Best Friends Animal Society

Defending dogs and cats in Utah

At all levels of government, decisions are made that impact animals. Sheriffs who enforce animal protection laws are elected. City council members and county commissioners who determine the budgets and regulations for animal shelters are elected.

Local elections often have the most impact on animals, so that’s why it’s key to understand where candidates in your area stand on issues.

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Change starts locally for at-risk shelter animals

Best Friends is working in Utah to educate voters and elected officials about what’s at stake for homeless dogs and cats in the 2023 elections.

We want to help candidates and voters focus on the issues that are relevant and most important to animals in their community, so that’s why we’ve asked each candidate to complete a survey about local dog and cat lifesaving issues.

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Orem candidate responses

Learn what candidates in Orem had to say.
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Provo candidate responses

Learn what candidates in Provo had to say.
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South Jordan candidate responses

Learn what candidates in South Jordan had to say.
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West Jordan candidate responses

Learn what candidates in West Jordan had to say.

Local candidates joined us for a virtual town hall

Candidates were invited to share more about their public policy positions through a virtual town hall on Thursday, September 14.

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Your vote matters for the animals

When you vote for candidates who are willing to defend the cats and dogs in Utah who need it most, you’re saving lives.

More great ways to help right now

Work with others in your community to create local change and help keep dogs and cats out of shelters. 

Help a shelter or animal rescue group near you 

The Best Friends Network is made up of thousands of public and private shelters, rescue groups, spay/neuter organizations, and other animal welfare groups, all working to save the lives of dogs and cats in communities like yours across the country.

Each and every one of our network partners needs caring people like you to adopt, volunteer, transport, foster, donate, and advocate to help save the lives of shelter animals where you live.

Find a network partner near you today:

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Stories of making change for the animals 

Caring people like you are stepping up to save animals around the country. 

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About Best Friends

Best Friends Animal Society is working to save the lives of cats and dogs all across the country, giving pets second chances and happy homes.

Just a few short years ago, cats and dogs were killed in staggering numbers in this country simply because shelters didn't have the community support or the resources to save their lives. That number is now less than half a million per year, but there’s still work to do to ensure a bright future for every dog and cat in America. 

Best Friends operates the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and is committed to saving the lives of homeless pets by working with shelters and passionate people like you. Together, we will bring the whole country to no-kill by 2025. Together, we will Save Them All.

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