Advocacy: defending the pets who need it most

As a member of your community, you have the power to create positive change for cats and dogs by using your voice, your vote and your signature.

All around the country, cats and dogs who enter shelters are at risk of not making it out alive due to housing restrictions and other outdated laws in our communities.

How can you help change that? By teaming up with fellow community members and encouraging elected officials to support pet-friendly laws and policies. 

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Take action to help save homeless pets

Together with people like you, Best Friends is working every day — on local, state and national levels — to advocate for the rights of pets and the people who love them.

We’re focusing on helping the pets most in need by shutting down puppy mills, protecting cats who live outdoors in their communities, ending breed-restrictive legislation and supporting pet-friendly housing. Your help is critical on these four issues:

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Promoting pet-friendly housing

Ensure the availability of more pet-inclusive housing to keep pets with their families.
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Protecting cats in the community

Keep outdoor cats in your community safe.
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Ending breed restrictions

Ensure that every dog gets a chance to have a safe and happy life.
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Eliminating puppy mills

Help save the lives of dogs by helping to stop puppy mills.

Get the tools you need to advocate

From shareable social graphics to comprehensive advocacy toolkits, here’s everything you need to start advocating for pets in your community.

Maybe you already have a great idea about what it takes to make positive changes for animals, but we want to give you the tools you’ll need to be an even more effective advocate. 

Ready to take action right now?

You can make a difference right now by adding your voice to active advocacy campaigns.

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Need help or have a question? Contact the Best Friends advocacy team by emailing



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About Best Friends

Best Friends Animal Society is working to save the lives of cats and dogs all across the country, giving pets second chances and happy homes.

Just a few years ago, cats and dogs were killed in staggering numbers in this country simply because shelters didn't have the community support or the resources to save their lives. That number is now less than half a million per year, but there’s still work to do to ensure a bright future for every dog and cat in America. 

Best Friends operates the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and is committed to saving the lives of homeless pets by working with shelters and passionate people like you. Together, we will bring the whole country to no-kill in 2025. Together, we will Save Them All.