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®. .
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I was lucky enough to visit the sanctuary and "work" in the various cat houses every day for a week and I can't tell you how wonderful Best Friends is. The work they do to eliminate unnecessary euthanasia
and to help animals everyone else has given up on is incredible. I wish there were more places like Best Friends around the world because if there were - this world would be a better place for all of us - especially our animal friends!

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I donated $10.00 to this charity to help out any hurt and abandoned animals from the Hurricane Sandy disaster in New York City. This is a great charity because it make sure they can help out animals without putting them down. And you don't just choose this charity, but they give you an option to state any specifics on how your donation is used. So many people send money to hurt people, sick people, which is extremely important, but there are so many animals that need help too, and those animals can't help themselves, so I feel the Best Friends Animal Society is doing a great job at making sure those animals aren't forgotten. Please help out these poor, innocent, and defenseless animals are taken care of, and I wish to thank this charity to coming into existence so I can make a donation to do my part. I don't know for sure that anything was done, but I'm sure it was used and made a difference.

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I have been donating to Best Friends for a number of years now mostly because of the amazing work they do to help creatures large and small either find a forever home or gives them a wonderful place to call home. The work they have done with re-branding Pit Bulls is fantastic. I would love to live closer so I could volunteer to help with the loving environment they create.

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Best Friends does incredible work providing a no-kill shelter for all animals in need. I wish we had more organizations like them.

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I love this organization. I first learned of it by watching DogTown, and I fell in love with what they do. I wish all shelters could help rehabilitate and provide a no-kill policy. Seeing what they do makes me want to move to Utah and work with them!

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Giving me a chance to make a difference.

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No changes, just wish that they could branch out and create more facilities nationwide.

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I want to help them stay a functioning no-kill shelter. Also, I believe in rehabilitating and providing vet services for the animals that require expensive care.

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I have been a monthly automatic donor to Best Friends Animal Society for years. Last week I had the chance to visit the Sanctuary near Kanab, UT. It was beyond my expectations. They do lovely van tours. The area is just beautiful, and everyone is really nice and welcoming. There is so much love in the air, and you can tell everyone just loves what they are doing. There are some beautiful things to see in the area, not the least of which are Zion National Park, the Coral Pink Sand Dunes, and best of all (IMHO), Moqui Cave. If you ever think about visiting Best Friends, don't miss it.

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Best Friends is just wonderful. They help so many broken animals. I love the stories they tell about some of their animals. Plus they send cool videos. I love O. He is not very handsome but he sure is fun!
I have been a donor for a very long time. I trust what they do with the money I give. I admire the founders, they are very special. The most important part of BF is everyone who works, volunteers,or just visit for a day love the animals with there whole heart. I thank God for the wonderful place and I thank everyone who care for the animals. This is
send with my heart full of love for the animals and the wonderful people. God Bless You. Louise Reardon and my dogs Olivia. Mazie Grace,Penelope, Maggie and all of our cats.

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I often get gifts for family and friends. I like to pick out different birds, bunnies, horses, of course cats and dogs that have special. It a great way to give gifts. If I need to talk to someone a problem,litter box problems,they are kind and caring.

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I have no idea as I think they are the best!

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My son discovered Best Friends via the television show Dog Town. We went out this summer and volunteered for a week. The place is amazing and it's all about the animals and not the tourists. I am also a donor and gladly help them with the amazing work they are doing!

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A dog I fell in love with was adopted about a month after we visited.

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Wish that there were no more need for places like this

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I have watched Best Friends help some animals that people had given up on and come out with such heartfelt results. They never give up. The animals at Best Friends get the very best treatment and all the attention, affection, love and training.

They rescued quite a few of the Vick dogs and were able to rehabilitate and give them forever homes. They have also rescued dogs from hoarders and puppy mills. They are truly the angels of shelters. They are actually more than a shelter, they are a community in itself.

God Bless the people of Best Friends, they are truly dedicated.

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Understanding how to closely deal with animals the way they do. They have the patience and understanding of a saint.

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They need no change. They need more donations.

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I became familiar with Best Friends during Hurricane Katrina. They were the first group there to help the animals. I made my first donation during that time and have maintained my membership with this wonderful organization. I checked them out and realized that they are a NO-KILL shelter! At the time, I didn't know those existed. Many of the other organizations euthanize animals instead of trying to find them homes and give them medical care.
Best Friends has the most compassionate caregivers to the animals. They are loving, caring, and selfless. Everyone I have ever had any contact with has been extremely nice, helpful, and patient. God bless them all....
Although I am disabled and unable to help physically, I try to send money as often as I can and have even give memberships as gifts. In my opinion, they are simply the BEST!

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...the feeling that comes with knowing they are out there for the benefit of the animals.

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....give them more money so they could take care of more animals.

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Best Friends saves the unwanted, the helpless, the hopeless. They were instrumental in helping and saving many of the dogs involved in Michael Vick's dogfighting case. They go to areas in crisis such as New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and overseas in wartorn areas and earthquake areas to help people and animals. They promote TNR for community cats to help control feral populations

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it's magazine.

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not change it.

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