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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435-644-2001
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My very good friend who passed away from cancer was involved with many charities. This was the charity she chose for memorial donations.
She researched it well, and was so impressed with the care and compassion of the people involved at all levels

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

newsletter, donor.

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

nothing. Perhaps direct some of the funds to advertising the good work done here

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a donor and volunteer of this organization since I learned of them in 2009. I came to Kanab and volunteered in the Fall of 2009. I love the staff that I met and worked with while here. They inspired me to become a part of my local shelter at home and offer their dogs and cats the same care and love that we gave while out in Utah.

Many shelters and rescues do the very best that they can on their limited income. Best Friends has been able to develop an amazing institution for animal care until they can find their forever homes. Not only do I love the staff, the facility, and the animals, but I am so proud of the organization. I am proud of them for seeing the bigger picture and taking on homeless pets across the world and trying to change how everyone views animals.

I hope that they continue their mission, and inspire others to help in their local campaigns. I actually moved to Kanab in 2010 in order to futher assist the organization, but I am not an employee. Keep up the great work.

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

volunteering with the staff and the animals.

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

help them raise more funds to increase the pay to their animal caregivers. What a wonderful group of people!

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As both a volunteer and a donor I have worked in the field for rescue operations as well as visitng/interviewing at the Kabab site. Best Friends is an AMAZING place. The canyon is the most peaceful setting I have ever been in. The volunteers and mid-level staff are exceptionally dedicated and talented. And of course, the animals, magnificent and take your heart away. I have volunteer on the Pup My Ride projects. Also amazing and made me feel as though I was truly helping the dogs. The staff was tireless in their efforts as was the transport organization. I have worked as an executive in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years and I know the challenges faced by management. However, I will say that there is certainly a deification of the Founders, and they suck up every bit of it as egos and personalities expand expotentiallly. They need to diversity their leadership as to dispel both the myth and reality of a cult like atmosphere among the 19 Founders. The CEO that they brought in from the outside several years ago fought a gallant battle to bring new energy and effort to the cause. However, he is gone because, among other things, he questioned the founding fathers and mothers. BFAS does amazing work and lets many people find a place for their passion and compassion to be realized. However, it is time for the Founders to pass the torch. Otherwise, the effort begins to seem more like self-angrandizement than selfless work.

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

When you drive in to Angel Canyon your breath is taken away by its utter beauty. When you pass "angel's rest" you can not help but weep at the sheer numbers of beloved buried there. Listening to John Garcia talk about the Vicktory dogs, makes one have hope for true compassion in the world. As a professional, I feel the underlying, gut level experience as it relates to the drive of the leaders is very disconcerting. The work is magnificent however.

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

diversify the leadership and begin to let the Founders step into more mentor roles as opposed to those of controlling all actions of the organization

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Best Friends, or Worst Friends as I prefer to call them, is a fraud. They sit on thousands of acres of land and millions of dollars in the bank, but do ABSOLUTLY NOTHING for the local community. We are in dire need of a local animal shelter in Kanab, but will Worst Friends help? You have got to be kidding! They would rather spend money on saving animals in Lebanon, Peru, the Michael Vick pit bulls, etc. Why? Because it is great publicity and rakes in the dollars. Kanab and Kane County need an animal shelter and if Worst Friends would actually live up to their Best Friends title they would provide it. One of the Founders was once overheard to say that in addition to the to the land at the sanctuary itself, they also had title to a large amount of acreage very remote. This land cannot be used for sanctuary purposes becuase of its location and it's understood that you need a 4WD to get access to it. Why do they have this additional land? Remember, the people were originally known as the Process Church so is this property used to hide religious ceremonies from public view? With Worst Friends almost anything is possible!

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

Disgusting detail

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

Sweep away over 90% of the so-called management and staff those positions with people who have actual management experience.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Nothing

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Staff is generally good, but the middle management should largely be done away with. All of executive management should be done away with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Hide it like it does with the rest of the money it receives.

Ways to make it better...

They were honest!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

They lie when admitting a mistake would be far better. They have become a legend in their own minds.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The Feds ought to initiate a RICO investigation.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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