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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

132 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am living in The Netherlands, but I donated some money after the hurricanes. And to my surprise I received a wonderful magazine from Best Friends! Reading and looking at the photo's, I learnt more about them and the wonderful things they do.
I felt inspired by their dedication and I will certainly continue to follow the work they do.

Amanda A.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Friends stepped up for the Houston area after Harvey in a big way! They coordinated the rescue of hundreds, if not thousands, of animals that would've died during the horrendous flooding our city suffered. We can never thank them enough!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in Utah. A friend in Texas posted about a 1-year old dog, named Rider, who was in a shelter but was scheduled for euthanasia. I reluctantly watched the video my friend had posted, and was in tears when it was over. I had stage 4 cancer at the time and knew I was powerless to help. Then I thought to relay the video post to Best Friends, along with an urgent plea requesting they intervene if possible. They intervened immediately, and had Rider moved to a different shelter for another chance at adoption. Because of Best Friends' swift intervention, Rider's life was saved. The resulting buzz of Rider's swift intervention was enough to find Rider a forever home, and he was placed with a loving family of four! Forever grateful to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary! SIMPLY. THE. BEST. FRIENDS. OF. ANIMALS. ANYWHERE!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love best friends❤️❤️❤️ They are an amazing no kill sanctuary that is helping to save all the dogs and cats. I love the strut your mutt event it is so much fun and for a cause that I truly care about. Best friends is one of the greatest organizations for helping animals in Utah and it deserves as much funding and volunteers as possible!!❤️❤️

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Backwards never Forwards ever! This is the Moorish Amexique Yisraelite brother Enoch Ben Gabriel Jihad Shabazz Yisrael Bey from back out here in the ghetto urban section of Parkchester of the borough of the Bronx but is originally from the ghetto urban section of Bedford Stuyvesant in the borough of Brooklyn to illustrated that this in wicked Babylon corporate Empire where it is capitalistic with absolutely no regard for Thy Creatures so that being to case should learn more from the Anicent Wisdom with there was more appreciation for Thy Creatures plus there was a Natural Interconnection between Human Being, Supreme Being and the Creatures which dealt with compassion especially in a very corrupted pervented wicked Babylon corporate Empire that doesn't have any respect for Thine Creation so we must go back to Thee real soon in order for there to be more inconnected with Thy Creatures. Backwards never Forwards ever!

Nancy S.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited Best Friends....fabulous place and guardian angels to animals.

Jay K.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

More than just rescue and adoptions, Best Friends is a successful driver behind the no-kill movement -- a phrase I'd not even heard until learn I learned about Best Friends. I find them remarkable for the way they've taught us a new way to care for, and love, animals. Their ability to mobilize and coordinate disaster rescue efforts among regional and natonal shelter organizations is extraordinary, and their sanctuary is a remarkable model for what can be done with ingenuity and thoughtfulness, and where the animals always come first.
I don't impress easily, but Best Friends has my unlimited admiration.

James Paulette A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Friends Animal Society of Kanab, Utah (USA) is one of the best animal sanctuaries in the US. The volunteers work tirelessly to provide love, care, and support to the animals. And they educate the public about the animals in their care. They show all of us proof that the animals are well taken care of and loved. We appreciate the people of this organization so very much. Thank you for allowing us to speak on this great organization's behalf.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited the Best Friends Animal Society in Utah. The founders and employees were exactly as they represented themselves - friendly and fiercely devoted to all animals. They had 2 areas that really touched me - a wind chime garden with plaques honoring passed away animals and an honor wall, recognizing major supporters of their cause. I don't have faith in a lot of charities, but Best Friends Animal Society reaffirms my faith in what charities should be. They acknowledge any donation, big or small, recognizing that all contributions are important. I have them listed as a charity to receive part of my estate when that time comes.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Friends is the pinnacle of animal rescues. Their commitment, competence, success, compassion, and innovative thinking are unparalleled. The dogs they successfully rescued and rehabilitated from the Michael Vick hell-on-earth dog fighting ring are a shining example of their ability to marshall the resources needed to save those who need us most. Countless animals owe their lives and untold numbers of humans have found their own best friends through this amazing organization. And even more of us are moved, inspired, and overjoyed to witness their beautiful work. Whenever my anger and disgust at the cruelty of humans towards animals rises, I think of the response of the Best Friends folks when asked about Vick - they don't think about him, they just focus on helping the dogs. If I win the lottery, much of my winnings will go to Best Friends. Bless them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

20+ yrs ago I volunteered at a local rescue in NJ. I never heard of Best Friends but we asked for help & were given $500 to start our feral cat program. I'll never forget thinking "this org in UT is giving our little shelter $?" I've been a member since then & am continually amazed by the great work they do. I now live in UT & visit the Sanctuary & our 4 babies in Angel's Rest every chance I get. Together we can save them all!!

Jo Ann De K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Friends is the absolute best. They took in many of the "Vick" dogs and rehabilitated them to be able to be adopted. They are true animal lover's. They help all animals, especially the most needy. They are great.

Karen Newman P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit has spent so many hours helping to save animals in the areas of Texas affected by Harvey and we appreciate you so much!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Friends saved the lives of 10 of my beloved kitties. Back in 2013, I lost my home to foreclosure. I searched effortlessly to find forever homes for all 21 of my rescue fur babies. I was able to find homes for 8 of my cats. The lady who was helping me knew someone from Best Friends who came to Louisiana after hurricane Katrina. She informed me that Best Friends agreed to accept 10 of my cats and provide them with safe, loving, happy homes, whether they were adopted or not. It was devastating for me to have to give up my babies but I am forever grateful to Best Friends for taking my cats in, from Louisiana to Utah. I think about them everyday and miss them terribly however I know that, at Best Friends, they are well taken care of and Loved as much as I Love them. Thank you Best Friends, for all that you do!

Beth Novy P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So thankful for Best Friends animal society.
People who care, love and protect these precious creatures.

Shelley A.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I remember when I first heard about Best Friends on tv and Dogtown. The fact that they have so many animals and dogs that live their lives out there should say it all. I have had friends volunteer there and spend the night with a dying dog so it wouldn’t be alone. They do such amazing work to give these animals homes- so amazing ❤️

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We stopped at Best Friends in UT in Sept. Extremely impressed with the facility! All the animals are well cared for and the housing if each breed of animal is clean and have large runs. The shelter in our community is terrible, dogs hardly get outside, the cages are small.....it's very heartbreaking. I wish all shelters could learn from Best Friends

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for helping all of the voiceless fur babies, they all deserve love.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization speaks for the voiceless; such important work to rescue, and educate, and all with love. We need more selfless people like this.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Friends started the campaign of Save Them All to inspire the nation's shelters to go from "Kill" to "No-Kill" . They are always one of the first to help out in disasters across the country. Definitely my number 1 pick for animal organization!