborn kittens in their homes.
Best Friends and shelters around the country accelerated decision-making that led to these new programs being implemented in just days or weeks. In this spirit of collaboration and unity, we will continue to evaluate how we can best support lifesaving nationwide during these unprecedented times.