Our people

We work in communities around the country, hail from a host of different backgrounds, and regularly spar over who has the best pet in the universe.

But the one thing we all have in common? We are unequivocally committed to saving animals’ lives — and try our best to having fun doing it.

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We’re making diversity, equity and inclusion part of everything we do

Creating a bright, safe future for pets and those who love them means genuinely welcoming people from all walks of life to our community.

That’s why we’re making diversity, equity and inclusion part of everything we do, from how we approach and implement our lifesaving programs to how we build partnerships, listen to and communicate with one another.

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Leading the way to Save Them All

The Best Friends leadership team is working every day to stop the killing of dogs and cats in shelters all across America.

Our founders

Through their unwavering determination, our founders changed the way this country views homeless and mistreated animals.

They began, simply, as a ragtag group of friends with an extraordinary vision. Today, the founders continue to shape the future of the no-kill movement.

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Best Friends is proud to be one of the 2022 Top Workplaces!

We’re so honored to be recognized for our innovative work to make the entire country no-kill in 2025.
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Do we sound like your cup of kibble?

Come work with us and help make a difference for all. But only if you're interested in having some fun while you're at it.