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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Adventure cat discovers the world on hiking trails

By Tracy Blowers on February 3, 2021

When they explore the great outdoors, Rafa’s adopters take him along for the ride

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Kitten healing from broken legs helps her new family feel whole

By Nicole Hamilton on February 2, 2021

Best Friends veterinarians and a foster family help a kitten named Aslan heal from two fractured legs

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Taquito and Elmo the dogs playing, with Elmo holding a toy in his mouth

Outgoing dog is an expert at making friends

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Taquito’s special talent for making friends with just about everyone isn’t limited to just one species.

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Knotts the dog lifting paw for a shake with a person, while outside in the snow

Snow day photos with dogs and horses at Best Friends

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

You’ve heard of snow bunnies, but check out what the other fun Sanctuary animals are up to on a winter day

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