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Best Friends’ lifesaving work

Our 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 has spread across the country and it continues to expand. 

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, Atlanta, 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. 

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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 by 2025. Together, we can Save Them All.  

Best Friends has lifesaving centers around the country 

Sanctuary  •   Atlanta  •   Bentonville  •   Houston  •   Los Angeles  •   New York City  •   Salt Lake City

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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  

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Best Friends in Atlanta 

In Atlanta, we run a completely foster-based program in our continuing efforts to best serve the metro area in its push to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters, while strengthening the movement across the entire Southeast. 

By appointment only  
1692 Oak Street SE   
Marietta, GA 30060  

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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 

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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  

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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 

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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  

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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 

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Best Friends has lifesaving programs across the United States 


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Best Friends in Adams County, Pennsylvania

Adams County SPCA has partnered with Best Friends to create the Adams County satellite foster program, which is focused on saving lives by increasing kitten and cat fostering.

You, too, can foster, adopt, volunteer and advocate for the animals. Working together, we’ll create better lives for Adams County cats and a happier, healthier community for both people and pets.

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Best Friends in Burlington County, New Jersey

Burlington County Animal Shelter and Best Friends have started a new foster program to save vulnerable cats and dogs in New Jersey. 

The foster program will focus on saving pets’ lives by recruiting pet foster caregivers and providing the training and supplies necessary for foster caregivers to save lives.

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Best Friends in Camden County, New Jersey

To save vulnerable dogs and cats in Camden County, New Jersey, Best Friends Animal Society and Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center are working together as part of a new foster program.

The focus of the program is on saving homeless pets’ lives through fostering. Once pet fosters are recruited, they’re given the training and supplies needed to save the lives of dogs and cats. 

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Best Friends in Grant Parish, Louisiana

The Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce a new partnership with Best Friends Animal Society to save the lives of homeless dogs in Louisiana. 

We’re focusing our efforts on helping dogs around Grant Parish through adoptions, fostering, transport of dogs to safety and local advocacy efforts.

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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.

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Best Friends in Victoria, Texas

In an effort to save vulnerable dogs and cats in Victoria, Texas, Best Friends Animal Society and Victoria County Animal Services are working together to launch a foster program. 

The primary goal of this program is to save the lives of homeless pets through fostering.

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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.

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