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, more than 1,700 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.
From scrappy shelter dog to exceptional service dog
It was clear right away: Chunk just seemed to “get” people. But little did anyone know how life-changing he would be for a teenager struggling with depression and PTSD.
Special-needs kittens find their ideal family
Middle school is tough enough. For a young girl with cerebral palsy, adding two kittens with a neurological disorder to her family helps provide confidence and joy.
When lost in fur is the safest place to be
An unusual disorder leads seven-year-old Dalton to wander off — sometimes into dangerous places. But thanks to a dog named Wash, safety is always at the end of a leash.