Animal sponsorship FAQs

We are delighted that you are considering sponsoring an animal at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. There are dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, horses, and even fish and wildlife who can be sponsored. Your compassion means so much to homeless pets. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about sponsorship gifts.

What is a sponsorship gift?

A sponsorship gift is a one-time gift of at least $25 made in honor of an animal at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. You can sponsor an animal in your own name, or as a gift for someone else.

What does my sponsorship go toward?

Sponsorship gifts support the work of Best Friends Animal Society and help Save Them All. Every day, about 2,000 dogs and cats are killed in shelters across the country, but together we are changing that. Your gift helps animals find homes, get medical care, and receive spay/neuter. It also supports legislative and public education efforts all across the country that save the lives of pets, and more. In order to make sure that your gift has the greatest impact and helps save the maximum number of lives, its use will not be restricted to the individual care of your sponsored animal, but wherever it is needed most.

Which animals can I sponsor?

Visit our featured sponsored animals to meet the featured animals available to be sponsored. But you can actually choose any animal at the Sanctuary! You can meet more of them on our Sanctuary Scoop website.

Can I have a card sent to my gift recipient?

E-cards and printable cards are available online when you make a sponsorship gift.

I want an update about my animal. Is that possible?

Because our caregivers are very busy providing daily care and enrichment for the approximately 1,600 animals who are at the sanctuary on any given day, they are not able to provide updates-on-demand for sponsored animals. However, you can stay in touch with all that’s going on at the sanctuary by visiting the Sanctuary Scoop website. Have an idea for a story you’d like to see there? Send your idea to

Can I help my sponsorship animal get adopted?

Yes! Sharing your animal’s story and helping him or her find a home is one of the best things you can do for your sponsored pet. Sharing their profile on social media is a great idea.

Can I make a monthly sponsorship gift?

Sponsorship gifts are one-time gifts only. If you’d like to help the animals year-round, become a Guardian Angel and sign up for monthly giving.

If my sponsorship animal is adopted, can I talk to the family who adopted the animal/can I get updates?

The family or adopter may want privacy. However, we do occasionally get their permission to share their stories in our magazine, website, or on Facebook, so be sure to check!