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®. .
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have visited two separate times and stayed for a week each time - staying in the cabins near the Horse Headquarters. Went with family members and had the best experiences ever! Walking dogs, grooming and feeding horses, taking dogs for overnights, cleaning enclosures, sitting with nervous dogs trying to help acclimate them to human beings, playing with cats and cleaning kitty enclosures - the list of opportunities to help just goes on and on - each one better than the last! The staff are absolutely incredible! they know each animal by name, all of their quirks, what their individual needs are. I am an animal rescuer myself ( exotic cats from the entertainment industry ) and know how hard these people work. Everyone should give them 5 stars!

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

volunteering situation.

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

can't think of a thing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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

start small cafe at visitors center

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Rating: 1 stars  

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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.

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

YES

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

Close it

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Rating: 2 stars  

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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

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

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

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

Put the funds to much better use for helping animals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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!

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

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?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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!!!

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.

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

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?

2007-8-01

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