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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals, Cats

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 347,000.

Target demographics: Pets in shelters find homes.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Give 3,546 Network partners resources and tools to save more lives. 15 assessments of strengths and needs and corresponding action plans were provided at 13 agencies or shelters across 8 states. 3,729 animals welcomed to the Sanctuary

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 347,000. That’s incredible progress, but that still means that more than 950 dogs and cats are losing their lives. Together, we can change that. • For more than 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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772 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I searched and found two dogs in which I was interested. I completed the application forms, which required details from me on everything but the colour of my bedroom curtains.

I submitted my applications only to receive a six-word response to say, "Sorry they both need a playmate."

This requirement was not included in either dog's profile. To abide by the guidelines of the site, I won't record her name here. But her response was so unprofessional, she did not include her job title......or any other details.

I replied to her e-mail pointing out the dogs' profiles did not mention the restrictions she claimed.

If she represents the standard of your volunteers, I imagine this is nothing but a Mickey Mouse site.

Dogs involved: Mashie & Woodie.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I stopped at best friends to have my dog Checked out because he had been shot five times with a pellet gun the lady at the veterinarians office said that she could not look at my dog because this was not a place for the public this is the second time I've taken animal there and I've been turned down because this is not a place for the public even though they state they are a nonprofit animal sanctuary there for helping animals they don't help anything absolutely useless what is it that you guys really do

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve visited BF many times with several volunteers from a shelter in IL. It is so rewarding to volunteer and assist in any way. The dogs, cats, horses, pigs, birds, etc. are very well cared for. The staff is loving and dedicated. There are many ways to volunteer from your home as well. Cannot wait to go back once the COVID numbers decrease a bit more. It’s a magical place with magical people and animals. Don’t hesitate to go, whether for a tour or to volunteer or adopt!

2 Connie E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I visited BF back in 2015. We stayed on the grounds and volunteered our time working with the dogs' care. This place is phenomenal. I always said if I won the lottery I would want to replicate BF in Florida. It provides the best care for animals. I wish there were more locations that could take as many animals and provide excellent care. BF holds a special place in my heart.

1 Mary B.24

Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I first visited Best Friends in 2013. We were so impressed with the sanctuary that we returned 5 more times to volunteer. We have 2 dogs ashes buried at Angels Rest and adopted our current dog in 2014 from the sanctuary. He is a special needs dog who without the help of Best Friends would probably never have found a home. They are one of two non profits that I have on a monthly donation plan. Great group of caring individuals who always put the animals first.

2 Lisa K.14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and have done seven volunteer trips to the sanctuary. It is an inspiration. The staff take incredible care of the animals, every volunteer shift is a wonderful one, and the setting is beautiful. When you leave your heart is full.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

August 2021 marked my 11th visit to what I lovingly refer to as my Heaven on Earth. I travel with two friends all the way from Indiana to spend a week volunteering. Horse Haven is my favorite volunteer spot! We eat lunch at Angel's overlook, remember our beautiful fur babies that have crossed to the rainbow bridge at Angel's rest and just bask in the beauty and serenity that is Angel's canyon.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had some of the most rewarding times of life volunteering at Best Friends! Working with their staff and seeing how much love and concern they give to all the animals is heart warming. The beauty of the entire sanctuary is breathtaking. They show how much they value you spending your off time with them. Whenever I leave, I start looking forward to me next visit!

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Donor

Rating: 5

They are wonderful. My experience volunteering there was unbelievably rewarding. And their advocacy for animals is game changing.

1 rjudith

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My adult daughter and I volunteer at BFAS for a week each year for 16 years and will return next September. It brings joy to our hearts while we work with the staff to care for all types of animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My adult daughter and I have been volunteering at the BFAS in Kanab, Utah for a week annually for 15 years. Each opportunity has been life enriching and an anticipated source of joy. Working with the animals and staff is often hard work but always purposeful and worthwhile. Best Friends is an amazing organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I donated to Best Friends for years based on the stories that I read in their newsletters. heart warming. I finally got the opportunity to volunteer at their site in Kanab, UT during 2021. This place is amazing. Beautiful facilities and VERY caring staff members. I worked in the cat and bunny buildings but they also take in horses, pigs, dogs, parrots and much more. Simply the finest no kill shelter, they give these animals the best care.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve supported Best Friends for several years. In September of 2021 I had the opportunity to volunteer at Best Friends in Utah for five wonderful days!! It was the most amazing opportunity! I helped with bunnies, dogs, cats and helped soothe patients in the clinic. I will definitely be going back to volunteer again!!

