Best Friends Animal Society

Rating: 4.9 stars   414 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  

I used to get horrible mailers from other animal welfare organizations showing pictures of abused, neglected, sad animals in an effort to get me to send them money. I threw them away without even opening them. Best Friends Animal Society is the exact opposite: I know when I see an email or mailer from them I am going to smile and feel good, so I open it right away! They tell the success stories, and show pictures of the happy, healthy animals that they have helped to get that way. It is exciting to be part of an organization that has great goals and a plan to get there. I love to send them my donations, knowing that I am a part of something really special that is making a real difference all over the country!!

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Positive....one word to describe BFAS. There stories don't dwell on the bad...only the good and the changes they have made towards a better world for animals. They are inspirational!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends fills such an important role in the animal rights/care community. They advocate for and care for animals and educate the public about so many aspects of animal care and concerns. This is one of the great charities in the U.S. and viewed highly by so many.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends are amazing. They take the animals that need extra support and care and make sure they have a happy life whether they ultimately get adopted or not.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had heard about Best Friends a few years ago through some fellow animal lovers and a couple years ago I bought the book "Best Friends" which tells the story of how they started out to what they have accomplished and grown to be now. It was amazing to read that there are actually people out there who are as crazy about animals as I am and it was incredible how much devotion and dedication those men and women had towards this cause that they all deeply believed in. I was blown away by the love that the founders of Best Friends, and all of those who helped them, had for animals and to see what they continue to do for animals to this day has completely restored my faith in humanity. Best Friends truly and genuinely care about the animal welfare and I admire the hard work and big hearts of all of those who are a part of it. They show that there really is a lot of good still left in the world and I respect and thank them for all that they do.

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I have visited Best Friends 3 times and there is a special sense just going onto the property. Love for the animals is everywhere. They save animals with profound problems. Additionally they provide support to shelters all over the US. Their goal is to save all animals. If I have a problem or questions about my animals they are quick to answer my email. I LOVE Best Friends.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love this group, I love everything they stand for and everything they are doing to make the world a better place for animals who are so often overlooked. They ARE making a difference. I look forward to the newsletter and the magazine and read both from beginning to end. I am going on a road trip in July and am making it a point to stop and visit the home base in Kanab Utah.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends is such an amazing place and cause for the animals.
Like so very many wonderful animal nonprofits Best Friends is dedicated to all animals living the great lives that they deserve. Best Friends however goes far beyond this great misson and is the leader in the field. BF helps other non-profits become non-kill shelters further contributing to the cause. They play a key leadership role with animal legislation. I often struggle to find ways to help the animals as the challenge is often overwhelming. Best Friends keeps me up to date via e-mail on both my state and national pending legislation that could affect the animals. They even go one step further and provide me with the contact information for my legislators so that I too can let my voice be heard. On a personal note - every year - in September - a special ceremony is held to remember all of the special animals who have crossed the sanctuary grounds. The public is given the opportunity to send a memory of their animal friends to be included in the ceremony. I always look forward to including my 4 footed family members who have passed on in the special memories service at such as special place. Thank you Best Friends for all of the amazing work that you do!

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Rating: 5 stars  

We took in a cat who turned out to have FIV and was too feisty for our other old cat to handle. Since most shelters won't take cats with FIV, we thought we'd have to put him down. But after exchanging emails with Best Friends, they agreed to take him! I drove the six hours to the sanctuary and left him in good hands, and after a year in their facility he was adopted. I got to tour Best Friends while I was dropping off the cat, and boy are they amazing! So much space, so many happy animals. They're just wonderful. I've been a donor ever since.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I can't think of a place I'd rather donate to. How can you help but love every animal and want to see them in a forever home. This is what Best Friends does. They are the "BEST" ever and do what they do for love. God bless all of the people who work and volunteer to help the helpless.

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