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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®.

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248 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Caitlin D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was driving to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT when I saw a puppy on the side of the rural highway pop her head out of the tall grass and hide again. I stopped and she came straight to me. She was a sweet, big pawed baby and dirty! She was all alone out there and I knew people had a tendency to dump their dogs there, so I took her with me. We weren't sure if Best Friends would have room for her, but they took her in right away. They searched for her family, but no one came forward. I visited a few weeks later to see how she was doing and saw this darling, happy, clean and spunky girl! She had already been adopted and was going to her new family that weekend! I've volunteered there many times since and am always so impressed with their dedication to the animals, the cleanliness of the facilities and the happiness of the animals. They work so hard to get the best outcome for the animals so they can live fulfilled and happy lives. I always have great interactions with the employees. They are so eager to teach and spread their passion for animals.

Ruth Anne L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have flown out to Utah two years in a row to volunteer for a week at this amazing animal sanctuary. The love and care the staff members give to these animals is so awesome to see in person! They really use their volunteers and if you have a chance to volunteer, please do it...you will be blessed. We are "dog people" so that was our favorite area, but there are several areas you can choose from.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Best Friends for a week and was so impressed with the wonderful homes the animals had at the sanctuary. The staff was professional and so caring - really going the extra mile to make sure all the animals live in the best conditions and have lots of positive human contact plus other animals they like to live with. I have worked with animals 35 years and have never seen a better animal facility. I will always donate to Best Friends because I have seen how the money goes for the best uses possible. I would love to move there and be a regular volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They say Disneyland/World are the happiest places on earth. I disagree. Best Friends sanctuary is the happiest place in the world. The facilities are amazing, the staff the best and the animals are so well cared for and loved. There is peace and love everywhere! Volunteering at Best Friends changed my life. Save Them All!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Learning of Veterinarians when I was young was a marvel for me. Later, the SPCA’s mission of ending cruelty to animals became integral in my life. When I saw the motto of Best Friends it instilled in me a sense of awe, and it continues to do so. I was a BF volunteer one day/week for over a year while they operated from the middle of our city’s Animal Care & Control Team (ACCT) building on their 3 year grant - if there was any way to save the animals Best Friends would find it. We humans created the problem of too many cats and dogs, and it is our responsibility to solve it. Best Friends supports the Trap-Neuter-Return system of population control for cats, and TNR’ed over 13,000 cats during their 3 years here in Philadelphia, PA. Their motto “Save them all” is what humankind can and should do.

Millie M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every person in this organization is kind, thoughtful and dedicated. I have visited twice and found them to be the most sincere group I have encountered. They are fantastic!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I live in Michigan and have been volunteeering at BFAS every year for the past 17 years. I have adopted five special needs animals. My two children ages six and eight have also volunteered. They raised more than $500 for the sanctuary by selling painted wooden cheese boxes. They have learned compassion for others by spending time here. Best Friends is a wonderful place where the animals are taken care of and loved. Their efforts to educate the public have helped to greatly reduce the number of animals that are needlessly euthanized.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Been a member of Best Friends for years. So proud to be a supporter of their amazing work. And they are a wonderful resource too with animal rights issues and concerns. They have bee so helpful and supportive when I've contacted them for guidance on the past.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter about 20 years. I'd been telling my sister about it. I finally got to take her there. We were so excited! We stayed in one of the cabins that overlooked the horse corral. We even "borrowed" a couple of kitty guests to stay with us. It was so lovely and felt so homey having the cats at the cabin with us. (Everything needed for the cats was supplied by BF).
We volunteered at the special needs kitty cottage. Since we both work for nephrologists, it was perfect that we ended up with the kidney failure group. This place is the cleanest, best cared for shelter l've ever been in.
My husband and l have also visited. The area is just so peaceful and gorgeous. The view from the cafeteria was breathtaking, we enjoyed a vegetarian lunch, too. All the people we met were enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
I felt good about the visit, the animals and encouraging anyone who will listen to donate to this place. I see where my money goes and it does my heart good. Thank you for this beautiful place and all the hard work you do there and all the help you provide to rescues across the country!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love their mission which remains the same but they are so innovative and creative in always finding new ways to achieve-Save them all!! Best organization I have ever been blessed to witness and be a part of if only in small ways. Great people with a monumental mission with tons of proof that it is working. Love love all they do!

Kathryn I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been lucky enough to volunteer at Best Friends twice. It is an amazing animal sanctuary. But what makes them so special is there work nationally and worldwide to support the no-kill movement.

Norma M. S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been to BestFriends twice to do volunteer work. They were both wonderful experiences. It is so reassuring to see so many people care about animals. The place is also so professional.

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer at Best Friends Animal Society for thirteen years until health issues precluded my return. I never saw anything but intelligence, commitment, and dedicated devotion to every animal on the grounds (including wildlife: sticks left in water buckets so rodents or reptiles could climb out and not drown), gratitude and friendship to the volunteers, regardless of their age or efficacy, and cooperation and affection from and to the Founders and staff.
Regardless of an animal’s specie, age, gender, or physical condition, BFAS gave it a secure, safe home for as long as necessary. My work as a volunteer was a nit in the great scope of what Best Friends does and stands for, yet I felt as necessary and appreciated as everyone else. I will always be a Best Friends supporter and I will always cherish the time I spent there, the animals whose lives I touched and who so greatly enriched my life and the wonderful, life-long friends I made.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to visit / volunteer at Best Friends several yeats ago. I was positively amazed at the beauty and tranquility. All the furry and not so furry and feathered friends were so well taken care of. Clean cozy digs, diverse and healthy meals. Lots of squeaky, cuddly and rolling toys. Staff and volunteers who love ❤️ them and truly care. The various cottages! I could go on and on..... Bottom line for me - it was one of the most incredible and emotionally rewarding experience of my life!

Cathy M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We traveled to UT for vacation to spend 5 days volunteering at Best Friends. It was a spectacular experience.
They are a shelter that is doing everything right. I am so proud of the work they do, and how hard they wok to put kill shelters out of business.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have spent nine visits of up to two weeks at Best Friends. There is so much good to mention but I’ll start with the wonderful caregivers. No stone is left unturned in figuring out what makes a dog tick. The grounds are peaceful, this is my “happy place”. There is nothing more wonderful than renewing yourself on mountain trails and doing good at the same time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have followed Best Friends for years. Then in 2016 I was gifted by my family to go volunteer with my adult daughter. We were amazed at the size of property. The excellent care all animals are given. The introduction to best friends for the new dogs to stay and are worked with to overcome their fears and issues.
Bring run by such a caring staff was impressive as well the cleanliness organization of it all left a lasting impression in my heart.
Can't wait to go back !!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter/fan of Best Friends for many years because of the valuable. life-saving work they do every day. 18 months ago my friend and I drive to the Utah Sanctuary from Arizona to spend a weekend volunteering at Dog Town. We got to see first-hand how much loving care is given to all the animals, how every single person dedicates their time and skills to saving these precious animals. Our weekend at the Sanctuary was one of the best of our lives and I also followed their work in Texas after the hurricane, donating as much money as I could to help with their efforts. Best Friends is the BEST!