About Best Friends in Utah

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Salt Lake City is closed to the public. However, our team continues to move animals directly into forever homes with the help of technology, greatly reducing personal contact.

If you are interested in adopting a pet, please complete our dog adoption survey or cat adoption survey to provide us information about your lifestyle and what you are looking for in a dog or cat. An adoption specialist will be in touch with you within 48 hours via phone or email to advise next steps. Thank you for your patience, understanding and continued support for the animals in Utah during these unprecedented times.


Best Friends Animal Society in Utah is working collaboratively with animal rescue groups, city shelters and passionate individuals who are all dedicated to the mission of making Utah a no-kill state. As part of this mission, Best Friends runs the Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Sugar House, and leads the NKUT initiative.


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Despite his special needs, this kitten was born to be happy

By Jessie Miller on September 8, 2020

Waffle the kitten doesn’t walk on his hind legs, but thanks to foster homes and acupuncture he gets around just fine

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Surrogate momma cat’s love helps kitten tackle the world on three legs

By Nicole Hamilton on August 27, 2020

Love from momma cat and foster mom helps kitten overcome a serious injury and thrive on three legs

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At 13 years young, senior pittie finds his perfect person

Friday, October 30, 2020

Luck wasn’t on Johnny Houla’s side until he met his new mom, who adopted him even though a move was required to make it happen

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White pit bull type dog Sailor lying in the grass with mouth open in a smile

Adopter speaks deaf dog’s language

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Speech pathologist who adopted hearing-impaired puppy at Best Friends in Atlanta is teaching him how to navigate a world without sound

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