Creating no-kill communities, across the U.S.

Person wearing a Best Friends volunteer T-shirt holding a small white and tan dog over her shoulder

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. 

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah »

5001 Angel Canyon Road
Kanab, UT 84741
435-644-2001

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.

Mission Hills

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.

Best Friends in Los Angeles »

15321 Brand Boulevard
Mission Hills, CA 91345
818-643-3989

West L.A./NKLA

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.

NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West L.A. »

1845 Pontius Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025
424-208-8840

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.

Best Friends in New York »

307 West Broadway
New York City, NY 10013
347-762-3678

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.

Best Friends in Salt Lake City, Utah »

2005 South 1100 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
801-574-2454

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.

Best Friends in Atlanta, Georgia »

By Appointment Only
1692 Oak Street SE 
​Marietta, GA 30060
404-815-6680

Best Friends Pet Resource Center in Northwest Arkansas

The Best Friends Pet Resource Center in Northwest Arkansas is scheduled to fully open in 2022. In the interim, the center provides a range of critically needed resources and services for the cats of Northwest Arkansas. These include a co-adoption outlet for members of the Northwest Arkansas Partnership for Animal Welfare (NWA PAW), trap-neuter-return assistance, and a robust network of cat-loving foster homes and volunteers.

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 in Northwest Arkansas »

Located within the Humane Society for Animals
407 E. Nursery Road
Rogers, AR 72758
479-310-8569

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 Houston, Texas »

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 Polk County, Florida »

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 in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania »

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.

Find a Best Friends Network partner near you »