A better world
through kindness to animals
Best Friends Animal Society is guided by a simple
philosophy: kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us.
In the late 1980s, when Best Friends was in its early days, roughly
17 million dogs and cats
were being killed in shelters every year. Despite the commitment of
shelter workers to the animals
in their care, the conventional belief was that little could be done
to lower that terrible number.
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Best Friends' No More Homeless Pets campaign
created a new vision: A grassroots effort to place dogs and cats who
were considered "unadoptable" into good homes, and to reduce the
number of unwanted pets through effective spay and neuter programs.
Since then, the number of dogs and cats being destroyed in shelters
has fallen to approximately 5 million a year. There has been much
progress,but there is still much more to do.
The next phase of this work – bringing the number down to
essentially zero – will take more work and some bold new
initiatives. Shelters are crowded with pit bulls, dogs abandoned
after being bought from pet stores, stray cats rounded up on the
streets and not looking their very best when they’re brought in, and
other pets abandoned or neglected.
As the flagship of a grassroots network of people and organizations
that care about animals, Best Friends continues to lead the way
towards this future. And that's why our purpose remains: A better
world through kindness to animals.
The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary at Angel
Canyon, at the heart of the Golden Circle of national parks in
southern Utah, is home on any given day to about 2,000 dogs, cats,
and other animals, who come from shelters and rescue groups around
the country for special care they can only receive at Best Friends.
Most of the animals who find their way to Best Friends have special
physical or behavioral needs, and our expert staff of veterinarians,
trainers and caregivers offer them all the help they require. Most
of them are ready to go to good new homes after just a few weeks of
special care. A few, who are too old or too sick, or who have
suffered extra trauma, find a home and haven at the sanctuary, and
are given loving care for the rest of their lives.
Best Friends works with our members -- and with
humane groups, individuals and entire communities -- to set up
spay/neuter, shelter, foster and adoption programs in neighborhoods,
cities, and states throughout the country. Through this work, Best
Friends is helping to save and rehabilitate tens of thousands of
animals each year.
Through the online Best Friends Network, the society reaches across
the nation and around the world, helping local communities to rescue
animals in distress and to create their own No More Homeless Pets
rescue and disaster response
At home and abroad, Best Friends has led some of
the largest animal rescue efforts in recent history. These rescues
include natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, wartime
situations, and animal hoarding or failed shelter situations where
hundreds of dogs and cats need urgent and continuing care for many
months before they can be placed in good new homes. With its
sanctuary and rescue experience, Best Friends is the only
organization in the country capable of mounting such major rescue
Best Friends offers workshops, internships,
training programs and conferences to help individuals, groups and
communities to set up and manage their own shelter, rescue, adoption
and spay/neuter programs. Best Friends magazine also has
the largest readership of any general-interest animal publication in
The work of Best Friends is supported entirely by
the donations of our members. Through the generous hearts and hands
of people like you, we can ensure that animals who come into the
care of Best Friends will never again be alone, hungry, sick, afraid
or in pain. We invite you to
join us in helping to bring about the time when there will be No
More Homeless Pets.
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The Best Friends
Our purpose, mission, goals and guiding
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to the rest of our web sites.
Best Friends News
Check out the good news for animals here at the
sanctuary and around the world.
The Best Friends
Social Networking that saves lives. Check out
what’s happening around the country and in your community, and get
At the Sanctuary
See the loving work for the animals and the
amazing canyon they live in.
DogTown TV Show
Follow the animals, care givers, and stories seen
on the DogTown TV show on the National Geographic Channel.
Meet the Staff
Go behind the scenes at Best Friends and
meet the folks who manage our various animal care areas, Best
Friends magazine, member services, and more.
Read the history prior to Best Friends and
personal stories of some of its founders.