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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

Donor

Rating: 5

Several years ago I visited the campus with 3 friends. We worked with cats, dogs, horses, pigs and bunnies. It is a beautiful location which promotes health and happiness for everyone there - human and animal. I am particularly impressed with their veterinary skills and determination to help every animal (who would otherwise be considered a "throw away"). Often I tell people "They perform miracles every day." I had never had a vegetarian lunch and ended up chatting with the chef and buying a cookbook. If we had had more time there, I would have liked to learn more about the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. They also do amazing work setting up no kill shelters in other states and performing massive rescues after disasters like the hurricanes that recently hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Several years ago I came with 3 friends to volunteer at Best Friends. We fed horses, cats, pigs and rabbits. Each time we were warmly greeted by the permanent caretakers who carefully explained our assignments. The housing areas, feed dishes, litter boxes, etc. were always clean. We were served lunch that was a vegetarian masterpiece and I had occasion to chat with the chef. Their knowledge of how to care for animals and their willingness to go to any length to help an injured or sick animal is amazing. I describe it as "performing miracles everyday".

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently spent a week volunteering at Best Friends in Kanab. I've been around the world and seen some wonderful sights, but I've never had a better week that the one I spent at Best Friends. Sitting in the dirt, scratching a pig's belly and hearing his appreciative grunts was more rewarding than I could have ever imagined. Scooping poop so the horses could have a clean home was way more enjoyable exercise than going to the gym. Walking in the desert sand with handicapped cats and dogs so they could explore just kept me smiling. They could teach us all a lesson in finding joy wherever you are. My monthly contribution to Best Friends is a pittance compared to what these furry and feathered friends need, but if everyone gave just a little, we might just "save them all."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My best friend shares his life with me, sleeping, eating with me , he goes everywhere I go and tells me what is really important and what isn't that important. Plus, he helps me find lost items, keeps me warm during the winter, walks err exercises me in my senior years, helps me find-meet new friends, protects me from dubious folk. Stops me from crossing the street against the traffic. He always is talking to me, wiggling his cute upright ears and wagging his bushy tail. He helps me discover new areas, new creatures and loves to be photographed. Unconditional love both ways. No human can ever do that for next to nothing in costs. Unlike humans, he never hurts me, never ever lies to me, never steals from me. He lowers my blood pressure, sometimes he tells me when to go to sleep and when to wake up. He makes for a great pillow. What more could anyone expect or get from a such great awesome Best friend!?

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered here twice - great organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of Best Friends right after Katrina. I discovered that they were one of the first groups that went to NOLA to rescue the animals that FEMA forced owners to leave behind. I started donating money to support their work. By September I wanted to see for myself that they were saving and caring for animals at the Sanctuary like they advertised, since it seemed too good to be true. I headed out from Los Angeles to Kanab by myself, which was not an easy thing for me to do. When I arrived at the Sanctuary, I could not believe the beauty of the place. After volunteering for 4 days, I came to understand that it was overwhelmingly better than I could ever have imagined. The animals were cared for in such a loving manner. Knowing that all the animals were safe and would not be killed, just because they were old or injured, was a very comforting feeling for me. I returned many times after that to volunteer, and I ended up adopting two dogs. I wish I could save them all, but I do it only one at a time. If we all did one at a time, they would all be saved. Thanks to the leadership of the founders, I know this will happen, which makes the world a much happier place to be in.

Lorraine Malsbury
Los Angeles

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends is an amazing nonprofit charity - a wonderful combination of a beyond words sanctuary in beautiful Angel's Canyon in Kanab, Utah and a "society" that reaches out to other organizations and areas in need. Watching the growth of the No-Kill Movement has been so inspiring.

I've had the pleasure of visiting/volunteering at the sanctuary FOUR times with a great friend and it's not a quick trip from the East Coast! We are looking forward to our FIFTH trip next year and we are bringing another friend with us, her first trip and we can't wait to show her Best Friends and the surrounding national parks. I've been a member for almost as long as Best Friends has been around and I can't believe how much they've grown and how far they reach out - even across the globe....the story of the beginning itself is one of friendship and lifelong callings. They don't just talk the talk - the employees/volunteers there walk the walk each and every day. I just can't say enough about Best Friends.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with Pasadena Humane Society for many years and am just so thankful to Best Friends for the extra help they give us getting our dogs adopted. Every adoption event they've put on has been incredibly organized and uplifting, even to the very important point of offering vegan fare, which shows just how truly dedicated they are to ALL animals. I'm sure I speak for all animal advocates when I say that Best Friends stands out as a hero among heroes. Thank you to everyone involved with Best Friends!!!

Cherie8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Best Friends for many years, and while I strongly believe in their standing as a non-profit and their goals, what touches me most is their actions - helping those us who have lost a beloved pet to remember, helping to find homes who have been mistreated or taught horrible actions, helping those who have lived in the wild their whole lives to have happy and peaceful completions of those lives, etc. The list goes on and on, and their actions to help other shelters in many states to find a way to save them all is not only admirable but truly becoming reality! Just amazing in so many ways - thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I volunteered at Best Friends Sanctuary in Utah, all the way from Buffalo, NY. What a wonderful, inspirational place. One of their very smart programs is the sleep over program. Guess what? Our sleepover friend is now home with us in Buffalo, We love Ranger very much! Thanks Best Friends! ox

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends is AWESOME!!! The staff are friendly and helpful, and they really care about the animals! We visit the sanctuary 1-2 times per year (every year) and volunteer with the animals. (Plus our dogs love going there for a dog-vacation! They sit on the patio and watch the horses, which are housed behind the cottages). The staff are always helpful and eager to work with us (and all the volunteers). We love this organization!

