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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

Suzanne K.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of Best Friends on a TV program called Dog Town. I just loved what they did and have followed them since then. My beautiful boy Bogart, who I lost last year, has a memorial in their Angels Rest Cemetery. They are always working in disaster areas like Texas and Florida where I live and I just get a really good feeling about them.

Mary S.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Friends is leading the way in the no kill shelter movement throughout the US. They have saved thousands of lives this year alone as well as spear headed the rescue and temporary housing of animals in Texas and Florida after the hurricanes. Their facility and staff go above and beyond to carefully place animals with the perfect owner. My daughter is looking forward to a visit to Best Friends in the future to volunteer and spend time there. There are not enough amazing descriptions to give about Best Friends. They have revolutionized pet rescue and no kill movement.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following this wonderful place since Katrina and am amazed at all the hard work and dedication for these animals. If anyone deserves recognition it should be them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visited Best Friends in Kanab, Utah a few years ago & were awestruck at the facility & the services available. Best Friends works 24/7 tirelessly rescuing, helping, educating, promoting animal rights, reform & care of all animals. They are the epitome of creature love & compassion.❤️

1 Rosie F.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed the work of Best Friends Animal Society for years, and it was the very first charitable organization to which I ever donated money. I have seen them do amazing work, even though I'm on the other side of the country in Georgia. I fed a dog at my interstate exit for 8 years that I could never catch, and at one point I reached out to everyone I could think of for assistance and/or advice. Best Friends was the ONLY one who offered help, and gave me free access to their message boards to ask for that help. I will never forget that...they didn't have to help, but they did anyway. Best Friends is my favorite rescue of all time, and I've been in rescue work for about 14 years locally. Thank you, Best Friends, for ALL you do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a dog lover, a dog companion to two rescue dogs, and a voice for the pit bull type dogs. What these people helped to do with the Vick dogs changed the way many people perceive the bully breeds. Fighting dogs were cared for and rehabilitated after relentless and virulent abuse within Vick's fighting rings. Many became therapy dogs and family dogs after their recovery at Best Friends and elsewhere. Best Friends Animal Society wants to do good in the world by being nice to animals. I can't think of a better way to impact the world we live in.

Diane Huneger L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These folks are the heroes. They are the ones that go into disasters to rescue the ones left behind. They care for and nurture the unwanted, abused, neglected. They help those who have no voice. These people are angels caring for God’s animals when others cannot.

Sharie P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

no personal experience, but having followed them since the Micheal Vick dogs,, they are awesome

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Friends takes such wonderful and complete care of all the animals who enter their facilities as well as those who are rescued during natural disasters and ferals who are fixed and returned. We do so appreciate the dedicated people who work with them and devote their time, money and efforts to "saving them all!"

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Friends is a nonprofit that really walks the walk.
They not only do everything they can to save animal lives, but they work hard to educate the public so we can help save lives too.
Visiting their sanctuary in Utah is truly inspiring. I met so many caretakers who give so much of themselves to the animals and the volunteers, making it a truly fulfilling experience.
When I see some of the horrible things going on in the world, especially how cruel some people can be to animals, I remind myself that Best Friends exists. They are a testament to the fact that there are SO many good people in this world, doing anything they can to help even the most vulnerable beings on this earth.

Anne H.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first heard about Best Friends back in the early 90's, and made it a bucket list place that I finally got to visit in 2007. It did not disappoint, they are an amazing organization and do wonderful work in giving hope, health, dignity and opportunities to animals who have been abused, neglected or just aren't wanted any more. I was more than impressed with them taking in Micheal Vick's dogs and getting them rehabilitated, new families for most and for just taking on that monumental task! They are at the forefront of animal advocacy, whether it is no kill, trap/neuter/release, puppy mills, adopting from shelters, etc., etc. They deserve all the respect in the world for their work; I was amazed to read the story of how the group got started and their humble beginnings. I also think they deserve props for opening satellite rescues around the country to help even more animals and allow more people to see and understand their work and help/volunteer. I can't say enough about this group, and anyone who visits the rescue in Kanab, Utah would agree in a heartbeat!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Went there to take a tour and spent the day. I was amazed at what a large facility Best Friends is and the amount of volunteers and professional staff. They are well-trained and knowledgeable. It is such a clean and well-organized place. My next pet will definitely come from there because of the care, quarantining, love, and special attention the animals get.

