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Best Friends Animal Society

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Nonprofit Overview

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 800,000.

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 800,000. That’s incredible progress, but it also means that hat means there are still nearly 2,000 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 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®.

Community Stories

732 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

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.

1 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.

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!

1 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 :-)

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Caitlin J.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rented a car on our trip to Vegas and drove 3 hours just to tour their beautiful property and revel in all the happy heartbeats in their care. Had to return the following year to stay in Kanab and volunteer. I always refer to it as an ‘animal lover’s Mecca’ - it’s not the easiest place to get to but it profoundly moves you once you’re there. I truly can’t wait to go back.

Victoria C.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If I could give more stars I would. I travel every summer from the Northeast-except this past one :-( (thanks Covid) to volunteer. I look forward to this trip EVERY year and I start counting down the days months ahead. The staff are SO nice, Kanab is so beautiful and the work they do is AMAZING! And if you eat lunch in their cafe- you have the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the incredible founders who started this wonderful sanctuary. I just can't say enough about how much I love this place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Best Friends’ Utah sanctuary 10 times in the last 15 years, and have been a supporter even longer than that. The sanctuary is truly like heaven on earth for the fortunate animals who live there, and for animal lovers who get the opportunity to volunteer.

Nationally, Best Friends provides incredible leadership in animal welfare, with its innovative programs and passionate, talented staff. I’m so proud to be associated with this organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last November I saw a mixed breed dog on the BFAS website that looked a lot like a dog I once had and had the same name as another. He’d already been adopted twice and was returned. I already had 4 dogs yet he tugged at my heart. I drove 9hrs to meet him.

I met his caregivers and they explained how he viewed new people with some fear and I spent several hours meeting him, playing with him, taking him for several walks and with all going well was able to take him to the cottage I was renting on their grounds for an overnight. Several times I got email check ups to make sure all was well.

The next morning I was ready to adopt. The paperwork was readied and coincidentally CBS news was there doing a story on BFAS and interviewed me. All of the animals at BFAS have about run out of chances and talking to Jamie Yuccas from CBS made me realize how important BFAS really is because so many shelters aren’t able to keep these last chance pets alive to give them one more try.

Indy is lying under my feet as I write this, per usual. He’s never very far and enjoys his 4 canine companions in varying degrees. BFAS has checked in via email a couple times early on. And I needed some behavior help in the early days and they returned my email promptly and set up a phone consultation at no cost. I really can’t thank them enough for what they are doing in UT and across the country with their partner programs.

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first visited Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in 2006 and spent my 50th birthday volunteering there. My husband and I were so impressed with the organization that we spend one week each year volunteering at the Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. I cannot say enough good things about our experiences with Best Friends. We have met many of the original founders and fully support the work they are doing every day to save the lives of animals in the US and across the globe. We also support Best Friends financially and believe that they are good stewards of our donations.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The care and attention every animal receives here is amazing. As a volunteer I was treated as an invaluable and integral part of the sanctuary and I was grateful to be able to see how well run and thought out everything was.

Shannon E.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends is my heaven on Earth. I spend my vacation time flying across the country to volunteer here. Every single animal is so loved and well cared for. Can’t wait to get back out there.

Marilyn W.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We were introduced to Best Friends during an itinerary stop on an adventure travel trip. We had never heard of BFAS before that, but we were so very impressed with what we experienced during the Sanctuary tour that we vowed to return some day. This December will be trip #4 to volunteer. It is our Christmas present ourselves. The sanctuary is a spiritual place that you can never forget. This is the charity we have chosen to donate both time and dollars to.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

They had a rabbit they were supposed to help for MONTHS and did nothing with all their resources. She would have been better off somewhere else. They had to complete one surgery then return her because they were incapable of carrying out all of the surgeries she needed. She died after sitting in their facility without any medical care.