1 tblowers

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for Best Friends Animal Society and the never-ending lifesaving animal work they do. We have volunteered many times and have adopted three dogs from the sanctuary. I'm so impressed every time that I volunteer with the staff, their knowledge, hard work, and friendliness. Our adoption process is always smooth, they are helpful and patient with my many questions, and I love their follow-up. The world is a better place because of Best Friends Animal Society.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for Best Friends Animal Society! We have visited 8 times and truly enjoy our volunteer experiences there - it has been life-changing. The staff is always so welcoming and helpful. We have also adopted two dogs from Best Friends and the whole process is so smooth. The work that they do for animals is above and beyond!

1 Kelly B.14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends in Kanab is healing for the heart and soul! We lost our beautiful Josie after 15 years- our hearts were broken. We turned that sadness into volunteering with the menagerie at Best friends. The staff and volunteers are like a close knit family- loving, kind and supportive. There are no words to described for how special Best friends is to us. We've volunteered three times and will continue to visit, volunteer and support. This place is a loving sanctuary for animals, and humans!

2 Karen M.24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We brought our Girl Scouts and had the best experience ever….every one of our scouts have gone on to be animal volunteers and supporters. Thank you for the work you do and how you always encourage others to pay it forward….

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a professional dog trainer- and OF COURSE like a real nerd I took a week off from my real job to come to Best Friends Headquarters to volunteer.

I am SO glad I did. Best Friends is a magical place. The work put in for animal care is apparent in every detail.

I chose to volunteer in several different areas: bunnies, cats, horses, birds and of course, dogs.

My volunteer experience was fantastic. The staff was welcoming and made me feel like I was genuinely helping them by being there- which was just what I wanted! I got to pick their brains and hear their stories and ask about their paths and passions that led them to Best Friends.

I was blown away by all the areas- but of course my expertise is dogs. The level of socialization and specialized attention that each dog receives is nothing short of incredible. There are fantastic enrichment protocols in place and it is clear that the staff is quite skilled in dog behavior.

I got to take home several dogs for a “sleepover” program and had an absolute BLAST with that experience. It is SO helpful for the dogs to ensure that while they are waiting for a home they are not confined in a kennel and getting to explore and socialize and adapt. Plus- while missing my own dogs, I got to snuggle and get to know several fantastic animals - while feeling like I could be a small part of their journey to their forever person.

I have RAVED about the scenery, petting pigs, getting outsmarted by cockatoos, cuddling kittens, snuggling buns and loving dogs to everyone I know.

Plus- my inner Labrador wants you to know the the cafeteria food is absolutely stellar

Sometimes I text my best friend who I visited Best Friends with and tell her how I feel almost homesick for that awesome week.

I will absolutely be returning year after year and I suggest to everyone to let this place show you how special it is just like it did for me!

Betty M.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Best Friends in Kanab for about 11 years in Dogtown and respect the work they do with and for the dogs. My favorite place to volunteer is in Puppy Admissions where I sit with the puppies (and moms). Puppy socialization is very important for the pups - some come in very scared and, in some cases, not socialized at all. If they don't have interaction with people by the time they are four months old, it makes it much harder for them to adapt. The moms also come in scared and shy but with good care and love they are transformed. The caregivers are friendly and helpful and the overall experience is great. I come home with a smile on my face due to spending my time there.

Jen Flick E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no place I'd rather be than at the Utah sanctuary! Best friends is amazing!!! Of course all the dogs want forever homes, as they deserve to, but these dogs are happy! They are treated well and exposed to all kinds of different things. I've volunteered there several times and love giving my time to support such a wonderful cause. They have been instrumental in helping to get the country to a no-kill status by 2025. They have helped so many shelters turn things around by placing a BF staff person on site to show them what to do. They make a huge difference to make this world a better place for animals!

tmckenney

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve had the enjoyment of volunteering for Best Friends for the past three years in multiple roles: dog walker, dog foster, web story contributor, and more. Everyone I have had the pleasure of interacting with in the org is driven by their commitment to the animals and the no-kill movement. Best Friends is a bold leader in animal welfare and making a sustainable difference in counties all across the country.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends is my happy place! We go down every year to volunteer and help the animals! I recommend the Sanctuary to everyone!

