Best Friends Animal Society

Rating: 4.9 stars   420 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  

Best Friends is the only animal charity that I donate to because I am confident that the money goes to helping animals, and not into someone's pocket. Their dedication to animals of all species goes above and beyond every single time. Their efforts to educate people, and their motto of "together we can save them all" is right in line with my personal beliefs; therefore, I willingly give as much and as often as I can. Best Friends Animal Society deserves the title of a great nonprofit.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends not only helps ALL abandoned animals, but also helps the ones that would be put down by law if they didn't take them. They allow grieving pet parents to post good-byes to their beloved pets and help any animal in any way they can. They're fantastic.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends Animal Society is the biggest and best shelter in the world. Over the years, they have rescued a variety of countless animals in the USA as well as in other countries that have experienced catastrophic weather, such as flooding and earthquakes. I have always wanted to visit Best Friends to help out. But when I was working, I didn't have much time. And now that I am retired, I don't have extra money to travel. Best Friends is such a wonderful place that some people who work choose to spend their vacation time there volunteering. If I had enough resources to spend a week or more there to help out and to enjoy the animals and the people who work there, I would take my animal-loving granddaughter with me. I have been a member of Best Friends for years, from the moment I learned about them. And I thank them from the bottom of my heart for all the love and care they give to our animal friends. Best Friends helps make the world a better, kinder place.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best friends is one of the only organizations that treat rabbits as beloved companions and give them the love, care, and services they deserve. I hugely appreciate their commitment to all animals and especially to oft-neglected rabbits. And it's a no-kill shelter!

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2015

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends is simply the best thing that has ever happened for unwanted and or injured animals and wildlife!!!! A few had a dream, they turned it into a reality and they have a wonderful vision for the future for all animals concerned. They also educate and help communities learn to do the same! They truly are BEST FRIENDS and one of God's Caregivers!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends is simply the BEST!!! They have changed (and continue to enlighten) the way we think of animals. Through their selflessness, we are slowly moving away of our antiquated thinking that using animals as resources, property, commodities or things to be exploited, harmed or killed at an "owners" whim is no longer acceptable. They are doing great work and we hope their strides will continue to inspire others.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had been watching this rescue for a long time and when I moved west I finally got to visit. I remember a story about a law that forbid dogs to chase horses and a dog that couldn't stop. the judge was going to have this guys dear dog killed until Best Friends stepped in and took the dog so he could have a good life and the owner could come visit. What a beautiful solution. The facility is awesome and inspiring and I would work there if I lived closer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends Animal Society makes the world a better place for all of us. While many individuals will stop to help animals, Best Friends as set a benchmark for all of us to follow to make the world a better, more caring and compassionate place. All animals are sentient beings and deserve the respect any living creature should be given. The world deserves to have Best Friends, and organizations like it, assisted to the wonderful work they are doing.

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I visited the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in August of 2014 - I was blown away by their complete dedication to the well being of their animals, as well as the transparency they provided to visitors - I returned in March of 2015, and hope to continue to make regular visits. I love that they engage with the communities they serve on such a deep level - with efforts like NKLA and NKUT. After becoming a member, I joined their mailing list, and they even sent me an email notification letting me know that the town I live in (Sandy City, UT) was having a council meeting discussing whether or not they should make the local shelter no-kill, along with helpful speaking tips. Overall, I am completely impressed with this organization, and the care they provide to animals in need.

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