Best Friends of Pets strives to reduce pet overpopulation and keep pets in their homes.
The most effective way to reduce the number of homeless pets and the number of pets euthanized at animal shelters is through spaying and neutering. During our years of helping find homes for pets at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter, it seemed like for every pet adopted, ten more came in the door. This is why our primary focus is spaying and neutering through our Spay/Neuter Assistance Program.
Oklahoma City, surrounding areas and our state have a pet overpopulation problem – there are too many homeless pets. Each year, local animal shelters take in more than 25,000 cats and dogs, and more than 10,000 pets are euthanized. More than 70% of the pets euthanized are adoptable and more than one-third are puppies and kittens. Best Friends of Pets seeks to reduce this needless loss of lives and works toward the day every pet has a loving home.
Best Friends of Pets was formed under a similar name in 1994 to help increase pet adoptions and improve conditions for pets at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter. Through June 2006, we provided invaluable support for the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division and helped increase the number of pets adopted each year from under 2,000 in 1994 to more than 4,600 in 2005.
In 2005, we changed our name and started our Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP), the first year-round community spay/neuter program of its kind in central Oklahoma. From July 2006 through February 2015, we worked with individuals who rescue and foster pets until they are adopted. In 2008, we changed our name one last time to better reflect our mission of helping pets whether owned, rescued or sheltered. From March 4, 2014 through August 31, 2015, we operated a spay/neuter clinic in south Oklahoma City.
In 2019, we were awarded a two-year Great Idea Challenge grant from Oklahoma City Community Foundation for Pets for Life: Serving People and Pets. This program offers free veterinary care, pet supplies and information for residents in Oklahoma City zip codes 73111 and 73114 where there is limited to no access to pet services and resources. In partnership with local organizations, we offer referrals and aid in accessing health and social services.