Dani N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m so very lucky to have gotten my best girl Tally ( formely Ellie Marie) from Best Friends 11 years ago.

Having volunteered 3 times so far, I’m in awe of the amazing work that Best Friends does, the dearest to my heart being the work with all the Vicktory dogs .

Katy E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a long time donor and volunteer with BFAS. The work they do across the entire country just can’t be matched. They are a passionate, driven, transparent, and caring organization. I encourage everyone I know to donate to or volunteer with them.

Dusty F.

Donor

Rating: 5

For over 20 years, I’ve been a supporter of BFAS. Their mission is similar to other animal rescues, but their strategies & tactics to achieve those goals align perfectly with grassroots efforts. Plz support BFAS, they are the real deal.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Focused 4 prong mission, dedicated people, unrivaled success, locally invested and globally dedicated. I've been to the sanctuary 4 times over the past 16 years and it's growth is logical and their charity is financially sound.

Lauren F.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with this wonderful non-profit. The care and respect they give each and every animal is unparalleled. The devoted staff and management are amazing. I have been to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary numerous times and have seen first hand the consistent loving care that each animal receives. The adoption rate is impressive. We are so fortunate to have Best Friends Animal Society in our lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had a kitty that was an extremely hard case that even after Multiple phone consults with Jackson Galaxy we could not get this kitty adoptable. I ultimately had the kitty transferred to Best Friends where their behavioural vets worked with her and got her adoptable and she was ultimately adopted her out and she's now living in San Francisco. I love Best Friends!!

bjkoll

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Best Friends since 2006 when I celebrated my 50th birthday working with the cats who had been rescued from Beirut, Lebanon. My husband and I return to the Sanctuary every year (except 2020) to volunteer. We have many friends at the Sanctuary - both two-legged and four-legged. We also support Best Friends financially. I promote this organization to anyone who will listen to me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been visiting Best Friends every year since 2006 for a week of volunteering. Unfortunately we were unable to make the trip this year because of COVID-19 and I was heartbroken.
I support the work of Best Friends 100% and am a Golden Circle Member. Their Sanctuary is beautiful and well maintained. The animals under their care are well treated. But they have an impact far beyond the Sanctuary in Utah. They make a difference in the lives of animals throughout the United States and the world. During our first visit to the Sanctuary in 2006 we worked with 150 cats that had been rescued from Beirut, Lebanon during war time. The following year we worked with hundreds of cats that had been rescued from a horrible hoarding situation in Pahrump, NV.
Being involved with this organization was a life changing experience for me.

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lslarson53

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My sister and I have volunteered at Best Friends for four years. It is such a wonderful experience, and one I hope we can continue for years! The sanctuary property is so lovely, and the work that Best Friends does is so important. We have cleaned numerous catteries, cleaned and prepared bunny runs, helped out with the parrot house, taken kitties on stroller rides around the property, and taken lucky dogs on walks along the red, dusty trails. We have also been treated to a VIP tour! Every moment is a joy and a special perk is eating the delicious vegan lunch every day! Another special perk is staying in the sweet cottages right on the sanctuary (but you have to reserve fast!). I can't say enough good about Best Friends!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends Animal Society is outstanding. I have been volunteering with them since November and they go above and beyond for the animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We took our senior girl scouts to volunteer there on two occasions and we all loved it. They put the girls to work and educated them on the importance of rescue work and spaying/neutering your pet. The sanctuary is beautiful and the staff are so dedicated to the animals. A beautiful place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family of five has been volunteering for over ten years! We’ve spent Christmas and spring break working with these amazing animals and their staff. The sanctuary staff are friendly, hard working and dedicated to the mission of “saving them all”. The dogs have amazing accommodations and are a joy to walk. The pigs love going forward walks and will let you scratch them as they beg for more. They have allowed us to bring our Girl Scout troop and Rainbow girls so that we can spread the word about this peaceful, dedicated, and amazing sanctuary. We will be returning year after year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering @ Best Friends was a wonderful humbling experience. I cannot wait to volunteer again. I can’t say enough great things for this non-profit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the most amazing experience volunteering at Best Friends. I got to work with all kinds of animals and learn from the most dedicated, knowledgeable, hard-working people I’ve ever met. The staff is so devoted to the animals and so grateful for the volunteers. Animals are well cared for and cherished. The setting is beautiful. I can’t wait to volunteer there again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Years ago, I met Best Friens through their work after Katrina and rescuing the Michael Vick now VICTORY dogs. Donating money then volunteering at the Utah Sanctuary, working nationally, getting certified as part of the national Emergency Response Team, raising 5K for the Palm Valley Animal Shelter and finally purchasing a charitable annuity. My involvement will both go deep and wide with Best Friends. Consistent, caring, creative. Carol

