Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society' mission is to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. We do this by demonstrating and promoting exemplary animal care and building community programs and partnerships.

Best Friends Animal Society
5001 Angel Canyon Road
Kanab, UT 84741
United States
(435) 644-2001


Gregory Castle

Management Team

Rana Smith, Julie Castle, Holly Sizemore, Melissa Steimer, Judah Battista, Patty Hegwood, Holly Harris-Reid

Board of Directors

Rana Smith, Julie Castle, Holly Sizemore, Melissa Steimer, Judah Battista, Patty Hegwood, Holly Harris-Reid

Project Leaders

Myla Burns


Best Friends Animal Society' mission is to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. We do this by demonstrating and promoting exemplary animal care and building community programs and partnerships.


Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: Best Friends Animal Society (BFAS) cares for over 1,700 residents at its sanctuary in Kanab, Utah including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses, and a variety of wild birds and mammals. As the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary, BFAS accepts animals that have special needs, that others deem "unadoptable" due to age, illness, injury, or because they simply have not been able to find a home. BFAS works with these animals to find them permanent homes, but also offers lifetime care if this is not possible. With its wildlife, BFAS provides comprehensive rehabilitation services until they can be returned to their natural habitat. The type of care these animals receive includes, but is not limited to: veterinarian medicine, rehabilitative therapy, acupuncture, surgery, dental care, behavioral training, and specialized training. BFAS's staff of 495 (at the sanctuary and around the nation) has one goal: to bring about a time when there are "No More Homeless Pets". Best Friends - Utah: Best Friends Animal Society -Utah is dedicated to making Utah the first no-kill state in the country. Best Friends-Utah partners closely with animal shelters and other members of a no-kill coalition throughout Utah. They provide spay/neuter services to thousands of dogs and cats and help pets find loving homes. Since the early 1990's, BFAS has been creating innovative programs aimed at reducing shelter deaths in Utah. Today, thanks to adoption and spay/neuter campaigns, combined with the development of a statewide coalition of 56 shelters, 26 rescue groups and passionate individuals, 10 Utah communities are now no-kill, and the entire state is on the verge of following suit. National Initiatives/Outreach: BFAS works with its members, including humane groups, individuals, and entire communities to set up spay/neuter, shelter, rescue transports, foster, and adoption programs in neighborhoods, cities, and states throughout the country. Through this work, BFAS is helping to save and rehabilitate tens of thousands of animals each year. Through the No More Homeless Pets Network, BFAS reaches across the nation, helping local communities to rescue animals in distress and to create their own No More Homeless Pets communities. This network has expanded to over 1,000 groups. Additionally, BFAS offers workshops, internships, training programs, and conferences to help individuals, groups and communities set up and manage their own shelter, rescue, adoption, and spay/neuter programs. Best Friends' initiatives address critical issues to achieve No More Homeless Pets. Our Pit Bull Terrier Initiative works to overcome breed discrimination and helps pets receive the love and dignity they deserve. The Puppy Mill Initiative works against irresponsible breeding and encourages people to adopt rather than purchase pets. The Cat Initiatives works to keep cats safe and out of shelters and promotes trap/neuter/return (TNR). No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) Initiative: BFAS and its partners in the Los Angeles community worked tirelessly to develop a plan to assist Los Angeles with its homeless pet's issue. The outcome of this determined group is the NKLA Initiative, which is a coalition of animal welfare organizations, city shelters, and passionate individuals dedicated to ending the killing of healthy pets in Los Angeles shelters by 2016. Last year, over 17,000 healthy and/or treatable animals were killed in Los Angeles city shelters. The NKLA Initiative, led by BFAS, provides spay/neuter services where they are most needed, in the inner-city, low-income communities; and increases adoptions through the combined efforts of the NKLA coalition. BFAS is offering free and low-cost spay/neuter services as well as providing subsidies to coalition partners for every pet adopted over the 2010 baseline numbers. BFAS wants Los Angeles to serve as a model for other cities by showing how BFAS and its partners are able to establish a coalition of people who can work together to end the needless killing of companion animals. BFAS has put together a public/private partnership that is highly unusual in the rescue world. Rather than city shelters feeling pitted against private rescuers, the city of Los Angeles and animal services are actually working together with BFAS and its coalition of rescue groups. In fact, the city of Los Angeles has given BFAS permission to run one of its own animal shelters - the Northeast Valley Shelter, now called Best Friends Animal Society Pet Adoption and Spay/Neuter Services - to help in its mission to create a No Kill Los Angeles. The new BFAS Pet Adoption and Spay Neuter Services facility opened in Mission Hills, CA in January, 2012 with the mission to make Los Angeles a no-kill city. Best Friends Animal Society is 100% dedicated to the welfare of animals and will not rest until the over 4 million animals euthanized in shelters each year is reduced to zero. With support from a grassroots network of members and community partners across the nation, BFAS is saving hundreds of thousands of animals' lives annually. BFAS is truly grateful for the opportunity to partner with you in bringing about a time when there are "No More Homeless Pets".

Statistics on Best Friends Animal Society

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2010: $41,000,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $41,000,000
  • Other funding sources: 87 % Individual donors/Corporate and Foundation Support/Legacies,, 8% earned revenue, 2% Charitable Gift Annuities and Gain/Loss from Asset Disposal, 3% non cash donations.
  • Religious Affiliation: None
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