Take Action for Pets and People

You are a voice for homeless pets and all at-risk animals. Make sure it's heard.

As a member of your community, you have more power to create positive change than you might realize. While every animal is an individual and worthy of lifesaving help, we need to think beyond just saving one animal to long-term change that ensures the safety of hundreds of thousands. To do that, we need to make sure our communities and elected officials support animal-friendly programs and policies.

Together with people just like you, Best Friends is working every day to advocate on the local, state and national levels to:

Join the 2025 Action Team

Every day, more than 1,700 dogs and cats are killed in our nation’s shelters because they don’t have safe places to call home.

Local grassroots volunteers are organizing in their own neighborhoods to prevent pets from entering shelters and help keep them safe and supported in their communities. Be a part of this compassionate movement. Join a local team of animal advocates or start your own today.

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Advocacy tools and training

Be an effective local and national advocate for animals. Use these tips and resources to make sustainable changes for dogs and cats where you live.

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Actions you can take right now

You can make a difference right now, by adding your voice to these active advocacy campaigns:

NJ: Take action to help New Jersey's cats

MA: End breed discrimination in housing and insurance markets

IL: Help stop puppy mill sales in Chicago

OH: Help attract and retain lifesaving veterinarians

MI: Put an end to dog breed discrimination in Michigan

Need help?

Email legislative@bestfriends.org.