“Friends of the shelter” groups are common, often formed by animal-loving citizens looking for a way to help. They can be a major boon for struggling agencies, raising money to pay for spay/neuter programs, serving as ambassadors in the community, providing volunteer labor or foster care, or taking shelter animals to off-site adoption events. But successful partnerships require a clear delineation of roles and responsibilities. See how several shelters have been able to maintain beautiful friendships.



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