Best Friends Animal Society

Every day, nearly 5,500 dogs and cats are killed in America's shelters, just because they don't have safe places to call home. When Best Friends began work in 1984, an estimated 17 million dogs and cats were being killed in our nation’s shelters every year, simply for not having homes. Now that number is down to about two million. That is enormous progress. But it is still two million too many. And so Best Friends has planted a stake in the ground to end the killing completely by 2025.

Best Friends Animal Society's motto is "Save Them All," because that's what they do to the best of their ability on a daily basis. The Los Angeles branch of Best Friends Animal Society (BFLA) has two adoption centers where they pull dogs and cats at risk of euthanization from surrounding city shelters. Once at Best Friends, these pets are vaccinated, microchipped, spayed/neutered, and loved for life - or until they get adopted! But they will never again be at risk of homelessness!

This No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) initiative is only a stepping stone on the way to No-Kill 2025, which aims to eradicate shelter euthanization nationwide​ by the year 2025.

I have been volunteering at BFLA since I was 16 years old. I've been able to spend countless Saturdays at their weekly mobile adoption events, spreading the word about BFLA initiatives and helping homeless pets find their forever families! I even adopted my own dog, Rizzo, from BFLA after meeting her at an adoption event as a volunteer. As a vegan, former jr. zookeeper, pet owner, and altogether animal activist, Best Friends Animal Society holds a special place in my heart and I am a proud supporter of this awesome organization!