Best Friends Animal Society

Rating: 4.68 stars   115 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 5001 Angel Canyon Rd Kanab UT 84741 USA

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®. .
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review

See How $25 Can Help

More Info

EIN 23-7147797
435-644-2001
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 5 stars  

A couple of years ago, I visited Best Friends and was OVERWHELMED by the sheer size and reach of the rescue! The organization and logistic skills they have are AMAZING.

I'm a cat lover (and I love dogs too) so I spent most of my time in the cat bungalows. It was incredible the number of cats -- from newborns to ferals to permanently disabled -- that would have safe, secure and loving places to live for the rest of their lives (if needed). I was sooo astonished at the buildings and all of the THOUGHT that went into them...in some cases, pure GENIUS!

What most impresses me about Best Friends is that they don't define their efforts with borders. They help all types of animals, both domestically AND internationally! Shortly before my trip, they had just flown a cargo plane full of dogs (over 100) to Utah from a war-torn area in the Middle East! The work and diplomacy to get that done had to be immense!

It was such an uplifting and positive experience that I've wanted to go every year. I'm finally managing to get there in a few weeks. And I KNOW that just like the first time, I'll cry as I drive away because I WON'T want to leave!

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

seeing the animals at the Kanab sanctuary and in attending their L.A. branch adoption festivals and events.

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

Give them MORE money than I will ever see in my lifetime to allow them to have sanctuaries like the one in Kanab, Utah in EVERY state!

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

This was the best adventure I was ever on! Everyone is so happy and cheerful and positive, from the workers, to the pets to the volunteers! It was awesome. I think ALL shelters should come for a visit and see why your facility is the tops. Every single shelter ought to be run like yours. Then, they would be happy places to visit, adopt from, donate to, and volunteer at etc...

Positive and grateful, all shelter workers could benefit from that attitude, so could the animals in your care.

Thanks for being awesome!
Ramona Ruhf

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

my visit???

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

no changes at all!

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

The best most loving place in the world! We volunteered there and were overwhelmed by the love the animals recieve. Truly heaven on earth for the animals, and the people too.

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

The compassion that radiated from it.

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

Make it closer to new jersey!

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I visited Best Friends in Utah a few years ago and was extremely impressed. Their facilities are terrific and the animals are obviously well-loved. They have several great jobs for volunteers. I socialized puppies, walked dogs, cleaned runs and took one dog on an all-day field trip to Coral Pink Dunes state park. At home in Los Angeles, Best Friends provides great support for the animal rescue group I regularly volunteer with. I'll be walking in their Strut Your Mutt fundraiser in September. The people at Best Friends really care about animals and take a lot of positive action.

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

I had a lovely visit to their Utah headquarters, but have also seen their support for local animal rescues in Los Angeles.

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

Create more jobs in Los Angeles so I could work for them.

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I became a member of Best Friends when Katrina happened. I visit once a year and volunteer for a week. Words cannot express what BF means to me. BF does great work for all kinds of animals and educates the ignorant public on animals and how we should care for them. So much has been done for animals because of BF. All I know is that the sanctuary is my haven and retreat. The air is different there....it is because of the love being thrown around. Yet, I am not blind to possible faults. But whenever I call for clarification on questions I have, they always respond. I will spend the rest of my life supporting them and making sure they fulfill all my expectations.

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

Closing of pet stores that sell puppy mill dogs in my community.

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

I can't think of any at the time.

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

We just completed our second "tour of duty" as volunteers at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. It is one of the most fulfilling, rewarding vacations we have had -- and we already have our reservations for next year.

It is impossible to put everything into one short review, but this is why we volunteer again and again for Best Friends:
1. They have their priorities right. Money and other resources go first and foremost to the animals in their care. Employees and other humans are accommodated comfortably, but very modestly.
2. They take their duty to the animals seriously. Any animal that comes within the care of BFAS is given the highest quality of life possible -- taking into account the animal's physical, mental and emotional needs. There is no pressure to get the animal adopted because it is "running out of time," so each animal gets the medical treatment, enrichment activities, training and behavior modification necessary to have a happy, healthy life and increase his/her chances for adoption.
3. Decisions are at appropriate organizational levels. The people that have the most knowledge, information and understanding of a particular animal and the greatest emotional investment in that animal (the Caregivers) are given a lot of authority for developing his/her life plan, approvals for outings and sleepovers, training plans, etc. At the same time, BFAS has appropriate procedures that ensure that everyone stays safe.

I have never seen an organization that has as much respect for individuals, while maintaining a sustainable business model, and such loyal, devoted employees. As volunteers, we are always made to feel valued, appreciated and respected. We end each of our Best Friends vacations wishing we had more time to walk dogs or clean kennels!

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

seeing how dogs we've met have been adopted to new, loving homes.

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

1. Upgrade the facilities in Old Dogtown to the newer style octagons in Dogtown Heights 2. Provide better training facilities, especially for reactive and shy dog classes.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I became familiar with Best Friends during Hurricane Katrina. They were the first group there to help the animals. I made my first donation during that time and have maintained my membership with this wonderful organization. I checked them out and realized that they are a NO-KILL shelter! At the time, I didn't know those existed. Many of the other organizations euthanize animals instead of trying to find them homes and give them medical care.
Best Friends has the most compassionate caregivers to the animals. They are loving, caring, and selfless. Everyone I have ever had any contact with has been extremely nice, helpful, and patient. God bless them all....
Although I am disabled and unable to help physically, I try to send money as often as I can and have even give memberships as gifts. In my opinion, they are simply the BEST!

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

...the feeling that comes with knowing they are out there for the benefit of the animals.

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

....give them more money so they could take care of more animals.

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah along with my daughters who were 10 and 11. It was one of the best experiences we've ever had. Everyone was kind, helpful, and this organization really has a handle on what they do - they are top notch. We are involved in animal rescue at home, and being able to see their facilities first hand, and how they handle animals, was such an education.

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

Seeing all the great things they do with organizations across the country.

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

ask them to film more episodes of Dogtown.

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

After trying to deal with several shelters/rescues, I turned to Best Friends. From that first contact with them , I felt I was their main concern. The help they provided me really made the experience great. No run arounds, just answers. I only wish all businesses and shelters worked as well as they do. I have a dog that is like they said he was, and in some ways better. And to have one of the founders call me and say thank you, well they are the best.

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

They worked hard to find a dog that fit my life , and they also saved this dog twice.he was abandoned by a previous owner and they went to save him.

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

Expand the area they have so other animals can benefit

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered at the sanctuary twice in the past year. Not only do you feel like you are making a difference in the lives of all the animals there, but the staff and volunteer coordinators are so welcoming and helpful. They all want to make sure the volunteers have a great experience. The sanctuary is a little slice of heaven on earth, for both the animals that call it home and the people who visit! I am hoping to make the trip on a yearly basis! I would HIGHLY recommend this place to anyone that is an animal lover!

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

seeing how well cared for all the animals are there.

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

I have no recommendations - they run a great organization.

Was this review helpful?