The glow of bright orange and the promise of a friendly, loving new pet drew in hundreds off the streets of Manhattan during the Best Friends Animal Society “pop up adoption” event held on Friday July 8 and Saturday July 9.
Best Friends Animal Society is an organization dedicated to rescuing animals and providing a safe environment for them until they are, hopefully, adopted. Best Friends is the largest organization dedicated to “no-kill” practices.
Best Friends New York began over thirty years ago when a group of animal lovers and activists in Utah created the largest animal sanctuary in the world. Today, Best Friends has chapters in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and New York.
Best Friends takes in animals from Animal Care Centers of New York City (NCC), formerly known as Animal Care & Control of NYC. NCC gets over 30,000 animals per year and cannot care for them all. Best Friends provides a temporary home for many of those animals and makes the connection to adoptive families.
Elizabeth Jensen, Executive Director of Best Friends New York, described Best Friends as an opportunity for educating and engaging with the community.
“We want to help people help animals,” she said. “We see people as the solution, and we want to raise the bar for rescue shelters.”
Jensen discovered Best Friends in Utah when she brought an injured rabbit to the animal sanctuary. She fell in love with Best Friends, and, since then, she has been deeply involved with the organization.
The mission of Best Friends is “Save Them All,” a mantra that captures the group’s dedication to ending homelessness and mistreatment of all pets. Best Friends operates with a belief in kindness, compassion, and respect toward all animals, and the pop up adoption events are just a taste of the tireless work that they do.