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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

185 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Best Friends Animal Center in Mission Hills CA when they opened in 2012. I worked in the laundry room, cat kitchen, & finally decided fostering kittens was my favorite job. I take them home for socialization & keep them until they weigh two pounds, then they are returned, fixed, micro chipped & put up for adoption. I've fostered over fifty kittens & will continue fostering, it's my passion now.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is so much to say about each and every wonderful experience I have had with Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, UT. I have been volunteering at the sanctuary for 10 years now! My first trip was a week long stay right in one of the cabins and I spent time at each location within the sanctuary. On each visit, every staff member has been friendly and has really taken the time to make sure I feel welcome. With every visit, there is always something new at the sanctuary to enjoy. I have volunteered with the animals and I have job shadowed the staff and helped with staff duties. Each time, I learn new skills and come home with new ideas to enrich the lives of my pets at home. In addition to the fulfillment of working with these dedicated people and the animals, the sanctuary, being set in the wilderness of beautiful southern Utah, is truly a sanctuary. No matter how busy the day gets, I always feel peaceful and at ease because of the surroundings. All of the animals look happy and healthy. And as strange as this sounds, even the stressed and sick animals look healthier than I would ever expect them to look - the level of care they receive at this sanctuary is by far the best I have ever seen. I do not travel as often as I would like to anymore, but when I do, I make sure that my trip passes though Kanab to have a chance to spend even a few hours at Best Friends!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends is such an amazing organization! The work they do for animals is unbelievable! They have such a great networking system to help in the adoption of pets. Their no kill initiative is so powerful and they are doing a great job in teaching people how they work and what we can do to aid their work.
I visited Best Friends in Kanab last July. All of the workers there have one thing on their mind at all times- How can I make this animal have a better life. Their animal teams are amazing and I feel that they deserve this award!

2 Guilbault Carol

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is the best. I have been there 6 times to volunteer and it continues to win my heart each time.