Every day, dogs and cats are killed in shelters around the country just because they don’t have safe places to call home. But, together, we’re changing that and saving lives in Utah and nationwide.

Best Friends has always believed that collaboration is the key to saving more lives, which is why we created the No-Kill Utah (NKUT) initiative and then the NKUT Coalition. 

The NKUT initiative brought together passionate individuals, city shelters and an entire coalition of local animal welfare organizations to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats in Utah We’ve made incredible progress for the animals, but there’s still work to do for our best friends in Utah. Together, let’s Save Them All.

How we’re helping to save pets in Utah

Best Friends created the NKUT initiative and we’ve been working hard, along with NKUT Coalition members, to save the lives of homeless pets in Utah through adoption and foster programs, spay/neuter services, kitten programs, advocacy work and more.


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Become an NKUT Coalition member

No one rescue group or shelter can create a no-kill city, and that’s why we work with more than 140 NKUT Coalition members to save lives across Utah.

The NKUT Coalition, led by Best Friends, is at the heart of lifesaving in Utah. Coalition members can receive grants, connect and collaborate with other organizations to help further their work, participate in adoption and fundraising events, take part in mentorship and training opportunities, and more.

Join the NKUT Coalition


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Support a NKUT Coalition partner near you.

Resources for animal welfare groups

Everything you need to put together a strategic plan of action for your animal welfare organization can be found here.

Discover lifesaving solutions that have been tested and proven successful. You’ll find ways to solve problems in areas like operations; diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI); marketing and communications; fundraising; and advocacy.

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Make a gift to the animals

Your gift today will help save the lives of homeless dogs and cats in Utah and nationwide, helping to create a no-kill country.


Connect with us on social media and sign up for our email newsletter to stay up to date on our work in Utah and across the country.    

Questions? Contact nkut@bestfriends.org.

Join our Facebook group to connect with other community members working to save the lives of homeless pets in Utah.  

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