Best Friends Animal Society
Rating: 4.89 stars 401 401 reviews 9,227
5001 Angel Canyon Rd Kanab UT 84741 USA
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. To this end, Best Friends works with shelters, rescue groups and our members nationwide on a variety of grassroots programs. By implementing targeted spay/neuter and community cat programs – trap/neuter/return (TNR) programs – to reduce the number of animals who enter shelters, and by increasing the number of people who adopt pets, we know we can end the killing. We know we can Save Them All®.
When Best Friends began in 1984, some 17 million animals died every year in our nation’s shelters, simply for not having safe places to call home. Today, that number is down to about 4 million.
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• Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. When Best Friends began in 1984, some 17 million animals died every year in America’s shelters, simply for not having homes. Today, that number is down to about 4 million. That’s incredible progress, but it also means that more than 9,000 wonderful dogs and cats are still losing their lives every day. Together, we can change that. • For 30 years, Best Friends has been running the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and building effective programs all across the country that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes. Join us. Together, we can Save Them All®. .
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I have volunteered at Best Friends and I loved it !! I spent one day with dogs and one day with horses. They were very organized, clean and helpful. They made the work we did fun and I felt so good about it I can't wait to do it again!! They deserve this award for all the caring and love they have shown all the animals they rescue.
As both a donor (20+ yrs) and active volunteer (3+ yrs), I have watched this organization grow and thrive. They always do the right thing and do it right. They are great stewards of our donor money, making wise decisions for growth and expansion. And they provide volunteers with the support and training we need. They never lose sight of their mission - all of their plans and actions support their theme of 'Save them All'.
I love this group, I love everything they stand for and everything they are doing to make the world a better place for animals who are so often overlooked. They ARE making a difference. I look forward to the newsletter and the magazine and read both from beginning to end. I am going on a road trip in July and am making it a point to stop and visit the home base in Kanab Utah.
Best Friends is such an amazing place and cause for the animals.
Like so very many wonderful animal nonprofits Best Friends is dedicated to all animals living the great lives that they deserve. Best Friends however goes far beyond this great misson and is the leader in the field. BF helps other non-profits become non-kill shelters further contributing to the cause. They play a key leadership role with animal legislation. I often struggle to find ways to help the animals as the challenge is often overwhelming. Best Friends keeps me up to date via e-mail on both my state and national pending legislation that could affect the animals. They even go one step further and provide me with the contact information for my legislators so that I too can let my voice be heard. On a personal note - every year - in September - a special ceremony is held to remember all of the special animals who have crossed the sanctuary grounds. The public is given the opportunity to send a memory of their animal friends to be included in the ceremony. I always look forward to including my 4 footed family members who have passed on in the special memories service at such as special place. Thank you Best Friends for all of the amazing work that you do!
We took in a cat who turned out to have FIV and was too feisty for our other old cat to handle. Since most shelters won't take cats with FIV, we thought we'd have to put him down. But after exchanging emails with Best Friends, they agreed to take him! I drove the six hours to the sanctuary and left him in good hands, and after a year in their facility he was adopted. I got to tour Best Friends while I was dropping off the cat, and boy are they amazing! So much space, so many happy animals. They're just wonderful. I've been a donor ever since.
I can't think of a place I'd rather donate to. How can you help but love every animal and want to see them in a forever home. This is what Best Friends does. They are the "BEST" ever and do what they do for love. God bless all of the people who work and volunteer to help the helpless.
My visit to Best Friends in Utah was a highlight of my life. Spiritually uplifting, such a gift to humans as well as the thousands of animals that they protect and love....I can't wait to go back. These are people with a mission, on a mission, and hearts as big and beautiful as the canyon they inhabit. The Best Friends folks made sure that I was able to visit every area I hoped to see (the pigs! the pigs!) because I'd come from so far away (NYC) and my time there was limited. Because of a disability, I volunteered walking the senior dogs, and had two dogs on sleepovers in a Best Friends cottage. (Bless you Redbone & Marmaduke.) I was made to feel that my contribution was every bit as important as the daily caregivers. To say that the time I spent there was magical is not an exaggeration. I was especially touched that the delicious Thanksgiving Feast served in the Best Friends restaurant was completely vegetarian, but the dogs in the kennels were treated with fresh turkey that day. That said it all for me. You can't visit Angels Rest without feeling the abiding spirit of the thousands of souls that have been saved and loved.....it is truly sacred ground. Knowing that Best Friends will continue their very important mission makes me smile, with grateful tears. These are beautiful people who above all, truly believe they can SAVE THEM ALL. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will be back.
When it comes to helping animals of all varieties there is no place better than Best Friends Animal Society. They have for example, separate areas for dogs, cats, horses and pigs. They have a special area for wild animals too. Not only to they rescue and rehabilitate animals in need, but as in the case of the Michael Vick pit bulls, they retrain them to be the best pet they can be. They help, shy, agressive or just play scared dogs to be loving and sociable companions.
Best Friends is an amazing place to volunteer! I would go back every year if I didn't live so far away!
I am constantly amazed at the scope of work done by Best Friends. From the on-the-ground work of caring for the physical and psychological needs of thousands of animals at their facility in Utah, to coordinating and supporting the efforts of other animal welfare organizations, to educating the public and advocating for animal welfare issues - this organization does it all. The action they take everyday to create a nation in which no adoptable animal is killed in a shelter is incredibly inspiring to me.