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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

Donor

Rating: 5

Best Friends has been working tirelessly for years to "save them all". Their work to end pet homelessness and stop killing animals who's only crime is not having a home is remarkable. I sincerely hope that they reach their goal of no more homeless pets by 2025.

Beckie Fletcher G.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful facility and the work they do is exceptional. I live in Southern Utah so am very familiar with Best Friends in Kanab. I know people who work there and they arfe exceptional people. I have a hard time going there, because I want to bring home at least a dozen -- usually dogs :-)

Jennifer Potter D.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard of Best Friends from a friend and we loved that they took in the Viktory Dogs! I have donated whenever I can over the years and I feel confident my money is going to a wonderful cause! They email updates and I felt good helping during this last hurricane season.

Suzanne L.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've never been involved with them but love the work they are doing to save animals !

Amy Hall S.

Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I had the opportunity to visit Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah this past July. We fell completely in love! It was quite obvious from the moment we arrived that this was an animal rescue like no other. From the breathtaking scenery, the outstanding facilities and amazing friendly staff. The animals cared for there are receiving care beyond compare. Definitely planning another visit!

Gail53

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a monthly donor to Best Friends Animal Society. When I see the remarkable things they do, I am proud to be involved with this group. When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit Texas and Florida they were one of the first groups to be on scene and continue today to help the communities and the animals. So many pet owners were able to reunite with their pets These people have their hearts in the right place. They save lives and work tirelessly to end animal abuse.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I recently began donating to Best Friend's Animal Society but I can thankfully say my money is going where it should. I have a recurring monthly donation and I really like the wish list on Amazon.com because I know I'm buying something they have immediate needs for. Triple Platinum Charity in my books.

Dana M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I just love how Best Friends took in Michael Vick’s dogs, rehabilitated them, and found them good homes. This organization truly cares about animals. Best Friends, I love you so much.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter and follower of Best Friends since 2005, when they were knee deep in the Katrina rescue. The amount of love and devotion to their cause is unsurpassed. The thousands of lives saved and adoptions by Best Friend makes you wonder. Who rescues who?

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Best Friends almost since their beginning. I also had the opportunity to visit with them a few years ago. This visit was what made me truly believe in what they are aspiring to achieve.... "save them all", "no more homeless animals".

Only reading about what Best Friends has accomplished is not enough; everyone should take the time to visit the sanctuary itself, or one of their rescue shelters across the U.S. You will see, & feel, first hand what I experienced.... and, if you're lucky enough, your heart will swell with a little more love, and respect, for what they do. Also, you will become a part of this (movement) as a participant... for years to come!

Save them all... I want to do everything possible to help them with this goal!

Donor

Rating: 5

I’m 86 yrs old... and have had many, many animals ( birds, cats, a rabbit, and especially dogs) in my home. ALL of them been rescues. All of my life, my goal was to rescue. “Best Friends” does, what everyone should do...every life is worth saving. End the killing of animals!!!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Leading the way to no kill nationwide, this organization is a blueprint for any group that wants to do good and do well, too. They are amazing and it is hard to find words, because superlatives just are not enough.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support the with$ because they do great work, especially in disaster areas!

Kimberly G.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a professional dog trainer & have been involved with animal rights for over 20 years. Best Friends is the absolute best charity I've ever experienced. I am confident my money is being used in the most optimal way. I cannot promote them enough! They don't try to guilt people into donating and always focus on the positives. I once even received a phone call from one of the founders, Gabriel, thanking me for my $10 per month donation, in the nicest way. I was blown away by their dedication, and the ambitious goal to "Save Them All"- to end unnecessary shelter euthanasia by 2025. They have my support 100% !

Suse D.

Donor

Rating: 5

A week ago I visited Best Friends shelter at NGR arena in Houston Texas to drop off supplies that were needed. I was allowed to tour and take pictures in hopes of my Facebook posting would draw attention to rescues from the destructive storms that hit the area back to back. The volunteers looked tired and hot but they worked relentlessly caring for each dog or cat. I was at awed by their efforts and diligent work ethic, They were well organized and had a system to taking dogs out for walks and bringing them back in. Logs on each dog were kept to date and medical needs provided. I broke down in tears seeing over 300 dogs but at the same time so happy knowing they would find wonderful forever family that would continue to love them. Love these guys.

Jackie Ferraro B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following Best Friends and donating whenever I can since they started adopting out the Vicktory Dogs. My donor experiences have shown them to be a reliable, transparent, and effective charity. I volunteered in Kanab at Best Friends this past summer for the first time. I was able to see for myself how they do their work, how donations are used, and how successful their adoption and sanctuary efforts are. And it was especially exciting to learn more about their national efforts. I have recommended BFAS to several fellow animal lovers, and will do so at every opportunity.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing organization! I have been a donor for more years than I can remember. Have visited their Utah home twice...what a glorious place it is! Areas for dogs, cats, horses, pigs, birds and anything else that may need help..they are awesome! The facilities include a hospital with a full time vet , animal behaviorists and most importantly, the volunteers who take care of the animals day in and day out.Their message of "no kill" is coming to fruition as more and more groups join them in their quest for a no kill world. Can't say enough good things about this organization and the people that work for them!!!

Bonnie R.1

Donor

Rating: 5

A friend of mine first told me about Best Friends years ago. I have charities that I give to on a regular basis, may not be much, but I do what I can. While doing some research on Best Friends, what struck me immediately was their motto; we can save them all. That had always been a dream of mine and although not probable, anything is possible. I'll tell you, if anyone can do it, this extraordinary organization can! I now donate a monthly amount. So many animals of many species have been helped, healed, rescued, adopted, and loved because of Best Friends and the amazing people directly and indirectly involved, including the volunteers of course. What an authentic impactful organization. I was just telling my sister about them over the weekend telling her about all the work they have done in Houston and wherever else the animals need them. I am so grateful for these really good human beings.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Best Friends! I believe they are the most honest, dedicated animal rescue organization truly invested in their mission to "save them all". I've been a fan many years and contribute when I can but was most impressed when Best Friends stepped up and saved/rehabbed so many of Michael Vick's pit bulls. Their tireless efforts helped change the stigma the breed has suffered with.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hi - I live in Houston and didn't know about Best Friends till Hurricane Harvey. I found out about what they were doing on FB - saving all the dogs and cats lost during the hurricane. They did such an incredible job at NRG - housing and feeding so many. It was overwhelming! I was so impressed I gave a donation and will continue to do so. They are amazing and so are all of their volunteers! I'm so glad that organizations like this exist! Thank you Best Friends for saving so many Houston area animals!!!! I have three rescue dogs at home :) Lori Luschei

Carolyn S.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about Best Friends Animal Society through a TV program that we watched here in Ottawa, Canada, “Dog Town” became an admirer through this program. Then learned more about them on Facebook, finally contributing a small sum. You see, we support our local dog charities and are retired so the tax receipts are important to us. U.S. charitable giving doesn’t count. Believe me, Best Friends do the most amazing work of any animal shelter I have ever come across. The founders and their staff and volunteers are compassionate, action-oriented humane people with marvellous ideas and motivational P.R. After my token donation, I receive their wonderful magazine and I received a call from one of the founders! Talk about impressive follow up and dedication to all the animals. Their current mission is to make all shelters across the U.S. kill-free. I truly admire and respect Best Friends.