Best Friends Animal Society

Rating: 4.68 stars   115 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®. .
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I became a member of Best Friends when Katrina happened. I visit once a year and volunteer for a week. Words cannot express what BF means to me. BF does great work for all kinds of animals and educates the ignorant public on animals and how we should care for them. So much has been done for animals because of BF. All I know is that the sanctuary is my haven and retreat. The air is different there....it is because of the love being thrown around. Yet, I am not blind to possible faults. But whenever I call for clarification on questions I have, they always respond. I will spend the rest of my life supporting them and making sure they fulfill all my expectations.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Closing of pet stores that sell puppy mill dogs in my community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any at the time.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We just completed our second "tour of duty" as volunteers at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. It is one of the most fulfilling, rewarding vacations we have had -- and we already have our reservations for next year.

It is impossible to put everything into one short review, but this is why we volunteer again and again for Best Friends:
1. They have their priorities right. Money and other resources go first and foremost to the animals in their care. Employees and other humans are accommodated comfortably, but very modestly.
2. They take their duty to the animals seriously. Any animal that comes within the care of BFAS is given the highest quality of life possible -- taking into account the animal's physical, mental and emotional needs. There is no pressure to get the animal adopted because it is "running out of time," so each animal gets the medical treatment, enrichment activities, training and behavior modification necessary to have a happy, healthy life and increase his/her chances for adoption.
3. Decisions are at appropriate organizational levels. The people that have the most knowledge, information and understanding of a particular animal and the greatest emotional investment in that animal (the Caregivers) are given a lot of authority for developing his/her life plan, approvals for outings and sleepovers, training plans, etc. At the same time, BFAS has appropriate procedures that ensure that everyone stays safe.

I have never seen an organization that has as much respect for individuals, while maintaining a sustainable business model, and such loyal, devoted employees. As volunteers, we are always made to feel valued, appreciated and respected. We end each of our Best Friends vacations wishing we had more time to walk dogs or clean kennels!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how dogs we've met have been adopted to new, loving homes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

1. Upgrade the facilities in Old Dogtown to the newer style octagons in Dogtown Heights 2. Provide better training facilities, especially for reactive and shy dog classes.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah along with my daughters who were 10 and 11. It was one of the best experiences we've ever had. Everyone was kind, helpful, and this organization really has a handle on what they do - they are top notch. We are involved in animal rescue at home, and being able to see their facilities first hand, and how they handle animals, was such an education.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing all the great things they do with organizations across the country.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ask them to film more episodes of Dogtown.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered at the sanctuary twice in the past year. Not only do you feel like you are making a difference in the lives of all the animals there, but the staff and volunteer coordinators are so welcoming and helpful. They all want to make sure the volunteers have a great experience. The sanctuary is a little slice of heaven on earth, for both the animals that call it home and the people who visit! I am hoping to make the trip on a yearly basis! I would HIGHLY recommend this place to anyone that is an animal lover!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how well cared for all the animals are there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have no recommendations - they run a great organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends Animal Society is the most tranquil place I have ever been. I've only been able to go once, and for just two days at that, but the experience is life-changing. The innovative designs for the housing for the dogs and cats were amazing. The cats can go indoors or outdoors because each cat building has an enclosure outside of it complete with rafters for those kitties that prefer to be high up. The dogs, cats, horses, pigs, and goats were all very content and extremely well cared for. I was so very fortunate to meet a cat I had sponsored over the years, Scooter, who has since passed away. I volunteered at Kitty Motel, where he and other special-needs cats reside. It was obvious that the people who work at Best Friends deeply love these animals, who often come from neglectful and abusive situations. Many of the cats at Kitty Motel have to be bathed multiple times per day due to their incontinence. The workers and volunteers do not let this phase them one bit - these animals have a chance at a life they would have at very few places elsewhere. Something I got to do that was very neat was a dog sleepover. At Best Friends, they allow volunteers to take a dog or cat that is adoptable on a sleepover to help that animal get more socialization. I'll always remember B.G. (short for Big Guy), the black lab I had the pleasure of having for one evening. One of the most memorable parts of my visit was the trip to Angel's Rest, the cemetery for about six thousand animals. I was crying before getting through the gate. This area is designed so beautifully and is so peaceful. There are windchimes with memorials to beloved pets and markers for each pet who rests there. The place is so well maintained. All animals at Best Friends are loved, whether they are living or have already passed on. I hope to be able to return some day.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my visit there. One can read anything and everything about an organization online, but not know if it is as wonderful as it seems. I got that Best Friends is everything its website claims and more when I got there. They have save so many animals all over the US. Their campaign for No More Homeless Pets is incredible, and they offer workshops in a wide variety of places across the nation that help people learn how to implement no-kill shelters.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change anything.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

I wish there were more than one option I could choose in the pulldown menu.

