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  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteered at BF sanctuary as well as adopted, both experiences were wonderful. Staff was very welcoming and the animals were well cared for and seemed happy. my wife and I felt such a connection to the place we are considering a permanent move to Kanab.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with Best Friends on 2 occasions in Kanab, UT. The location is gorgeous and peaceful. The staff is very dedicated and very appreciative of any help a volunteer can give. Under their guidance working with the animals is a terrific experience. Although you give your time, you gain a lot of experience and knowledge of animals.
They also have an hour plus tour program where you visit some of their animal housing and are acquainted with their goals. This is a great introduction for all ages and you leave feeling you want to return to be a volunteer. Keep up the good work Best Friends!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

When my daughter was 10 she found a Best Friends ad online and asked if we could vacation and volunteer there. It was never a vacation we could afford, flying the whole family to the west coast, lodging, meals, rental car, etc. But I always kept it in the back of my mind and vowed that one day I would get her there. Fast forward to June 17, 2015, two days after her high school graduation. Walking into Cat Headquarters to check in for our first volunteer shift we knew we had found our home away from home. Best Friends is not your typical animal shelter. It truly is a Sanctuary. A place of refuge and safety. A place of love and healing. A place of second chances. The care that is given to these animals blew me away. The complete commitment that every single caretaker (be it grounds caretaker, maintenance caretaker or animal caretaker) exudes is extraordinary. I felt their positivity and love for not only the animals, but this sacred place known as Angel Canyon.
I also observed just how much it must cost on a daily basis to keep Best Friends running at this standard. We observed feeding times, and how many animals require special diets for medical reasons. Having two pets at home on prescription diets, I know first hand this expense. We cleaned puppy and bunny runs and witnessed just how much laundry is done each and every day to ensure the animals are kept clean and comfortable. We watched as one of the two washing machines in the bunny house had to be replaced. Not surprising considering the workout these machines get 365 days a year. We spent time with cats who are living with treatable but incurable illnesses and realized that they are getting exactly the medical care that they individually need. And having had my own pets with special needs, I know how staggering the vet bills can be. Not to mention the power bills to keep the runs cool in the desert heat, the water bills to keep the laundry and dishes clean, the list goes on.
One thing that really impressed me was the amount of toys and "entertainment" available to the animals. I've never seen this at an animal shelter. Proving to me that the animals mental wellbeing is being nurtured as well as their physical wellbeing.
I have never committed to giving on a regular basis to any charity or organization. However Best Friends is doing "it" right and I wi support them. This sanctuary should be the model for all animal shelters around the county.....around the world! I am writing this sitting in the airport on my way home from Kanab. It was a truly life-changing trip for my daughter and I. What I thought would be a one-time "graduation trip" will now be an annual trip for us. I am so thankful for Best Friends and everything they are doing to Save Them All. Stacy Smith, Huntersville NC

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends Animal Society is a wonderful organization. I recently volunteered in Kanab, UT. I was impressed with the sanctuary and all of the staff. It was easy to see that all of the animals are well cared for and that the staff are there because of their love for animals. Whenever I send a donation to Best Friends, I know that my money is going to help the animals, so I love to give whenever I can.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to Best Friends about 4 years ago. I have been involved with a volunteer organization in PA for about 13 years, so I had some experience. I was just so mesmerized by what they did there and how organized, clean, attentive they all were. This place is unbelievable and what they do for EACH ANSD EVERY animal is amazing. I vowed when my daughter was old enough 9 6 years) that I would return and volunteer there. trust me, we will be planning a family volunteer vacation within the next few years. I am a proud supporter of best Friends and everything they stand for and everything they do...from a small mean cut into small pieces for the cat who has no teeth...to the senior dog who cannot walk that they carry outside - their hearts are for the animals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known about & supported Best Friends Animal Society for many years now. I knew they had a big sanctuary for many different domesticated animals out in Utah. I only found out by chance about a year ago that they were taking root here in my hometown of NYC! All our animals come from the city shelter, NYCACC, which is an open-admission and sadly the last 'kill' shelter left here. They are then fostered or boarded, & we have a group of resident cats at a Petsmart store in East Harlem. We have as many adoption events as possible, including 2 'Super Adoptions' each year, where hundreds of homeless pets find homes. I also volunteer with ACC, & have seen the impact that Best Friends as well as other groups have made on their live release rate, it has skyrocketed over the last couple of years. It is a truly wonderful thing to watch. Best Friends slogan is 'Save Them All'. There are Best Friends efforts in other cities such as Los Angeles, so the slogan is well on its way to becoming a reality. Thank you Best Friends!

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