Each time I volunteer at Best Friends it is better and better. I work in Dogtown. The caregivers and staff spend so much time helping dogs, some from horrendous circumstances, become ready to go to a loving home. I stay in the on-site cottages. It is so uplifting to spend time helping animals in such a beautiful place.
I have been going to volunteer at Best Friends almost annually since 2005, it is such a magical place. The setting is spectacular, there are so many wonderful animals to volunteer with, the staff is friendly and always grateful for volunteer help, and - of course - everyone is an animal lover so it's easy to make new friends. I cannot recommend it highly enough - a fun, rewarding vacation. Even if you don't have time to volunteer, you can take one of their free tours around the sanctuary and see the good work they do. Can't wait to go back!
I have volunteered and toured Best Friends several times - each time I do I am so impressed with the wonderful work they do. The staff and the volunteers are so friendly and love the animals so much - The animals that are at Best Friends have a wonderful home until they find their "furever home" It is a great organization
I cannot wait to visit and volunteer. I love reading the magazine.
I started volunteering at Best Friends Animal Center in Mission Hills CA when they opened in 2012. I worked in the laundry room, cat kitchen, & finally decided fostering kittens was my favorite job. I take them home for socialization & keep them until they weigh two pounds, then they are returned, fixed, micro chipped & put up for adoption. I've fostered over fifty kittens & will continue fostering, it's my passion now.
There is so much to say about each and every wonderful experience I have had with Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, UT. I have been volunteering at the sanctuary for 10 years now! My first trip was a week long stay right in one of the cabins and I spent time at each location within the sanctuary. On each visit, every staff member has been friendly and has really taken the time to make sure I feel welcome. With every visit, there is always something new at the sanctuary to enjoy. I have volunteered with the animals and I have job shadowed the staff and helped with staff duties. Each time, I learn new skills and come home with new ideas to enrich the lives of my pets at home. In addition to the fulfillment of working with these dedicated people and the animals, the sanctuary, being set in the wilderness of beautiful southern Utah, is truly a sanctuary. No matter how busy the day gets, I always feel peaceful and at ease because of the surroundings. All of the animals look happy and healthy. And as strange as this sounds, even the stressed and sick animals look healthier than I would ever expect them to look - the level of care they receive at this sanctuary is by far the best I have ever seen. I do not travel as often as I would like to anymore, but when I do, I make sure that my trip passes though Kanab to have a chance to spend even a few hours at Best Friends!
Best Friends is an amazing organization. I love how the mega adoption events they hold and their stance on saving lives. I especially enjoy their animal clinic in the san fernando valley that gives animal operations at affordable costs. This is truly a first class group and I am happy to have gotten my cat Wilfred from them.
Best Friends realizes it's about changing the way we currently handle homeless pets and really is working to change the publics preception so that we really can save them all and stop the sadness and suffering. Thank you Best Friends
my husband and i visited Best Friends in September 2012 for the 3rd annual blessing at Angels Rest.
what an amazing place. so many animals and so many wonderful people to help those animals recover enough for most of them to have a second chance at a home they should have always had.
Angels Rest was so surreal and peaceful, even with so many wind chimes ringing out. it is a place where your soul can be comforted. it was a place that i longed to visit ever since i saw the first episode of dogtown. although i didn't get to meet the 2 people that i wanted to, it was still a very enriching experience and i recommend anyone and everyone should visit at least once in their lives.
Best Friends is such an amazing organization! The work they do for animals is unbelievable! They have such a great networking system to help in the adoption of pets. Their no kill initiative is so powerful and they are doing a great job in teaching people how they work and what we can do to aid their work.
I visited Best Friends in Kanab last July. All of the workers there have one thing on their mind at all times- How can I make this animal have a better life. Their animal teams are amazing and I feel that they deserve this award!
I sought out a pet from Best Friends because of their reputation, after having a poor experience elsewhere. Best Friends staff were quick to respond to my questions, and ensured I was ready (and educated) about the two dogs I adopted.
I filled out an application after finding a few pups I was interested in. One had been adopted, but the other two were available. Jessica, the adoption specialist, was forthright with information about both dogs, their positive qualities, and areas training would assist them in. I suggested a couple different dates I could come pick the dogs up and she asked that I delay my trip so the dog's caretaker, Mel, would be around to talk about the dogs with me.
I am so glad I delayed the trip. It is apparent the staff cares about, and values, each individual dog in their care. Mel made sure to stop by for quite a while to discuss both dogs needs, and to say goodbye to the dogs before I left with them. Jessica made sure I was comfortable with the amount of information I had on each before I left.
