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Best Friends Animal Sancuary

Save Them All®

A life saving dream 30 years in the making.

By editor, Nicholas Sveslosky

Have you ever wondered what an animal sanctuary would be like? For animal lovers, the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (Best Friends) near Kanab, Utah, is like Disneyland. Not only do you get to go to the attractions, but you may also volunteer to help run some of the operations in taking care of the animals.

Best Friends Animal Society is a national animal welfare organization focused on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. The Society operates Best Friends Animal Sanctuary near the city of Kanab in southern Utah. The Sanctuary is in the heart of the Golden Circle of National Parks, world famous hikes and monuments: Bryce, Grand Canyon, Zion National Parks and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. The Sanctuary is adjacent to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

Best Friends was founded by a band of friends in 1984 who had little money, no master plan, few construction skills and the realization of countless lives hanging in the balance. They set out to address a very specific problem: how to save the lives of the 17 million dogs and cats dying in America’s shelters each year. What they created was the nation’s largest no-kill companion animal sanctuary and also ground zero for the No Kill movement. Today, the number of animals dying in our nation’s shelters is down to about four million per year.


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