6 Denise139

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that has and continues to make a difference in shelters all over the country. Their no kill movement, breed discrimination work, how they never give up on an animal and meet whatever needs they have; their successful volunteers program; I could go on and in. Volunteering here has changed my life. They are so deserving for the hard work they do and for so many lives saved and changed!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4 Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you were to ask me to tell you something negative about Best Friends, I would think for hours and hours and not be able to give you an answer. The staff are wonderful caring resourceful people, and their care of animals is superb. My husband and I have volunteered there several times, and we've always left with a good feeling knowing that the animals we met would always have a home, if not outside of Best Friends, then within the comfort of the facility itself.

We've watched BF staff train puppies using a lifelike kitchen and living area with a noisy vacuum, a doorbell, and many other household items that can be scary to pups and dogs.
We've watched them hold and cuddle abused animals until they begin to feel safe again, and become adoptable. And the enormous role they played in rehabilitating many of the "Vicktory Dogs" from Michael Vicks' Bad Newz kennels is unparalleled.

Best Friends places a high value on the life of each animal that comes under their care, and this is exemplified by their effort to make the U.S. a "no kill" nation by the year 2025.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Never in my life had I received a phone call to thank me for making a donation to a charitable organization. That is, until the day I returned home to a voice mail message from one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Society, thanking both my husband and me, individually by our names, for our support of their programs. It demonstrated not only how highly they value their supporters, but also how serious they take their mission to "save them all." Ginny R

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter has been a Best Friends supporter and volunteer for a long time and has made 3 trips to Kanab. This year she invited me along and it was a wonderful experience. I have been sewing for the cat trap neuter release program for a few months and while it is rewarding on it's own; to actually visit the sanctuary and get to meet and work with some awesome people was a whole other experience. Have I mentioned the animals??? Words cannot describe the joy, compassion and lessons I learned from my time as a volunteer...animals are so smart and so wise. Please if you get the chance....go there and experience Best Friends ...it is the Best!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Best Friends for 10 years and this organization is doing amazing work for homeless pets across the U.S. They are compassionate, transparent, and committed to their mission!

2 Diane M.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at BF Sanctuary 7 times and am planning another trip in November. I live in Middle TN, so it is a long and costly trip; but, the care they give the animals at the Sanctuary and the work they are doing to achieve No Kill by 2025 is definitely worth the expense and effort. I encourage every animal lover who can, to make at least one trip to Kanab, UT, to see for yourself the good things that are being accomplished.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been to best friends 3 times to volunteer. They are definitely angels for what they do and have accomplished. Heaven on earth. U have a chance to volunteer and learn about so many animals why socializing with them to give them a better chance at a forever home and/or better future

4 Tracie N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are amazing. I’ve visited and volunteered at the Utah sanctuary three times, adopting a dog after my first visit, and volunteered twice in Texas for the Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts. Everyone staff member and volunteer I had the pleasure to interact with was wonderful and friendly and made the experience unforgettable. This group is in it for the welfare and the love of the animals they care for. I cried each time I’ve had to leave, they make you feel like family immediately. Just love this group with all my heart.

Jessica G.12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It all started when my daughter had a sleep over with her Grammy. They watched Dog Town on Animal Planet and at the end of the show it said for more information visit us on the web... Not long after a trip to Kanab, Utah was born. I did not get to go on the first trip, just my daughter and her Grammy, but what a life changing experience it was! My daughter volunteered all week and came home to start her own non-profit at just 11 years old! It became her mission not only to help animals but people too! We have since visited several more times and I finally did get to go on one of the trips too and the mission of Best Friends is absolutely incredible and inspiring! We have adopted two dogs from Best Friends and they have been the best dogs! (well aren't they all!) The animals are in the best care possible aside from being adopted and are truly loved at Best friends. Everything is so clean and beautiful ! I highly recommend this as "A bucket list" place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Best Friends has lost it's way ever since it announced the No Kill by 2025 initiative. They no longer care about the sanctuary animals, it's all about the numbers. They move sick and behaviorally challenged dogs and cats from Houston, LA, and other areas of the country to the sanctuary so the numbers look better in those cities. They do not have adequate staffing at the sanctuary to take care of resident dogs and cats. let alone these additional challenging imports. But the worst thing I see is the terrible way they treat their caregivers. These are the people who are responsible for daily care of the animals. They have been short staffed for the past several years in dogs and cats. Training is non-existent. They do not acknowledge the dedication and love most of the caregivers have for their wards or rely on their knowledge of the individual animals when it comes to illness or behavioral issues. They use volunteers to fill in instead of filling hired positions. Stress level of caregivers and local volunteers is terrible. It affects the quality of care and the health of the dogs and cats. The line out the door is constant and is accepted as the way things are. Nothing is really done to address why. Lower management are promoted based on their relationships to upper management and the founders, not on experience and knowledge. I no longer support Best Friends financially because of what I have seen at the sanctuary. My heart bleeds for the animals there. It's very sad that volunteers who only come there occasionally have no idea what really goes on behind the scenes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best place on earth.This was actually my make a wish dream come true I have a blood disorder and if I was able to start getting better my wish was to go and help out at Best Friends ,my wish came true what an experience so heart warming.All the animals and how they are treated is so touching what a place

