Mountain West Regional Director
Arlyn Bradshaw serves as the regional director of the mountain west region for Best Friends Animal Society. In this capacity, he coordinates lifesaving collaboration across the eight states of the mountain west area. Based in Salt Lake City, Arlyn has direct oversight of Best Friends programs that are turning Utah into a no-kill state. Together with the NKUT (No-Kill Utah) initiative and its coalition of nearly 60 animal welfare organizations, Best Friends in Utah runs its own pet adoption center and kitten nursery, and two spay/neuter clinics.
In addition to Arlyn’s work with Best Friends, he is an elected official as a member of the Salt Lake County Council. One of 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. Before coming to work for 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.