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.



Latest News


After a mom dog’s eight puppies were safe and adopted, it was her time to shine

By Tracy Blowers on June 10, 2021

Sweet mama dog from the Navajo Nation finds a home where she’s getting all the love and affection she once gave her puppies

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New digs, new diet help senior cat manage chronic tummy troubles

By Nicole Hamilton on May 27, 2021

Patience, a little trial and error and an amazing foster home help senior kitty with irritable bowel disease finally flourish

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African Americans changing life for homeless pets

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Hidden figures in animal welfare share about inclusion and how it impacts pets and people

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Timing is everything for two cats with feline leukemia

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

When Tasha met a pair of cats named Jasper and Drew, she fell in love. And though she couldn’t adopt them right away, as soon as the time was right, she brought them home

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