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November 19, 2009

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November 19, 2009

I've visited Best Friends Animals Sanctuary twice for a week each. I've never been to a more magical place. I walked different dogs every day, even taking one on a day trip to the North Rim. I played with cats (offered to clean but the guy working there said he would clean if I wouldn't mind just socializing them :) And I got to pet one cat that had previously not let anyone touch her. A year later she was adopted!!!) The dogs are fed separately so that notations can be made if any dog isn't finishing their food. Cat have multiple feeding stations so the scared ones can eat up in the rafters if they want. They all have beds and toys. One year I wanted to adopt a dog from there and the lady in charge of adoptions was SO wonderful and patient with me. I asked a million questions and when I decided to adopt from a local shelter (since a Best Friends animal is so cared for and won't be put to sleep) she was very happy with my decision instead of being upset with all the time she spent with me. I got to help trainers with an unruly dog. He learned some cool stuff with me! A local dog was being mistreated and Best Friends worked with local law enforcement to take care of him. I even took dogs on overnighters and would fill out paperwork in the morning (where dog slept, did he bark, was he afraid of anything) so potential adopters would know this info up front. I can't wait to go back!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my two visits there, in the news (especially in reference to taking in 22 of Michael Vick's dogs and even getting a few of them adopted already), the tv show Dog Town, and in their magazine Best Friends.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue the work they're doing! For those reviewers ranting about BF not helping locals-BF chose a mission and they're completing it in the same way that my church might do mission work in a different state or country but not try to feed every local 1st

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the genuine concern for every single animal and knowing that they're in a wonderful place until they find their forever home.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely helpful and nice. So kind and giving.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more people with it. As it is, they have a lot of money but I see them helping and helping and helping. I guess they'd need more unselfish people willing to help them out before they could probably use more money!

Ways to make it better...

I don't think it's possible!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

trying to "pick" who to help. There's only so many people and there are so many requests for help. Sometimes BF will show someone how to help animals in their area rather than just take in the problem themselves. That's great for future needs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I challenge you to visit BFAS to see the beauty of the land, the people, and the animals there.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

April 6, 2009
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April 6, 2009
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Best Friends is no longer a honest organization. They like HSUS and PETA decieve people into believing they love animals. Nothing is futher from the truth. They love money and fame.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Taking in difficult dogs that would be put down in society.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get rid of the entire staff and hire those who actual love and care for animals.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Nothing

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

under the opinion that the only fix was total isolation of man from animals. No companion animals ever.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It has 10 million bucks and does nothing to help animals with it.

Ways to make it better...

If they truly loved animals.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting rid of the animal rights agenda.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Donate to your local No Kill shelters and rescues.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 6, 2009
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April 6, 2009
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Best Friends, or Worst Friends as I prefer to call them, is a fraud. They sit on thousands of acres of land and millions of dollars in the bank, but do ABSOLUTLY NOTHING for the local community. We are in dire need of a local animal shelter in Kanab, but will Worst Friends help? You have got to be kidding! They would rather spend money on saving animals in Lebanon, Peru, the Michael Vick pit bulls, etc. Why? Because it is great publicity and rakes in the dollars. Kanab and Kane County need an animal shelter and if Worst Friends would actually live up to their Best Friends title they would provide it. One of the Founders was once overheard to say that in addition to the to the land at the sanctuary itself, they also had title to a large amount of acreage very remote. This land cannot be used for sanctuary purposes becuase of its location and it's understood that you need a 4WD to get access to it. Why do they have this additional land? Remember, the people were originally known as the Process Church so is this property used to hide religious ceremonies from public view? With Worst Friends almost anything is possible!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Disgusting detail

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Sweep away over 90% of the so-called management and staff those positions with people who have actual management experience.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Nothing

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Staff is generally good, but the middle management should largely be done away with. All of executive management should be done away with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Hide it like it does with the rest of the money it receives.

Ways to make it better...

They were honest!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

They lie when admitting a mistake would be far better. They have become a legend in their own minds.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The Feds ought to initiate a RICO investigation.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 6, 2009
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April 6, 2009
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Fueled by donations of over $35 million their activities have spread across the country and beyond. A great deal of good is done both in helping animals in need and also educating the public and lawmakers. However, like a few other large and successful charities, they have changed in many ways over the years. Some of them not visible or so pleasant. Near Kanab, Utah, they have the largest domestic animal sanctuary in this country. Each year, thousands of people visit their Sanctuary and hundreds more post their feelings on the forums and news blogs from Best Friends Animal Society. Many stories have been heard for the past few years, about things there not being quite as advertised. In their Dogtown series at http://www.bestfriends.org/dogtown/index.cfm?csid=2759&csii=2763&csit=Set they describe the "real" Dogtown and say, "Breakfast in the morning, treats in the afternoon, nice walks, and lots of afternoon snoozes. It’s like a giant summer camp for dogs! Everyone’s really nice to you, and there are lots of new faces everywhere. Dog faces, people faces. But they’re all happy. And there’s none of the fear that was all around you before." But, in the past years those other stories have grown and many of their donors are bringing up questions on the Best Friends forums. Questions about what Best Friends is saying. Questions about omitted details and honesty. For several months now, on their dog forums, Best Friends has been deleting many of these posts. Now, they've started doing the same deletions on their News Blogs. More and more, it seems to appear that publicity and donations are their primary aim and that the welfare of the animals now comes second. While still better than some small shelters, little of what they said above about the "real" Dogtown seems to be really true at Dogtown. After looking at walk lists at their Sanctuary and talking to people, I have to say that I've never really been at a summer camp where I was ignored for weeks at a time, while at the same time other people wrote about me by name, with all the walks and attention I was getting. The very friendly dogs and those with publicity get a lot of attention, but only them. I also spoke with some of their former staff, or tried to do so. Most are afraid to say anything and some even explained why. After recently firing their previous CEO, perhaps things will change for the better once they find a new one. I certainly hope so, as so many people feel they are among the best. Maybe some day that will be true again. In the meantime, I see struggling local shelter who get no help from them and that's where I'm headed. http://bestfriendz.wordpress.com/ http://animalliberationfront.com/AR_Orgs/Best Friends-beginnings.htm http:/kanab.net/BFWF http://circlesphere.blogspot.com/

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

people learning more about animal issues and treatment, some groups of needing animals being rescues, and small shelters and issues being ignored.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Put a bit more of that 35 Million into improving their Sanctuary and getting some management there who have some management experience. Change the priority from publicity to animal care.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The pigs are simply darling! The people there and the care is so great, as with the horses and birds. Some dog area are really nice and fun to work at.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Most very nice and polite, answering all my questions, though many answers were different. After a few days there, my continued questions seemed to provoke a hesitant and maybe scared response from several people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

They have over 35 million bucks now, but I saw outdated food being served to dogs and staff too busy to socialize dogs. Now the pigs, they've got it really nice.

Ways to make it better...

Much better if I had stayed with the pigs. A few dogs areas were nice and most visitors were sent there, but the others could have used more staff (and fresher food).

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finding a new CEO (last one was fired) who can turn the place around.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I dearly hope and pray that one day they mange to come much closer to the beautiful image they advertise. They still do much good, but that change would be so very much better.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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