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Around the country: Best Friends works with our members -- and with humane groups, individuals and entire communities -- to set up spay/neuter, shelter, foster and adoption programs in neighborhoods, cities, and states around the country.

Through the online Best Friends Network, the society reaches across the nation and around the world, helping local communities to rescue animals in distress and to create their own No More Homeless Pets programs.

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5001 Angel Canyon Road
Kanab, UT 84741
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A better world through kindness to animals

For more than two decades, Best Friends Animal Society has been dedicated to the simple philosophy that kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us.

The sanctuary at Angel Canyon, at the heart of the Golden Circle of national parks in southern Utah, is home on any given day to about 2,000 dogs, cats, and other animals, who come from shelters and rescue groups around the country for the special care they can only receive at Best Friends. The sanctuary is also a destination for 30,000 visitors and volunteers each year.

History: In the late 1980s, when Best Friends was in its early days, roughly 17 million dogs and cats were being killed in shelters every year, and the conventional belief was that little could be done to lower that number.

In the early 1990s, Best Friends' No More Homeless Pets campaign began as a grassroots effort to place dogs and cats who were considered "unadoptable" into good homes, and to reduce the number of unwanted pets through spay/neuter programs. Since then, the number of dogs and cats being destroyed in shelters has fallen to less than five million a year. There has been much progress, but there is still much more to do.

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