A gift in memory of a pet honors that lasting bond and is a tangible way to honor the enduring love we have for our pets after they’ve passed.

When you make a memorial gift, it not only pays tribute to a beloved pet or person, but it also supports the work of Best Friends and helps homeless pets get the love and care they need to thrive while waiting for loving families of their own.

As part of your gift, you can pay tribute to your pet or your loved one’s pet in one of our monthly Angels Rest blessing ceremonies. Learn more about the blessings and watch past blessing ceremonies.

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Your memorial gift donation

Help homeless dogs and cats across the country and create a lasting online memorial to your pet.
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Honor their memory with a personal fundraiser

Using our simple tools, you can commemorate a beloved pet or person.

Have you already created a memorial?

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Angels Rest is the peaceful and serene resting place for Sanctuary animals and cherished companions of Best Friends members and staff.



Angels Rest

Here at Angels Rest, hundreds of wind chimes ring in remembrance of beloved pets, and memorial markers pay tribute to the love we hold for our dogs, cats and other companions.

If you’d like to remember your pet, or the pet of a loved one, these memorials can be sent to you or placed at our Sanctuary – one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

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More ways to remember your Pet

It's so hard to say goodbye to our faithful animal companions, but when you're ready, there are a number ways you can consider honoring the memory of your beloved pet.



Join us virtually for a special blessing of the animals held at our sanctuary in southern Utah to remember the lives of pets loved and lost. On the last Thursday of each month, we invite you to share thoughts and memories of your own pets who have passed in the comments.

See blessings »



If you have lost a beloved pet, we are honored to assist you in making arrangements for the placement of your pet at Angels Rest or Angels Overlook. For information about placing your pet at Angels Rest, please contact angelsrest@bestfriends.org.

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Guided reflections

Take a moment to breathe and reflect with our 10-minute guided meditation on pet loss and remembrance.

Start the guided meditation »


Memorial gifts

Whether you're looking for a way to memorialize your pet, or looking to show support for someone grieving the loss of a pet, you can find special ways to remember an animal companion in our online store.

Visit our online store »


Memorials in Best Friends magazine

You can submit a memorial for consideration on the “Saying Goodbye” page in Best Friends magazine. Please send your submission, with a photo, to editor@bestfriends.org. Note: Because of the high number of submissions, we are unable to print them all.

Submit a memorial »


Coping with Pet Loss

It's so hard to say goodbye to our faithful animal companions. Grief over the loss of a pet is very real and coping with the loss of a pet can be a challenge.

Get help saying goodbye »


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Pet loss support group

If you’ve lost a pet, we’d like to invite you to be part of a community of people who share this experience.