A few days after adopting I had a follow up question that I emailed to Best Friends that required information from the medical staff. A prompt response came from Jessica, then a couple hours later, another email came from the medical staff with an answer to my question.
The Best Friends grounds are neat, and are a comfortable place to tour, or to adopt a new pet. Best Friends definitely knows what they are doing, and make sure adopters are comfortable, and know all about the dogs they are adopting. I would highly recommend anyone to adopt from Best Friends!
It is the best. I have been there 6 times to volunteer and it continues to win my heart each time.
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.
Amazing place for animals to heal and live until they find their homes. So loving and they go above and beyond to help these beautiful animals. Thank you.
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.
Hi, I just finished watching a documentary about the rescued dogs saved from Michael Vicks deplorable dog fighting compound. The show was called The Champions and it depicted how Best Friends Animal Society Sanctuary took in 22 of these abused dogs in attempts to help them recover and find forever homes. Though I've never been to Best Friends personally I was very impressed with all the work and care that goes into each animal that I saw on the show. I also loved their closing statement that all life matters and is not for us to abuse, exploite or exterminate it. If more people shared their vision I believe animals of all kinds would reap the benefits.
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.
Best Friends works tirelessly to make sure everything that could has been done to find these pups a loving, forever home. I have followed them for a few years now and the devotion to pets is an awesome, selfless, and extraordinary endeavor to match them with folks that can accept the responsibility to make a home for them. They deserve all of the support we can offer.
We found a pup we liked, filled out the form and set up a ship date! The staff was friendly, helpful and very easy to work with even though we lived in Massachusetts! Luna came in a clean crate with some food and water, all her papers, a leash and a collar! She's now one of our family! We will always go through best fiends in Utah!!!!
Witnessing how Best Friends has partnered there city shelters of Los Angeles to turn it around as a "no kill" shelter , a daunting task, is a testament to its mission of no kill partnerships
My experience with Best Friends has been extraordinary. I first heard of the organization in a simple mailing they did. Since then, through their other mailings and magazines, their efforts on keeping every animal alive and well cared for is evident. And the love they share with all kinds of animals is incredible. The many, many other volunteers that go there to assist them is testament to how well they attract like-minded people to to their cause. If I had more money, Best Friends would be the first place would give it to. They deserve all the support they can get.
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.
Can't actually say enough good things about all the things they do to save lives that are broken and unwanted! If the world adopted their philosophy all lives would be better and earth would be safe!
Focused 4 prong mission, dedicated people, unrivaled success, locally invested and globally dedicated. I've been to the sanctuary 4 times over the past 16 years and it's growth is logical and their charity is financially sound.
I rescued my kitten, Black Finn, from a shelter. These people do an amazing job with limited resources. Help them out, donate some food, some snacks, they are always in need. Don't forget, we are their voices.
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!
Best Friends is amazing! I brought them a broken kitten -- a stray that had been hit by a car. Her leg was broken and her tail had separated from her spine. Best Friends not only took in the kitten and fixed her broken leg, they also found a home for this sweet little cat. This was no ordinary feat -- since her tail had been separated from her spine, she would be incontinent for the rest of her life. Best Friends was able to find her a home with someone who had other incontinent cats. :)
I follow Best Friends on Twitter and through email and I never fail to be moved by their commitment to saving animals. Whether it's rehabilitating the Vick dogs (and proving that pit bulls, even those trained to fight, respond positively to love and care), rescuing animals from natural disasters and unnatural abuse, or providing health care to animals who are suffering, Best Friends is truly a best friend to those who are vulnerable and don't have a voice.
If you ever looked for an animal shelter or group to donate to please go check Best Friends out. The job that this group does is beyond compare. The staff and volunteers in my humble opinion are the best that could be found. The job, no calling, that they do is a blessing that will I surely earn them "Mega Points" in Heaven. You see that from the first time you read, or see or hear there story. The love that is given to any animal,regardless of size is unconditional. The care that is provided to them, is done only through the support of and by those of us that care. Be it ever so small or large it all helps. So help out and make the gift if you can that will help to bring hope and comfort to animals in TRUE need.
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.
Visiting Best Friends in Utah was one of the best experiences of my life.Not only did the scenery move me but the love and care from the caretakers brought me to tears.These animals have hit the jackpot so to say for ending up at Best Friends. I appauld their victory in rescuing the Victory dogs when no other organization would step up to. I am in awe for the CEO running 170 miles in the desert to raise funds.And lastly, I am so greatful that there are those kind people there that rescued my babies(1 cat 1 dog), so that they could find their forever home with me.
