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2020: A record-breaking year for Best Friends in Utah

January 12, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic reached Salt Lake City, foster volunteers helped Best Friends pivot for an epic year of lifesaving

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Judy Steiger

Volunteer’s help proves invaluable for homeless pets in 2020

By Nicole Hamilton on January 8, 2021

For her dedication to helping Best Friends in Utah have an incredibly successful year, volunteer Judy Steiger received a statewide award.

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Rexie Roo and Cairistiona

Cat is ready to hop into 2021 on two legs

By Nicole Hamilton on January 7, 2021

Rexie Roo’s adopter reflects on life with her wonder cat and how much he’s taught her about patience, love, and resiliency

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Olivier's story

A lot of love and a little patience help an injured, scared kitten

By Ashley Hart on January 6, 2021

Olivier was injured and scared when she arrived at Best Friends, but after getting medical care and spending time in a foster home, she’s now one confident cat

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Max's adoption

Despite her difficult past, this dog is kind to everyone she meets

By Tracy Blowers on December 7, 2020

Max sustained permanent nerve damage after being shot in the foot, but letting the past get her down really isn’t this young dog’s style

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Brigadier Adoption Story

Senior cat comforts adopter during cancer treatment

By Peggy Race on November 12, 2020

A quirky senior cat named Brigadier is just what the doctor ordered for an adopter who was diagnosed with cancer shortly after bringing him home

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Harry the Kitten courtesy of Amber Sherwood

Kitten with lymphoma lives life to the fullest

By Tracy Blowers on November 12, 2020

Harry may have lymphoma, but that doesn’t stop him from working his magic and making friends with everyone he meets

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Waffle Love with Toy

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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Maximus

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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West Valley City Success

Secrets behind a Salt Lake City animal shelter’s success

By Kelli Harmon and Nicole Hamilton on August 12, 2020

West Valley City Animal Services has been no-kill for years and now the shelter supports others so they can get there, too

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