Several cats in a room from Cat World

Animal areas at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

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For the animals coming to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary from all over the country, Best Friends is often the last resort. Some are pets who have lost their homes, some have never had homes and some are wild. Many are from rescue groups and shelters without resources to rehabilitate them. They come in all species, shapes and sizes.

Most of them are soon ready to go to good homes with permanent or foster families, which then creates space for new arrivals. For the small number of animals who are never quite ready for adoption, the Sanctuary becomes their home for life.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is a no-kill sanctuary. That means that animals are never killed for lack of space, but only in cases of terminal and painful illness when there is no reasonable alternative and when compassionate euthanasia is a gift to the animal.

The following species of animals are cared for at the Sanctuary:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Bunnies
  • Horses
  • Pigs
  • Goats
  • Sheep
  • Donkeys
  • Parrots
  • Wildlife

Volunteering or adopting

At Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, we're always busy keeping the animals happy, so we're unable to offer animal interactions to walk-in guests. To ensure you get quality time with the animals, please sign up for a volunteer shift.

To adopt a Sanctuary pet, check out our adoptable animals. After you fill out an adoption survey, one of our adoption specialists will be in touch.