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve made several volunteer trips to Best Friends, each visit left me a better person. You get so much more than you could ever give. Truly a magical experience- the facilities and staff are superior, very compassionate mission minded. Life changing experience!

Shelley H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have visited and volunteered at the sanctuary since 2010. NEVER have i had one bad experience. The love, kindness, compassion, patience and general concern for every animal there is second to none!! The caregivers KNOW their animals, they are not a number! They know their likes, dislikes, personalities and make the best decisions for all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Best Friends for the past 7 years. It is by far the best experience of my lifetime. The staff, caregivers and anyone associated with Best Friends Animal Society are second to none. The sanctuary is a magical place. You can see the love lavished upon the animals at the sanctuary. I have participated in their "strut your mutt" as a volunteer in my community for the past 2 years, and it's the same there as well. Truly caring about the well beings of all animals. I highly recommend visiting the sanctuary and getting involved in your community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I will be visiting for our fourth year of volunteering this November. We return because the experience is monumentally valuable to our souls as much as it is to help the animals. The staff is warm and welcoming and we always feel like our efforts are needed and valued. I love how much they are able to accomplish and do with the help of their wide network of volunteers and partners. Best Friends doesn’t stand alone in their mission, but they stand out in the way they make us all feel a part of it.

1 Sheryl M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I drove by Best Friends in 2012 on a motorcycle trip to the Grand Canyon and Utah. At that time I made a mental note to check it out someday. Wow. I drove to Best Friends from St. louis with my chocolate lab Bella. What an experience. I volunteered for a little over a week but I wish I had longer. Being there is SO GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL. I will be going back!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I retired 18 months ago and began volunteering at Best Friends in Utah. I have had the privilege of volunteering at the Life Saving Center, the Sanctuary and my favorite... the Kitten Nursery. Without exception every staff member and volunteer are dedicated to the care of and caring for animals in need. My joy is being with these people and animals!

1 Nora P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best weekend ever! Spent three days at best friends with my Granddaughter and it’s a great experience. Everyone was friendly, informative and we had a great time with the dogs and rabbits. We had the sweetest dog sleepover and my Granddaughter loved it. . If you love animals, beautiful scenery and friendly folks this is the place for you. Great work you guys do for so many sweet animals.

Mindi C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So many things to say! Best Friends is absolutely wonderful! It is hard to put into words what this place is and what it does for the soul. The caregivers, founders, other staff - they are like minded people that bring joy and love to the animals and visitors.

It was on my bucket list for many years to visit the Sanctuary and ever since I finally made it happen I can't stop going back. It is truly a wonderful place and God Bless the founders that didn't give up and made it happen.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a huge animal lover and adopted my cat from Best Friends. A very thorough adoption process handled with professionalism, Tipster was the featured cat of the week so Best Friends transported him from the sanctuary in Utah to me in Phoenix. His detailed medical records were provided to me as well. LOVE. Best Friends and their efforts to Save Them All!

