Best Friends Animal Society

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Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters.

A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million.

By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

Started 4 petitions

More than 9,000 pets like Bally are killed every day. You can save them.

All across the country, Best Friends Animal Society works with compassionate people like you to save the lives of homeless pets. We run adoption and spay/neuter programs, as well as no-kill and other lifesaving initiatives. We work hand-in-hand with more than 1,500 animal welfare groups across the country. We run Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. And so much more. Since Best Friends was founded in 1984, the number of pets being killed in shelters has decreased from 17 million per year to an estimated four million. That’s incredible progress, but it means more than 9,000 dogs and cats are still losing their lives in shelters every day, simply because they don’t have safe places to call home. Each one is an individual. Each one is a loving pet worth saving. That number should be zero, and it can be — if we work together. Join us. Pledge today to help end the killing of pets in shelters. Pledge to help Save Them All®.

Best Friends Animal Society
21,998 supporters

You can help save lives and end the killing of pets in shelters

Every day in this country, more than 9,000 dogs and cats (about six per minute) are killed in animal shelters, simply because they don't have safe places to call home. Each one of these pets is an individual. Each one is a valued life worth saving. That number should be zero, and it can be. You can help today by pledging to give pets in shelters a second chance. For more than 30 years, Best Friends has been working to save the lives of homeless pets and operating the largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals in the country. Through the years, thanks to crucial support from caring individuals like you, the number of animals killed each year has decreased from 17 million to around four million. That’s great progress, but we’re committed to bring the number of pets killed in shelters to zero. And with your help, we’ll get there. A pioneer in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs lifesaving programs across the country, pushes for humane legislation to support trap/neuter/return (TNR) programs for cats, and advocates for the elimination of puppy mills and breed discriminatory laws. There is so much you, too, can do to help save homeless pets — like supporting spay/neuter programs, adopting your next furry family member from a shelter or rescue group, and spreading the word about the many pets in shelters waiting for that second chance. And right now, you can help by pledging your commitment to animals in need.  Pledge to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters. Together, we can Save Them All®.  

Best Friends Animal Society
22,649 supporters
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Petitioning The IL State Senate

Oppose HB 1080 - Allows Cities to Ban ANY Breed of Dog

Since the Ryan Armstrong Act passed in 2003, Illinois has had one of the best dangerous dog/reckless owner laws in the nation. An important part of this law is that it prevents cities or counties from enacting any breed specific laws. Why? Canine profiling simply doesn't work to create safe humane communities. Breed discriminatory laws target a dog's appearance, not the dogs behavior or that of its owner. Breed Specific laws are also incredibly expensive to enforce. According to Best Friends Breed Discriminatory Fiscal Impact Calculator, if the state enacted a breed discriminatory law it would cost over $17,000,000 a year to enforce. Best Friends Animal Society opposes breed discrimination. All dogs are individuals. Please sign the petition to help stop this legislation and save the lives of dogs.

Best Friends Animal Society
4,062 supporters
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Petitioning The Governor of FL

Urge Florida to Stop Condemning Animal Victims of Cruelty

Current Florida state law deems any dog used for the purpose of dog fighting, or trained for dog fighting, as "dangerous." This is basically a death sentence for any dog rescued in a fight bust -- the victims of animal cruelty. As we've seen in the Michael Vick case, all dogs are individuals and former fight bust dogs can become family pets and therapy dogs. Florida is one of thirteen states who further victimize the innocents. Colorado, Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wisconsin are the others that either arbitrarily order the puppies and dogs seized from fighting yards destroyed or classify as "dangerous." Rep. Luis Garcia and Sen. Jim Norman want to give the victims of cruelty a chance. They've filed HB 4075 and SB 722 to repeal this stigma.  Please be the voice of the animals and sign the petition. Best Friends Animal Society is spearheading the drive to get this humane legislation passed. Florida residents should also take action on the Best Friends website.

Best Friends Animal Society
4,417 supporters