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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

Patricia Garriott B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been a supporter of Best Friends since our visit in the late 90’s. I visited Benson’s house and was sold. My dream of all those cats coming up to meet me, it was awesome. I’ve seen all the wonderful things that have been done with the unadoptable. And I love knowing that they can spend the rest of their lives in safety and being cared for. Keep up the wonderful work.

Natalie Rotman C.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have contributed to Best Friends for years. We have visited the sanctuary in Kanab twice and we are going back next year. The sanctuary is a spiritual place where animals are adored and cared for by people who are 100% committed to saving lives. Even the cafe at the sanctuary is vegetarian. This nonprofit is truly great. They are saving animals all over our country and they inspire many to take part in the cause.. "save them all"!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the positive message Best Friends provides regarding the work they do to save animals. Their newsletter is a joy to read, and even when reporting on "jeers", they keep their message on point and drama-free. They are an amazing sanctuary and I hope to be able to visit them someday. I've been contributing to their organization for the past 15 years!

Madeline K.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Best Friends for several decades. Once I realized the magnitude of their contribution to no-kill animal welfare, I committed to supporting them regardless of other support I might give to local shelters. Their outreach and activism across the country make them the Number 1 animal welfare organization in the forefront of the "no kill" movement. I urge everyone to familiarize themselves with Best Friends and see why they are by and large the most extraordinary shelter in the country. I am delighted that they now have a presence in New York City and I have no doubt that they will not stop until they have "Saved Them All".

Gabrielle MacMeans C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I actively support Best Friends. The work that they are doing to promote no kill shelters is essential to our well being as humans. Also, love the fact that they are willing to step into natural disaster zones to save pets.

Lucy K.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been reading and learning about Best Friends for at least 12 years. What I love most is their extensive effort in education of pets and non-judgemental approach to training and rehabilitation of unwanted/senior/disabled animals. No one has been more hands-on in animal disaster emergencies either. They have set the bar in helping shelters everywhere to get animals adopted. Their marketing and media technics are proven winners. They have managed to include communities, volunteers, and lawmakers in their efforts. I've seen the shelters and philosophies of BF spread and succeed. It's the only non profit for animals that I feel confident in donating to, as their actions speak volumes. As they grow and expand they will only need further financial support, so please help continue their cause by considering them as Grant recipeients . Thank you, Lucy Kelly

Leilani A.

Donor

Rating: 5

Best Friends is the best! They do everything for any pet in need, their efforts for "save them all" are effective. The alliances with shelters across the country are remarkable.

Annette21

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been contributing to BF for many years now. This org is fabulous and we trust them to use funds appropriately. They keep donors informed and are very responsive. I have even received a thank you phone call from Gregory Castle in person (not a recording!). Now that is unusual! I only wish we lived closer to visit the facility in Kanab. I am also very impressed that they have reached out of Kanab to so many cities (LA, NY, etc.) to help with rescue and adoptions. Amazing org. Cannot say enough good about it.

Donor

Rating: 5

Best Friends is a one of a kind organization, an organization that not only looks out for a wide variety of animals but is also responsive to the love that humans have for their animal friends. The organization provides shelter and hope for animals in need and also acts as an advocate for animal rights, successfully saving thousands of animals every year. One of the most unusual and touching moments at Best Friends is their memorial service for those that wish to pay tribute to their animals in a beautiful outdoor setting, an emotional and memorable experience like no other. This group takes their work seriously and are adept at telling the stories of individual animals in their care which provides a personal touch for potential donors. While there are many not-for-profit organizations that are deserving of support, I am glad to provide what monetary gifts I can to make certain Best Friends continues to operate in their honest, transparent and necessary way to eradicate homeless and unwanted animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned of Best Friends soon after losing a very beloved cat named LILY. A dear friend donated to Best Friends in Lily's name and I received a beautiful card that warmed my heart and soul. I looked into them further and became a Best Friends supporter myself. After my sad loss came the Michael Vick scandal and for the first time ever I realized the enormity and the viciousness of dog fighting and helped all I could to assist Best Friends with the Vick dogs in their care. Years have gone by and Best Friends continues to amaze me with their love and care of so many animals - many that end up having no where else to go. Most important to my heart is their mission to end all homelessness for animals by 2025, everyone should do all they can to help with this wonderful, achievable endeavor. YAY BEST FRIENDS❣

Niki S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the founders left me a voice message thanking me for my donation -- not asking for one, just thanking. How awesome is that?

1 Jan C.2

Donor

Rating: 5

After visiting Best Friends, my impression of their organization is off the charts in a positive direction. They have done wonderful work to reduce and hopefully eliminate the killing of pets in shelters. Their entire organization is focused on this vision of no more homeless pets. Their staff is passionate, dedicated and animal centric. I met many staff members and volunteers who are totally committed to the dream of the original founders. This organization makes the world a better place.

LJ P.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've seen Best Friends perform and bring individuals and groups together in times of disaster and crisis. Even more impressive are their day to day efforts 24/7/365. Homelessness and senseless killing of animals are not brief, sporadic events. This day in and day out need would not be advancing toward a better world without Best Friend's leadership, support, and love for all creatures. Keep showing us the way; we need you.

1 Deb Jones O.

Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Best Friends Animal Society! I follow their great work closely on social media, at local events and through their magazine. They have campaigned and worked so hard for the welfare of animals and I can see so many of their efforts paying off! I was especially thrilled to see California pass a law requiring pet stores to offer rescued animals -- no more support of puppy mills! Such a step in the right direction and one that was championed by Best Friends Animal Society. They have my support!!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Best Friends is one of the best rescue associations anywhere. Their commitment to animals is heartfelt!

Donor

Rating: 5

If Best Friends doesn’t get an award, no one else should because they are the gold standard in animal rescue, recovery and care. I’ve known about them for years but it was their work during hurricane Katrina that impressed me firmly.

Kathy T.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I truly believe in the work that Best Friends is doing to combat killing of innocent animals. They provide a much needed service of giving a forever home to animals that aren’t adopted. Their no kill sanctuary is an example that all shelters should be using.

Jenny B.1

Donor

Rating: 5

The tireless efforts to save all creatures great and small is exemplified at Best Friends Animal Society. I am grateful for all they do in the midst of tragedy such as a devastating hurricane. They do not turn a blind eye to the sick and wounded. I will not hesitate to send donations to this nonprofit because I know they will use them to benefit all that come through the gates of the sanctuary.

Donor

Rating: 5

They serve with integrity, compassion,and a goal to Save Them All. Best Friends assists many other rescues and shelters and I'm very proud to be a supporter.

Donor

Rating: 5

They are marvelous. Have watched this organization grow & grow and save so many animals. They're like the Red Cross of animals.... a disaster strikes, they are there! And the media now is sharing their story more than ever. I've been a supporter for over 25 years. Always wished to go to Utah to visit the sanctuary and it's still on my bucket list. Thank you, Best Friends, from the bottom of my heart for helping the animals.