1 social

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mother and I have been to the Best Friends sanctuary in Utah three times. We're constantly impressed by how well the animals are treated, and how much their human caregivers love them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was such a fun and family friendly experience! We got to go on a free tour with the kindest tour guide, and got to see some cats and dogs. We heard so much about the care and love each and every animal receives. It is my dream job to work there! Kind staff who truly love their jobs and animals they care for!

Susan L.2

Donor

Rating: 5

After donating a most modest amount, I was awestruck to receive a phone call from one of the founders to thank me. I took the time to look at their 990 and Guidestar profile and was completely blown away. What an amazing organization!
I volunteer with another organization that transports kitties across the U.S. On behalf of these precious souls, who we recently transported to Best Friends, thank you for all you do. Signed, George, O.C. (Orange Cat), and Tony Stark--all special needs babies. (There have been others...too many to mention.

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Beverly C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We went out to Best Friends this weekend, first we stopped at the Kanab site it was amazing, clean, staff were AMAZING!! Then we went out to the main facility (Welcome Center) and again, very clean and organized the staff were GREAT!!! Everyone was so friendly, then we seen the Kittens OMG, they were so cute. The Kitten room was so adorable, they thought of everything. We ended up getting two Kittens, they are adorable!!! Thank you so much for being there for these wonderful animals. This is the 3rd pet we have adopted from them, first was a Pit Bull 2 year old, he is amazing and so sweet!! He forgets he weights 90 pounds and wants to sit on your lap. He is the most Gentle Dog I have EVER had!!! Please give these guys a chance they are sweethearts!!

3 AbigaleBeatrice

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After reading about Best Friends, following online, and getting the magazine my daughters and I decided to visit. I can say without a doubt it was the best thing we ever did. Whatever U read about Best Friends, know it is true and so much more. The canyon is beautiful. The staff amazing, the animals are wonderful, and the food at the cafeteria is awesome and a good price. We volunteered 3 mornings and took the tour. Loved every minute of it and would love to go back someday. Also the town of Kanab is adorable and would be a great little place to live. While there U can take side trips to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon plus a few other interesting spots. An all round great trip.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited Best Friends exactly 2 years ago. No better way to remember the visit than to write about it. I had read the book and gotten their magazines for several years. I still didn't have high expectations since most times what U read about a place makes it seem better than it is. I can say without a doubt I was utterly surprised. It was actually more than the magazine, website, and book could ever describe. We volunteered for 3 mornings. It was the absolute best. The caretakers in the arenas we volunteered in were exceptionally helpful in getting us up to speed on what needed done. We took the tour of the sanctuary which was extremely informative. I'm not a cat person, but the cat house was awesome. Almost made me want to be a cat. The cafeteria is wonderful with a patio overlooking the canyon. Awesome view while U eat. Good price on the food. I'm hoping to make another trip in a year or 2. I've actually thought about moving there now that i'm retired. Not only is the sanctuary addicting but the town of Kanab is very inviting and would be a wonderful place to live. All that i've written and it still doesn't seem like a did justice to how wonderful this sanctuary is. It's life changing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends is an amazing place of love, hope, and true dedication to a No-Kill Nation by 2025. They truly appreciate their volunteers. I was there in May volunteering for my 5th trip. It is heaven on earth!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends is the most wonderful group of animal lovers on the planet. Every trip I've made to the Sanctuary and my recent visit to their Harvey effort has proved that over and over again. They are truly amazing. I saw first hand the eyes and souls of those saved during Harvey, well - knowing what their fate would have been without Best Friends. I also saw first hand the eyes and soulls of some of the Vicktory dogs. I will never forget them. They have my heart forever.

