Local Corporate and Community Support Opportunities

Best Friends Animal Society offers a variety of ways for your company to get involved in our work, either in New York or across the country. If you are looking for opportunities at a national level, please visit this page.

With local and national events, memorable volunteer opportunities, and a mission that resonates with so many around the country, Best Friends Animal Society can offer your company a way to engage as a team while helping a cause that is close to the hearts of your employees and your customers — saving the lives of pets in shelters across the nation.

Studies have shown that employees who have a favorable impression of their company's philanthropic program are four times more likely to be truly loyal employees and five times more likely to remain with their employers. So investing in philanthropic programs is an investment in the well-being of your company. At Best Friends, we make it easy for you to boost morale, promote a positive reputation to customers, and participate in team-building programs that engage your employees in a meaningful way. For information, visit this page or email us at workplacegiving@bestfriends.org.

Some of the ways to get involved:

Start an employee giving program. One of the best ways to increase your philanthropic footprint is by offering your employees a chance to donate to Best Friends through regular payroll deductions. If you already have a giving program in place, consider adding Best Friends as an option. We can provide materials and information for your team or even give your group a personalized presentation about the lifesaving work that Best Friends is doing right in your neighborhood. Don’t have an employee giving program yet? Don’t worry! We can get you set up.

Volunteer as a group. Whether it’s creating a pet food drive in your office, organizing a group to volunteer at a community event, or just stopping to visit and socialize with our adoptable animals, Best Friends offers opportunities to boost company morale and remind your employees why they love working for you.

Participate in a local Best Friends Strut Your Mutt event. Strut Your Mutt is an annual fundraising dog walk, fun run, and festival that takes place in cities across the country in the fall. You can create a corporate “dog pack” and raise money for Best Friends Animal Society while competing for awards and recognition. Consider increasing the fundraising momentum by challenging another company in your area or providing incentives for top fundraisers within your team. Get more information and sign up at strutyourmutt.org.

Match employee donations, fundraising goals, or volunteer hours. Some of the most respected brands in the world motivate their employees to get involved in their communities by providing incentives. These companies realize that when people know they are helping to save the lives of animals in shelters, they feel happier and more compassionate. And that leads to vibrant communities for businesses.

Sponsor an event. Through Best Friends’ major events in cities across the country, sponsors have the opportunity to build brand awareness and connect with Best Friends' members. It's an ideal way to show our dedicated audience that your workplace cares about the animals.

Raise funds. Raising money for Best Friends Animal Society is a fantastic way to engage your employees and customers in a cause close to their hearts. Consider hosting an event within your office, such as a “jeans for a cause” day, or asking your customers to add $1 to their purchases when they check out.

Promote foster parenting. When you foster a homeless pet, you are changing the future for one lucky dog or cat and helping to save others by creating space at the shelter for another pet in need. And because animals naturally help to reduce stress, you may just find that you have happier, more productive employees.

Companies support Best Friends because they want to help save the lives of homeless pets and because we have the reach, experience, and track record to create innovative partnerships that cater to your strengths and create lasting impact. No matter what your situation, we have a program that will suit your needs.

For more information on how to get started, contact corporaterelations@bestfriends.org. Join Best Friends Animal Society in our efforts today and, together, we will Save Them All.