Pets are important to our well-being and they enrich our lives in an infinite number of ways. They provide companionship, teach our children about responsibility, give us new purpose during career changes or retirement, play vital roles in our communities, and offer much-needed laughter and love at just the right moments. They are our best friends.
Yet every day, nearly 2,200 cats and dogs are killed in America’s animal shelters simply because they don’t have safe places to call home. These are animals who could be service dogs, therapy pets, beloved companions, public servants and more.
Explore the featured stories below celebrating the roles that pets play in our lives, or discover other inspiring animal stories from Best Friends Animal Society.