Current Student and Graduate Awarded Grant for Shelter

Nicole Hardesty and team
Nikki Hardesty (center back) and her team from the Brazoria County SPCA.

Nicole (Nikki) Hardesty, a current student in the Online Shelter Medicine program, has successfully applied her coursework to make a significant impact. She serves as the executive director of the Brazoria County SPCA shelter in Texas, which recently received a commendable $25,000 grant from the Best Friends Network. This achievement highlights the dedication of Nicole and her committed team, which includes Skyler Miller, an Online Shelter Medicine program graduate.

The Best Friends Network’s Shelter Pet Data Alliance initiative awarded a total of eight grants, with the Brazoria SPCA proudly securing one of the $25,000 grants. This accomplishment underscores their steadfast commitment to transparent and data-driven life-saving efforts, skills honed through their participation in the Online Shelter Medicine program. One specific course, “Animal Shelter Population Management by the Metrics,” focused on utilizing data to guide decisions for shelter leadership.

The $25,000 grant from the Best Friends Network will significantly enhance the Brazoria SPCA’s capacity to carry out their life-saving work. These funds will be used to support their rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming efforts.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Nikki Hardesty, Skyler Miller, and the entire Brazoria SPCA team. We eagerly anticipate hearing more about their continued successes as they utilize this grant to further their mission and positively impact the lives of countless animals.