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a single female with no close relatives, I've known I would leave my estate to charity. Through the years I've supported environmental causes, art causes, educational causes, and companion animal causes. When Best Friends decided to aim for the end to the killing of adoptable pets, I decided they were the best nonprofit for my money. In addition to Best Friends being the recipient of my estate, I donate regularly now as well.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Friends is an amazing organization! We have visiting several times for workshops and to volunteer - there is something magical about being at Best Friends and you have to go there to experience it. The founders and staff are amazing and always willing to share their knowledge. It is a place that when you leave you are already wanting to go back.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Best Friends is my absolute favorite charity based on the amazing work they do in communities around the country and the work they do to save them all. Going to the sanctuary is my happy place. I count the days in between visits.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Caring for those who can’t help themselves. Been donating to Best Friends for years. As an animal lover there is no better charitable organization to support

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to Best Friends on every occasion possible. In honor of someone passing or happy occasions. The work they do for animals is second to none. I have learned so much about animal welfare and rescue from them. Love to support such a great organization. I hope to visit one day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Best Friends since the late ‘80s when I first learned of their mission. In 2018 I finally took my dream vacation to the Sanctuary in Kanab, UT and spent 5 wonderful days volunteering. I was so in awe of the location, the many animal areas, and the dedication of the full-time caregivers. They take such care to make the sanctuary not only a place to heal and care for homeless companion animals, but they made my volunteer experience so rewarding. Best Friends is a topnotch organization and I feel so proud and fortunate to have been part of their mission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Been to the facility in Kenab. Truly a wonderful experience. My son adopted his dog from Best Friends and it was a great addition to his family. Can't afford to donate much, but do so every year.

2 Helen Regina R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A friend had made several trips as a volunteer for the Sanctuary, in Utah. I asked if there was room, might I tag along next time. I really thought it would be a nice way to see that part of the country, if nothing else, and I like to think of myself as someone who loves animals. That was May 2019. I did not expect a week at Best Friends to change my life, but it did. I fell in love with the Sanctuary. The people, the animals, the Canyon - it sounds corny, but it is magical. I cannot wait to go back. I had a trip planned for April 2020, with my teenaged granddaughter, because I wanted her to experience the Sanctuary and see the level of love and care the animals receive. Sadly because of the virus, we had to cancel the trip, but I am planning to take her next April. When I came home from Best Friends I went to my local shelter and have been volunteering there ever since, and in two weeks my friends and I are returning to the Sanctuary for another week of volunteering. Best Friends treats every creature that comes into its care with love and respect for life. The culture there creates an environment that not only restores animals to health when needed, and finds homes for homeless pets, it nurtures and renews the spirits of the people who are lucky enough to have found it. They found their home in Angel Canyon - couldn't be a more appropriate place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends is the most amazing place on earth! My family and friends love to volunteer at the Sanctuary with me annually. The location is gorgeous and peaceful. I want to continue to be a part of their mission and future. The founders and staff that I have met and worked with are all amazing people. Thanks for creating heaven on earth for the animals and for the leading the great network across the country that is rescuing and caring for so many animals! Also thanks for leading me to 4 of my babies that we have adopted!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Best Friends! Amazing, beautiful, peaceful, favorite place to spend my time away from home. The work done here is amazing, excited to schedule my next volunteer trip! Thanks to the founders for creating a safe haven for the animals... we have adopted 4 dogs, since 2001. Thanks for caring for my babies!

1 Diane P.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a member for many years but made my first ever trip there in 2011 after I had lost my husband and then my dog. It is a magical place! It fed my heart and soul like NO place I had ever been. They live what they say...it’s all about the animals. Been back twice and will keep coming. For me? A little bit of heaven here on earth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends lives it’s mission to the max. Until I visited the sanctuary I found it hard to believe a place like this could exist. Ho wonderful that they never loose sight of their values & live those values each & everyday.

