Nearly a dozen public and private animal welfare agencies have joined forces to create the Pet Alliance of Washington, a collaborative effort to increase care for stray, neglected, and abused cats and dogs throughout the state.

The alliance, with help from the national organization Best Friends, aims to achieve a 90 percent live release rate for cats and dogs by 2020, and an individual live release rate of 90 percent for all participating agencies by 2025.

“This launch is a promising step towards saving and serving pets in need by coming together as one. As private and public entities, we recognize the need to lean on each other in supporting pet and animal welfare organizations in Washington State,” David Loewe, CEO of Seattle Humane and Chair of the Pet Alliance of Washington, said in a statement.

Strategies soon to be implemented by the alliance include mentoring member organizations, seeking grant funding, and direct action.

The alliance’s board includes the following: Seattle Humane, Humane Society for SW Washington, Blue Mountain Humane Society, Kitsap Humane Society, Pasado’s Safe Haven, Northwest Spay and Neuter Center, Regional Animal Services of King County, Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, South County Cats, Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, and Best Friends Animal Society.