Best Friends Animal Society Overview
Programs: The founders of Best Friends Animal Society had a vision that with proper medical care, rehabilitation services, emotional healing and behavioral training, animals deemed “unadoptable” by others could find permanent, loving families.
Today, that vision is a reality. As a result of our whole-health approach to veterinary medicine, animals who would have previously perished in shelters, or on the streets, are now finding their way into loving homes.
Who are these “unadoptable” animals? The conventional perception is that they are animals who are hopelessly sick or injured, have extreme emotional and behavioral conditions such as aggression or fear biting, pose a threat to public safety, or have been traumatized and abused with little hope for recovery. Labeled more broadly by some, they may also be animals who are too old, have special medical needs, or are categorically identified as unadoptable - for example, feral cats and some of the large-breed dogs thought to be dangerously aggressive. Four to five million animals deemed unadoptable are destroyed every year in U.S. shelters.
Best Friends rejects the traditional perceptions or categorical designations of “unadoptable” animals. Our whole-health medical approach recognizes that each animal is: 1) unique; 2) needs individualized attention; and 3) is potentially adoptable. Our doctors treat the whole animal - not just the physical body, but also his or her emotional and psychological well-being. There are six nationally certified dog trainers at the sanctuary who work with, and rehabilitate, dogs that come from some of the most traumatic situations; like natural disasters, dog fighting operations and other forms of abuse. Every animal is potentially adoptable - and Best Friends veterinary and sanctuary staff work hard to make that happen.
1) Every animal that comes to the sanctuary receives comprehensive medical care and attention.
2) Every year, more than 75 percent of these “unadoptable” animals who come to the sanctuary find permanent, loving homes.
3) Animals that need more care and rehabilitation have a home with Best Friends, forever if necessary, until they find their families.
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