In Fiscal Year 2017, Best Friends ...
Expert Care for Kittens
Best Friends operates four regional kitten nurseries and provides support to network partners around the country to help cats and kittens in their communities.
Best Friends kitten nurseries
4,796 kittens and nursing mothers cared for | 3,588 kittens placed in foster homes
Big win for bottle babies
Arizona Humane Society | Phoenix, Arizona
- Received $3,000 and $20,000 grants from Best Friends to create and expand their “bottle baby ICU” for newborn kittens
- Number of kittens cared for: 1,235 (and counting)
“In September alone, we took in 161 new kitten patients.” - Leanne Cardwell, grant specialist, Arizona Humane Society
Best Friends community cat partnerships in 2017
Las Vegas, Nev. | Los Angeles, Calif. (FixNation) | Riverside, Calif.* | Philadelphia, Pa.** | Pima County, Ariz.** | Columbus, Ga.** | Atlanta, Ga. | State of Utah
*Community cat program run in partnership with Maddie’s Fund
**Community Cats Projects run in partnership with PetSmart Charities
Pet-Friendly Programs for Communities
The Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants, made possible through the generous support of the Rachael Ray Foundation, funded new lifesaving programs for 49 Best Friends Network partners across 23 states this past year.
Greenville County Animal Care
Greenville, South Carolina
- Received $20,000 Rachael Ray Save Them All Grant to provide free spay/neuter for large-breed dogs
“Large dogs are the biggest incoming group for our shelter. In just the first four months, we spayed or neutered 140 large dogs and puppies for free, and the program is only becoming more popular.” - Shelly Simmons, Greenville County Animal Care
Feathered and fabulous
Last June, the new Parrot Garden Headquarters officially opened. Anchored by a central aviary with living plants and a water feature, the new building was designed to increase functional space and better accommodate birds, staff and volunteers year-round.
Many Parrot Garden residents arrive with special needs and can be very particular about their people. With the huge boost from the newly designed headquarters, Parrot Garden will have a better space in which staff can give care and facilitate adoptions for our colorful feathered friends.
Parrot Garden in 2017
78 new arrivals | 49 adoptions
TOGETHER, WE WILL SAVE THEM ALL. Thank you to all of the compassionate individuals, companies and foundations who gave to the animals this past year. Thank you for caring. Thank you for believing. Thank you for being a part of this amazing work. The animals are forever grateful. We are forever grateful.