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®. .
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

My first time donating was to the MSPCA here in MA for they annual dogwalk, I had just lost my dog at age 16yrs. I then was ask to take a dog that was being misstreated by its owner and I did he was so underfeed and skinny so I took him and got him back to health and every since that time which was over 8yrs ago, I've be donating money to the BestFriends in Utah and Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, MA every month for the wondeful work that they do in saving so many animals of all shapes and sizes. I will continue to donate financially even when my dog passes under the Rainbow Bridge....

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Rating: 5 stars  

When my daughter in law started working for Best Friends over 2 years ago, we talked about my visiting while she was working on site. We got to do that in May of 2011. We took a guided tour that was a highlight of my trip. Everyone we met was friendly and caring and intent on taking such personal care of each and every animal. We watched a volunteer brushing a pig, a group of workers helping an obese horse get on its feet and a dog that could not walk being given a ride on a golf cart (because he loves it). The whole place was very clean and beautifuly taken care of. Many improvement projects were in the works. I live in Maryland but hope to get back again sometime. I tell everyone that Best Friends is a great place to visit and volunteer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends is one of the best run organizations in the non-profit industry, not just animal welfare. The sanctuary amazing and how they treat their animals second to none (they have a freakin' water therapy treadmill!), but being leaders in animal welfare initiatives is where they also shine. Pitt Bull Terrier education, cat initiatives, national conferences, and the work they do to send money to and help smaller shelters. Across all departments and channels this organization is top notch.

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

Marketing, public relations, visits to the sanctuary, local initiatives in my community.

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

Get more involved politically at a local level is possible. I think that is where a lot of change can happen.

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?

Through the TV series Dogtown on National Geographic.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I finally had the chance to visit the Sanctuary, and I'm glad I did. I can honestly say that they must hire their staff based on how nice they are, because everyone seemed *earnestly* happy that you were there. (warning if you go: it gets HOT in july.)

Coming from the northeast I'm used to seeing dogs running around in grass, so it was a bit shocking to see them running around on that red earth. My first thoughts were "aren't they hot?" But I volunteered at Dogtown and none of the dogs seemed uncomfortable. It's a little depressing to see how many dogs are there, especially the older ones that are going to have such a hard time being adopted. But I suppose that's better than being in a shelter.

And if you do go stay at the sanctuary.... VOLUNTEER AT THE PIG AREA! It's wonderful!!

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on the actual sanctuary (in Dogtown)

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

uh, change the weather! Other than that, all the office buildings (for humans) seemed in disrepair. I'm glad to see they're not spending money on expensive offices, but still... these were pretty bad.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

Can't remember... word of mouth?

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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