Lifesaving Events Across the Country
2018 Best Friends National Conference in Los Angeles #ThankstoMaddie
- 20th anniversary of the conference
- 1,657 attendees from 46 states and 4 countries
- 115 expert speakers
- 88 breakout sessions, including a track devoted to progressive field practices for animal control officers
2018 Strut Your Mutt, Presented by BOBS from Skechers
More than $2.5 million was raised, with nearly $2 million going directly to the 357 shelter and animal welfare partners that participated.
- 14,400 human participants
- 6,800 canine participants
- 14 cities and a virtual event
Expert Kitten Care
Best Friends operates four regional kitten nurseries and provides support to network partners around the country to help cats and kittens in their communities.
4,642 kittens and nursing mothers cared for through Best Friends kitten nurseries
6,040 kittens fostered through Best Friends foster homes
Powerful Programs for Community Cats
According to the most recent national shelter data collected by Best Friends, cats make up 75.6 percent of pets killed in shelters. During the last fiscal year, more than half of the animals spayed or neutered through Best Friends programs were community cats.
In 2018, Best Friends had 10 large-scale community cat programs and community cat mentorship programs in operation across 16 states.
48,987 community cats spayed or neutered through Best Friends programs
“We crushed our goal! We will be no-kill long before 2025 and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without this program.” City of Idaho Falls Animal Shelter staff member
Orange County Animal Care (Tustin, California)
Received a $100,000 Rachael Ray Save Them All Grant to expand lifesaving programs for newborn kittens
“With this grant and our new shelter director, Mike Kaviani, I believe we will be able to take the good work we do to a whole other level.” Andrew Do, Orange County supervisor
Love and Care for the Animals at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
- New animal arrivals: 1,353
- Animals adopted: 1,080
- Percentage of adopted animals with special needs: 31%
- Sanctuary visitors: More than 34,000
- Sanctuary volunteers: 11,307
- Sanctuary tours: 3,616
Sid gets his strut back
Getting old is tough enough without throwing a life-threatening case of malnutrition into the mix. But that’s exactly what a lovely senior Arabian horse named Sid was facing when a Best Friends Network partner rescued him and brought him to the Sanctuary.
Addressing malnutrition in horses is a delicate business that requires knowledgeable, expert care. After months of small, frequent meals and close monitoring, Sid has gained weight and strength. Now nearly 30 years old, he has become quite the silver social butterfly, playing and prancing with his Horse Haven friends.
Ever was a puppy
Never ever has there been a more lovable pup than Ever. Super sweet and full of spunk, Ever arrived at the Sanctuary with a condition called carpal hyperextension. Her condition causes her front legs to bow, making it a challenge for her to get around, and will require orthopedic surgery once she’s full-grown.
Despite her future medical needs, Ever cast her puppy love spell on a couple volunteering in Dogtown and is now living the good life in New York, alongside her new dog siblings, Roscoe and River.
A special thank-you to Instinct® by Nature’s Variety, Best Friends’ official pet food and treats provider. Nature’s Variety provides food and treats for animals at the Sanctuary and our regional lifesaving centers.
Saving Lives, Side by Side
Best Friends team members spent the 2018 fiscal year working alongside partners and community members at shelters in Texas where the need for lifesaving support is the greatest. It was a year defined by building trust, promoting transparency and championing collaboration.
“I believe everything we do and everyone we meet are put in our path for a purpose. The amazing team at Palm Valley has shown me that we will, without a doubt, reach nationwide no-kill by 2025.” Mike Bricker, senior manager of shelter lifesaving