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Best Friends Animal Society

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals

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 two million.

Target demographics: pets in shelters find homes.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 187,693 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 two million. That’s incredible progress, but it also means that hat means there are still nearly 5,500 dogs and cats killed every day in shelters, just because they don’t have safe places to call home. 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

There's something uniquely special about this place and its people, the animals they care for and save, and their commitment to ending the killing of pets in shelters. This is not just a nonprofit organization or sanctuary - it's a movement of incredible people, all who come together because of their shared belief that we can Save Them All.

The Sanctuary... if you've never been, I'd recommend putting it on your bucket list and making it happen. This place will change your life - I promise. You get to see where it all started by visiting the beautiful canyon and volunteering with about 1,600 animals. It's challenging to put into words the feeling you get upon visiting, so the best I can really say here is to go and see for yourself. (You can make a full vacation out of it by adding on local national parks like Zion, Escalante, the Grand Canyon, and more). Be sure to check out the veg cafe with an animal friendly menu (Save Them ALL) and the best views in Southern Utah.

The regional centers... I've visited the centers in Los Angeles and Atlanta. Salt Lake City and New York are on my list to go soon. These places are like no other in the industry. They promote adoptable pets in the most positive light possible, and each facility has an educational aspect and modern approach to animal welfare. If you're in those cities, be sure to pay a visit. They are also hubs for the regional activities that are taking place throughout the country and there's more in the works.

The national advocacy... no one works harder than Best Friends on the issues of Puppy Mills, Pit Bulls, and Community Cats. Because of their incredible team of hardworking professionals, one day, these won't be issues in the field of animal welfare.

Collaboration... Best Friends not only leads the way, they help others do the same. There's a huge network of partners all throughout the country who are committed to saving the animals in their communities, and through this collaborative partnership, there is a ton of information sharing, mentoring, toolkits, grants, and so much more that are made available to make it all happen. Not to mention the incredible opportunities like community cat programs, Strut Your Mutt fundraisers (to raise $ for local groups), and Super Adoption events. Wow! Way to make lifesaving possible!

No-Kill 2025... need I say more? They've put a timeline on it! They are dedicated to ending the killing of animals in shelters across the country by 2025 by working together with shelters, rescues, and organizations in every region of the nation. 2025 is not that far away, but if anyone can lead the way and either get super close to or accomplish this goal in its entirety, it's Best Friends.

I couldn't be more proud to support such an amazing organization. The story of Best Friends Animal Society is one of the greatest out there. These people walk the walk and will welcome anyone to join them on this journey of collaboration and lifesaving. Dollar for dollar, this is the organization I will always support. There isn't another group out there who I am confident can turn my support into a life saved or better care and treatment for the animals in their care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a volunteer here and I️ absolutely love it. I️ had a pup not too long ago and unfortunately I️ don’t have her anymore. But I’ve lived with this guilt and cloud over me since then. Coming to this rescue and volunteering really just fills this void in my life. I️ miss my pup every day but I️ don’t know if I’ll ever be able to get another one anytime soon.

Love you Luna.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am living in The Netherlands, but I donated some money after the hurricanes. And to my surprise I received a wonderful magazine from Best Friends! Reading and looking at the photo's, I learnt more about them and the wonderful things they do.
I felt inspired by their dedication and I will certainly continue to follow the work they do.

3 Amanda A.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Friends stepped up for the Houston area after Harvey in a big way! They coordinated the rescue of hundreds, if not thousands, of animals that would've died during the horrendous flooding our city suffered. We can never thank them enough!

1 Debra A.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been friends and followed Best Friends since they took in the champions..what they did to rehabilitate these beautiful dogs, wow is all I can say. They are a terrific non profit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in Utah. A friend in Texas posted about a 1-year old dog, named Rider, who was in a shelter but was scheduled for euthanasia. I reluctantly watched the video my friend had posted, and was in tears when it was over. I had stage 4 cancer at the time and knew I was powerless to help. Then I thought to relay the video post to Best Friends, along with an urgent plea requesting they intervene if possible. They intervened immediately, and had Rider moved to a different shelter for another chance at adoption. Because of Best Friends' swift intervention, Rider's life was saved. The resulting buzz of Rider's swift intervention was enough to find Rider a forever home, and he was placed with a loving family of four! Forever grateful to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary! SIMPLY. THE. BEST. FRIENDS. OF. ANIMALS. ANYWHERE!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BFAS- I heard about BFAS 15 years ago, when a friend gave me their book. I came from the east coast of Canada to Kanab to volunteer. I rented a cabin on site, and spent one day with cats, one with rabbits, and 4 with dogs. Every night, I had a "dog sleepover". The other staff and volunteers were welcoming, approachable, and thoughtful. I felt like I had been there for months. Incredible organization, well run, and doing so much good! I learned a ton. Also, great gift shop. I think I spent as much in there as I did on gas for the trip!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love best friends❤️❤️❤️ They are an amazing no kill sanctuary that is helping to save all the dogs and cats. I love the strut your mutt event it is so much fun and for a cause that I truly care about. Best friends is one of the greatest organizations for helping animals in Utah and it deserves as much funding and volunteers as possible!!❤️❤️

