Mission Statement: Best Friends of Baker, Inc. advocates for the needs of domestic pets, particularly dogs and cats, within Baker County, Oregon. We promote respect, dignity, humane treatment, and responsible population control through education and spaying and neutering, medical needs, shelter, foster care and thoughtful placement and adoption of all the animals.

Best Friends of Baker, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation and, as such, all donations are tax deductible. We are a no-kill rescue, education, and advocacy organization whose volunteers ensure that pets are treated in a humane manner. We provide foster homes for rescued animals, and we find permanent "forever" homes for pets.

History: Our group was founded in 1988 when two people rescued a pregnant and abused mutt from a group of drug-using people. She came to be known as Lucky. Lucky received a complete makeover, was housebroken, went to charm school, and after acquiring acceptable social graces was placed in a loving home with children until the end of her days. 

Shortly after this rescue, a small group of people gathered to try to duplicate Lucky's good fortune. In 1989, the process of requesting a non-profit status from the federal government began. After almost a year of correspondence, our non-profit status was granted in 1990 and continues today. 


Key Elements of the Organization

Non profit 

Build a year-round fully operational shelter with medical care, neuter/spay clinics and financial assistance

Active foster care program

Active adoption program that ensures visibility of animal placement, along with humane treatment and care.

Quality lifestyle for pets

Educational program that includes humane methods for obedience training, spay/neuter awareness, and general information through the media for the pet owner

Advocacy in preventing cruelty, neglect, and inhumane treatment to animals

Alternative care that reduces government expense


Donating is more than just time or money, it's peace of mind. Now you can help even the smallest animal. 

2013 goals

We're expanding! And we need everyone's help to make our dreams come true! 

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