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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 347,000.

Target demographics: pets in shelters find homes.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 14,491 animals move into foster homes. 47,543 animals receive spay/neuter surgeries. 22,876 animals adopted into new homes. And so much more!

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®.

Community Stories

744 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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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!

1 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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1 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.

7 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.

5 Carolyn S.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have nothing but admiration and gratitude for Best Friends Animal Society. They are absolute leaders in the fields of animal rescue, adoption, P.R., linkage to so many other animal rescue organizations across the country, and now leaders in a “ no-kill” Drive.

Not only do they go to any lengths to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the animals that come to their notice, but in any crisis they reach out and recruit teams to be on the spot with great success in either reuniting people and their pets or rescuing the animals and flying or driving them to safety.

I live in Canada. I can’t give much money to Best Friends; however, I give little bits throughout the year because I believe they are the best, bar none, spokespeople for animals in North America. And they are are the best at positive action on behalf of animals as well.

Bravo and please, keep up the amazing work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about Best Friends Animal Society through a TV program that we watched here in Ottawa, Canada, “Dog Town” became an admirer through this program. Then learned more about them on Facebook, finally contributing a small sum. You see, we support our local dog charities and are retired so the tax receipts are important to us. U.S. charitable giving doesn’t count. Believe me, Best Friends do the most amazing work of any animal shelter I have ever come across. The founders and their staff and volunteers are compassionate, action-oriented humane people with marvellous ideas and motivational P.R. After my token donation, I receive their wonderful magazine and I received a call from one of the founders! Talk about impressive follow up and dedication to all the animals. Their current mission is to make all shelters across the U.S. kill-free. I truly admire and respect Best Friends.

4 Natalie Rotman C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have traveled to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah three times from our home in NH. It is a sacred place where visitors are welcomed. We volunteered helping to care for the dogs and took the tours. We learned a lot about animal rescue. The staff is full of wonderful people who are truly committed to each and every animal in their care. The work they do at Best Friends to save the lives of animals all over the country is remarkable and so very needed. I hope they are awarded as a top-rated nonprofit because they are changing the landscape of animal rescue in this country one animal at a time.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have contributed to Best Friends for years. We have visited the sanctuary in Kanab twice and we are going back next year. The sanctuary is a spiritual place where animals are adored and cared for by people who are 100% committed to saving lives. Even the cafe at the sanctuary is vegetarian. This nonprofit is truly great. They are saving animals all over our country and they inspire many to take part in the cause.. "save them all"!

1 jklueder

Donor

Rating: 5

Best Friends is the best thing that has happened for animals. I have visited the Sanctuary in Utah a couple of times and the work they do and the care the animals are given is beyond amazing. They take neglected, abused, and unwanted animals and show them what love is. They don't give up on the hardest cases and will take care of them until they find a forever home or until it is time for them to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Best Friends not only helps animals in Utah but works with with other rescue organizations across the country. I only wish I lived closer so I could volunteer at the Sanctuary. They truly want to Save Them All!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Best Friends is an outstanding organization whose purpose is to help and save the lives of all animals. I have witnessed their work from visit a to their Utah headquarters. I have seen the love and dedication they show to the animals under their care. But their work does not stop there. They work with groups and shelters across the country to "save them all." Best Friends IS the best of friends to all animals!

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2 Carol Jones Bales S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter and volunteer since 1990. Outstanding work done, for an often difficult to place animal population. Worth every penny.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been following Best Friends for years and I'm proud of the work they do.

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Professional with expertise in this field

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.

4 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.

5 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.

1 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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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

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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

1 Nancy S.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

Well I am in awe of what you do there ,my dream is to visit the sanctuary in Utah someday,I don't think I'll ever come home .I have made any donations I can there as well as my mom's memorial contributions there because I believe you're an amazing organization,you have to have some of the biggest hearts in the world ,and of all the horrible things that happen to animals ,your place is a godsend blessing to them , can't thank you enough for what you do on their behalf,bless you all so much ✝✝we need and greatly appreciate your organization and all those you work with. I'll make it there someday .. godwilling .

Erin S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends is innovative, compassionate, impactful, and proactive in their work to rescue animals and work toward a no kill philosophy throughout the country. I’m proud to have them in our community.

Patricia Griffin H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have volunteered several years at Best Friends in Kanab, UT. This is truly a wonderful organization that always puts the welfare of the animals before everything else. They started with just the idea to find homes for all homeless animals. I support them and will continue to volunteer there.

Joy S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization doing incredibly important work for our animals.