Rani, Sally, Romeo, and Bella

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My kids (11 and 13) and I spend a week volunteering at best friends this spring. What an amazing organization! From the beauty of the setting to the kindness of the staff everything was fantastic. The love of animals shines through in everything they do. We will be back!

Sincerely,
The Martins
Independence KY

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends is an astounding organization that seeks to "Save them all!". I first started reading theiir materials and donatong money when they first opened the Kanab, Utah facility. Now they are the leaders in providing pet rescue at weather events and figting the evil of dog fighting and puppy mills. Their efforts to make a viable volunteer program has created a venue for many to help animals all over the country. Although I have not yet joined the volunteers, I plan to in the future. Best Friends inspires me as well as many other.

Suzanne73

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends does amazing work- they really get the word out there on how regular people can help get pets adopted, even if you can't adopt yourself. They are welcoming to all types of volunteers and anyone who wants to help. They really mean it when they say they want to end the killing of pets in shelters!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Best Friends in Utah and in California. Aside from being an animal lover, BF volunteer, and BF donor, I have over 25 years experience in the nonprofit sector--mostly grantmaking (including assessing nonprofit management and results), with several years combined at other U.S. nonprofits and an INGO. Can't say enough about Best Friends--highest quality care, outstanding volunteer opportunities and management, tremendous outreach to public and policymakers, and excellent support for other programs working throughout the U.S. They do it all well and they get great results. Please support them if you are able.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for Best Friends when I learned about them from the National Geographic Dogtown TV show. It's an amazing organization that is truly the only one focusing on the killing of animals every day in America's shelters.
Now I'm so proud to work for Best Friends. We have amazing benefits and an atmosphere that is hopeful as we try to help out as many animals as possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been following Best Friends and been a contributing member every since a group of people who were doing animal welfare on their own, banded and formed Best Friends in Utah. Since then what they have accomplished is unbelievable From sitting at tables on the street to raise funds in order to continue, to having Best Friends all across the United States to assist injured animals, and ones needing homes, to ensuring that their no kill policy becomes effective through all the states, and hopefully all over the world. There are not enough good words to express how grateful we are to them the founders and to all the wonderful people who volunteer their time and to all the fantastic people who have given so many a forever home. Thank you. from the bottom of my heart. keep up the great work you are doing..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first heard about Best Friends, many years ago, I was keen to support them as I am a passionate animal lover. After I had made a few donations I was surprised to get a call from them one day, not to ask for more money, as so often happens with charities, but to say thank you and to encourage me to pay a visit to the sanctuary in Utah. Not long after I took a week's leave and flew to Kanab where I spent a few days helping the staff to clean, feed and clean up the cat facilities. The staff were so appreciative of their volunteers and it was such fun to be with like-minded people. The facility was immaculate, the animals all seemed so happy. (Best Friends cares for many kinds of animals and birds) As someone who is not easily impressed, I was overwhelmed by the Sanctuary. A couple of years later I was able to pay another visit and could not believe the progress that had been made, so many new shelter buildings, so many more animals living a great life while waiting for their "forever" homes, unlike so many less fortunate animals that merely survive in their overcrowded shelters which is not intended as criticism of those shelters. Best Friends seems to have found a formula for success in this endeavor. Their magazine is full of upbeat, happy stories and pictures of animals having a great time. This was what particularly appealed to me in the first place, and having seen first hand where my donated funds were being spent, I was became even more dedicated to the cause. The really wonderful thing about this society is that they share their success not just around the country but around the world. They are constantly sending rescue teams to areas that have been devastated by forces of Nature and war. They also offer wonderful training courses for people who want to join the crusade. Best Friends has been my favorite charity for many years now and I cannot see a time when that will change. When I think Best Friends, I think PEACE, LOVE, HAPPINESS as well as patience, tolerance and friendship. May God always bless this very special society.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and donor for Best Friends for many years. The impact of their work in reducing the number of pets euthanized each year in the U.S. has been phenomenal, and it continues to grow steadily. They perform their mission effectively, efficiently, and with so much love as they partner with rescues across the country. They are truly unique!

1 Karen340

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Friends does wonders for our animals. Their proactive stance in furthering adoptions and their spay/neuter programs help save shelter animals and make strides in controlling over population.

1 Lisa451

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited Best Friends earlier this year and was blown away by the beauty, love and majesty of the place. It is the gold standard by which all shelters, of any kind should be measured. The thoughtful planning and execution in the design of the place is nothing short of amazing. I would love to retire there, as many people have. The care and dedication of the staff, along with the integration of volunteers is heartwarming. The animals who reside there are beyond blessed and it shows in their demeanor. A place of our joy! Having the opportunity to have sleepovers with an animal is brilliant! What a fun experience, that also provides insight into the animals behavior. Love, Love, Love this place. Cannot wait to go again?