Best Friends Animal Society

Rating: 4.9 stars   413 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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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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Best Friends has spent 30 years helping the animals that have no voice. This organization has taken over 6 cats that would never be adopted in our local shelter and having just visited them I have seen first hand how wonderful the environment is for these otherwise disposable animals.

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As a long time visitor to Best Friends Sanctuary I can truth fully say it is Chicken Soup for the Animal lovers Soul. Thanks to the fantastic visions of the founders this sanctuary is a place to visit when you get overwhelmed with animal rescue in your area. To know that there is actually a place where unwanted pets can go and find fantastic forever homes is truly soothing to your soul. My granddaughters and I have many wonderful memories of our trips and come home willing to continue the battle.

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I have visited Best Friends Animal Society over the years and have always walked away with both a smile on my face and heart. All the employees and volunteers are sincerely loving individuals whose soul purpose is to provide comfort, love, compassion, friendship and an extra cuddle and kisses when needed. They have always taken in the "unwanted", injured and ones that had "given up on love"! It is my opinion, as I have worked in the animal industry for years, the last angel these animals have! God bless everyone at Best Friends for what you do on a daily basis!

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The Best Friends Animal sanctuary in Kanab UT is a must-visit destination for animal lovers and those involved in animal rescue. However, what most impresses me about BFAS is their outreach to shelters nationwide, sharing information, training and resources with a network of smaller shelters. One example is their "Back in Black" adoption event which promotes the often overlooked black cats and dogs with reduced adoption fees. I'm proud to shout out for Best Friends!

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I wanted to do something meaningful for my 65th birthday, so my husband and I decided to volunteer for a few days at Best Friends. What an incredible, heartwarming experience. We plan to go back with our grandchildren, so that they can get into the spirit of giving back and paying it forward.
Evie Young

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