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Phone: 435-644-2001
5001 Angel Canyon Rd
Utah 84741

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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.

Best Friends Animal Society believes kindness towards animals creates a better world for all of us. To this end, Best Friends works with shelters, rescue groups and our members nationwide on a variety of grassroots programs designed to bring about a time when there are no more homeless pets. 

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I have volunteered here many times over the years. It is incredibly well run by caring individuals and great volunteers... more »
I was lucky enough to visit the sanctuary and "work" in the various cat houses every day for a week and I can't tell you how wonderful Best Friends is. The work they do to eliminate unnecessary euthanasia and to help animals everyone else has given up on is incredible. I wish there were more ... more »
I felt that this was a very good organization at first. However, they provide money donated by others in instances that deception and unlawful actions take place. I wrote to them about San Antonio, Texas - Animal Care Services (ACS) unlawful acts that cause the deaths of many animals. Best Friends... more »
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