Laurie Bradley H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to Best Friends through the TV show Dog Town. I was so impressed with the love, patients, and devotion everyone involved with the show, demonstrated to those dogs. Then the Best Friends also took in the Victory Dogs I as blown away with determination to help those battered dogs. I eventually became a member of Best Friends, and felt the need to get my hands on any material that was about devoted to their motto of "Save Them All". Then in the summer of 2017, I was able to live out my dream of visiting the Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. I was not disappointed! We took every tour we could, bought from the gift shop, visited with people who worked there, and those also visiting, and enjoyed our cottage. The most moving experience while there was the devotional/memorial service in Angels Rest. We will be going back for sure, and hoping volunteering. In fact, I wouldn't at all mind going there annually. As there is know place else I'd rather been, then the Best Friends animal sanctuary. Oh, and let's not forget ALL the help they are providing during the hurricanes, floods, etc. And I of course made a donation during that time, as I know they were overwhelmed financially, as there was so much distruction, and they were right there, when every they were needed.

Lynda2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited the Sanctuary in Kanab, UT many times. Going on the tour is very informative, but If you want to see how much dedication has been put into the care of the animals, I suggest you volunteer at one of the many areas (dogs, cats, bunnies, horses, birds). You will see the love for what they do shining through everywhere! One of my favorites is the puppy socialization program. This was developed to insure that when puppies are adopted, they remain with the family and are not returned. The feeling of peace & joy is overwhelming! I'll be back to visit again in May 2018!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I 1st heard about Best Friends when I got a donation request in the mail. I sent in a donation and they sent back a Thank You (no additional money was requested). I continued to support them and then decided to go for a visit. This is the most wonderful place! They have given great thought to what is best for all of the animals in their care. I have been back for 2 other visits and am planning one for next Spring! Everyone is super nice when you arrive! They show you what you can expect when you are working with the animals! It's such a great experience! I've worked with the dogs, cats, bunnies and horses each time I've been there! It's sad when you have to leave because it's such a nurturing environment, but you know they will continue to care for each and every animal that comes to the sanctuary to the best of their ability! My BEST vacations ever!!!

Andrea D.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I admire the work Best Friends do every second of every day! They are my heroes. In this world of bleakness for animals they truly make me believe we can “Save them All”. They give me hope for a better future for animals, and that maybe there ARE good people in the world.

Thank you,

Andrea

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We went to visit Best Friends in Kanab in August. What an amazing experience! The staff there is awesome. We visited an area that houses special needs cats. These cats were so loved. Without Best Friends these cats would most likely be euthanized because of their issues. I'm so glad we got to experience Best Friends!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started following Best Friends when Dogtown was on. I found it fascinating the hard work they did helping the dogs on the show getting to get healthy both mentally and physically. I was so excited when I found out they were a rescue for all sorts of animals. From birds to pigs and all of God's creatures in between.

Their selfless and tireless work in stopping puppy mills is near and dear to my heart. I had a puppy mill dog that had a rough life due to his genetic issues. He was an awesome dog but he had tremendous health issues. So it became an important thing to me to stop puppy mills and backyard breeders. Best Friends works tirelessly to stop this.

Best Friends genuinely loves and cares for each an every animal in their care and for those across the country. They are just quite simply a wonderful organization.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

26 people were killed by pit bulls so far this year (in the USA.)
Best Friends promotes pit bulls, and the fact is, how a pit bull was raised does not matter.
Pit bulls have a unique biting style (gripping and grinding) and a stronger jaw than other dogs. This makes them more of a caution, and Best Friends should be honest about that.
Public safety should trump the lives of dogs.

6 Sarah300

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome group that helps so many animals! The animals are so very lucky that these people are there to help. God bless them!

2 Melissa308

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Friends realizes it's about changing the way we currently handle homeless pets and really is working to change the publics preception so that we really can save them all and stop the sadness and suffering. Thank you Best Friends