Helping animals by creating no-kill communities

For more than 30 years, Best Friends Animal Society has been leading efforts to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A national leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends brings together the compassionate efforts of individuals, policy makers, advocates, animal rescue organizations and animal shelters across the country to support homeless pets and ultimately save lives.

Best Friends believes that, together, we can Save Them All.

Local programs + national no-kill initiatives = more lives saved

To reduce the number of animals killed in shelters, Best Friends focuses its efforts on three major national initiatives — cats, pit bull terriers and puppy mills — while working to build and connect collaborative, community-based no-kill programs around the country.

No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA)
In Los Angeles, Best Friends is leading No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA), a citywide initiative aimed at transforming the nation’s second largest and most diverse city into a no-kill community.

No-Kill Utah (NKUT)
In Utah, Best Friends has created a statewide coalition of animal rescue and shelter partners who, together, have already made Utah a no-kill state for dogs and are on the verge of doing the same for cats.

Best Friends–New York
In New York, Best Friends has established critical partnerships with local animal shelters and rescue organizations to help them pave the way for a no-kill community in New York City.

Best Friends–Atlanta
In Atlanta, Best Friends has joined with dedicated local partners to help the metropolitan area reach and sustain no-kill.

Cats, pit-bull-terrier-type dogs and dogs from puppy mills are the animals most likely to enter America’s animal shelters. To address the problem, Best Friends leads three lifesaving national initiatives that directly impact the number of animals killed in shelters.

Community cats
Through our cat initiatives, Best Friends works to keep community cats safe, healthy and out of shelters by promoting trap/neuter/return programs.

Pit bull terriers
Through our pit bull terrier initiatives, Best Friends is fighting breed discrimination, encouraging the adoption of pit-bull-terrier-type-dogs and keeping family pets in loving homes.

Puppy mills
Through our puppy mill initiatives, Best Friends is leading an effort to end irresponsible and commercial dog breeding and encourage people to adopt pets instead of buying them.

No More Homeless Pets Network
In addition to local programs in L.A., Utah, Atlanta and New York, Best Friends maintains lifesaving partnerships with hundreds and hundreds of animal rescue organizations and animal shelters throughout the country — all of them working to help homeless pets and create no-kill communities where they live.

No More Homeless Pets Network partners receive funding, marketing, expert resources and legislative support from Best Friends to help them lead the effort to reduce the number of animals killed in their local shelters. Best Friends has network partners in all 50 states.