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Nonprofit Overview

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 4 million.

Target demographics: pets in shelters find homes.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 160,381 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 4 million. That’s incredible progress, but it also means that more than 9,000 wonderful dogs and cats are still losing their lives every day. 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®. .

Community Stories

463 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My friends and I have driven from California to Best Friends in Utah to volunteer at this incredible sanctuary several times. Although all of us are involved in animal rescue, Best Friends is where we turn when we need our spirits lifted. Best Friends is where we can see success with animals that were deemed beyond hope by others. Best Friends not only rescues animals, they help other rescue organizations become and maintain success. They give animals and people the hope (and tools) to make successful rescue and rehabilitation a reality.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Best Friends for several years and follow their social media closely. Earlier this year, I finally had the chance to visit the sanctuary and spend a week volunteering. I still can't believe how meaningful and fun the experience was, even though most of what I did was cleaning up various kinds of animal poop! The staff is so amazing and so dedicated to their mission of achieving no more homeless animals. I can't wait to go back! I tell ALL my friends and family about Best Friends and the great work they do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited Best Friends outside Kanab, UT as part of vacation a few years ago - it was my favorite part of the vacation! I asked if I could volunteer to pet cats for a couple days and they actually said yes. I spent 2 blissful days w/ a number of cats at Benton's, petting, holding, playing with and even walking them. Benton's is a house w/ a wide variety of mostly special needs kitties. I am so grateful that many cats who might otherwise not even be alive are being cared for so well by BF staff and the lucky volunteers who visit them. It was inspiring too to see various projects that some long-time volunteers had taken on in order to help out. Finally, BF's mission of kindness to all beings included not only the animals at the sanctuary but also the volunteers who came there. It really was a privilege to be there. I haven't been able to go back to the SW since, but when I do, I'll spend more time w/ the amazing cats and staff at Best Friends.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing place for animals to heal and live until they find their homes. So loving and they go above and beyond to help these beautiful animals. Thank you.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have interacted with Best Friends in a few different capacities. First, we attended a NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) super adoption event, which was sponsored by Best Friends. It was here that we rescued our sweet boy, Zion, from a Best Friends partner group. A few years later we decided we wanted to volunteer at the Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. Our trip was this April and I am already planning when to go back! We spent our time at Dogtown walking dogs and attending a puppy socialization class. We had an overnight with a dog named Lottie and we spoiled her with snuggles and kisses. Because of Best Friends Lottie, Zion, and thousands of other dogs and cats have been saves. (Fingers crossedottie finds a home soon.) I will begin my volunteer shifts in a few weeks at Best Friends LA location, having been inspired to do more locally after volunteering in Utah.

Moira P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi, I just finished watching a documentary about the rescued dogs saved from Michael Vicks deplorable dog fighting compound. The show was called The Champions and it depicted how Best Friends Animal Society Sanctuary took in 22 of these abused dogs in attempts to help them recover and find forever homes. Though I've never been to Best Friends personally I was very impressed with all the work and care that goes into each animal that I saw on the show. I also loved their closing statement that all life matters and is not for us to abuse, exploite or exterminate it. If more people shared their vision I believe animals of all kinds would reap the benefits.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this Sanctuary and the caring people who run it and work there. The health & happiness of the animals are the most important thing in their lives. We have visited & volunteered several times and can't wait until we can return. Am always telling people it is a magical place for the animals. Check out the Guardian Angel segment for the most amazing care given to the animals who need it the most.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Friends works tirelessly to make sure everything that could has been done to find these pups a loving, forever home. I have followed them for a few years now and the devotion to pets is an awesome, selfless, and extraordinary endeavor to match them with folks that can accept the responsibility to make a home for them. They deserve all of the support we can offer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We found a pup we liked, filled out the form and set up a ship date! The staff was friendly, helpful and very easy to work with even though we lived in Massachusetts! Luna came in a clean crate with some food and water, all her papers, a leash and a collar! She's now one of our family! We will always go through best fiends in Utah!!!!

Nancy250

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Witnessing how Best Friends has partnered there city shelters of Los Angeles to turn it around as a "no kill" shelter , a daunting task, is a testament to its mission of no kill partnerships