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Target Zero Fellow & Partner Communities
Target Zero Alumni

Our map highlights where Target Zero has helped communities get to 'zero' and where we're currently working. We define zero as 90% or more of cats and dogs getting out of shelters safely. The remaining 10% or less are accounted for by animals which, regardless of medical treatment, will die from illness and/or large dogs with non-rehabilitative aggression issues.
To see how the entire country is doing to save lives, Best Friends has created an incredibly comprehensive and detailed map.

Our Fellows

Our Alumni

Our Partners

The Partner Community Initiative was created for communities that either a) don’t yet qualify to become a Fellow but have the strong potential to become one or b) request our support for online assessments and recommendations around specific life-saving projects. The Partner Community Initiative sometimes comes at a cost. Please contact us if interested in learning more .

For a Partner Community potentially on track to become a Fellow Community, the following steps take place:

On-site city and shelter medical assessments, if they've not already been performed as part of the Fellowship application process, will be carried out. These are the same as the in-depth assessments that are done in Fellow Communities.

Target Zero creates a Partner Community plan and budget. Each community's plan will differ depending on it's needs, but will cover the following categories: data collection and analysis, surrender prevention, community cat diversion, population management, housing/husbandry, enrichment, live release programs, volunteers, staffing/leadership and fundraising.

As with Fellows, Partner organizations are required to participate in Target Zero's assessment and webinars focused specifically on board and leadership development. We believe that getting to zero hinges as much on strong leadership and healthy internal organizational collaboration as it does on community collaboration.

Partner Communities



Why are statistics important?

Target Zero uses data to help Fellow and Partner Communities create a Best Practices pathway to zero. For those shelters not in our program, we encourage you to enter your data with Shelter Animals Count.

All shelters should know their live release rate, which includes high-risk populations. In an effort to compare locations, the per capita number is essential. This provides an accurate representation of how many pets are euthanized with regards to the human population in the area served by the shelter(s).

The Euthanasia per Capita is calculated by dividing the number of animals euthanized per year (less the number of owner requested euthanasias) into the human population in thousands. Our goal is for a community to reach two euthanasias per thousand people (2/1000).