Best Friends Animal Society (Kanab, UT)


  • Name:Stephanie Macgill
  • Title:Development Officer, Foundation Partnerships

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Best Friends Animal Society
  • Address:5001 Angel Canyon Road
    Kanab, UT 84747
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(435) 644-2001

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Best Friends Animal Society is to achieve a time when there are No More Homeless Pets®. We do this by demonstrating and promoting exemplary animal care and building community programs and partnerships.

  • Overview:
  • Best Friends Animal Society (BFAS) is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing. At the heart of this work is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the nation’s largest no-kill safe haven for displaced, homeless or injured animals. This extraordinary place, covering 3,700 acres in Angel Canyon, Utah is like none other. It is a place of refuge for animals and wildlife where they, no matter how injured or sick, find hope at the Sanctuary.

    On any given day the Sanctuary is refuge to 1,700 homeless dogs, cats, parrots, rabbits, horses, pigs, and a variety of wildlife. Staff and volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that each animal is rehabilitated back to good health so they may return to the wild or to the care of a loving family. Most Sanctuary residents are ready to return to the wild or go to new homes after just several weeks of care. A few, who are too old or too sick, or who have suffered trauma from which they cannot be rehabilitated, find a home and haven at the sanctuary, and are cared for the rest of their lives.

    While the Sanctuary is the core component of BFAS, our work is not limited to southern Utah. Our mission has become a movement of people across the country who care about all animals and BFAS works with its supporters to create a no-kill nation by running innovative grassroots programs, supporting spay/neuter and trap/neuter/return (TNR) programs, promoting shelter adoptions, fighting puppy mills and breed-discriminatory laws, and holding major adoption events.

  • History:
  • BFAS started in 1984 as a small, grassroots sanctuary in southern Utah that provided a home-between-homes for special needs pets, many of whom were outcasts from the shelter system, considered “unadoptable”, or just undesirable. Animal care at the Sanctuary expanded to encompass rabbits, parrots, horses and other farm animals, and wildlife.

    The expansion into providing a safe refuge for wildlife was a natural progression. As more and more people turned to BFAS to help orphaned and injured wildlife, and with increased land use in the region from mining and tourism, the needs of the local and state wildlife continued to grow. In response, BFAS founded a certified state- and federally-licensed Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Program known as Wild Friends in 1996. The goal of Wild Friends is to rehabilitate and promote the well-being of sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals so they can be returned to their natural habitat; and to educate, train, and inform the public about wildlife. Since its initial certification, the scope and quantity of medical, rehabilitative, and educational services provided at Wild Friends has grown. An additional 10 acres were dedicated to the rehabilitation of wildlife, a wider variety of animals began to come to the rehabilitation program, and Wild Friends began conducting educational tours that teach the public about wildlife. Last year, more than 7,000 people learned about owls, falcons, hawks, crows, ravens, turkeys, and other birds and mammals on the daily tours. Since 2005, Wild Friends has been responsible for serving the animals of the Arizona Strip District, which encompasses the entire area north of the Colorado River, including as serving as the go-to rehabilitation program in Southern Utah.

  • Year established:1984
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:685


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:23-7147797

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:237147797
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Organization Address:5001 ANGEL CANYON RD
  • Organization City:KANAB
  • Organization State:UT
  • Organization Zip:84741-5000
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:December, 1971
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):913
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Prevention of cruelty to animals
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:September, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:September
  • NTEE Code:D200
  • Asset Amount:$100,285,253
  • Asset Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • Income Amount:$102,931,545
  • Income Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$87,144,293
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:12:37 pm

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