Best Friends Animal Society

Rating: 4.9 stars   412 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

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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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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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