Best Friends’ lifesaving work
While the Sanctuary remains the heart and soul of Best Friends, we now have lifesaving centers and programs in Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, New York City, Houston, Northwest Arkansas and other areas. In addition, through our national network of partners, lifesaving tactics are being implemented in shelters and rescue groups across the country.
As recently as 2016, nearly 1.5 million cats and dogs were killed in America just because shelters didn’t have the community support or the resources needed to save them. Best Friends is committed to changing that and to bringing the entire country to no-kill in 2025. Together, we can Save Them All.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Located five miles north of Kanab, Utah, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is the largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals in the country. It is a home-between-homes for up to 1,600 animals on any given day.
5001 Angel Canyon Road
Kanab, UT 84741
Best Friends in Houston
In Houston, we work with city shelters, local animal welfare organizations and passionate individuals to make Houston a no-kill city.
Part of our lifesaving work here includes organizing foster and adoption programs, as well as transports to relocate animals to areas of the country where they are more likely to be adopted.
By appointment only
901 Pinemont Drive
Houston, TX 77018
Best Friends in Los Angeles
In Los Angeles, we bring together animal rescue groups, city shelters and passionate individuals to save the lives of homeless pets in the city.
We also host adoption and fundraising events and provide help and services to the community through NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) Coalition.
Our West Los Angeles location includes a kitten care center and a pet adoption center with adoptable dogs and cats from the L.A. city shelters and regionally in California.
1845 Pontius Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Best Friends in New York City
In New York, we work with city shelters, local animal welfare organizations, passionate advocates and volunteers to save the lives of pets in the city and the surrounding tristate area.
We host adoption and fundraising events and also run a foster program in partnership with Animal Care Centers of NYC.
307 West Broadway
New York City, NY 10013
Best Friends in Northwest Arkansas
In Northwest Arkansas, we provide a range of critically needed resources and services for the cats and dogs.
On-site cat and dog adoptions are offered here at the Best Friends Pet Resource Center, along with a pet food and supplies pantry, trap-neuter-vaccinate-return resources and a meeting space for foster caregivers, volunteers and adopters.
1312 Melissa Drive
Bentonville, AR 72712
Best Friends in Salt Lake City
In Salt Lake City, we bring together animal rescue groups, city shelters and dedicated individuals working to make Utah a no-kill state.
We host adoption and fundraising events, run the lifesaving center in Salt Lake City and lead the NKUT (No-Kill Utah) initiative.
2005 South 1100 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Best Friends in Brownsville, Texas
Best Friends Animal Society and Brownsville Animal Regulation & Care Center (BARCC) are working together to help save the community’s homeless pets through adoption and fostering.
With your help, we can put an end to the killing of homeless pets and make a positive impact on the lives of cats and dogs not only in Brownsville, Texas, but all around the country.
Best Friends in Navajo Nation
Best Friends is working with Navajo Nation Animal Control and the Navajo Nation Veterinary Program, along with spay/neuter and rescue organizations, to save more lives in the Navajo Nation animal control facilities.
We’re also working to address the overpopulation of free-roaming dogs and to increase public awareness around animal-related issues.
Best Friends in Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Best Friends is working in the Rio Grande Valley to help pets in the community and the people who love them.
We are committed to working with local leaders to provide vaccination clinics, promote adoption, and bring pet lifesaving information to the communities of the Rio Grande Valley.
No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA)
Best Friends Animal Society has worked side-by-side with Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS) and the No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) Coalition to go from a 56% save rate in 2012 to a 90% save rate in 2020. While navigating tremendous change and obstacles throughout the pandemic, the City of Los Angeles has been able to maintain a high save rate in 2022.
We are continuing to pivot our strategies, create programming sustainability, and help the public support the lifesaving of cats and dogs through foster, volunteering, and adoption.
No-Kill Utah (NKUT)
Best Friends has always believed that collaboration is the key to saving more lives, which is why we created the NKUT initiative and then the NKUT Coalition.
The coalition brings together shelters, rescue groups, other animal welfare organizations and passionate individuals with the goal of saving the lives of homeless pets in Utah.
Northwest Arkansas Partnership for Animal Welfare (NWA PAWS)
Working together, we can save the lives of pets in Arkansas and around the country.
In that collaborative spirit, Best Friends formed the Northwest Arkansas Partnership for Animal Welfare (NWA PAW), a coalition of dozens of shelters and rescue groups across the region working together to save lives. Best Friends has distributed more than $100,000 in lifesaving grants to coalition members saving the lives of cats and dogs in the region.
Find a Best Friends Network partner 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, foster, donate, volunteer and advocate to help save the lives of pets where you live.
Find a network partner near you today:
Best Friends in Kanab
Best Friends Welcome Center
Best Friends Wellness Center
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