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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Grumpy, toothless min pin finds a family who loves everything about him

By Peggy Race on May 10, 2021

Senior dog with limited vision lands a home where his quirks are celebrated

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Declawed cat gets surgery for sore feet, then a new home

By Best Friends staff on May 5, 2021

Sophie had painful toes from declaw surgery and didn’t use her litter box, but today she’s feeling good in her new home

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Four people holding up orange Best Friends 2025 Action Team T-shirts, standing in front of Abilene Animal Shelter

2025 Action Team: Grassroots advocacy on steroids

Monday, May 10, 2021

The 2025 Action Team, numbering 29,000 (and counting) volunteers from all over the country, is playing a key role in Best Friends’ push toward no-kill 2025

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Friday, May 7, 2021

All Creatures Great and Small and All Things Bright and Beautiful republished to accompany new television series

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