Best Friends Animal Society

Rating: 4.9 stars   419 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®. .
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Wow! These people believe in what they do, generate enthusiasm when they promote their cause, and inspire us animal lovers to do whatever we can to help. They have a vision for the future and uniquely creative ways to get there. Their No More Homeless Pets campaign has made such an amazing difference across the entire country in just a few years! Even their animal photographers are the best. I'd read so many good things about them that I couldn't believe it was all true. I finally had a chance to visit and volunteer for a week after they'd been in business 10 years and I was awestruck. It's even better than I could have imagined!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best quality of care, no-kill shelter for all types of animals. They offer educational programs, TNR programs, work against breed discrimination laws and are working with other cities helping them become no-kill. An amazing organization that is the model for all other shelter and rescue groups.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have followed this charity for more than 25 years and one of the few that I trust to use the money for the animals. Their good works are legend and growing every day. I only give to charities for animals and war veterans as there have been to many people charities that have ripped off the contributors by using donations for salaries, advertising, meetings in Vegas, etc.. Best Friends is the best of the best!!!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I see their wonderful stories and how happy and cared for the animals are they deserve all the help they can get cause so many animals need rescued and to know they are loved.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Anything and everything related to Best Friends never fails to put a smile on my face and warmth in my heart--no matter how down I am. Just like my furry children. I have never felt more sure of giving/donating to an organization. I always know that Best Friends will use it wisely.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I have known of and donated to Best Friends for almost twenty years. I love the fact that all the animals live in a real sanctuary, while waiting for their forever homes. And should they not be adopted, those animals will live
out their lives in a safe and loving environment. And all animals are welcome. I know people who have spent their vacations volunteering at Best Friends. They said it was one of the most worthwhile things they have ever done. I hope to make it out there one day as well, to help with the great work Best Friends does. I know that when I donate to Best Friends my money is being spent wisely and well. Thank you to all who have made Best Friends a success.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Outstanding communicators and advocates. First learned of them during Katrina aftermath and have followed their work since as well as donating. I think they are unique in their ability to influence through their gift for presenting the stories of animals who need help and whom they have helped through their large network.

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Rating: 5 stars  

WE visited Best Friends while on vacation and I was so impressed with their organization. Their compassion is clearly seen in the treatment of the animals and how they speak to the public about what they do and why. Their hearts are huge and they re proud of their facility and what they accomplish there. All the areas were spotless and all the animals were secure and safe and as happy as they could be until they find their forever homes . Best Friends is prepared to give them all the time they need and all the special training they need to live in a home environment or to keep them on sight if they need a place to live out their lives. They are an awesome organization and I hope to go back next year and spend a couple weeks volunteering.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends represents to me the ultimate goal we dog rescuers/fosters can aspire to. I'm involved in a very small network of fosters for abandoned dogs and puppies in northern Mexico, and for three years I have followed Best Friends' activities and read about their accomplishments via their website and emails, hoping someday to travel to Utah and see it for myself. They inspire me with hope that we can make a difference in our community, with new ideas and projects like the Strut Your Mutt, Back in Black, Pit Sisters training program, and the promotions that make it possible to fly new adoptees to their new homes for free. I've studied and learned from their guidelines for fostering and for putting on successful adoption events. We have nothing like the resources here that Best Friends have developed, but I'm hoping that what we've learned from them will help keep our enthusiasm and determination alive.
Bliss Cochran, Secretary/Communications Officer, San Carlos Pet Adoption (San Carlos, Sonora, MX)

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