Helping animals by creating no-kill communities

For more than 30 years, Best Friends Animal Society has been leading efforts to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A national leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends brings together the compassionate efforts of individuals, policy makers, advocates, animal rescue organizations and animal shelters across the country to support homeless pets and ultimately save lives.

Best Friends believes that, together, we can Save Them All.

Regional programs + national no-kill advocacy = more lives saved

To reduce the number of animals killed in shelters, Best Friends advocates nationally to keep community cats safe, fight breed discrimination of pit-bull-terrier-like dogs and end puppy mills, while working to build and connect collaborative, community-based no-kill programs around the country.

No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA)
In Los Angeles, Best Friends is leading No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA), a citywide initiative aimed at transforming the nation’s second largest and most diverse city into a no-kill community.

No-Kill Utah (NKUT)
In Utah, Best Friends has created a statewide coalition of animal rescue and shelter partners who, together, have already made Utah a no-kill state for dogs and are on the verge of doing the same for cats.

Best Friends in New York
In New York, Best Friends has established critical partnerships with local animal shelters and rescue organizations to help them pave the way for a no-kill community in New York City.

Best Friends in Atlanta
In Atlanta, Best Friends has joined with dedicated local partners to help the metropolitan area reach and sustain no-kill.

Best Friends has identified three major problems that need to be solved before the killing in shelters will stop. To address these problems, Best Friends leads three lifesaving national initiatives that directly impact the number of animals killed in shelters.

Community cats
Best Friends works to keep community cats safe, healthy and out of shelters by promoting trap-neuter-return programs.

Pit bull terriers
To help keep pit-bull-terrier-like dogs out of shelters, Best Friends is fighting breed-discriminatory legislation and advocating for breed-neutral dangerous dog laws.  

Puppy mills
By educating consumers about pets bred in mills and advocating for laws that end the sale of mill-bred pets, Best Friends is encouraging people to adopt pets instead of buying them.

Best Friends Network
In addition to regional programs in L.A., Utah, Atlanta and New York, Best Friends maintains lifesaving partnerships with hundreds and hundreds of animal rescue organizations and animal shelters throughout the country — all of them working to help homeless pets and create no-kill communities where they live.

Network partners receive opportunities to participate in fundraising and adoption events, marketing help, expert resources and more from Best Friends to help reduce the number of animals killed in their local shelters. Best Friends has network partners in all 50 states.