Best Friends–Utah

Best Friends Animal Society has been a lifesaving presence in the state of Utah since Best Friends Animal Sanctuary opened in 1984. Since the early 1990s, our work has branched out beyond the Sanctuary to the rest of the state to include major pet adoption and fundraising events, and the promotion of spay/neuter and animal advocacy. Utah was also the site for the first Strut Your Mutt event, which has since grown into a national grassroots fundraiser for rescue groups.

In 2000, Best Friends built on that foundation by launching No More Homeless Pets in Utah, a separate nonprofit sponsored by Maddie’s Fund. Through No More Homeless Pets in Utah, Best Friends created and led a coalition of shelters, rescue groups, businesses and government leaders focused on putting programs in place to stop the killing in Utah shelters. 

Then in 2011, No More Homeless Pets in Utah was re-absorbed by Best Friends Animal Society and renamed Best Friends Animal Society–Utah. Best Friends–Utah brings together animal rescue groups, city shelters and dedicated individuals working to make Utah a no-kill state by 2019. And in 2014, Best Friends created NKUT (No-Kill Utah), a comprehensive initiative designed to decrease the number of cats and dogs entering shelters through spay/neuter services and increase the number of pets being adopted. 

As part of this work, Best Friends hosts adoption and fundraising events, and runs the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center. Located in the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City, the center includes a kitten nursery, a spay/neuter clinic and a boutique-style pet adoption experience with adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from our NKUT Coalition partners. The NKUT Coalition, led by Best Friends, is a group of animal welfare organizations that are continuing the lifesaving programs created over the years. 

By working together in Utah, we can Save Them All.

For more information about our lifesaving programs in Utah, visit

Best Friends Animal Society–Utah
Best Friends Pet Adoption Center
2005 South 1100 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84106

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