My friends and I have driven from California to Best Friends in Utah to volunteer at this incredible sanctuary several times. Although all of us are involved in animal rescue, Best Friends is where we turn when we need our spirits lifted. Best Friends is where we can see success with animals that were deemed beyond hope by others. Best Friends not only rescues animals, they help other rescue organizations become and maintain success. They give animals and people the hope (and tools) to make successful rescue and rehabilitation a reality.
I have been a supporter of Best Friends for several years and follow their social media closely. Earlier this year, I finally had the chance to visit the sanctuary and spend a week volunteering. I still can't believe how meaningful and fun the experience was, even though most of what I did was cleaning up various kinds of animal poop! The staff is so amazing and so dedicated to their mission of achieving no more homeless animals. I can't wait to go back! I tell ALL my friends and family about Best Friends and the great work they do!
I visited Best Friends outside Kanab, UT as part of vacation a few years ago - it was my favorite part of the vacation! I asked if I could volunteer to pet cats for a couple days and they actually said yes. I spent 2 blissful days w/ a number of cats at Benton's, petting, holding, playing with and even walking them. Benton's is a house w/ a wide variety of mostly special needs kitties. I am so grateful that many cats who might otherwise not even be alive are being cared for so well by BF staff and the lucky volunteers who visit them. It was inspiring too to see various projects that some long-time volunteers had taken on in order to help out. Finally, BF's mission of kindness to all beings included not only the animals at the sanctuary but also the volunteers who came there. It really was a privilege to be there. I haven't been able to go back to the SW since, but when I do, I'll spend more time w/ the amazing cats and staff at Best Friends.
My husband and I have interacted with Best Friends in a few different capacities. First, we attended a NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) super adoption event, which was sponsored by Best Friends. It was here that we rescued our sweet boy, Zion, from a Best Friends partner group. A few years later we decided we wanted to volunteer at the Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. Our trip was this April and I am already planning when to go back! We spent our time at Dogtown walking dogs and attending a puppy socialization class. We had an overnight with a dog named Lottie and we spoiled her with snuggles and kisses. Because of Best Friends Lottie, Zion, and thousands of other dogs and cats have been saves. (Fingers crossedottie finds a home soon.) I will begin my volunteer shifts in a few weeks at Best Friends LA location, having been inspired to do more locally after volunteering in Utah.
I love this Sanctuary and the caring people who run it and work there. The health & happiness of the animals are the most important thing in their lives. We have visited & volunteered several times and can't wait until we can return. Am always telling people it is a magical place for the animals. Check out the Guardian Angel segment for the most amazing care given to the animals who need it the most.
The Best Friends team is dedicated, caring, nurturing, and patient. Animals in their care receive the best life possible u til they find forever homes. They change the world!
I have been contributing to Best Friends for years. Last October I traveled from Ohio to Utah to volunteer at the sanctuary. It was the trip of a lifetime. I left there with tears in my eyes for all the abused, neglected and abandoned animals, but thrilled that places like Best Friends exist, with people who have devoted their lives to rehabilitating animals that others would have given up on. If I thought this was a great organization before my visit, I now know that it is beyond extraordinary, run by angels on earth. People truly devoted to what they do for these animals. I will continue to contribute and I will hopefully visit again. #savethemall #nomorehomelesspets
I can't say enough good things about best friends especially after spending one week volunteering a few years back with my sister it was like a bucket list dream come true . It was great to see the Michael Vick dogs doing so well and especially great to see how well kept these animals are and how of the volunteers truly love the mall and how the board at best friends really does work together . The photos are truly special group of people and I hope years from now their legacy lives on but in a different way because by that time we really should be no more homeless pets.
I learned about Best Friends from the Dogtown series on National Geographic. When I was visiting Utah, I decided to make a stop at the Sanctuary. I was so impressed with the work they were doing, I went back with 3 friends to volunteer for a week. This inspired me to go back to my community of Jacksonville, Florida and volunteer as well. In my work with the Jacksonville Humane Society and First Coast No More Homeless Pets, I discovered how much help Best Friends had given to Jacksonville in their strategic plan to achieve a city-wide "no-kill" status. Monetary grants as well as planning assistance. And Jacksonville has now been no-kill for two years. (meaning 90% of dogs and cats leave the shelters alive). I have been back to volunteer at the Sanctuary as well and learn more everytime I visit. I have also attending their annual conference where they provide seminars and speakers to help shelters across the country achieve a "no-kill" status. All within their goal "to Save Them All". They have made tremendous progress in helping to change the country's mindset in how to treat homeless pets. I cannot say enough good things about the work they do. And one of the main things I love is knowing my contributions don't just stay at the Sanctuary and disappear in someone's pocket - it is spread around the country to help all communities. The founders can sleep at night knowing they have truly made a difference!
This is my all-time favorite charity. I love all of the work they do for the animals in their care, as well as for other animal charity groups. It is clear to see that their motives are completely altruistic.