Arlyn Bradshaw, Mountain West Regional Director

Arlyn Bradshaw is the Mountain West Regional Director for Best Friends, after previously serving as the Executive Director for Best Friends in Utah. In his capacity as a Regional Director, he coordinates lifesaving collaboration across the eight states of the Mountain West. Based in Salt Lake City, Arlyn has direct oversight of the Best Friends programs that are turning Utah into a no-kill state. Together with the NKUT initiative and its coalition of animal welfare organizations, Best Friends in Utah runs its own pet adoption center, a kitten nursery and two spay/neuter clinics.

In addition to his work with Best Friends, Arlyn is also an elected official as a member of the Salt Lake County Council. Among his top priorities as an elected official is ensuring that Salt Lake County Animal Services — the largest animal services agency in the state — maintains its status as a no-kill shelter.

Arlyn is an alumnus of the University of Utah, holding a B.A. in political science and a master’s degree in public administration. Prior to coming to Best Friends, he worked at the University of Utah as the assistant dean of students. Originally from rural Idaho, Arlyn has been active in Utah politics and the University of Utah community for more than a decade. He currently lives in Salt Lake City with his partner, Neil Webster. They have three rescued pit bull terriers, Bella, Atticus and Sweet Pea, and a dachshund named Fritz.