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July 9, 2011

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July 9, 2011

Disregard any quacks who indicate this is other than a sterling operation that has withstood audits, investigations, slander and libel only to remain at the top of the game. Over 100,000 volunteers contribute labor annually. Their founder Michael Mountain takes a meager salary of $40,000+ annually. Try living on that in Kanab! The Humane Society and other organizations work hand in hand with BF as do global animal rights organizations and activists.

Those who say otherwise have another agenda possibly due to envy or rejection as a poor employee or scam artist.

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woring with therapeutic riding schools who have been connected to BF for years

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

start small cafe at visitors center

June 29, 2011
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June 29, 2011
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Best Friends is an evil scam and a big money maker. Some of the volunteers think it is great, but they are the kind of people that gladly drank the Jim Jones Kool Aid. The money goes to the old "Process Church of the Final Judgement". This is who founded Best Friends. If you think they are good people, Then do the research and look them up. Stopped being fool by the cute fuzzy animal slick ads.

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YES

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

Close it

May 5, 2011
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May 5, 2011
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I am curious about the specifics relating to $30,026,237 of Annual Expenses, since Best Friends uses volunteers. What are the itemized annual expense items and amounts? What are the itemized details relating of the Net Assets of $27,385,285? Is the property leased arms-length to Best Friends by a third party or is a principal getting lease rent payments? If so, how much is the lease rent payment? If the property is owned by Best Friends, was sold it to Best Friends in an arms-length transaction or did a principal make a profit? If so, how much was the profit? What disclosures have been made by Best Friends to their contributors regarding the expenses, the assets and the property ownership

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They raise a lot of money. Who is really getting all the money? Who owns the land and gets the huge lease-rent payments?

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

Put the funds to much better use for helping animals.

January 23, 2010

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January 23, 2010

I first volunteered with Best Friends after Hurricane Katrina and have since volunteered in Pahrump, NV, as part of the Great Kitty Rescue of 800 abandonded cats, and also at the Sanctuary in Kanab several times. I live in NJ, so this is a significant commitment on my part. I have seen first hand the dedication of the staff, several of whom have become friends, and opened their hearts and homes to me.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

feeling as though I am making a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hardworking, dedicated animal lovers!

Ways to make it better...

I could stay longer!

One thing I'd also say is that...

view the over-the-top criticism with skepticism; BF has come in to clean up the messes other organizations have left behind and there are some disgruntled peple willing to say anything to damage the reputation of this amazing organzation

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 19, 2009

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November 19, 2009

I've visited Best Friends Animals Sanctuary twice for a week each. I've never been to a more magical place. I walked different dogs every day, even taking one on a day trip to the North Rim. I played with cats (offered to clean but the guy working there said he would clean if I wouldn't mind just socializing them :) And I got to pet one cat that had previously not let anyone touch her. A year later she was adopted!!!) The dogs are fed separately so that notations can be made if any dog isn't finishing their food. Cat have multiple feeding stations so the scared ones can eat up in the rafters if they want. They all have beds and toys. One year I wanted to adopt a dog from there and the lady in charge of adoptions was SO wonderful and patient with me. I asked a million questions and when I decided to adopt from a local shelter (since a Best Friends animal is so cared for and won't be put to sleep) she was very happy with my decision instead of being upset with all the time she spent with me. I got to help trainers with an unruly dog. He learned some cool stuff with me! A local dog was being mistreated and Best Friends worked with local law enforcement to take care of him. I even took dogs on overnighters and would fill out paperwork in the morning (where dog slept, did he bark, was he afraid of anything) so potential adopters would know this info up front. I can't wait to go back!!!

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

my two visits there, in the news (especially in reference to taking in 22 of Michael Vick's dogs and even getting a few of them adopted already), the tv show Dog Town, and in their magazine Best Friends.

Ways to make it better...

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

continue the work they're doing! For those reviewers ranting about BF not helping locals-BF chose a mission and they're completing it in the same way that my church might do mission work in a different state or country but not try to feed every local 1st

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the genuine concern for every single animal and knowing that they're in a wonderful place until they find their forever home.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely helpful and nice. So kind and giving.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more people with it. As it is, they have a lot of money but I see them helping and helping and helping. I guess they'd need more unselfish people willing to help them out before they could probably use more money!

Ways to make it better...

I don't think it's possible!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

trying to "pick" who to help. There's only so many people and there are so many requests for help. Sometimes BF will show someone how to help animals in their area rather than just take in the problem themselves. That's great for future needs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I challenge you to visit BFAS to see the beauty of the land, the people, and the animals there.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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