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September 30, 2013
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September 30, 2013
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I felt that this was a very good organization at first. However, they provide money donated by others in instances that deception and unlawful actions take place.

I wrote to them about San Antonio, Texas - Animal Care Services (ACS) unlawful acts that cause the deaths of many animals.
Best Friends had no interest, even though they donate a great deal of other people's money to ACS.

I sent them a link to my article to outline what is taking place.

Animal Care Service's history of deception in San Antonio, TX
http://www.examiner.com/article/animal-care-service-s-history-of-deception-san-antonio-tx

Ways to make it better...

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

...make sure they use the funds provided by those that are donating money to save animals to the best recipients - not provide that donated money to special interests performing unlawful acts.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

May 21, 2013
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May 21, 2013
12 people found this review helpful

BFAS has implemented an intentionally deceptive strategy to great success, but if you do your own, simple online research, you will soon uncover the truth. BFAS was actually originally founded as a cult religion by a few rich British kids. Your read it right. BFAS's original name was the Process Church of the Final Judgment. That's just the beginning..See for yourself at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_Friends_Animal_Society

Interviewed Charles Manson and featured him on the cover of their magazine? Yep!

Only began "raising money for animals" when they realized more people in England would give donations if they said the money would help animals.

Paid board members! That's right, a process illegal in most states - paying your board salaries - the board made up of the founding fathers of the Process Church - they are paid salaries to impartially vote on matters that affect the future of BFAS and how it spends your money. The BBB and Charity Navigator both point this out in their red flag reports.

This organization's story is exceedingly sad and the truth hurts. But let this be a lesson - with enough money and great, heart-gripping marketing stories, we all can be duped into supporting something we never would if we just took a few minutes to find out a little more information. Do your research. Google terms like "truth about..." followed by the name of the charity you're thinking of supporting. You may be shocked. I was!

Find the rest of the sad truth at:

http://www.thedogpress.com/Columns/BestFriends1-06101-Jade.asp

http://www.animalliberationfront.com/AR_Orgs/Best%20Friends-beginnings.htm

Ways to make it better...

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

Disband. Stop paying board members. Come clean about your religious cult history and how it still plays a role in the organization's direction. Stop pretending to care about all animals.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

August 29, 2011

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August 29, 2011

I think what they do is great. Their memorial tribute and sanctuary to our beloved pets who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge is beyond words. I live in Wisconsin and am unable to come to the area but I would if I could. My Sophie is a young 2 year old yellow lab mix who I hope is with us for a very long time. I can only hope that when it is her time to cross the Rainbow Bridge that it is peaceful and on her terms. I would love to have a sanctuary like this in my area.

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

my overall role as a pet parent to my Sophie. I literally did not know that I could love my puppy girl so much. We do not have human children so she is the closest thing I have to a child. She is my furbaby and I love her very much.

Ways to make it better...

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

None that I can think of.

August 29, 2011

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August 29, 2011

I first became aware of Best Friends through the television show "Dog Town". I saw the love and dedication the staff has for the animals that come to Best Friends , as well as other animals that have a need . But what really showed me what they were made of was when they took in the Vicks dogs. They wasted no energy on Vicks or his actions, what mattered was the dogs. That's when I realized that here was a group of people with singleness of purpose. I admire them, respect them and I'm grateful for the job they do.

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

A couple in my neighborhood have volunteered and adopted a dog, Cramer, from Best Friends.

Ways to make it better...

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

Nothing, their doing a great job.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

The television show "Dog Town"

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 17, 2011
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August 17, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

I recently started following Best Friends online and have been nothing but blown away by the amazing things they do for so many animals and particularly the sick and specials needs animals that many other shelters would not save. Their video updates bring tears of joy to my eyes regularly. The staff and volunteers at Best Friends are the true heros of today, taking actions for our little friends who cannot help themselves.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

From a friend who followed their efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 17, 2011

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August 17, 2011

The beauty of Angel Canyon is indescribable! Once I entered the main building and watched the video everyone was so friendly and willing to answer my questions. I went on the tour, which was very informative, then I went by myself to Angels Rest for some quiet time to just take in how amazing this place is, and how truly special the people are who provide this much needed service to the animals.
It is a bit of a drive from Las Vegas, but it is so worth it. If you ever have the chance to visit Best Friends, I highly recommend it, your heart will thank you.

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

Sorry, don't really understand this question

Ways to make it better...

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

Build a hotel on the grounds to encourage more long visits.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

A friend told me about it back in the early 90's, because I live in Las Vegas I was able to get 'word of mouth' information prior to Best Friends becoming well known.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 17, 2011

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August 17, 2011

I do not have a personal experience with Best Friends. However, i know of the work they do and I think it is one of the greatest organizations around. My dream since childhood has been to somehow do exactly what Best Friends does.

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

I follow Best Friends on facebook and help by sharing posts and getting the word out.

Ways to make it better...

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

Open more shelters, at least one in every community.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

National Geographic Channel

August 17, 2011

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August 17, 2011

My husband and I adopted a puppy from Best Friends in March 2010. There was a very thorough screening process prior to our adoption being approved, which I think is very important--they obviously want to make sure that the animals they've cared for will go to a good home.
The adoption fee
was very reasonable, communication was great, and our puppy was even delivered to us (in California) from Utah. She is incredibly well-socialized and had obviously been through training prior to her arrival.
We couldn't be happier with our experience with Best Friends and would recommend them to anyone.

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

Adopting a pet

Ways to make it better...

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

I have no changes that I can think of

August 17, 2011

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August 17, 2011

I was a supporter and went for a visit to Best Friends. I found the whole experience simply wonderful. From the minute my husband and I arrived we were greeted by great folks who were friendly and knowledgeable. The animals appeared to be well taken care of and happy and were treated as individuals. There were many volunteers who were there feeding animals and walking dogs and cats. I wouldn't hesitate to tell anyone to support this fine group of people. They are some of the most compassionate and caring people I've ever met.

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

Meeting people who have also spent time with the organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

I wouldn't change a thing! They do a great job.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Other people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 17, 2011
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August 17, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I visited Best Friends in 2006. The sanctuary is beautiful and all the animals I saw appeared happy and healthy. It is great to see a place where special needs animals are not turned away or euthanized. It was also nice to see that there is an area maintained for rehab of local wildlife. Allowing members of the public to visit and volunteer helps spread the word about animal needs and also benefits the sanctuary financially. I voluteered in the rabbit area, which at the time did seem in need of expansion, but I understand that it has been renovated since then.

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

my visit to the sanctuary. I hope someday I may be able to adopt an animal fromo the facility.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase marketing in the area, for example, Las Vegas, to increase awareness of the sanctuary and encourage more people to visit/volunteer. Even in nearby cities, many people were unaware of the sanctuary.

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