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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals

Mission: 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®.

Results: 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.

Target demographics: pets in shelters find homes.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 160,381 animals

Geographic areas served: local and national arenas

Programs: • 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®. .

Community Stories

462 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

26 people were killed by pit bulls so far this year (in the USA.)
Best Friends promotes pit bulls, and the fact is, how a pit bull was raised does not matter.
Pit bulls have a unique biting style (gripping and grinding) and a stronger jaw than other dogs. This makes them more of a caution, and Best Friends should be honest about that.
Public safety should trump the lives of dogs.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm so glad I found this organization. I've been a giver to Best Friends for years and never had a moments doubt about their intentions, goals or ability. They truly care for all animals and do their very best to save every one. This large and well run charity sole goal is the protection and betterment of animal lives. To that end they give their all. You simply will never find a more worthy and worthwhile charity in which to invest your hard earned dollar. I'd give them a six star recommendation if it were possible on this site.

5 Sarah300

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome group that helps so many animals! The animals are so very lucky that these people are there to help. God bless them!

6 Denise139

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first visit to this amazing sanctuary was May 2016. Can't say enough about the beautiful sanctuary, the staff, how well run and organized it is and the animals ..... It moved me deeply to be involved in some small part of this worthwhile organization and to see how and where my donations are used. I was deeply moved at Angels rest and left his whole experience a different person. The sanctuary has left an indelible mark on my heart and I can't wait to return next year.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I had been volunteering at Best Friends since I first found out about them in 2007. I have also participated in all of their workshops and many of their annual conferences. I have taken much of their shared information back to the shelter that I volunteered at. I eventually decided to apply to work for Best Friends and I am now the Animal Area Volunteer Coordinator Team Lead. This year we will probably exceed 10,000 volunteers. Many of them come on an annual basis.

8 Lillian S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been there twice and have my third trip planned. It is an awesome place. The staff there is very friendly, working with the animals is just amazing and you won't find any more beautiful scenery anywhere. The only bad part of the whole trip is when you leave :(

6 Susan461

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Each time I volunteer at Best Friends it is better and better. I work in Dogtown. The caregivers and staff spend so much time helping dogs, some from horrendous circumstances, become ready to go to a loving home. I stay in the on-site cottages. It is so uplifting to spend time helping animals in such a beautiful place.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Best Friends is a stunning, life-changing, amazing experience. We were surrounded by beauty - that of the landscape, the animals who find sanctuary there and the incredible Founders and caregivers. One thing I noticed beyond the compassion of the staff and volunteers was the combined joy and peace the animals exhibited. I am honored to be a supporter of and volunteer at Best Friends.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been going to volunteer at Best Friends almost annually since 2005, it is such a magical place. The setting is spectacular, there are so many wonderful animals to volunteer with, the staff is friendly and always grateful for volunteer help, and - of course - everyone is an animal lover so it's easy to make new friends. I cannot recommend it highly enough - a fun, rewarding vacation. Even if you don't have time to volunteer, you can take one of their free tours around the sanctuary and see the good work they do. Can't wait to go back!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and toured Best Friends several times - each time I do I am so impressed with the wonderful work they do. The staff and the volunteers are so friendly and love the animals so much - The animals that are at Best Friends have a wonderful home until they find their "furever home" It is a great organization