I love Best Friends because they offer hope for animals in need. They have worked to change legislation and the mindset regarding shelter animals. I appreciate the Sanctuary and remembrance for pets that we have lost and will continue to donate to Best Friends.
A place as dedicated to animal rescue as you can have it. A peaceful place which restores belief in humanity and hope for "Saving them all". Educated professionals and staff who make it easy to volunteer, learn, benefit and give. A wonderful place to visit. I attended a workshop and volunteered. My daughter volunteered while I was attending the workshop. It was a wonderful experience for both of us and us together. This place was started 31 years ago and grew and keeps on succeeding in saving, rehoming, healing, training animals with an incredible crew. To me it is a MUST to visit and a very wonderful experience as well as a place to come together as a family and unite interests. Please consider visiting Best Friends in Kanab. You won't regret it. Also, it is the center of fascinating National Parks and landscapes. A win/win!
Best Friends is by far the hardest working group, and most effective group I know! My sister and her husband take their four dogs and drive with every year with them during the summer to stay at Best Friends. My sister cries every time her week at the sanctuary with the animals is up and it's time for them to return home.
I donate to this non-profit at holidays, in honor of family and friends who are also animal lovers, and on loved ones' birthdays in place of things they neither need nor want. The recipients are always so happy to have the donation made in their name. Best Friends Animal Society takes excellent care of every species at their sanctuary and turns no animal in need away. There are so many unwanted animals, and so many who are killed in shelters each year -- Best Friends is always working hard to change that. They deserve this award and a ton of recognition.
REMEMBER EVERYONE TO SPAY AND NEUTER -- its the RIGHT thing to do and prevents over-population!!!
I first became aware of Best Friends while searching for a rescue organization to support, after I discovered my local SPCA was NOT a No-Kill shelter as I believed. I was intrigued by their mission to "Save Them All", and once I started receiving their magazine and reading about all the amazing programs this group has initiated, the legal avenues they have pursued to change laws regarding breed discrimination etc., and the assistance they provide to help communities realize these same goals, I was sold! I made my first visit to the Sanctuary last Fall, where I volunteered for five days, and was blown away by the magnitude of their operation, the amazing people who work with and for these hurting animals, and the education they provide to those of us lucky enough to pass through their doors.
I volunteered for a week at the Utah sanctuary in May and "far exceeds expectations" is an understatement. I would give it 10 stars if I could. I had known of the sanctuary for a few years and followed it online. I felt like I knew what to expect from checking out the website numerous times for visitor information/ maps/ photos/ etc. Boy, was I wrong. The vast scope of the grounds is the first thing I had not anticipated. The sanctuary covers a huge area and is incredibly scenic. I was blown away by the cleanliness of the enclosures, the enrichment available, the organization, and amazing care givers and volunteers. There is not only love and compassion behind the care of the animals, but plenty of research and science in terms of how they train, socialize, give the animals quality of life and the best chance of finding a forever family. My group had two educational presentations with Dr. Frank McMillan, which I had not expected as part of the week, but which were extremely informative, thought provoking and made our week well-rounded in terms of what we took away from our experience. Our volunteer program coordinator was incredibly friendly, knowledgeable, and just radiated joy and kindness. Most of the sanctuary volunteers we encountered were the same. The energy, fun and compassion was everywhere we went, and you couldn't help feeling the same way - it was like a giant lovefest! The whole place is very definition of symbiosis - the people who visit want to play with and interact with as many animals as possible. They get to do this when they clean enclosures (free labor, allowing money to be used elsewhere), when they take a cat out for a walk (socialization and enrichment for the cat), when the take a dog home for a sleepover (good training and enrichment for the dog) or any other number of activities. What an amazing place! I had wondered prior to visiting if I would feel sad throughout the week seeing abandoned and/or special needs animals, but after seeing the level of care the animals receive and knowing that 80% will be adopted (and the other 20% have a home at the sanctuary forever), I felt happy and hopeful for all of them. I really can't say enough about this incredible organization. I will definitely be back to volunteer again and again!
I have been a volunteer for Best Friends Animal Society for 7 years. In that time, I've visited the sanctuary in Utah, worked at special adoption events, written for their website, and participated in seminars. I can attest that Best Friends "walks the walk." Everyone involved in the organization -- from the greeters to adoption counselors to caregivers -- believes that each animal is has intrinsic value. They will go to great lengths to make sure that each animal is treated with respect and great care. They do believe that we can "save them all" and they've made me believe it also.
