Best Friends Animal Society
August 30, 2011
I had the opportunity to volunteer with Best Friends for a couple of weeks along with some family members several summers ago. I had always heard wonderful things about Best Friends, but the experience vastly exceeded my expectations. I have volunteered for over a dozen animal welfare and rescue organizations, and Best Friends is by far the finest. The animal enclosures are innovative, spacious, appropriate, and well enriched. Animal care, nutrition, and socialization practices are progressive and superior to what most animals receive in private homes, forget in a rescue/shelter environment. The staff are knowledgeable, friendly, and the volunteer program well organized. And finally, the organization's mission and philosophy are admirable and fully reflected by the work they do. As someone who has been doing private rescue for roughly ten years, Best Friends is my go-to standard for how I can improve upon my own practices. This is absolutely what every rescue should be striving to emulate.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
A NY rescue that once helped me with a difficult placement sadly fell into disrepair and neglect when its owner died of cancer; many animals suffered gravely as a consequence. Best Friends stepped up to the task of lending a helping hand. I am happy to say it has been re-established as the wonderful rescue it set out to be, serving citizens in the rural county it was located in, thanks to the generosity, expertise, and go-getting philosophy of Best Friends.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I feel that Best Friends has little, if any, room for improvement. I would like to rabbit and parrot programs get more attention on the website/magazine, but I understand that the broadest donor base is going to be dog/cat lovers, so it makes sense to cater to them.
Volunteer & Assisted in feeding, cleaning, and socialization of livestock, dogs, and parrots.