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August 30, 2011

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August 30, 2011

Best Friends is a fine example of collaboration, caring and efficiency. They have an amazing network of volunteers, a well chosen and caring staff and their reach is incredible. From rescuing animals in the wake of disasters, matching pets with forever homes and advocating on behalf of all sorts of animals, they are unmatched when it comes to living their motto..."No More Homeless Pets."

Kudos to Best Friends!

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We have personally adopted two birds from Best Friends. We also have friends who volunteer regularly. This is a great organization with vision and purpose.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This is a well-run organization. I can't recommend any specific changes...in fact, I have learned much from them.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Two words... unconditional love. The rewards for volunteering at Best Friends are many, but most of all, it is the heartfelt joy of helping animals who ask only for your attention and care. I only wish we could volunteer more often.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 29, 2011

Best Friends is a godsend for animals. It provides a loving forever home for many animals. I was worried about volunteering after visiting other animal shelters. Best Friends was totally different, filled with people who really care about the animals and appreciate the volunteers. Our favorite place was Rescue Village, with all the rabbits. We really liked Dave and Terry (I think Terry), who give it their all each day and know all the
rabbits, their diagnoses and idiosyncrasies. I am proud to have volunteered, will do so again. My husband and I live in Florida, and when we decided to work this summer we
Oochose to work at Ruby's RV Park, specifically close to Kanab so we could volunteer.

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We volunteered at Old Friends and met a couple of dogs that we fell in love with. We were so happy to see that one of them was adopted between visits. He was a special needs dog for which the caregivers were able to find a good home. We also fell in love with Rhubarb, a dog at the Clubhouse. Everyone coming in loved the dog, petting and hugging him. Putting him in a walking cart every day is not easy, but the caregivers do it and make it a huge game each step he takes.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I didn't see the need for any changes.

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August 29, 2011

I think what they do is great. Their memorial tribute and sanctuary to our beloved pets who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge is beyond words. I live in Wisconsin and am unable to come to the area but I would if I could. My Sophie is a young 2 year old yellow lab mix who I hope is with us for a very long time. I can only hope that when it is her time to cross the Rainbow Bridge that it is peaceful and on her terms. I would love to have a sanctuary like this in my area.

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my overall role as a pet parent to my Sophie. I literally did not know that I could love my puppy girl so much. We do not have human children so she is the closest thing I have to a child. She is my furbaby and I love her very much.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None that I can think of.

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August 29, 2011

I first became aware of Best Friends through the television show "Dog Town". I saw the love and dedication the staff has for the animals that come to Best Friends , as well as other animals that have a need . But what really showed me what they were made of was when they took in the Vicks dogs. They wasted no energy on Vicks or his actions, what mattered was the dogs. That's when I realized that here was a group of people with singleness of purpose. I admire them, respect them and I'm grateful for the job they do.

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A couple in my neighborhood have volunteered and adopted a dog, Cramer, from Best Friends.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing, their doing a great job.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

The television show "Dog Town"

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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August 29, 2011

I don't remember when I first heard of Best Friends. Having always supported animal causes I began sending small contributions. One snowy winter afternoon I received a call from a member of Best Friends just to thank me for my contributions and for caring about animals. After reading the book Best Friends: The True Story of the World's Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary about a group of friends who envisioned a time of no more homeless pets, I knew I had to visit the Sanctuary. Seeing what they have built from the ground up, knowing the challenges and hardships the founders faced is beyond description. I could feel the love the minute we drove into Angel Canyon. It is a beautiful happy place. The animals are extremely well cared for in separate areas for each species. I worked in Dogtown where the dogs live in octagonal buildings designed by one of the founders with indoor-outdoor runs and not a cage in site! The caregivers truly care about the dogs and develop a relationship with each one in their care, helping them to adjust and grow with the hope of a forever home. Everything here is positive-no harsh words, no pulling on the leash, no dominating the dogs as other trainers do. Everything is positive reinforcement only and the results are amazing. The first year we went, the rest of the family was dubious about this working vacation and I think they were just humoring me. By the first afternoon, my husband was saying "Next year when we come back..." Neither of us can stop talking about this wonderful place of peace and happiness in the midst of our chaotic world. For me the trip is a spiritual experience. God made this beautiful land and gave these people the vision and determination to achieve their goals. He gave the people who work there the love and ability to care for these animals and increase their likelihood of being adopted. For most of the animals this is their only chance at survival. Best Friends takes the difficult cases-sick, abused, aggressive-who would have been destroyed in other animal shelters. They give the animals top veterinary care and positive training. Many of these animals go on to forever homes but the ones who don't remain at Best Friends for the rest of their lives and are lovingly interred at Angel's Rest cemetery once they cross the Rainbow Bridge. The National Geographic TV series Dogtown spread the knowledge and good new of Best Friends. Volunteers from all over the world go there to be a small part of this wonderful vision of a time of no more homeless pets. Best Friends sends crews all over the world to assist in times of crisis like Hurricane Katrina where they spent months in Louisiana rescuing animals. They send crews to puppy mill busts, rescuing and relocating these poor animals. They took in the worst of Michael Vick's fighting dogs, now known as the Vicktory dogs, and rehabilitated them despite others' assertions that this could not be done. This has brought a new awareness of breed discrimination across the country. Best Friends works with other rescue groups and has many affiliate groups across the country to educate people and help bring about a time of no more homeless pets. Mahatma Gandhi said “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. If all animals and indeed all people were treated like the animals of Best Friends the world would be a wonderful place.