I used to get horrible mailers from other animal welfare organizations showing pictures of abused, neglected, sad animals in an effort to get me to send them money. I threw them away without even opening them. Best Friends Animal Society is the exact opposite: I know when I see an email or mailer from them I am going to smile and feel good, so I open it right away! They tell the success stories, and show pictures of the happy, healthy animals that they have helped to get that way. It is exciting to be part of an organization that has great goals and a plan to get there. I love to send them my donations, knowing that I am a part of something really special that is making a real difference all over the country!!
Wow! These people believe in what they do, generate enthusiasm when they promote their cause, and inspire us animal lovers to do whatever we can to help. They have a vision for the future and uniquely creative ways to get there. Their No More Homeless Pets campaign has made such an amazing difference across the entire country in just a few years! Even their animal photographers are the best. I'd read so many good things about them that I couldn't believe it was all true. I finally had a chance to visit and volunteer for a week after they'd been in business 10 years and I was awestruck. It's even better than I could have imagined!
Best Friends will help us get to "no kill"! Their understanding of all animals is invaluable to the rest of us in trying to protect the animals and "Save them all". I have visited them twice to volunteer with their animals, and it is the best experience I have ever had! I will be back to volunteer again. I also have adopted a dog from them, one who needed work, and she was given that training before she came to me. They understand what the animals need, so they will go to their forever homes. The animal rescue movement would have stalled by now, if it weren't for Best Friends!!!
Positive....one word to describe BFAS. There stories don't dwell on the bad...only the good and the changes they have made towards a better world for animals. They are inspirational!
Best Friends fills such an important role in the animal rights/care community. They advocate for and care for animals and educate the public about so many aspects of animal care and concerns. This is one of the great charities in the U.S. and viewed highly by so many.
My friend and I volunteered for the first time this last weekend and were so impressed with the quality of the facilities. However we were even more impressed with the skills, devotion and loving kindness of all the caretakers we worked with. We are in the process of building a fence so that we can adopt a dog and we will definitely be back to volunteer again soon. Kudos to Best Friends. Karen Tomlinson
My wife and I first heard about the work of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary ( that's what it was called then) early on in there existence from a friend of ours, and as people who always have loved animals, have watched them grow and become a national force, thanks to the commitment of those young animal loving young founders.
We have been supporters for decades and honestly believe there is no finer animal charity in the country, or perhaps in the world. The compassion of the people of Best Friends is evidenced by their actions every day.
Surely they played a major role in the movement of change for the better in the way we in this country view other sentient beings, those who share the planet with us. Like them, we hope for a day when there really are "No More Homeless Pets".
As they at Best Friends say, "Together We Can Save Them All".
We would encourage all who care about animals to give strong consideration to Best Friends Animal Society for their hard earned charitable donation dollars.
Doc and Dee Wheeler
Bay Village, Ohio
Best Friends are amazing. They take the animals that need extra support and care and make sure they have a happy life whether they ultimately get adopted or not.
I had heard about Best Friends a few years ago through some fellow animal lovers and a couple years ago I bought the book "Best Friends" which tells the story of how they started out to what they have accomplished and grown to be now. It was amazing to read that there are actually people out there who are as crazy about animals as I am and it was incredible how much devotion and dedication those men and women had towards this cause that they all deeply believed in. I was blown away by the love that the founders of Best Friends, and all of those who helped them, had for animals and to see what they continue to do for animals to this day has completely restored my faith in humanity. Best Friends truly and genuinely care about the animal welfare and I admire the hard work and big hearts of all of those who are a part of it. They show that there really is a lot of good still left in the world and I respect and thank them for all that they do.
I have visited Best Friends 3 times and there is a special sense just going onto the property. Love for the animals is everywhere. They save animals with profound problems. Additionally they provide support to shelters all over the US. Their goal is to save all animals. If I have a problem or questions about my animals they are quick to answer my email. I LOVE Best Friends.
I have volunteered at Best Friends for 8 years. Not only is this a beautiful and peaceful place, it is the best 5 star rescue for animals. The care and love the animals receive here is unbelievable. The animals are worked with so that they can be adopted to a forever home. If that does not happen they have a great home for their life time. Becoming a volunteer was one of the best decisions of my life.
Best quality of care, no-kill shelter for all types of animals. They offer educational programs, TNR programs, work against breed discrimination laws and are working with other cities helping them become no-kill. An amazing organization that is the model for all other shelter and rescue groups.
