Best Friends Animal Society »

For 30 years, the largest no-kill sanctuary in the United States

For so many animals and humans, it was the beginning of a miracle in the 1980s. Shelters across America routinely killed cats and dogs as the primary method of handling unwanted pets. Around 17 million animals perished every year. Then, a group of friends began taking some of those “unadoptables” to a safe haven to heal.

With proper care and patience, the vast majority of these animals found loving forever families. The remaining animals spent the rest of their days romping in the new sanctuary. That group of friends who cared so deeply about animals grew, flourished and became Best Friends Animal Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and animal welfare society.

At the core of Best Friends’ work is the dream that one day animals will no longer be killed in America’s shelters. By implementing spay/neuter and trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs to reduce the number of animals who enter shelters and increasing the number of people who adopt pets, we know we can end the killing.

At the heart of Best Friends is the sanctuary where, at any given time, about 1,600 animals are turning their lives around, receiving the medical help they need and getting love and acceptance to help them overcome their past. Best Friends owns nearly 3,700 acres and lease another 17,000 acres of state and federal land. Nearly 30,000 people visit every year to meet the animals and tour what has become the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals.

The future of Best Friends is the same place where it all began — with caring individuals who want to make this a kinder nation for our pets. It’s people like you who started it all and people like you who help us “Save Them All.”

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