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The Puppies Aren't Products campaign has made me more vocal about the importance of adopting instead of shopping. I support my local shelters and rescue groups. I try to influence others on the importance of spaying and neutering. I encourage everyone to adopt, and I thank people who do. Basically Best Friends has made me aware that one person can make a difference and has encouraged me to do more locally. Dreams can come true if we all work at them.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

move the Sanctuary to WV so I could volunteer there all the time! Seriously, Best Friends has grown into a large organization in recent years. This is wonderful and I want them to continue to grow and expand their programs nationally. But don't lose that personal touch like the member calling to thank me for my small contributions. Things like this make people feel special. I am honored to be a member of such a wonderful organization and feel privileged to volunteer there.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

none

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It gave me a new sense of purpose to work toward a time of no more homeless pets, making me realize that one person can make a difference and the hard work is worth it. I have met more people locally who work with animal rescue and am becoming more involved locally. I made friends, both two-legged and four-legged, whom I look forward to seeing again this year.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Words cannot describe my feelings (although my daughter will attest to the fact that I never stop trying to describe it, talking to everyone I meet about it and working it into conversations whenever I can). The first year I felt like a little kid at Disney World. I was totally in awe of the surroundings and meeting some of the founders made me feel like I was meeting movie stars. Angel's Landing was a spiritual experience for me.. I lay in the grass looking up at the sky and petting the dog at my side and felt closer to God than I ever have. I cannot begin to tell you the peace and love I feel at the Sanctuary. It is my idea of heaven on earth. Meeting the dogs and then reading about them on the web site and Facebook makes them feel like a part of my family. My third visit is coming up in 10 days and I can't wait. Let everyone else in WV go to Myrtle Beach and lay by the ocean. Give me my Sanctuary any day!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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August 29, 2011

Best Friends has to be heaven on Earth to the animals that inhabit the sanctuary,,I have been there twice and if one were to ask me for one word to describe my experience,,it would be "spiritual", The beauty of the surroundings mixed with the over and above dedication of those who work there make for an unbelievable experience,,,who else would have a pot belly pig on an overnight? Who else would have men sleeping with their arms around Michael Vick's dogs so they could be socialized? It is a labor of love from these people,,it is a mind altering experience for those who volunteer with these glorious animals,,Wish I lived closer but I do sponsor an animal in their Guardian Angel program,,do yourself and your family a big favor and visit, volunteer and come away in love with the beasties that inhabit Best Friends.

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simply being there and seeing the love and dedication of the people that work there with all the different animals. They have rescued Katrian victims,,flown animals from Beirut and closer to home, hoarding problems and cats in Parup which they took and cared for,,their goal is to try to find homes for these animals and they do,,even the ones with special needs.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can honestly say I would make no changes at all,,,they have grown tremendously in the past 25 years and am perfectly capable of finding new and improved ways of dealing with all they face.

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August 29, 2011

best friends is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places on earth! the atmosphere was amazing and the people were nice and helpful. i was only able to stay a few days, but i could have stayed forever. the animals were all so happy and cared for. the animals' living quarters were fabulous. i loved being in a place that was open and accepting of my dogs that came along for the trip (i have a pit bull). there were a million animals to meet and work with. unfortunately my volunteering time was cut short by a snow storm, but i can't wait to go back. not only is the sanctuary breathtaking, but also the work that best friends does across the country speaks for itself. they have helped save countless animals and given them the chance to feel loved. i love best friends!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

firsthand experience

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

it is perfect! just wish i lived closer

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

like a million bucks!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 29, 2011

I like many ..heard about Best Friends through the NatGeo series "DogTown". I knew these folks were the real deal. You could just tell by the way they told stories of rescue and redemption.
I am headed to the sanctuary this October for my 3rd time volunteering! If you are looking for what
has become my favorite vacaction to take. Go there , speand a couple of days vulunteering. You wont be sorry. You will come home knowing you made a difference in an animal's life, and had a really fun time too!

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following them and the work they do through their many outreach programs across the country.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

absolutley nothing.. I would change me, by living closer so I could go there more often!

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August 29, 2011

A friend and I spent three days there helping with the dogs. Its an amazing place! Extremely well run and organized. Best experience ever. Any one that is an animal lover and in Las Vegas, should make the short two hour ride up there. Can't wait to go back.

We did over night stays with a
different dog on each night. Its was just great. So happy to see them just fall sleep in a nice quiet fluffy bed and sleep straight thru the night. I think it feel just as good for me to be able to help. Saying good bye the next morning was hard, but its nice to know how well treated they are.

The grounds were beautiful and well maintain. The town was small but offered everything you need. A nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle of bust life.

A must for any animal volunteer!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Kanab, Utah

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have them expand to other areas in the country. What they do is just outstanding and it should be more visible to others.

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August 29, 2011

A couple of years ago, I visited Best Friends and was OVERWHELMED by the sheer size and reach of the rescue! The organization and logistic skills they have are AMAZING.

I'm a cat lover (and I love dogs too) so I spent most of my time in the cat bungalows. It was incredible the number of
cats -- from newborns to ferals to permanently disabled -- that would have safe, secure and loving places to live for the rest of their lives (if needed). I was sooo astonished at the buildings and all of the THOUGHT that went into them...in some cases, pure GENIUS!

What most impresses me about Best Friends is that they don't define their efforts with borders. They help all types of animals, both domestically AND internationally! Shortly before my trip, they had just flown a cargo plane full of dogs (over 100) to Utah from a war-torn area in the Middle East! The work and diplomacy to get that done had to be immense!

It was such an uplifting and positive experience that I've wanted to go every year. I'm finally managing to get there in a few weeks. And I KNOW that just like the first time, I'll cry as I drive away because I WON'T want to leave!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the animals at the Kanab sanctuary and in attending their L.A. branch adoption festivals and events.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them MORE money than I will ever see in my lifetime to allow them to have sanctuaries like the one in Kanab, Utah in EVERY state!

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