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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

228 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Debra A.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been friends and followed Best Friends since they took in the champions..what they did to rehabilitate these beautiful dogs, wow is all I can say. They are a terrific non profit.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the advocacy work Best Friends does to stop BSL, fight puppy mills, help community cats, and other important initiatives. I volunteered at the Utah sanctuary and ended up adopting a great dog from there too. The sanctuary is the most wonderful place I have ever been and the work BFAS does to work towards a no-kill movement is amazing.

Patricia Meehan L.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated twice to Best Friends during the hurricanes. I also donated to other animal organizations at that time. Best Friends was the only one that took the time and energy, under very stressful circumstances, to give daily updates, complete with brief interviews and videos, to let donors know how their contributions were being used. They worked SO HARD and, because of it, met with great success. I shall continue to contribute to them because I appreciate their efforts and their attitudes toward rescues. If I were closer and younger, I'd volunteer with them but I'm in New England and in my 70's.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated and watched my money at work after the hurricane in Texas. They do a great job trying to help all they can.

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited the sanctuary in September of 2015. It was amazing!! I have told everyone that even expresses a remote interest in animals about Best Friends and the amazing care the animals receive in Kanab. I also volunteered with the dogs while I was there. Overall, it was a very rewarding experience and an amazing trip. I highly recommend Best Friends as a top notch animal welfare group!

Donor

Rating: 5

Best Friends came to Texas after Hurricane Harvey and saved hundreds of dogs and cats. We are so appreciative of your response and care. thank you, thank you

Lynn93

Donor

Rating: 5

I am constantly touched by the incredible work that this marvelous charity does to better the lives of the beautiful creatures of this world who have fallen victim to mankind’s cruelty or nature’s catastrophes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that Best Friends does is exemplary. They are a true model for what a charity should strive to be. What they do for the creatures of this world is amazing!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Well I am in awe of what you do there ,my dream is to visit the sanctuary in Utah someday,I don't think I'll ever come home .I have made any donations I can there as well as my mom's memorial contributions there because I believe you're an amazing organization,you have to have some of the biggest hearts in the world ,and of all the horrible things that happen to animals ,your place is a godsend blessing to them , can't thank you enough for what you do on their behalf,bless you all so much ✝✝we need and greatly appreciate your organization and all those you work with. I'll make it there someday .. godwilling .

Donor

Rating: 5

As a lifelong animal lover, I've donated and volunteered at many animal nonprofits, but Best Friends is my absolute favorite. I've been a member for more than 20 years. They are the clear leader in ending animal homelessness and euthanasia of healthy pets, and animal organizations around the country are joining them to make "save them all" a reality. Through their skillful and compassionate work with the dogs rescued from Michael Vick's dog fighting ring, Best Friends showed the world even horribly abused dogs like those could be rehabilitated and live happy lives. Best Friends isn't an organization based on ego, like some others. They truly love animals and always put their lives and welfare first. I'm so proud to be a member.

Whitney S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Best Friends. Not just the location, but the mission. This organization is amazing

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited Best Friends this year (2017) , I've been a member for many years. My mother was a longtime member and monthly auto donor. We both have long appreciated their dedication to saving our best friends, the innocent and beautiful animals. I was very impressed with the stunning setting of the Santuary, very well laid out according to each animal and their specific needs.
Best Friends is more than a place though, it is a movement for change in our consciousness, in how we view and share our planet with our animals. The 'no-kill' agenda must succeed as we can no longer accept putting down millions of wonderful loving friends each year. No one will get this done except Best Friends and their tireless dedication to this end. Partnering with major cities and aiding and assisting them with this work in towns across the country. Rushing into areas devastated by natural disasters to save the animals that's Best Friends, they just are the Best!!

Donor

Rating: 5

One day I was browsing the internet when I first cam across this charity. Even from the website's first look, one can tell that the group is professional, impactful, determined, devoted, and above all, wants to solve problems in society. I was so impressed by what I saw, I decided to donate some money to them. They gave me membership for it ($25 or above) and there is so much included in the package, including magazines, cards, letters, pictures, and more! They value your donation greatly and make you feel special for helping them, which is definitely the right thing to do; look how much they have succeeded on! Keep up the good work, Best Friends, and Best of Luck!

Donor

Rating: 5

Best friends are the absolute best animal rescue group on the planet and the only one I donate to. I have supported them from almost the beginning when they were sitting outside of stores getting their message out. They have come so far. I visited several years ago when they still getting going. I was impressed then and am even more impressed now. I can't donate as much now that I am older, but I share their story whenever I have the opportunity. Thank you Best Friends for all you do for the animals. God bless you.

Donor

Rating: 5

I don't have a personal story. I just know that Best Friends is the only organization making a concerted nationwide effort to end the travesty of the millions of shelter killings each year. I wholeheartedly support them in any way that I can.

Donna H.1

Donor

Rating: 5

We have supported Best Friends financially for over a decade, we adopted a senior Pet of the Week through them, and we receive and read their member magazine, Facebook posts, and other corresponce. What a wonderful, dedicated, creative and successful organization! They’ve gone from a unique stand-alone sanctuary to the driver of an international no-kill movement.

Donor

Rating: 5

Best Friends is the leader in no kill shelters. They have a wonderful kind caring facility. They really,really care about animals. They help in all kinds of disasters.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is the place that will take any pet and give them love, safety, food and security. The people who work there really care, and the animals are happy! They took in the wounded dogs from the Vick case, and many others who would have died if not for Best Friends. I volunteered there just one day, but it lives on in my memory as one of my favorite.

Donor

Rating: 5

Best Friends really does what they say they'll do, jumping in wherever they're needed as well as running the main facility in Utah. They believe in their mission to help animals, to reduce and eventually eliminate space - related euthanasia in shelters across the country. Unlike some other national animal welfare organizations, Best Friends puts their money into programs, not TV ads or fundraising.

Susan T.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I think the work that you do saving all kinds of animals is phenomenal,I hope that more organizations will pick up the practice, I think it's wonderful that they have a forever home with you even if their not adopted,I try to donate as much as I can as often as I can because I believe in what you stand for.i wish I lived nearby so that I could help with the animals because I love them all.

Barb T.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to this charity for many years, they do great job with helping and rescuing. Animals❤