Best Friends Animal Society

Rating: 4.9 stars   421 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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Rating: 5 stars  

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Best Friends is one of the few consistent and unwavering organizations that is a true savior of all animals. Their no-kill sanctuary is a huge and necessary God-send for animals and all humane humans who care about the well-being of animals. Best Friends has gone above & beyond to not only save the abused, tortured, terrorized and society discarded innocent lives of all animals but also work diligently and relentlessly to change laws and change societal misconceptions to protect all innocent and unfortunate creatures. It is an honor and pleasure to be a small part of supporting them with my annual, yet small donations. They very much deserve to be recognized and rewarded for all that they do and have done for many, many decades. True angels of love & mercy!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Compassion, understanding, educating, caring and sharing - what a wonderful organization. The caring extends from life's beginning to life's inevitable end for the creatures who make out lives whole. Had I known about Best Friends when I was younger, I'd be there as a volunteer! Great leaders, great organization with a wonderful mission - Save Them All!!

 
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Best Friends is an amazing charity. I believe they are responsible stewards of the money that I can donate. Their dedication to the animals and their well being is apparent in their mailings and websites. I also appreciate that the facility is open to the public and visits are encouraged so that donors can see what their money is doing! Keep up the great work.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a supporter of this outstanding nonprofit for years and years. And I had the opportunity to visit the sanctuary last year. Wonderful! The people are truly dedicated to the welfare of animals. They led the animal rescue effort after Katrina and are the linchpin of the No More Homeless Pets program. Since that program started the number of homeless pets that have been euthanized has dropped by millions. Best Friends saves lives of innocent animals and, for that, I have made them one of the nonprofits I always donate to. Wish I could afford to donate more.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been donating to Best Friends since the 1980's, and they have never failed to impress me. Not only have they rescued thousands of animals, they have been instrumental in changing the the country's attitude toward animals. It used to be considered abnormal to think of animals as cognizant beings who deserved our respect, attention, and care. Now people are much more likely to be called into question and held accountable if they don't. I attribute this change almost entirely to the efforts of Best Friends.
The no-kill movement, elimination of puppy mills, and trap/neuter/return program all originated at Best Friends and have been extremely effective. But the change that I think has been underrated can be seen in the newsletters, emails, and other fund-raising literature sent from Best Friends, which contain happy stories and lovable pictures of the animals saved. This approach pulls people in and shows them what animal advocacy can do as opposed to the horrifying stories used by so many other rescue organizations that elicit an avoidance response and turn people away from animal rescue.
I have only been able to visit the sanctuary once, but seeing the work of Best Friends up close confirmed my positive opinion of the organization.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends is truly a friend to all animals. This is the place that should set an example to all shelters, to the world that 'they can all be saved'. Writing a review is terrifically hard because I cannot say enough about their wonderful staff, their ideals, their high level if caring...well, I could go on and on. They deserve all the help they can get to carry on their wonderful work.
Thank you

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends is differnt from other animal rescue organizations. Instead of focussing on all of the pain and suffering that the animals are going through, trying to guilt me into giving to their group, Best Friends celebrates the animals and shows me the amazing things my money is doing for them. They focus on the loving things instead of the hateful things-- something that I feel makes them quite unique. I love giving to them, talking about them, helping them in whatever ways I can because I know that they are helping the animals that I love-- and really, they are helping me. It's rare for me to find an organization that I can get behind 100%. I trust Best Friends.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Best Friends is an awesome organization. If you have read any of their newsletters, you can see the wonderful things they do for all animals that cross their path and are lucky enough to be taken to Best Friends for care, feeding and a loving place to stay until their Forever Home comes along. My husband and I visited Best Friends in Angel Canyon, Kanab, Utah, several years ago. After a tour, we went home and had a Family Trust drawn up, leaving all of our assets to Best Friends since all of our children have fur and four legs. My faith in this being a good move is renewed with each and every newsletter.

 
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I love the fact that Best Friends is a haven for all animals. The love and kindness that goes into caring for these gentle souls is unsurpassed and their mission statement should be that of all animal welfare agencies in the country.

 
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Being the largest no kill animal sanctuary in the country Best Friends provides extraordinary services to heal all animals in a loving & caring way. Their goal to save them all is truly a matter of ethics and guidance of the heart. A moral obligation that is acted out over & over again by their continued efforts to stop the killing of all companion animals. This is a rescue community that constantly finds ways to move thru challenges, turning tragedy into a living success. They have changed the face of animal welfare by giving every animal a chance to rightfully survive and live to their fullest potential. My support for them is ever constant & it is an honor to do. I cannot thank each and every individual enough for their courage & strength to always do the right thing. The spirit of hope is amazing!

 
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