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Best Friends Animal Society

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals

Mission: Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. To this end, Best Friends works with shelters, rescue groups and our members nationwide on a variety of grassroots programs. By implementing targeted spay/neuter and community cat programs – trap/neuter/return (TNR) programs – to reduce the number of animals who enter shelters, and by increasing the number of people who adopt pets, we know we can end the killing. We know we can Save Them All®.

Results: When Best Friends began in 1984, some 17 million animals died every year in our nation’s shelters, simply for not having safe places to call home. Today, that number is down to about two million.

Target demographics: pets in shelters find homes.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 187,693 animals

Geographic areas served: local and national arenas

Programs: • Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. When Best Friends began in 1984, some 17 million animals died every year in America’s shelters, simply for not having homes. Today, that number is down to about two million. That’s incredible progress, but it also means that hat means there are still nearly 5,500 dogs and cats killed every day in shelters, just because they don’t have safe places to call home. Together, we can change that. • For 30 years, Best Friends has been running the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and building effective programs all across the country that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes. Join us. Together, we can Save Them All®.

Community Stories

248 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!

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.

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

1 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!

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

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.

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.

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,

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Jan Cordasco G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few years ago we traveled from Arizona to Kanab, Utah to visit Best Friends.
I had watched Dog Town on tv and was hooked. We traveled there and stayed on the grounds in our rv. We volunteered for two days, playing with puppies, walking senior dogs, washing doggie blankets and towels and participated in meal time. We saw many aspects of how Dog town operates on a daily basis. They are wonderful. They work like a fine oiled machine. We send support when we can because they are worth supporting. The place is beautiful, full of love and the most awesome critters on the earth . We love Best Ffriends.

Carolyn R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab Utah twice. Both times I volunteered at several different animal areas, including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, pigs, and horses. Everyone I talked with was welcoming, knowledgeable, and professional. It is truly the best vacation I have ever had. Even the prearrangements were handled well. The volunteer web site is easy to use and thorough, allowing me to schedule my time well in advance of my trip.

I have long admired the goals and spirit of Best Friends. It was truly wonderful to experience the work of the organization first hand.