Best Friends Animal Society
Saving lives in Salt Lake City
You can make a difference in the lives of animals in your community.
Last year, hundreds of thousands of loving dogs and cats were killed in shelters like the ones here in Utah just because they didn’t have a safe place to call home.

But you can change that. Best Friends in Utah, located in Salt Lake City, is working collaboratively with animal rescue groups, city shelters and passionate individuals dedicated to making Utah a no-kill state.

With that goal in mind, we run the Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Salt Lake City, and lead NKUT (No-Kill Utah). Our lifesaving center is foster-based and takes in over 2,500 animals each year, including neonatal kittens, dogs and cats, and provides resources to the community.

Working together, we'll make Utah — and the entire country — no-kill by 2025.

Salt Lake City

Adopt to help save lives

When you adopt a dog or cat who’s been patiently waiting for a place to call home, you’re not only saving a life.

You’re making space in the shelter for other homeless pets in Salt Lake City and giving them a chance to grow, thrive and find families of their very own. You might not feel like a hero, but to one animal, you’re the entire world. 

Find out more about pet adoption through Best Friends in Salt Lake City.

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Volunteer to help save lives

Passionate, caring people like you who volunteer to help the animals are the heartbeat of our organization here in Salt Lake City.

Whether you volunteer locally or at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (located in Kanab, Utah), whether you help to transport pets across the country or help animals from your home via one of our national opportunities, you can make a tremendous difference in the lives of homeless pets. 

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Looking for help?

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Events: make a difference for pets

Have fun and connect with fellow animal lovers through a variety of local and national events, big and small.

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Adopt a buddy for free, just in time for the holidays!
Embrace Pet Insurance is covering all adoption fees at Best Friends in Salt Lake City.
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National Adoption Weekend
Bring home holiday happiness by adopting a dog or cat from one of the hundreds of participating Best Friends Network Partners around the country.
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'Tis the season to open your heart and home to a foster pet
When you volunteer as to foster an animal, you’re giving a homeless pet something to be thankful for this season.

Give to save lives

Your contribution supports our lifesaving work and helps shelters nationwide achieve no-kill.

You’ll be helping to save the lives of homeless pets here in Salt Lake City and around the country when you make a gift to the animals.

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Recent tales from Salt Lake City

Looking for a little inspiration? Check out these pets and their stories of hope, love and resilience.

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Shop to save lives
When you shop at the Best Friends store, the proceeds go right to work providing lifesaving care and companionship to animals in Salt Lake City, at the Sanctuary and around the country.

Contact us

2005 South 1100 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Open noon to 6 p.m., seven days a week

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