Saving the lives of homeless pets in Salt Lake City

Best Friends in Salt Lake City works collaboratively with animal rescue groups, city shelters and passionate individuals dedicated to making Utah a no-kill state.

Best Friends is committed to bringing the entire country to no-kill in 2025, and while incredible progress has been made, we need your help more than ever.  

To get across the finish line, we’re bringing lifesaving tactics used here in Utah to shelters and rescue groups across the country. We run the Best Friends Animal Society in Salt Lake City, which takes in over 2,500 animals each year (including neonatal kittens, dogs and cats), provide resources to the community and lead the NKUT initiative.  

Based on a foundation of compassion and inclusion, we're working together to help both pets and people. We want to make sure that everyone has the same access to loving pets and that every adoptable pet has the option of residing in the comfort of a foster home rather than in a kennel at a shelter. 

Our sanctuary: where it all began

From our sanctuary in southern Utah, our work spread across the country and as the organization grew, we established regional programs and lifesaving centers that have become hubs for innovation and inspiration. We’re bringing lifesaving strategies and programs to shelters and rescue groups throughout the nation.

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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You can make a lifesaving impact for pets in shelters in Salt Lake City and around the country.



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