7 Cathy T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have supported Best Friends for decades and last year traveled from Massachusetts to Utah to visit and volunteer in person. This is the best run, most caring, feel-good organization you will ever encounter. They are organized and well run. They appreciate the value of a dollar and make sure all donations are wisely spent on the animals. The animals in residence are not just well cared for, but loved and trained with the long term goal in mind of a healthy adoption that lasts for life. Everything they do is done with much thought and intent. I highly recommend all animal lovers to support this incredibly worthy organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends Animal Society is perhaps the most special place on the planet - no exaggeration. They have a goal of "No more homeless pets" by 2025 and are optimistic about making it happen. Their approach is upbeat, making it easy to get on board and get involved. My spouse and I used our 2017 vacation to travel from Massachusetts to Utah to visit them and volunteer with the animals for a week. They really talk the talk and walk the walk. Everyone there is as caring and committed to the animals as they portray. The animals in their care are fortunate. I only wish they were bigger so they could help more animals. If you need or want to renew your faith in humanity, visit them, read their magazine, go to their website or follow them on Facebook. Do you want to know where all the good people went? They are at Best Friends Animal Society.

6 Ruth Ann Crawford D.

Donor

Rating: 5

Best Friends takes in any animal that has been abused, is disabled in a hoarding situation etc. I’ve volunteered there. Their dedication to animals is amazing. They adopt only to people who care about our animals. They have a medical clinic that would rival any hospital in the US. Animals care and well being are their number one objective. If the animal cannot be adopted for any reason that animal will have a home at Best Friends until they pass over the Rainbow Bridge. They are the Best Non Profit in the United States.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I don't think I have enough words to express how wonderful I think Best Friends Animal Society is. I will try to mention a few things. I truly believe that if Best Friends wasn't in operation in our United States, the abused, neglected and thrown away animals, of all kinds, would have no place to regain their lives and become adopted to forever homes that love and care for them. If for some reason they cannot be adopted, they will be cared for the rest of their lives at any of the Best Friends shelters in the United States. I got to cross one thing off my bucket list two years ago when my best friend and I volunteered at Best Friends in Utah for four days. We got the backstory tour and I came away very impressed by the medical clinic and the intake clinic. My Best friend came home with a cat named Scapper for her Grandkids. A year ago my 15yr old cat was killed in a tragic accident and I felt I needed another baby to ease my pain. I talked to Sherrie, in the Adoption Department, and she sent me some pics of a 3yr old special needs cat named Lyric, who has FIP, and no teeth because of it. Best Friends put Lyric on a plane to Amarillo, Texas and he has more than eased my pain..and fits in well with my other old cat Stormy 16yrs. old. I've been a member of Best Friends for a lot of years..my donation every month isn't much but it helps I'm sure. I would encourage any person that cares about animals to become a member of Best Friends. They were and still are in Houston caring for the displaced animals from Harvey..they go where ever they are needed thanks to thousands of volunteers. If you have any doubts about Best Friends...research and get the facts and info. They are the real deal people, and I, for one, am blessed to have them in my life.
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4 Carolyn G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have donated to Best Friends for several years and have always wanted to visit. I was able to finally visit Best Friends in Kanab, UT last fall. I was not disappointed!! My friend, Jeanne and I spent a few shifts volunteering in Dogtown. We walked high energy dogs, helped bathe and socialize puppies and helped with the care of older dogs. We had lunch with one of the co-founders, Gabriele. I was very touched with their beginnings.
We are going back this year to volunteer again!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Best Friends for several years. I have wanted to visit and this past September I got my wish. I was not disappointed. The staff was friendly and helpful. We volunteered for 3 shifts in Dogtown. We enjoyed our visit so much, we are going back next year! We played with puppies and older dogs. I wish I could adopt them all. This is an amazing organization.
I think the thing that really made me support Best Friends was how they rescued and rehabilitated the Michael Vick dogs.

5 Lynn93

Donor

Rating: 5

I believe in the wonderful people who give their lives to the animals in need in this world. Best Friends saves so many lives!

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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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6 Jacqueline P.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting Best Friends with a monthly donation since the latter part of the 1980's. I have followed them and watched their progress and they have a wonderful program. They always seem to be there in a crisis. Love what they do!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a monthly supporter since the mid-eights. While I have never had the opportunity to visit the facility in Utah, I have watched, VERY closely, how my money is being spent. I would encourage anyone one to support this wonderful organization. As they have grown they have maintained their wonderful, credible ethic for taking care of animals. They are a true example for any organization that wants to do this type of work.