Best Friends is a wonderful organization that helps animals and pets in need. I have volunteered there many times and absolutely love it. The employees are friendly, helpful and dedicated. One of their most challenging issues are the Breed discrimination laws which are completely unjustified. I own a pit bull terrier and she is the sweetest dog in the world. She is gentle with my 4 cats and my elderly beagle (whom I adopted from best friends many years ago) , who is her best friend! I would trust this dog anyone. People who think they are a dangerous breed have never owned one. People are dangerous, not the breed.
26 people were killed by pit bulls so far this year (in the USA.)
Best Friends promotes pit bulls, and the fact is, how a pit bull was raised does not matter.
Pit bulls have a unique biting style (gripping and grinding) and a stronger jaw than other dogs. This makes them more of a caution, and Best Friends should be honest about that.
Public safety should trump the lives of dogs.
I'm so glad I found this organization. I've been a giver to Best Friends for years and never had a moments doubt about their intentions, goals or ability. They truly care for all animals and do their very best to save every one. This large and well run charity sole goal is the protection and betterment of animal lives. To that end they give their all. You simply will never find a more worthy and worthwhile charity in which to invest your hard earned dollar. I'd give them a six star recommendation if it were possible on this site.
Awesome group that helps so many animals! The animals are so very lucky that these people are there to help. God bless them!
My first visit to this amazing sanctuary was May 2016. Can't say enough about the beautiful sanctuary, the staff, how well run and organized it is and the animals ..... It moved me deeply to be involved in some small part of this worthwhile organization and to see how and where my donations are used. I was deeply moved at Angels rest and left his whole experience a different person. The sanctuary has left an indelible mark on my heart and I can't wait to return next year.
I had been volunteering at Best Friends since I first found out about them in 2007. I have also participated in all of their workshops and many of their annual conferences. I have taken much of their shared information back to the shelter that I volunteered at. I eventually decided to apply to work for Best Friends and I am now the Animal Area Volunteer Coordinator Team Lead. This year we will probably exceed 10,000 volunteers. Many of them come on an annual basis.
I have been there twice and have my third trip planned. It is an awesome place. The staff there is very friendly, working with the animals is just amazing and you won't find any more beautiful scenery anywhere. The only bad part of the whole trip is when you leave :(
Each time I volunteer at Best Friends it is better and better. I work in Dogtown. The caregivers and staff spend so much time helping dogs, some from horrendous circumstances, become ready to go to a loving home. I stay in the on-site cottages. It is so uplifting to spend time helping animals in such a beautiful place.
Volunteering at Best Friends is a stunning, life-changing, amazing experience. We were surrounded by beauty - that of the landscape, the animals who find sanctuary there and the incredible Founders and caregivers. One thing I noticed beyond the compassion of the staff and volunteers was the combined joy and peace the animals exhibited. I am honored to be a supporter of and volunteer at Best Friends.
I have been going to volunteer at Best Friends almost annually since 2005, it is such a magical place. The setting is spectacular, there are so many wonderful animals to volunteer with, the staff is friendly and always grateful for volunteer help, and - of course - everyone is an animal lover so it's easy to make new friends. I cannot recommend it highly enough - a fun, rewarding vacation. Even if you don't have time to volunteer, you can take one of their free tours around the sanctuary and see the good work they do. Can't wait to go back!