4 Linda S.19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been travelling to Best Friends for 11 years, twice a year, from Pittsburgh, PA. It is the place in this world that fulfills the needs of my soul and my heart. There is beauty all around, from the views to the animals and the people. Best Friends lives by its mission. It allows me to give to animals in so many ways and to make a difference in their lives. I will never stop going to Best Friends, heaven on earth.

1 Tess H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was unsure of adopting a cat but best friends was able to help me through the fostering process. I had no idea how to own a cat pet and they answered all of my questions and provided resources to get me started. I adopted my fostered cat largely because best friends matched me with Kitty so well!

4 Lisa M.24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have visited the sanctuary in Kanab, Utah 3 times. It is more than a sanctuary. It's like a giant hug that embraces you with compassion as soon as you turn off the road. That compassion is at the center of their mission. They put the animals at the forefront and humans work around their schedules and routines and I love that about Best Friends. They do not have mission drift. They are clear on what they are doing and they are amazing at it. I cannot wait to return! Everyone else can take Disneyland. This is MY happiest place :-)

2 Elyse F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Best Friends! I have volunteered for them, as well as adopted my two cats from here. They have a huge impact on cities across the country by saving the lives of animals.

2 Beth V.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends is life-changing for both volunteers and the creatures they serve. I am a relative newcomer to volunteering at the Kanab sanctuary, having visited 3 times in 2 years. The work is rewarding, the staff inspiring, and the animals a joy to work with. The volunteer system is well organized and run, and I hope to return many times.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I took my spouse to Best Friends to volunteer for her 60th birthday, and it ended up being an amazing gift to myself. The dedicated staff and volunteers, the spectacular setting, and the grateful resident animals all gave me far more than I could give in s lifetime. We are about to head back for our second visit this year, and plan to make it at least an annual event.

2 amyweissman

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Best Friends was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. Everyone there is so devoted to the animals and so willing to educate volunteers. I learned so much and felt so lucky to be able to contribute. I hope I get to volunteer there again soon.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing place! I volunteered there for the first time earlier this month and loved every minute of it. The staff are some of the most dedicated, caring, hardworking people I have ever met, and the entire sanctuary is so well run. Best Friends is a leader in its field and I am proud to be associated with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Best Friends since the early 90’s watched DogTown every week and when a Best Friends Adoption Center opened near me I was thrilled many friends adopted from there and April 2017 I started volunteering with the dogs and it has been the best thing I have ever done!! Everyone was so welcoming and helpful I have made many friends with other volunteers and I feel so appreciated there! I got thank you notes after helping with events and was so proud to be Volunteer of the Month October of 2018! This is the most wonderful organization I have ever volunteered for and will continue to volunteer and support the work Best Friends is doing!!

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Donor

Rating: 4

My husband and I discovered Best Friends on our honeymoon in 2008. The following year, my daughter went there and volunteered, after we left she told me that she would work there one day. Fast forward a few years and she sold her home, quit her job, and moved to Kanab. Although it hasn’t always been easy, she continues to love her job and the animals she cares for, and she has made lasting friendships. The sanctuary is a very spiritual place and I love the work that’s being done there.

1 LJ P.

Donor

Rating: 5

Decades of learning from Best Friends. They are so dedicated and have literally changed our wkrld for the better. They were instrumental in my getting involved wjth local work. No better role models or example setters.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've seen Best Friends perform and bring individuals and groups together in times of disaster and crisis. Even more impressive are their day to day efforts 24/7/365. Homelessness and senseless killing of animals are not brief, sporadic events. This day in and day out need would not be advancing toward a better world without Best Friend's leadership, support, and love for all creatures. Keep showing us the way; we need you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

OMG there isn’t enough space to write all the wonderful things that BF does! My husband & I have volunteered 16 times & can’t wait to make it 17! Every single animal That lives there gets the best care, possibly even better than they would get in a home. Although a real forever home is always the goal. Every animal is treated as an individual w/unique needs. Their mental & emotional health is treated as just as important as physical health. We always feel honored to be able to volunteer there. The BF sanctuary is the best place on earth for homeless pets other than a furever home.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first volunteered with Best Friends at NKLA in LA and loved the organization. I love the way they value all of the animal and work to help them find the best life possible. At NKLA I learned about the Sanctuary and their many efforts around the country. I was very impressed with the difference they have made in animals’ lives during Katrina and other natural disasters. After visiting the sanctuary, I have had to return each year for the beauty and inspiration. Seeing what a difference this organization makes for animals inspires me to do whatever I can to help them and therefore the animals.