I began volunteering 7 years ago with everything from reuniting pets and owners after Hurricane Katrina, worked at high volume feral cat spay/neuter clinics through Best Friends Catnippers, worked information booths at Super Adoption events and participated in Best Friends Brigade clean-ups and repair of shelters and rescues.

But I've also donated and, worked at a marketing and direct mail company that had Best Friends as a client.

That company I worked for had a lot of non-profit clients and, from my experience, Best Friends is the most budget conscious and their executives do not take the normal executive salary. Everyone who works with Best Friends, either as an actual employee or volunteer, is there for the animals. They are the most organized, conscientious organization I've worked with either as a client, volunteer or donor.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The work of Best Friends Catnippers made it possible for me to trap, spay/neuter and return over 50 cats myself. I also worked their bi-monthly clinics for several years where we spay/neutered as many as 170 cats in a single day. Amazing!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't know what I can think of anything. I think they are a model for how a non-profit should be run. They don't waste money, they are incredibly kind and polite even in the most stressful situations. All the staff and volunteers are amazing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Their talent at organization ensures that volunteers are wisely used. There's nothing worse than showing up early on your day off and not being put to work. Best Friends will keep you busy!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have become educated and empowered to help stray, feral and homeless cats live better, healthier lives. I also have become the go-to person for information amongst my social circle, in turn empowering my friends to help animals live better lives.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great! My life would not be the same without having been introduced to Best Friends.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I 1st heard about Best Friends when I got a donation request in the mail. I sent in a donation and they sent back a Thank You (no additional money was requested). I continued to support them and then decided to go for a visit. This is the most wonderful place! They have given great thought to what is best for all of the animals in their care. I have been back for 2 other visits and am planning one for next Spring! Everyone is super nice when you arrive! They show you what you can expect when you are working with the animals! It's such a great experience! I've worked with the dogs, cats, bunnies and horses each time I've been there! It's sad when you have to leave because it's such a nurturing environment, but you know they will continue to care for each and every animal that comes to the sanctuary to the best of their ability! My BEST vacations ever!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Best Friends is nourishment for your soul! They have taken the time to make this a truly remarkable place for the animals that live there and for the people who visit/volunteer. I love going for a visit! It's been a very rewarding experience every time I've gone. I can't say enough good things about it!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep up the great work! I wouldn't change a thing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The best "vacation" I have taken in a few years was a trip ito Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. I brought my dogs and stayed n the cabins and cottages that are on the sanctuary property. They rate was reasonable it was so nice to be able to volunteer for both morning and afternoon shifts while my dogs were fine in the cabin/cottage. i walked dogs, played with cats and fed nd walked pigs. I hiked around the area with my dogs and met so many nice people. I have networked in LA with Best Friends to help further my personal animal rescue endeavors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen so many Animals Adoptions facilitated through Best Friends. Many many many animals spayed and neutered through Best Friends programs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Cant think of any changes I would make.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Best Friends Animal Society is awesome. I have donated for about 7 years now. They are a no kill shelter that takes in abandoned animals, often with medical problems, and rehabs them and tried to find the adoptable ones homes. They also rehab wild animals and release if able. My daughter and I spent a week volunteering and it was an experience that neither of us will ever forget. The animals are amazingly well cared for - nice beds, long walks, toys, playmates, clean homes, nutritious food and LOVE! Animals that make it to Best FRiends are the lucky ones and so are we for having them. My husband always makes one of my Christmas presents and BF animal adoption where he donates money to help specific "adopted" animals. The BF gives us updates on our adoptees. This place is amazing! God Bless them for taking such wonderful care of the precious creatures!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as noted above...the animals at BF have a wonderful life and then often get a forever home. The place is amazing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

donate more money if I could

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member supporting Best Friends for several years, and when I actually saw the work they do, it impressed me even more than their excellent publications.
All the animals are well-treated, healthy and socialized carefully. As a volunteer, I was taught the correct way to do some things I thought I knew.
My trip to see this sanctuary was the highlight of my vacation, and I hope to volunteer for them again--perhaps even long-distance!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Directing people to the possibility of making this a No-Kill Nation!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Open another location on the East Coast.

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