Helping animals by creating no-kill communities


For more than 30 years, Best Friends Animal Society has been leading efforts to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A national leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends brings together the compassionate efforts of individuals, policy makers, advocates, animal rescue organizations and animal shelters across the country to support homeless pets and ultimately save lives.

Best Friends believes that, together, we can Save Them All.

Regional programs + national no-kill advocacy = more lives saved

To reduce the number of animals killed in shelters, Best Friends advocates nationally to keep community cats safe, fight breed discrimination of pit-bull-terrier-like dogs and end puppy mills, while working to build and connect collaborative, community-based no-kill programs around the country.

No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA)
In Los Angeles, Best Friends is leading No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA), a citywide initiative aimed at transforming the nation’s second largest and most diverse city into a no-kill community.

No-Kill Utah (NKUT)
In Utah, Best Friends has created a statewide coalition of animal rescue and shelter partners who, together, have already made Utah a no-kill state for dogs and are on the verge of doing the same for cats.

Best Friends in New York
In New York, Best Friends has established critical partnerships with local animal shelters and rescue organizations to help them pave the way for a no-kill community in New York City.

Best Friends in Atlanta
In Atlanta, Best Friends has joined with dedicated local partners to help the metropolitan area reach and sustain no-kill.

Best Friends in Houston
In Houston, Best Friends 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 in Northwest Arkansas
Best Friends is building a regional pet resource center in the city of Bentonville to help Northwest Arkansas achieve no-kill, with construction beginning in 2020. The Best Friends Pet Resource Center will serve pets and communities in Northwest Arkansas and across the country.