Best Friends Animal Society

Rating: 4.91 stars   460 reviews


5001 Angel Canyon Rd Kanab UT 84741 USA


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®.


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


• 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 volunteered here twice - great organization.

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I first heard of Best Friends right after Katrina. I discovered that they were one of the first groups that went to NOLA to rescue the animals that FEMA forced owners to leave behind. I started donating money to support their work. By September I wanted to see for myself that they were saving and caring for animals at the Sanctuary like they advertised, since it seemed too good to be true. I headed out from Los Angeles to Kanab by myself, which was not an easy thing for me to do. When I arrived at the Sanctuary, I could not believe the beauty of the place. After volunteering for 4 days, I came to understand that it was overwhelmingly better than I could ever have imagined. The animals were cared for in such a loving manner. Knowing that all the animals were safe and would not be killed, just because they were old or injured, was a very comforting feeling for me. I returned many times after that to volunteer, and I ended up adopting two dogs. I wish I could save them all, but I do it only one at a time. If we all did one at a time, they would all be saved. Thanks to the leadership of the founders, I know this will happen, which makes the world a much happier place to be in.

Lorraine Malsbury
Los Angeles

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends is an amazing nonprofit charity - a wonderful combination of a beyond words sanctuary in beautiful Angel's Canyon in Kanab, Utah and a "society" that reaches out to other organizations and areas in need. Watching the growth of the No-Kill Movement has been so inspiring.

I've had the pleasure of visiting/volunteering at the sanctuary FOUR times with a great friend and it's not a quick trip from the East Coast! We are looking forward to our FIFTH trip next year and we are bringing another friend with us, her first trip and we can't wait to show her Best Friends and the surrounding national parks. I've been a member for almost as long as Best Friends has been around and I can't believe how much they've grown and how far they reach out - even across the globe....the story of the beginning itself is one of friendship and lifelong callings. They don't just talk the talk - the employees/volunteers there walk the walk each and every day. I just can't say enough about Best Friends.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a volunteer with Pasadena Humane Society for many years and am just so thankful to Best Friends for the extra help they give us getting our dogs adopted. Every adoption event they've put on has been incredibly organized and uplifting, even to the very important point of offering vegan fare, which shows just how truly dedicated they are to ALL animals. I'm sure I speak for all animal advocates when I say that Best Friends stands out as a hero among heroes. Thank you to everyone involved with Best Friends!!!

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I have been a member of Best Friends for many years, and while I strongly believe in their standing as a non-profit and their goals, what touches me most is their actions - helping those us who have lost a beloved pet to remember, helping to find homes who have been mistreated or taught horrible actions, helping those who have lived in the wild their whole lives to have happy and peaceful completions of those lives, etc. The list goes on and on, and their actions to help other shelters in many states to find a way to save them all is not only admirable but truly becoming reality! Just amazing in so many ways - thank you!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I volunteered at Best Friends Sanctuary in Utah, all the way from Buffalo, NY. What a wonderful, inspirational place. One of their very smart programs is the sleep over program. Guess what? Our sleepover friend is now home with us in Buffalo, We love Ranger very much! Thanks Best Friends! ox

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends is AWESOME!!! The staff are friendly and helpful, and they really care about the animals! We visit the sanctuary 1-2 times per year (every year) and volunteer with the animals. (Plus our dogs love going there for a dog-vacation! They sit on the patio and watch the horses, which are housed behind the cottages). The staff are always helpful and eager to work with us (and all the volunteers). We love this organization!

Rani, Sally, Romeo, and Bella

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Rating: 5 stars  

My kids (11 and 13) and I spend a week volunteering at best friends this spring. What an amazing organization! From the beauty of the setting to the kindness of the staff everything was fantastic. The love of animals shines through in everything they do. We will be back!

The Martins
Independence KY

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends is an astounding organization that seeks to "Save them all!". I first started reading theiir materials and donatong money when they first opened the Kanab, Utah facility. Now they are the leaders in providing pet rescue at weather events and figting the evil of dog fighting and puppy mills. Their efforts to make a viable volunteer program has created a venue for many to help animals all over the country. Although I have not yet joined the volunteers, I plan to in the future. Best Friends inspires me as well as many other.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends does amazing work- they really get the word out there on how regular people can help get pets adopted, even if you can't adopt yourself. They are welcoming to all types of volunteers and anyone who wants to help. They really mean it when they say they want to end the killing of pets in shelters!

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