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Horse in pasture in Utah desert
Welcome to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
On any given day, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is the healing home for up to 1,600 dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, horses, pigs and other animals.

The largest sanctuary of its kind in the U.S., Best Friends has become the heart of a collaborative no-kill movement, and a model for the future of animal welfare.  

Today, because of people like you and rescues and shelters around the country,  we will bring the entire nation to no-kill by 2025.

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Explore what makes the Sanctuary extraordinary

Tucked into the majestic canyons of southern Utah, the Sanctuary is truly a place like no other. See for yourself what a magical place it is.

Know before you go

The Sanctuary is an incredibly special place, and here’s everything you need to know to ensure that your visit is amazing. Remember, tours and volunteer shifts tend to fill up quickly, so be sure to book in advance.

Make the most of your stay
Compassion in action
Read more about the lifesaving work going on every day and the devotion of our animal caregivers.
Smiling Husky in front of red rocks at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Make a difference for homeless pets
Your contribution will go straight to work helping animals at the Sanctuary and across the country.