NATURE & ENVIRONMENT - NGOs & ASSOCIATIONS

I’ll love you for ever

It was 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. Older, sick and problem animals were the first to go. 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 and flourished and became Best Friends Animal Society, a nonprofit organization.

At the core of Best Friends’ work is the wish 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, they know they can end the killing.

At the heart of Best Friends is also the Sanctuary, where, at any given time, about 1.700 animals are turning their lives around, receiving the medical help they need, and getting love and acceptance to help them overcome their past. While searching for their forever homes, they live in a scenic, healing environment among human and animal friends. Best Friends owns nearly 3.700 acres, and they 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.

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Website: http://bestfriends.org/

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