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love the advocacy work Best Friends does to stop BSL, fight puppy mills, help community cats, and other important initiatives. I volunteered at the Utah sanctuary and ended up adopting a great dog from there too. The sanctuary is the most wonderful place I have ever been and the work BFAS does to work towards a no-kill movement is amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked here for the past two years with my granddaughter. The animals are well taken care of.. The kennel staff is very knowledgeble and helpful.. Animals come first. The staff is excellent at educating the volunteers and always helpful.

3 Patricia Meehan L.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated twice to Best Friends during the hurricanes. I also donated to other animal organizations at that time. Best Friends was the only one that took the time and energy, under very stressful circumstances, to give daily updates, complete with brief interviews and videos, to let donors know how their contributions were being used. They worked SO HARD and, because of it, met with great success. I shall continue to contribute to them because I appreciate their efforts and their attitudes toward rescues. If I were closer and younger, I'd volunteer with them but I'm in New England and in my 70's.

Lydia C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went and helped out at the NRG in Houston, TX.

everyone was so nice and very helpfully.

I think y'all are doing some great stuff. I wish y'all had a place here in Houston

3 Ann H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful org. I adopted a cat from their shelter in Mission Hills (Los Angeles) and also volunteered a bit. Their staff really care about the animals and treat them right. I'm so happy they're also using their resources and influence to focus on the big picture - making cities/states no kill! Save them all!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Backwards never Forwards ever! This is the Moorish Amexique Yisraelite brother Enoch Ben Gabriel Jihad Shabazz Yisrael Bey from back out here in the ghetto urban section of Parkchester of the borough of the Bronx but is originally from the ghetto urban section of Bedford Stuyvesant in the borough of Brooklyn to illustrated that this in wicked Babylon corporate Empire where it is capitalistic with absolutely no regard for Thy Creatures so that being to case should learn more from the Anicent Wisdom with there was more appreciation for Thy Creatures plus there was a Natural Interconnection between Human Being, Supreme Being and the Creatures which dealt with compassion especially in a very corrupted pervented wicked Babylon corporate Empire that doesn't have any respect for Thine Creation so we must go back to Thee real soon in order for there to be more inconnected with Thy Creatures. Backwards never Forwards ever!

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated and watched my money at work after the hurricane in Texas. They do a great job trying to help all they can.

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited the sanctuary in September of 2015. It was amazing!! I have told everyone that even expresses a remote interest in animals about Best Friends and the amazing care the animals receive in Kanab. I also volunteered with the dogs while I was there. Overall, it was a very rewarding experience and an amazing trip. I highly recommend Best Friends as a top notch animal welfare group!

Donor

Rating: 5

Best Friends came to Texas after Hurricane Harvey and saved hundreds of dogs and cats. We are so appreciative of your response and care. thank you, thank you

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Best Friends Animal Society and have done work at their Kitten Nursery in Salt Lake City, at Strut Your Mutt, and I am part of the Best Friends Street Team which does much needed marketing and fund raising. I have seen wonderful people doing great work to Save Them All. I hold Best Friends parent Home in Kanab in the highest possible regard for their support and guidance of our branch in Salt Lake City, Utah. #SaveThemAll

Lynn93

Donor

Rating: 5

I am constantly touched by the incredible work that this marvelous charity does to better the lives of the beautiful creatures of this world who have fallen victim to mankind’s cruelty or nature’s catastrophes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that Best Friends does is exemplary. They are a true model for what a charity should strive to be. What they do for the creatures of this world is amazing!!!

Nancy S.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited Best Friends....fabulous place and guardian angels to animals.