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Best Friends Animal Society

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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

187 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends is hard to describe because the sanctuary itself is beautiful, the work they do in the country is incredible, the staff and volunteers are fabulous, the surroundings are beautiful. I have volunteered for 7 years, have adopted two cats, stay in the cottages and spread the word about this fantastic organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends is a wonderful organization that helps animals and pets in need. I have volunteered there many times and absolutely love it. The employees are friendly, helpful and dedicated. One of their most challenging issues are the Breed discrimination laws which are completely unjustified. I own a pit bull terrier and she is the sweetest dog in the world. She is gentle with my 4 cats and my elderly beagle (whom I adopted from best friends many years ago) , who is her best friend! I would trust this dog anyone. People who think they are a dangerous breed have never owned one. People are dangerous, not the breed.

7 Denise139

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.

12 Lillian S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been there twice and have my third trip planned. It is an awesome place. The staff there is very friendly, working with the animals is just amazing and you won't find any more beautiful scenery anywhere. The only bad part of the whole trip is when you leave :(

8 Susan461

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Each time I volunteer at Best Friends it is better and better. I work in Dogtown. The caregivers and staff spend so much time helping dogs, some from horrendous circumstances, become ready to go to a loving home. I stay in the on-site cottages. It is so uplifting to spend time helping animals in such a beautiful place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Best Friends is a stunning, life-changing, amazing experience. We were surrounded by beauty - that of the landscape, the animals who find sanctuary there and the incredible Founders and caregivers. One thing I noticed beyond the compassion of the staff and volunteers was the combined joy and peace the animals exhibited. I am honored to be a supporter of and volunteer at Best Friends.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been going to volunteer at Best Friends almost annually since 2005, it is such a magical place. The setting is spectacular, there are so many wonderful animals to volunteer with, the staff is friendly and always grateful for volunteer help, and - of course - everyone is an animal lover so it's easy to make new friends. I cannot recommend it highly enough - a fun, rewarding vacation. Even if you don't have time to volunteer, you can take one of their free tours around the sanctuary and see the good work they do. Can't wait to go back!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and toured Best Friends several times - each time I do I am so impressed with the wonderful work they do. The staff and the volunteers are so friendly and love the animals so much - The animals that are at Best Friends have a wonderful home until they find their "furever home" It is a great organization

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Best Friends Animal Center in Mission Hills CA when they opened in 2012. I worked in the laundry room, cat kitchen, & finally decided fostering kittens was my favorite job. I take them home for socialization & keep them until they weigh two pounds, then they are returned, fixed, micro chipped & put up for adoption. I've fostered over fifty kittens & will continue fostering, it's my passion now.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is so much to say about each and every wonderful experience I have had with Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, UT. I have been volunteering at the sanctuary for 10 years now! My first trip was a week long stay right in one of the cabins and I spent time at each location within the sanctuary. On each visit, every staff member has been friendly and has really taken the time to make sure I feel welcome. With every visit, there is always something new at the sanctuary to enjoy. I have volunteered with the animals and I have job shadowed the staff and helped with staff duties. Each time, I learn new skills and come home with new ideas to enrich the lives of my pets at home. In addition to the fulfillment of working with these dedicated people and the animals, the sanctuary, being set in the wilderness of beautiful southern Utah, is truly a sanctuary. No matter how busy the day gets, I always feel peaceful and at ease because of the surroundings. All of the animals look happy and healthy. And as strange as this sounds, even the stressed and sick animals look healthier than I would ever expect them to look - the level of care they receive at this sanctuary is by far the best I have ever seen. I do not travel as often as I would like to anymore, but when I do, I make sure that my trip passes though Kanab to have a chance to spend even a few hours at Best Friends!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends is such an amazing organization! The work they do for animals is unbelievable! They have such a great networking system to help in the adoption of pets. Their no kill initiative is so powerful and they are doing a great job in teaching people how they work and what we can do to aid their work.
I visited Best Friends in Kanab last July. All of the workers there have one thing on their mind at all times- How can I make this animal have a better life. Their animal teams are amazing and I feel that they deserve this award!

2 Guilbault Carol

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is the best. I have been there 6 times to volunteer and it continues to win my heart each time.

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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.

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Best Friends team is dedicated, caring, nurturing, and patient. Animals in their care receive the best life possible u til they find forever homes. They change the world!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been contributing to Best Friends for years. Last October I traveled from Ohio to Utah to volunteer at the sanctuary. It was the trip of a lifetime. I left there with tears in my eyes for all the abused, neglected and abandoned animals, but thrilled that places like Best Friends exist, with people who have devoted their lives to rehabilitating animals that others would have given up on. If I thought this was a great organization before my visit, I now know that it is beyond extraordinary, run by angels on earth. People truly devoted to what they do for these animals. I will continue to contribute and I will hopefully visit again. #savethemall #nomorehomelesspets

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about best friends especially after spending one week volunteering a few years back with my sister it was like a bucket list dream come true . It was great to see the Michael Vick dogs doing so well and especially great to see how well kept these animals are and how of the volunteers truly love the mall and how the board at best friends really does work together . The photos are truly special group of people and I hope years from now their legacy lives on but in a different way because by that time we really should be no more homeless pets.