I have volunteered at Best Friends and I loved it !! I spent one day with dogs and one day with horses. They were very organized, clean and helpful. They made the work we did fun and I felt so good about it I can't wait to do it again!! They deserve this award for all the caring and love they have shown all the animals they rescue.
As both a donor (20+ yrs) and active volunteer (3+ yrs), I have watched this organization grow and thrive. They always do the right thing and do it right. They are great stewards of our donor money, making wise decisions for growth and expansion. And they provide volunteers with the support and training we need. They never lose sight of their mission - all of their plans and actions support their theme of 'Save them All'.
I love this group, I love everything they stand for and everything they are doing to make the world a better place for animals who are so often overlooked. They ARE making a difference. I look forward to the newsletter and the magazine and read both from beginning to end. I am going on a road trip in July and am making it a point to stop and visit the home base in Kanab Utah.
Best Friends is such an amazing place and cause for the animals.
Like so very many wonderful animal nonprofits Best Friends is dedicated to all animals living the great lives that they deserve. Best Friends however goes far beyond this great misson and is the leader in the field. BF helps other non-profits become non-kill shelters further contributing to the cause. They play a key leadership role with animal legislation. I often struggle to find ways to help the animals as the challenge is often overwhelming. Best Friends keeps me up to date via e-mail on both my state and national pending legislation that could affect the animals. They even go one step further and provide me with the contact information for my legislators so that I too can let my voice be heard. On a personal note - every year - in September - a special ceremony is held to remember all of the special animals who have crossed the sanctuary grounds. The public is given the opportunity to send a memory of their animal friends to be included in the ceremony. I always look forward to including my 4 footed family members who have passed on in the special memories service at such as special place. Thank you Best Friends for all of the amazing work that you do!
We took in a cat who turned out to have FIV and was too feisty for our other old cat to handle. Since most shelters won't take cats with FIV, we thought we'd have to put him down. But after exchanging emails with Best Friends, they agreed to take him! I drove the six hours to the sanctuary and left him in good hands, and after a year in their facility he was adopted. I got to tour Best Friends while I was dropping off the cat, and boy are they amazing! So much space, so many happy animals. They're just wonderful. I've been a donor ever since.
I can't think of a place I'd rather donate to. How can you help but love every animal and want to see them in a forever home. This is what Best Friends does. They are the "BEST" ever and do what they do for love. God bless all of the people who work and volunteer to help the helpless.
My visit to Best Friends in Utah was a highlight of my life. Spiritually uplifting, such a gift to humans as well as the thousands of animals that they protect and love....I can't wait to go back. These are people with a mission, on a mission, and hearts as big and beautiful as the canyon they inhabit. The Best Friends folks made sure that I was able to visit every area I hoped to see (the pigs! the pigs!) because I'd come from so far away (NYC) and my time there was limited. Because of a disability, I volunteered walking the senior dogs, and had two dogs on sleepovers in a Best Friends cottage. (Bless you Redbone & Marmaduke.) I was made to feel that my contribution was every bit as important as the daily caregivers. To say that the time I spent there was magical is not an exaggeration. I was especially touched that the delicious Thanksgiving Feast served in the Best Friends restaurant was completely vegetarian, but the dogs in the kennels were treated with fresh turkey that day. That said it all for me. You can't visit Angels Rest without feeling the abiding spirit of the thousands of souls that have been saved and loved.....it is truly sacred ground. Knowing that Best Friends will continue their very important mission makes me smile, with grateful tears. These are beautiful people who above all, truly believe they can SAVE THEM ALL. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will be back.
When it comes to helping animals of all varieties there is no place better than Best Friends Animal Society. They have for example, separate areas for dogs, cats, horses and pigs. They have a special area for wild animals too. Not only to they rescue and rehabilitate animals in need, but as in the case of the Michael Vick pit bulls, they retrain them to be the best pet they can be. They help, shy, agressive or just play scared dogs to be loving and sociable companions.
Best Friends is an amazing place to volunteer! I would go back every year if I didn't live so far away!
I am constantly amazed at the scope of work done by Best Friends. From the on-the-ground work of caring for the physical and psychological needs of thousands of animals at their facility in Utah, to coordinating and supporting the efforts of other animal welfare organizations, to educating the public and advocating for animal welfare issues - this organization does it all. The action they take everyday to create a nation in which no adoptable animal is killed in a shelter is incredibly inspiring to me.