Volunteer1961

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have supported through donations and volunteered at Best Friends for a decade now because of their commitment to best practices in animal welfare. Their positive messaging to animal lovers, rescuers, and communities inspires involvement and a desire to make a difference. If that wasn’t enough, their outreach efforts with network partners enhances life saving efforts.

I have spent numerous vacations as a volunteer, working both shifts, just to be a part of the incredible mission. I have learned a great deal from working with their caregivers and from their blogs and resource site. I love this organization with my entire being.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The mission, the people, the canyon landscape along with the animals that get to live their lives with no threat of being harmed make Best Friends the happiest place on earth. Volunteering at Best Friends is highly rewarding - more lives get saved because of volunteer participation, I always learn something new, I always feel valued, and because Best Friends has an extensive network program my efforts here actually help to save lives of animals throughout the country. I found a way to ease my sadness of leaving after a volunteer stay; I schedule my next visit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends has become our yearly vacation. It started 5 years ago. Volunteering there shows just how much they truly love and care for their pets. It is a place where animals can heal physically and emotionally with experienced staff that take the time to give each pet what they need. Don't get me wrong the pet needs a forever home and Best Friends does their very best to find them one. If it doesn't work out, they make sure their home at the Sanctuary is a happy , safe and loved one, which is all any of us wish for. Donate! It is money well spent, keeping this amazing organization going.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I’ve known Best Friends since 1993 and they always have kindness and compassion for animals. They have done so much throughout the years for individual animals and animal organizations.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I left my East Coast corporate job twenty six years ago for a cross-country drive to find where my next journey began. When I drove onto Best Friends property I knew immediately I'd found my new life. Their dedication to kindness and education is key. I founded Greyhound Gang, in Kanab where Best Friends lives as a beacon to animal welfare everywhere. They are the guiding and golden star.

1 marleysmom

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The days I have spent volunteering for Best Friends Animal Society have been so rewarding and enjoyable. The caregivers provide a safe, loving environment for animals. They also take the time to educate the volunteers and make us feel valued.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have visited Best Friends in Kanab Utah twice and each time was inspired by the dedication and hard work of the people who work there. They give a second chance to animals that would otherwise be killed. It is difficult to describe how wonderful it was to see the living areas and the medical facilities available for the homeless animals. And the gratitude of the animals is shown in the love they give back to the humans.

On my second visit I found my own best friend,an older dog who has been the perfect companion. The money Best Friends raises goes towards the never ending needs of special animals and makes the people around them feel special too.

Kasey Jordan B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've enjoyed so much volunteering with them in Mission Hills while bottle feeding baby kittens. I love everything this company stands for in terms of getting the country to "no kill." We need this to be a priority for ever organization.

Karin Worthen H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome experience volunteering with a Best Friends. I was able to work in different areas of Dogtown during my three days on site. The staff is amazing and so appreciative of their volunteers. I helped with feeding, took dogs for walks and even took one for a sleepover. Don’t miss this incredible place near Zion!

Peggy A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been going to Best Friends every year for 12 years now to volunteer & just spend time among so many like minded ppl. It is is the most beautiful setting one could ever ask for! The caregivers are some of the greatest ppl you’ll ever meet & teach us something new every trip. Next year will be our first to bring my grandson! Hopefully he will grow w/ the same love of animals & will grow up as an advocate for them. They do such important work. I was happy to become a national volunteer for them a few years ago & love the work. We have even adopted from them & were lucky to bring our Grace home with us on one wonderful trip! We wi be supporting them for many years to come! ❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been traveling to Kanab at least two times a year since 2008 (first from Chicago and now from Denver). Simply stated, BF is my heaven on earth. The views are spectacular, the caregivers are one of a kind, the mission is achievable (and currently being proven), and the animals are so happy for your visit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I consider myself so lucky to have found Best Friends! Everyone that visits me in Nevada gets to go on one of their tours. I have volunteered several times and been lucky enough to take dogs back to their wonderful hotel for a sleepover. I have taken my grandson to the Piggy Social. In January 2019 we adopted a cat named Socrates from there. And every Christmas family and friends get a gift from their store since it helps support all the animals. I will always support Best Friends with donations and my time.