1 Trudy H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Best Friends in Kanab , Utah for over 4 years but have been a monthly supporter for much longer. I have seen first hand the outstanding love, care and determination to save every animal and give them a chance to experience love in a forever home. I have served in every area, horses, pigs, dogs, cats, bunnies, goats, birds and exotics and the committment to the health and welfare of all animals is unsurpassed. When a disaster strikes their teams are there helping animals to reunite with family or caring for those who need to be rehomed. Their fight to make all states " no kill" is a noble and immediate cause and one they are winning one state at a time. I can't think of a more deserving organization than Best Friends of Kanab, Utah.

Jay K.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

More than just rescue and adoptions, Best Friends is a successful driver behind the no-kill movement -- a phrase I'd not even heard until learn I learned about Best Friends. I find them remarkable for the way they've taught us a new way to care for, and love, animals. Their ability to mobilize and coordinate disaster rescue efforts among regional and natonal shelter organizations is extraordinary, and their sanctuary is a remarkable model for what can be done with ingenuity and thoughtfulness, and where the animals always come first.
I don't impress easily, but Best Friends has my unlimited admiration.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a lifelong animal lover, I've donated and volunteered at many animal nonprofits, but Best Friends is my absolute favorite. I've been a member for more than 20 years. They are the clear leader in ending animal homelessness and euthanasia of healthy pets, and animal organizations around the country are joining them to make "save them all" a reality. Through their skillful and compassionate work with the dogs rescued from Michael Vick's dog fighting ring, Best Friends showed the world even horribly abused dogs like those could be rehabilitated and live happy lives. Best Friends isn't an organization based on ego, like some others. They truly love animals and always put their lives and welfare first. I'm so proud to be a member.

James Paulette A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Friends Animal Society of Kanab, Utah (USA) is one of the best animal sanctuaries in the US. The volunteers work tirelessly to provide love, care, and support to the animals. And they educate the public about the animals in their care. They show all of us proof that the animals are well taken care of and loved. We appreciate the people of this organization so very much. Thank you for allowing us to speak on this great organization's behalf.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing what this organization has done to save homeless animal lives in this country. Fighting for them on so many fronts in innovative ways, changing public perceptions about pitbulls ( see the documentary -The Champions), FIV & Community cats, medical innovations, promoting spay & neuter, public outreach, pursuit of no-kill policies & legislation and a television program -Dogtown, making available extensive dog training info to the public on their website. They were there in NOLA in the wake of Katrina, and they were here in NJ helping distribute food, etc after Sandy. Imagine my surpise when walking a local shelter dog around the corner of the building & running into John Garcia! i've been to the sanctuary in Utah and it is amazing. Even after Harvey the leadership & innovation continue as they announce a 30 day wait/ hold period (instead of the ridiculously short 3 days in Houston) for people to reunite with their pets after their lives have been totally upended. And guaranteed adoption of pets found as strays or given up after that horrific event. They lead the way in everything they do for the animals. They have changed the equations for dealing with homeless pets,

Whitney S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Best Friends. Not just the location, but the mission. This organization is amazing

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited the Best Friends Animal Society in Utah. The founders and employees were exactly as they represented themselves - friendly and fiercely devoted to all animals. They had 2 areas that really touched me - a wind chime garden with plaques honoring passed away animals and an honor wall, recognizing major supporters of their cause. I don't have faith in a lot of charities, but Best Friends Animal Society reaffirms my faith in what charities should be. They acknowledge any donation, big or small, recognizing that all contributions are important. I have them listed as a charity to receive part of my estate when that time comes.

Sharon Bocchino H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in July this year. I had a great time and it was heart warming to see how much the staff cared about, and knew the animals that were in their care. I spent my time in dog town learned so much. Some of the dogs had been there for years, and were treated like family. If Best Friends hadn't taken them in they probably wouldn't still be alive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization! Not only do they do great things for the animals in their care, but they reach out to other shelters. In my case, my pooch was being carried into the room to be euthanized when he, I'm told, laid his head on the girls chest. She had just taken a training offered by Best Friends on recognizing adoptable dogs. She turned around and got him to a rescue organization where I found him. For this I will be forever grateful!

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited Best Friends this year (2017) , I've been a member for many years. My mother was a longtime member and monthly auto donor. We both have long appreciated their dedication to saving our best friends, the innocent and beautiful animals. I was very impressed with the stunning setting of the Santuary, very well laid out according to each animal and their specific needs.
Best Friends is more than a place though, it is a movement for change in our consciousness, in how we view and share our planet with our animals. The 'no-kill' agenda must succeed as we can no longer accept putting down millions of wonderful loving friends each year. No one will get this done except Best Friends and their tireless dedication to this end. Partnering with major cities and aiding and assisting them with this work in towns across the country. Rushing into areas devastated by natural disasters to save the animals that's Best Friends, they just are the Best!!

