Best Friends Animal Society

Rating: 4.89 stars   401 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®. .
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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My visit to Best Friends in Utah was a highlight of my life. Spiritually uplifting, such a gift to humans as well as the thousands of animals that they protect and love....I can't wait to go back. These are people with a mission, on a mission, and hearts as big and beautiful as the canyon they inhabit. The Best Friends folks made sure that I was able to visit every area I hoped to see (the pigs! the pigs!) because I'd come from so far away (NYC) and my time there was limited. Because of a disability, I volunteered walking the senior dogs, and had two dogs on sleepovers in a Best Friends cottage. (Bless you Redbone & Marmaduke.) I was made to feel that my contribution was every bit as important as the daily caregivers. To say that the time I spent there was magical is not an exaggeration. I was especially touched that the delicious Thanksgiving Feast served in the Best Friends restaurant was completely vegetarian, but the dogs in the kennels were treated with fresh turkey that day. That said it all for me. You can't visit Angels Rest without feeling the abiding spirit of the thousands of souls that have been saved and loved.....it is truly sacred ground. Knowing that Best Friends will continue their very important mission makes me smile, with grateful tears. These are beautiful people who above all, truly believe they can SAVE THEM ALL. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will be back.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first found out about BF when vacationing in Utah and visited there by accident. Since then I have been an ardent fan and supporter as they are dedicated and have helped saved countless animal lives. In particular, when the horrors of Michael Vick surfaced, BF rushed in to help, knowing the consequences may not have turned out well. They also help in many national disasters and spend many, many days there to help the pets after Hurricane Katrina. I look forward to volunteering at BF in Utah one of these days.

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The care given to these animals is outstanding, My blood pressure lowers, my breathing slows and I just enjoy the warmth and love that surrounds me at the sanctuary. Every visit it to short.

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I have supported BFAS financially since the 1990s and visited the sanctuary several times to volunteer. The work they do on behalf of homeless animals is nothing short of amazing, and the sanctuary itself is a magical place. I love BFAS so much that my husband and I spent our honeymoon volunteering there in 2006, and our anniversary there several years later. We adopted dogs on both occasions; they continue to fill our lives with joy and remind us of daily of the mission to Save Them All!

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I first leaned about Best Friends many years ago. As a volunteer with various animal welfare organizations, it seemed as if everyone i worked with knew about Best Friends and admired the organization. And, of course, I watched National Geographic Dogtown series featuring Best Friends rescue of Michael Vicks' dogs. Each episode increased my admiration for Best Friends. They are undoubtedly one of the few if not the only animal welfare organization that has the expertise to rehabilitate these dogs. But beyond their expertise is the kindness and compassion that is so evident. Several of my fellow volunteers who have visited Best Friends describe it as a wonderful and special place. I intended to visit myself---even had the plane ticket-- but due to some health concerns at the time I was not able to come. Friends who have visited jokingly say that maybe it was a good thing that I had to cancel my trip because if I went , I would never want to leave. Seriously, these are the absolutely glowing remarks I hear. My friends and I all agree that we look forward to receiving Best Friends' magazine because it makes you feel good to know that such a place exits and is dedicated to helping all animal regardless how much medical attention and care they need. When deciding which animal welfare organization to give my granddaughter (she is ten) a membership Best Friends immediately came to mind. So for Xmas I gave her a Best Friends' t-shirt, a membership and a copy of the book "Best Friends: The True Story of the World's Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary". After reading the book she asked if we could visit sometime, so hopefully the two of us will be making the trip to Angel canyon someday.

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Best Friends Animal Society is doing remarkable work to save animals at its facility in Utah as well as in other locations across the country. I attended Best Friends No More Homeless Pets conference in Vegas in 2009. This was one of the most inspiring events in my adult life. I wish all shelters could adopt the no-kill standard , especially the county shelters in the South that destroy thousands of companion animals every year. Best Friends' magazine is another example of greatness in that it provides such interesting, informative articles but never in a sad, depressing way. The tone is always positive -- none of those terrible pictures of abused, suffering animals that turn people away. Best Friends Animal Society is the best!

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I discovered Best Friends from a copy of their magazine at the giveaway table at the local library. I decided to take a workshop with them in 2012 and the visit was magical! Here was a place were I could go on vacation and bring a dog home with me every night from the shelter (in pet friendly accommodation, of course!). I was in heaven working with dogs each day as a volunteer but it didn't feel like work. And the setting is humbling and peaceful - you truly get away from it all. We are truly blessed that these baby boomer/groupies pooled their resources all those years ago to form the sanctuary.

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