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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

151 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm so glad I found this organization. I've been a giver to Best Friends for years and never had a moments doubt about their intentions, goals or ability. They truly care for all animals and do their very best to save every one. This large and well run charity sole goal is the protection and betterment of animal lives. To that end they give their all. You simply will never find a more worthy and worthwhile charity in which to invest your hard earned dollar. I'd give them a six star recommendation if it were possible on this site.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I had been volunteering at Best Friends since I first found out about them in 2007. I have also participated in all of their workshops and many of their annual conferences. I have taken much of their shared information back to the shelter that I volunteered at. I eventually decided to apply to work for Best Friends and I am now the Animal Area Volunteer Coordinator Team Lead. This year we will probably exceed 10,000 volunteers. Many of them come on an annual basis.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot wait to visit and volunteer. I love reading the magazine.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Best Friends is an amazing organization. I love how the mega adoption events they hold and their stance on saving lives. I especially enjoy their animal clinic in the san fernando valley that gives animal operations at affordable costs. This is truly a first class group and I am happy to have gotten my cat Wilfred from them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

my husband and i visited Best Friends in September 2012 for the 3rd annual blessing at Angels Rest.
what an amazing place. so many animals and so many wonderful people to help those animals recover enough for most of them to have a second chance at a home they should have always had.
Angels Rest was so surreal and peaceful, even with so many wind chimes ringing out. it is a place where your soul can be comforted. it was a place that i longed to visit ever since i saw the first episode of dogtown. although i didn't get to meet the 2 people that i wanted to, it was still a very enriching experience and i recommend anyone and everyone should visit at least once in their lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing place for animals to heal and live until they find their homes. So loving and they go above and beyond to help these beautiful animals. Thank you.

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with Best Friends has been extraordinary. I first heard of the organization in a simple mailing they did. Since then, through their other mailings and magazines, their efforts on keeping every animal alive and well cared for is evident. And the love they share with all kinds of animals is incredible. The many, many other volunteers that go there to assist them is testament to how well they attract like-minded people to to their cause. If I had more money, Best Friends would be the first place would give it to. They deserve all the support they can get.

Donor

Rating: 5

I rescued my kitten, Black Finn, from a shelter. These people do an amazing job with limited resources. Help them out, donate some food, some snacks, they are always in need. Don't forget, we are their voices.

Donor

Rating: 5

I follow Best Friends on Twitter and through email and I never fail to be moved by their commitment to saving animals. Whether it's rehabilitating the Vick dogs (and proving that pit bulls, even those trained to fight, respond positively to love and care), rescuing animals from natural disasters and unnatural abuse, or providing health care to animals who are suffering, Best Friends is truly a best friend to those who are vulnerable and don't have a voice.

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Donor

Rating: 5

If you ever looked for an animal shelter or group to donate to please go check Best Friends out. The job that this group does is beyond compare. The staff and volunteers in my humble opinion are the best that could be found. The job, no calling, that they do is a blessing that will I surely earn them "Mega Points" in Heaven. You see that from the first time you read, or see or hear there story. The love that is given to any animal,regardless of size is unconditional. The care that is provided to them, is done only through the support of and by those of us that care. Be it ever so small or large it all helps. So help out and make the gift if you can that will help to bring hope and comfort to animals in TRUE need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love Best Friends because they offer hope for animals in need. They have worked to change legislation and the mindset regarding shelter animals. I appreciate the Sanctuary and remembrance for pets that we have lost and will continue to donate to Best Friends.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Best Friends is by far the hardest working group, and most effective group I know! My sister and her husband take their four dogs and drive with every year with them during the summer to stay at Best Friends. My sister cries every time her week at the sanctuary with the animals is up and it's time for them to return home.

I donate to this non-profit at holidays, in honor of family and friends who are also animal lovers, and on loved ones' birthdays in place of things they neither need nor want. The recipients are always so happy to have the donation made in their name. Best Friends Animal Society takes excellent care of every species at their sanctuary and turns no animal in need away. There are so many unwanted animals, and so many who are killed in shelters each year -- Best Friends is always working hard to change that. They deserve this award and a ton of recognition.

REMEMBER EVERYONE TO SPAY AND NEUTER -- its the RIGHT thing to do and prevents over-population!!!


Sincerely,

Marie G.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Best Friends while searching for a rescue organization to support, after I discovered my local SPCA was NOT a No-Kill shelter as I believed. I was intrigued by their mission to "Save Them All", and once I started receiving their magazine and reading about all the amazing programs this group has initiated, the legal avenues they have pursued to change laws regarding breed discrimination etc., and the assistance they provide to help communities realize these same goals, I was sold! I made my first visit to the Sanctuary last Fall, where I volunteered for five days, and was blown away by the magnitude of their operation, the amazing people who work with and for these hurting animals, and the education they provide to those of us lucky enough to pass through their doors.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I used to get horrible mailers from other animal welfare organizations showing pictures of abused, neglected, sad animals in an effort to get me to send them money. I threw them away without even opening them. Best Friends Animal Society is the exact opposite: I know when I see an email or mailer from them I am going to smile and feel good, so I open it right away! They tell the success stories, and show pictures of the happy, healthy animals that they have helped to get that way. It is exciting to be part of an organization that has great goals and a plan to get there. I love to send them my donations, knowing that I am a part of something really special that is making a real difference all over the country!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Positive....one word to describe BFAS. There stories don't dwell on the bad...only the good and the changes they have made towards a better world for animals. They are inspirational!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Best Friends fills such an important role in the animal rights/care community. They advocate for and care for animals and educate the public about so many aspects of animal care and concerns. This is one of the great charities in the U.S. and viewed highly by so many.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Best Friends are amazing. They take the animals that need extra support and care and make sure they have a happy life whether they ultimately get adopted or not.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I had heard about Best Friends a few years ago through some fellow animal lovers and a couple years ago I bought the book "Best Friends" which tells the story of how they started out to what they have accomplished and grown to be now. It was amazing to read that there are actually people out there who are as crazy about animals as I am and it was incredible how much devotion and dedication those men and women had towards this cause that they all deeply believed in. I was blown away by the love that the founders of Best Friends, and all of those who helped them, had for animals and to see what they continue to do for animals to this day has completely restored my faith in humanity. Best Friends truly and genuinely care about the animal welfare and I admire the hard work and big hearts of all of those who are a part of it. They show that there really is a lot of good still left in the world and I respect and thank them for all that they do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have visited Best Friends 3 times and there is a special sense just going onto the property. Love for the animals is everywhere. They save animals with profound problems. Additionally they provide support to shelters all over the US. Their goal is to save all animals. If I have a problem or questions about my animals they are quick to answer my email. I LOVE Best Friends.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this group, I love everything they stand for and everything they are doing to make the world a better place for animals who are so often overlooked. They ARE making a difference. I look forward to the newsletter and the magazine and read both from beginning to end. I am going on a road trip in July and am making it a point to stop and visit the home base in Kanab Utah.