Donor

Rating: 5

One day I was browsing the internet when I first cam across this charity. Even from the website's first look, one can tell that the group is professional, impactful, determined, devoted, and above all, wants to solve problems in society. I was so impressed by what I saw, I decided to donate some money to them. They gave me membership for it ($25 or above) and there is so much included in the package, including magazines, cards, letters, pictures, and more! They value your donation greatly and make you feel special for helping them, which is definitely the right thing to do; look how much they have succeeded on! Keep up the good work, Best Friends, and Best of Luck!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the Kanab UT sanctuary 6 times in 6 times. Every year it gets better and better. The love shown by all who are lucky enough to work at the sanctuary is incredible. The animals there want for NOTHING. The compassion, patience, and love is second to none. I leave there feeling uplifted and ready to face the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Friends is the pinnacle of animal rescues. Their commitment, competence, success, compassion, and innovative thinking are unparalleled. The dogs they successfully rescued and rehabilitated from the Michael Vick hell-on-earth dog fighting ring are a shining example of their ability to marshall the resources needed to save those who need us most. Countless animals owe their lives and untold numbers of humans have found their own best friends through this amazing organization. And even more of us are moved, inspired, and overjoyed to witness their beautiful work. Whenever my anger and disgust at the cruelty of humans towards animals rises, I think of the response of the Best Friends folks when asked about Vick - they don't think about him, they just focus on helping the dogs. If I win the lottery, much of my winnings will go to Best Friends. Bless them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

20+ yrs ago I volunteered at a local rescue in NJ. I never heard of Best Friends but we asked for help & were given $500 to start our feral cat program. I'll never forget thinking "this org in UT is giving our little shelter $?" I've been a member since then & am continually amazed by the great work they do. I now live in UT & visit the Sanctuary & our 4 babies in Angel's Rest every chance I get. Together we can save them all!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited close to 5 years ago, and it's an amazing place. Very tranquil and beautiful. The first thing I noticed was despite the fact that there's so many animals (spread out over acres!) the entire property is well maintained. Each animal shelter is extremely clean. The amazing thing is that the majority of the work is done by a steady stream of volunteers. You can even do sleepovers with some of the cats and dogs - i believe one overnight stay provided you've done daytime volunteering in that part of the sanctuary. You get to cuddle and take care of all sorts of animals, and be surrounded by beautiful vistas at the same time. It's a trip I would recommend to anyone.

Kris Garrett P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the work Best Friends does in saving animals! They are changing peoples misconceptions of shelter animals and residing awareness of the needless killing of so many unwanted but good animals! I spent a vacation in Kanab volunteering and was amazed at the staff and facilities in Kanab but love that the work reaches far beyond that little town.

Laura W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been to Best Friends multiple times and have a great time every time! Whether it's visiting horses or pigs or dogs and bunnies, every part of the sanctuary is unique and wonderful. The people who work there are wonderful and their mission is outstanding.

Donor

Rating: 5

Best friends are the absolute best animal rescue group on the planet and the only one I donate to. I have supported them from almost the beginning when they were sitting outside of stores getting their message out. They have come so far. I visited several years ago when they still getting going. I was impressed then and am even more impressed now. I can't donate as much now that I am older, but I share their story whenever I have the opportunity. Thank you Best Friends for all you do for the animals. God bless you.

Jo Ann De K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Friends is the absolute best. They took in many of the "Vick" dogs and rehabilitated them to be able to be adopted. They are true animal lover's. They help all animals, especially the most needy. They are great.

Donor

Rating: 5

I don't have a personal story. I just know that Best Friends is the only organization making a concerted nationwide effort to end the travesty of the millions of shelter killings each year. I wholeheartedly support them in any way that I can.

Karen Newman P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit has spent so many hours helping to save animals in the areas of Texas affected by Harvey and we appreciate you so much!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered and visited Best Friends twice from out of state . What an amazing experience to be with like minded people. The work they do for animals is far reaching . It can be a bit overwhelming the sheer volume of dogs and cats at Angel Canyon however I also am so grateful for all the lives they have saved and the care they receive at Best Friends. I love Best Friends Animal Society for so many reason.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best Friends does the BEST work. We adopted our dog from them 8 months ago. We had a wonderful adoption counselor, Lauren, she was so helpful. We were really impressed with how much love, time and attention goes in to helping the animals and finding them the right homes. All the staff and volunteers we met were so kind.

Denise P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was a child I often worried about the homeless animals living through the hot Las Vegas summers. I thought about how great it would be to have a huge property where the animals could be safe and never suffer again. Best Friends made this childhood dream a reality. It's amazing when you find others that share the exact vision as you....only better!