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We have chosen Best Friends as our partner in the fight to save animals.
This is their story

TOGETHER WITH YOU: ACHIEVING
NO-KILL NATIONWIDE BY 2025

Together, we can make a lifesaving difference for homeless pets around the country. Around 347,000 dogs and cats are killed annually in our nation’s animal shelters simply because they don’t have safe places to call home. So Best Friends is working with municipal shelters, local animal welfare groups and people like you to reduce the number of pets killed in shelters. We are committed to bringing the entire country to no-kill by 2025.

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DATA-DRIVEN LIFESAVING

Best Friends’ groundbreaking pet lifesaving dashboard provides the most current statistics for shelters in every corner of the country, county by county and state by state. That means we can focus our work based on the specific needs of communities, to better serve the animals and the people who love them. Visit bestfriends.org/2025 to see what progress your community is making toward achieving no-kill (the benchmark is a 90% save rate for cats and dogs) and how you can help.

For development of the pet lifesaving dashboard, Fast Company magazine recognized Best Friends as one of the top 10 innovative companies in data science for 2021.

ROAD MAP TO 2025

For the last five years, our programs and services have been guided by three simple yet powerful strategic priorities:

Saving Lives

Directly saving animals and
modeling solutions to achieve
no-kill nationwide

Mobilizing the Public

Mobilizing the Public

Inspiring and organizing community engagement for systemic change and lifesaving success

Supporting Shelters

Supporting Shelters

Transforming animal sheltering systems in partnership with our national network of
animal welfare organizations

THE SANCTUARY

Founded in 1984, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is the heart and headquarters of Best Friends Animal Society, a national leader in the no-kill movement. On any given day, around 1,600 animals find healing, love and companionship at the Sanctuary, along with the opportunity to find families of their very own.

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REGIONAL PROGRAMS

Lifesaving teams:

Lifesaving teams:

Los Angeles, Salt Lake City,
Bentonville, Houston,
Atlanta and New York City

Kitten care centers:

Kitten care centers:

Los Angeles, Salt
Lake City, New York
City and Kanab

Spay/neuter clinics:

Spay/neuter clinics:

Los Angeles, Salt
Lake City and Kanab

NATIONAL ADVOCACY WORK

Best Friends’ professional advocacy team works to eliminate puppy mills, end breed discrimination, support pet-inclusive housing and mobilize dozens of local action teams across the
country to bring about change in their own communities.

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BEST FRIENDS NETWORK

Best Friends brings a collaborative approach to everything we do, which is why we created and lead a network that includes more than 3,300 shelters and animal welfare groups in all 50 states.

COACHING, MENTORING AND TRAINING

Education for animal welfare professionals

The Best Friends Executive Leadership Certification program, presented in partnership with Southern Utah University, provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to offer tangible, sustainable help to shelters
and communities.

Collaborative outreach and embed programs

Bringing expertise to shelters around the country, Best Friends staff
provide personalized guidance and work alongside shelter
staff to implement community cat programs, build and maintain strong foster and adoption networks, and facilitate connection and collaboration with other rescue organizations.

Shelter and field services assessments and training

We empower shelter staff to save more lives by providing a road map for implementing proven lifesaving tactics and training animal control officers with proactive, problem-solving techniques that help keep families together and animals and communities safe.

NATIONWIDE EVENTS

Strut Your Mutt

Strut Your Mutt

This virtual fundraising and
lifesaving event is held in major
cities around the country.

Special adoption events

Special adoption events

Best Friends hosts virtual meet-andgreets and super adoption events to help pets find loving homes.

Annual conference

Annual conference

Our annual conference connects animal welfare professionals, advocates, volunteers and others to share experiences and expertise.

BEYOND FOUR WALLS: COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED SHELTERING

Community-supported sheltering means animal shelters, supporting organizations and community members working together to save the lives of dogs and cats. While brick-and-mortar shelters will always play a critical role in animal welfare, they shouldn’t exist just to house homeless pets
long-term. Best Friends works at the local level to transform traditional shelters into community resource centers, with community members and organizations providing support for both ends of the leash and helping to keep pets in the loving homes they already have.

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HOW TO HELP

Donate and become a member.

Donate and become a member.

Foster.

Foster.

Adopt.

Adopt.

Spay or neuter your pets.

Spay or neuter your pets.

Volunteer.

Volunteer.

Spread the word.

Spread the word.

THANK YOU FOR CARING

Thanks to the support of so many, Best Friends has been named Animal Welfare Brand of the Year* in the 2021 Harris Poll EquiTrend® study. And together, thanks to you, we will Save Them All.

*Best Friends Animal Society received the highest numerical Equity and the highest numerical equity score relating to Trust and Love among Animal Welfare Nonprofit brands included in the 2021 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study. Please go to bestfriends.org/faqs-0 for further details.