Creating no-kill communities, across the U.S.
Best Friends Animal Society’s lifesaving work began with the opening of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in southern Utah in 1984. From there, the work to save the lives of homeless pets spread across the country and has continued to expand.
Today, the Sanctuary remains our anchor, and as we’ve grown, our national network of partners and pet lifesaving centers have become hubs for innovation and inspiration. We’re bringing tangible lifesaving tactics to shelters and rescue groups across the U.S., touching every community in the country.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is the largest sanctuary for companion animals in the nation. Located in the red rock canyons of southern Utah, it is a home-between-homes for dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, pigs, horses and other animals, including those in need of lifelong care.
The Sanctuary is a haven to around 1,600 animals on any given day and is a healing oasis like none other. Visitors are welcome to take tours, sign up to volunteer with the animals and, of course, adopt a pet. In addition, the Sanctuary welcomes overnight visitors with reservations, and hosts many educational workshops, including animal care and rescue workshops.
5001 Angel Canyon Road
Kanab, UT 84741
Best Friends in Los Angeles
Best Friends in Los Angeles brings together animal rescue groups, city shelters and passionate individuals dedicated to making Los Angeles a no-kill city. As part of this mission, Best Friends hosts adoption and fundraising events and runs two pet adoption centers in L.A.
Our Mission Hills location includes a newborn kitten nursery, a pet adoption center with more than 400 adoptable dogs and cats from L.A. city shelters, and a spay/neuter clinic.
15321 Brand Boulevard
Mission Hills, CA 91345
Our West L.A. location features a boutique-style pet adoption experience with more than 100 adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from NKLA Coalition rescue partner organizations.
1845 Pontius Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Best Friends in New York
Best Friends in New York works collaboratively with city shelters, local animal welfare organizations, passionate advocates and volunteers to save the lives of pets in the shelters of New York City and the surrounding tri-state area. As part of this work, Best Friends hosts adoption and fundraising events, and runs a lifesaving pet foster program in partnership with Animal Care & Control of New York City.
307 West Broadway
New York City, NY 10013
Best Friends in Utah
Best Friends in Utah brings together animal rescue groups, city shelters and dedicated individuals working to make Utah a no-kill state. As part of this work, Best Friends hosts adoption and fundraising events, runs the Best Friends Lifesaving Center in the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City, and leads the NKUT initiative.
The Sugar House location includes a newborn kitten nursery, a spay/neuter clinic and a boutique-style pet adoption experience with adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from NKUT coalition rescue partner organizations.
2005 South 1100 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Best Friends in Atlanta
Best Friends in Atlanta is now a completely foster-based program in our continuing efforts to best serve the metro-Atlanta area in its final push to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters, while strengthening the movement across the entire Southeast region. We collaborate with shelters, animal welfare organizations and individuals throughout the Southeast as part of our road map to reach no-kill by 2025.
By Appointment Only
1692 Oak Street SE
Marietta, GA 30060
Best Friends in Northwest Arkansas
The Best Friends Lifesaving Center provides a range of critically needed resources and services for the cats and dogs of Northwest Arkansas. The center offers on-site cat and dog adoptions, a pet food and supplies pantry, trap-neuter-return resources/assistance and a meeting space for fosters, volunteers and adopters.
Best Friends Lifesaving Center
210 Prairie Lane
Bentonville, AR 72712
The Best Friends Pet Resource Center is scheduled to open in 2022. The first of its kind in the region, the 20,000-square-foot center will sit on approximately six acres on a 100-acre site in Northwest Arkansas. The resource center will showcase adoptable pets from members of the Northwest Arkansas Partnership for Animal Welfare (NWA PAW). It will also raise awareness of the no-kill movement, as well as invite and inspire visitors to become a part of the lifesaving work.
The center is poised to advance the local conversation around animal welfare through high-quality services, such as vaccine and pet identification clinics, humane education and transport programs.
Best Friends Pet Resource Center
1312 Melissa Drive
Bentonville, AR 72712
Best Friends in Houston
Best Friends in Houston works collaboratively with city shelters, local animal welfare organizations and passionate individuals to save the lives of pets in shelters in Houston and the surrounding areas.
Best Friends launched the Coalition to Save Houston’s Pets, which consists of more than 25 area animal welfare organizations working to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats by making Houston a no-kill city. Best Friends in Houston also operates a community cat program and transports animals to other areas of the country, as well as offering foster and adoption programs.
Best Friends in Polk County, Florida
Best Friends Animal Society and Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services have come together to save vulnerable kittens through a new shelter diversion and foster program.
Kittens brought into Polk County Animal Services or found without mothers by the public will be fostered by local volunteers until they are old enough to be spayed or neutered and adopted, which is typically around two months of age. Through this new program, the groups hope to save 500 kittens by December 31.
Best Friends in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
The staff at Antietam Humane Society in Waynesboro, PA are dedicated to increasing lifesaving programs at the animal shelter. Best Friends is excited to collaborate with them to help save the lives of adult cats and orphaned kittens.
Working in conjunction with Antietam Humane Society, Best Friends is looking for volunteer foster families willing to open their hearts and homes to these at-risk pets and help care for them until they are ready to be adopted.
Best Friends Network partners
At Best Friends Animal Society, we believe that collaboration with local animal shelters and rescue organizations, the people who know their communities best, is key to saving the lives of dogs, cats and other pets in America’s shelters.
Our network of partners — including public and private shelters, rescue groups, spay/neuter organizations and other animal welfare groups across all 50 states — is at the heart of the collaborative spirit that defines Best Friends.
If you’re looking to adopt, foster or volunteer near you, one of our network partners is a great place to start.