Salise Shuttlesworth, J.D., is executive director and founder, of Friends for Life, Houston, Texas

“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people someplace to go. You lead by going to that place, and then making a case. That’s what Friends For Life is built on—doing progressive things and proving that they work. We brought Houston the concepts of no kind, Thinking Outside the Shelter, Fix Houston, a feline leukemia cat adoption option, a mobile adoption vehicle, a dog AND cat behavior program, the first cohabitated disaster shelter in the U.S. and a LEED shelter with 96 solar panels on the roof. We didn’t point – we simply headed in the direction of making things better for animals and did the work. Try new things to save as many lives as you can, be transparent about the results and adjust as needed. That’s the recipe. Plus, you can’t ever have too many ferrets.”