By the Numbers: In Summary
It’s safe to say 2020 was a year a lot of folks don’t care to repeat. But no matter what was going on in the world, compassion ruled the day. And that’s why there’s so much lifesaving progress to look back on. More lives saved, more no-kill communities than ever, more laws to protect the pets we love — and the list goes on.
A Cat with Special Needs Inspires Others
When Waffle Love arrived at the Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Salt Lake City, the medical team noticed that he was incontinent and was having difficulty using his hind legs. For a time, he received acupuncture and electrotherapy treatment. Despite his special needs, Waffle Love is living life to the fullest. He is playful, loves to climb and is enjoying life as only an energetic kitten can.
Providing Partners with Tools and Resources
Through virtual town hall meetings, informative podcasts and operational playbooks on topics ranging from animal care to the latest in COVID-19 guidance, we provided our network partners with lifesaving tools and resources to keep saving lives.
“Having access to expert thinking on critical issues in a specific field or subject matter is vital for effective learning. And getting that access for free when it involves subject matter that can help save lives is huge.” Julie Castle, Best Friends CEO
Best Friends provided $7,895,826 in funding to network partners and other animal welfare organizations.
Community Cat Programs
As part of our embed programs and mentorships, Best Friends operates hands-on community cat programs (CCPs) and mentorships for our shelter partners.
Best Friends and its partners operate more large-scale trap-neuter-return programs than any other organization in the country. Because Best Friends sterilizes, vaccinates and releases tens of thousands of community cats each year, many thousands of births are prevented.
22 shelters across 9 states had large-scale CCPs and community cat mentorships saving 23,618 cats.
The Heart and Soul of Best Friends: The Sanctuary
Since 1984, the Sanctuary, located in Kanab, Utah, has been the headquarters — as well as the heart and soul — of Best Friends Animal Society. A home-between-homes and safe haven for hundreds of animals, the Sanctuary is a cherished place for people of all ages — a place where kindness, compassion and community flourish and where the lifesaving values and practices of the no-kill movement are embodied.
In 2020, 2,114 animals were welcomed to the Sanctuary. Thanks to adoptions and transports, we said, "So long" to 2,430 Sanctuary residents.
Overcoming Stranger Danger
After she endured a traumatic accident, Trudy arrived at the Sanctuary so scared that no one could get near her. With training and a lot of treats, Trudy is learning that people are safe and good. We’ll keep the treats coming until she finds her new family.
Together, We Will Save Them All
On behalf of pets across the country, in communities big and small, thank you for joining us on this historic journey to achieve no-kill nationwide by 2025. We are forever grateful to the generous and dedicated people, companies and foundations that gave to the animals this past year. You are a lifesaving force to be reckoned with, and the animals are lucky to have you by their side. In a year that was full of uncertainty, we can’t tell you how much we appreciated your support.