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Best Friends Animal Society
August 29, 2011

We just completed our second "tour of duty" as volunteers at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. It is one of the most fulfilling, rewarding vacations we have had -- and we already have our reservations for next year.

It is impossible to put everything into one short review, but this is why we volunteer again and again for Best Friends:
1. They have their priorities right. Money and other resources go first and foremost to the animals in their care. Employees and other humans are accommodated comfortably, but very modestly.
2. They take their duty to the animals seriously. Any animal that comes within the care of BFAS is given the highest quality of life possible -- taking into account the animal's physical, mental and emotional needs. There is no pressure to get the animal adopted because it is "running out of time," so each animal gets the medical treatment, enrichment activities, training and behavior modification necessary to have a happy, healthy life and increase his/her chances for adoption.
3. Decisions are at appropriate organizational levels. The people that have the most knowledge, information and understanding of a particular animal and the greatest emotional investment in that animal (the Caregivers) are given a lot of authority for developing his/her life plan, approvals for outings and sleepovers, training plans, etc. At the same time, BFAS has appropriate procedures that ensure that everyone stays safe.

I have never seen an organization that has as much respect for individuals, while maintaining a sustainable business model, and such loyal, devoted employees. As volunteers, we are always made to feel valued, appreciated and respected. We end each of our Best Friends vacations wishing we had more time to walk dogs or clean kennels!

The Great!

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

seeing how dogs we've met have been adopted to new, loving homes.

Ways to make it better...

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

1. Upgrade the facilities in Old Dogtown to the newer style octagons in Dogtown Heights 2. Provide better training facilities, especially for reactive and shy dog classes.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?


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

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Volunteer & I walked dogs, cleaned kennels, took dogs on outings or sleepovers, and helped with feeding.