Best Friends’ Prince and Paws Shelter Collaborative Program

Talbot Humane Teams Up with Caroline County Humane Society and Best Friends Animal Society to Save More Animals

Talbot Humane is partnering with Caroline County Humane Society (CCHS) and Best Friends Animal Society as part of Best Friends’ Prince and Paws Shelter Collaborative Program with a goal of increasing lifesaving for dogs and cats entering Caroline County Humane Society.

The shelter collaborative program matches shelters that are leaders in animal welfare with shelters that are working to save more animals. The goal of the partnership is to achieve as close as possible to a 90% save rate at Caroline County Humane Society by the end of the year grant program. This would mean that 90% of the dogs and cats entering their care leave alive, understanding that some animals will be too medically or behaviorally fragile to be released. Best Friends helps to facilitate these matches, works with peer mentors to create a contract that includes clear grant parameters, provides mentors with seed grants, and offers ongoing training and coaching to mentors and fellows.

Talbot Humane is a national leader in animal welfare who was chosen to partner with Caroline County Humane Society because they have experience overcoming many of the challenges CCHS faces each day.

“We are both open admission shelters on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Talbot Humane has faced many of the same challenges over the years CCHS is seeing such as unmanaged free roaming cat populations and lack of resources for pet owners. We know with community support and the passion of their staff and volunteers CCHS will be able to increase their save rate. This mentorship is something we are proud to be a part of as we have worked together with Caroline County Humane Society for several years.”  said Patty Crankshaw-Quimby, Executive Director of Talbot Humane.

Through the shelter collaborative program, Best Friends will be providing grant funding to cover the expenses associated with achieving the partnership’s goals. Caroline County Humane Society will use the funding to implement nationally recognized proven strategies to decrease unnecessary intake and increase adoptions, community engagement and rescue partnerships. These proven strategies have been successful at saving dogs and cats at Talbot Humane.

Together, Talbot Humane and Caroline County Humane Society expect these strategies to eliminate the need to euthanize healthy adoptable animals at Caroline County Humane Society.

The shelter collaborative program is a cornerstone of Best Friends Animal Society’s goal of making America a no-kill nation by 2025, according to Carrie Ducote, National Senior Strategist for the Shelter Collaborative Program.

“Creating and sustaining no-kill in communities across the country will only be possible if shelters, community members and other stakeholders work together,” Ducote said. “As more organizations collaborate to save the lives of homeless pets, we will achieve no-kill in every shelter and every community by 2025.”

About Talbot Humane

Talbot Humane has been committed to the welfare of animals in our communities since 1932. The mission of our open admission shelter has remained the same for 90 years- to rescue animals from cruelty and neglect, place companion animals into loving homes, reunite lost pets with their owners, and provide services and programs to enhance the lives of people and pets of our community. We commit to placing every treatable, adoptable animal in loving homes.  A small but mighty staff and large, passionate volunteer force serve the animals and people of our area. For more information, visit

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to about 347,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs all across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 3,300 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. For more information, visit

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