Best Friends Animal Society

Rating: 4.9 stars   420 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®. .
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Visiting Best Friends in Utah was one of the best experiences of my life.Not only did the scenery move me but the love and care from the caretakers brought me to tears.These animals have hit the jackpot so to say for ending up at Best Friends. I appauld their victory in rescuing the Victory dogs when no other organization would step up to. I am in awe for the CEO running 170 miles in the desert to raise funds.And lastly, I am so greatful that there are those kind people there that rescued my babies(1 cat 1 dog), so that they could find their forever home with me.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A place as dedicated to animal rescue as you can have it. A peaceful place which restores belief in humanity and hope for "Saving them all". Educated professionals and staff who make it easy to volunteer, learn, benefit and give. A wonderful place to visit. I attended a workshop and volunteered. My daughter volunteered while I was attending the workshop. It was a wonderful experience for both of us and us together. This place was started 31 years ago and grew and keeps on succeeding in saving, rehoming, healing, training animals with an incredible crew. To me it is a MUST to visit and a very wonderful experience as well as a place to come together as a family and unite interests. Please consider visiting Best Friends in Kanab. You won't regret it. Also, it is the center of fascinating National Parks and landscapes. A win/win!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered for a week at the Utah sanctuary in May and "far exceeds expectations" is an understatement. I would give it 10 stars if I could. I had known of the sanctuary for a few years and followed it online. I felt like I knew what to expect from checking out the website numerous times for visitor information/ maps/ photos/ etc. Boy, was I wrong. The vast scope of the grounds is the first thing I had not anticipated. The sanctuary covers a huge area and is incredibly scenic. I was blown away by the cleanliness of the enclosures, the enrichment available, the organization, and amazing care givers and volunteers. There is not only love and compassion behind the care of the animals, but plenty of research and science in terms of how they train, socialize, give the animals quality of life and the best chance of finding a forever family. My group had two educational presentations with Dr. Frank McMillan, which I had not expected as part of the week, but which were extremely informative, thought provoking and made our week well-rounded in terms of what we took away from our experience. Our volunteer program coordinator was incredibly friendly, knowledgeable, and just radiated joy and kindness. Most of the sanctuary volunteers we encountered were the same. The energy, fun and compassion was everywhere we went, and you couldn't help feeling the same way - it was like a giant lovefest! The whole place is very definition of symbiosis - the people who visit want to play with and interact with as many animals as possible. They get to do this when they clean enclosures (free labor, allowing money to be used elsewhere), when they take a cat out for a walk (socialization and enrichment for the cat), when the take a dog home for a sleepover (good training and enrichment for the dog) or any other number of activities. What an amazing place! I had wondered prior to visiting if I would feel sad throughout the week seeing abandoned and/or special needs animals, but after seeing the level of care the animals receive and knowing that 80% will be adopted (and the other 20% have a home at the sanctuary forever), I felt happy and hopeful for all of them. I really can't say enough about this incredible organization. I will definitely be back to volunteer again and again!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer for Best Friends Animal Society for 7 years. In that time, I've visited the sanctuary in Utah, worked at special adoption events, written for their website, and participated in seminars. I can attest that Best Friends "walks the walk." Everyone involved in the organization -- from the greeters to adoption counselors to caregivers -- believes that each animal is has intrinsic value. They will go to great lengths to make sure that each animal is treated with respect and great care. They do believe that we can "save them all" and they've made me believe it also.

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1 person found this review helpful

Best Friends will help us get to "no kill"! Their understanding of all animals is invaluable to the rest of us in trying to protect the animals and "Save them all". I have visited them twice to volunteer with their animals, and it is the best experience I have ever had! I will be back to volunteer again. I also have adopted a dog from them, one who needed work, and she was given that training before she came to me. They understand what the animals need, so they will go to their forever homes. The animal rescue movement would have stalled by now, if it weren't for Best Friends!!!

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My friend and I volunteered for the first time this last weekend and were so impressed with the quality of the facilities. However we were even more impressed with the skills, devotion and loving kindness of all the caretakers we worked with. We are in the process of building a fence so that we can adopt a dog and we will definitely be back to volunteer again soon. Kudos to Best Friends. Karen Tomlinson

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I first heard about the work of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary ( that's what it was called then) early on in there existence from a friend of ours, and as people who always have loved animals, have watched them grow and become a national force, thanks to the commitment of those young animal loving young founders.
We have been supporters for decades and honestly believe there is no finer animal charity in the country, or perhaps in the world. The compassion of the people of Best Friends is evidenced by their actions every day.
Surely they played a major role in the movement of change for the better in the way we in this country view other sentient beings, those who share the planet with us. Like them, we hope for a day when there really are "No More Homeless Pets".
As they at Best Friends say, "Together We Can Save Them All".
We would encourage all who care about animals to give strong consideration to Best Friends Animal Society for their hard earned charitable donation dollars.

Sincerely,
Doc and Dee Wheeler
Bay Village, Ohio

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at Best Friends for 8 years. Not only is this a beautiful and peaceful place, it is the best 5 star rescue for animals. The care and love the animals receive here is unbelievable. The animals are worked with so that they can be adopted to a forever home. If that does not happen they have a great home for their life time. Becoming a volunteer was one of the best decisions of my life.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hi,

I have volunteered at Best Friends and I loved it !! I spent one day with dogs and one day with horses. They were very organized, clean and helpful. They made the work we did fun and I felt so good about it I can't wait to do it again!! They deserve this award for all the caring and love they have shown all the animals they rescue.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As both a donor (20+ yrs) and active volunteer (3+ yrs), I have watched this organization grow and thrive. They always do the right thing and do it right. They are great stewards of our donor money, making wise decisions for growth and expansion. And they provide volunteers with the support and training we need. They never lose sight of their mission - all of their plans and actions support their theme of 'Save them All'.

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