Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is one of the largest no-kill animal shelters in the United States. Founded in 1984, The Best Friends Animal Society owns over 3700 acres of land in the Angel Canyon near Kanab, UT and has approximately 1700 adoptable animals, filling them to capacity. Each year the shelter adopts out about 82 percent of their animals, including parrots, horses, pot belly pigs, dogs, cats, and more.
Dog Town features several communities for dogs, offering individualized care, training, and and therapies. There is even a building devoted to getting dogs ready for adoption, giving them a chance to walk on different types of flooring, including carpet, tile, and wood floors and also has all of the noises that a dog may encounter in his/her forever home, such as vacuums, blenders, microwaves, and other beeping or loud noises. The reason they go to all this work with each of the dogs is because some of the dogs that get taken care of at Forever Friends were rescued from the wilderness and have never been on hardwood floors or heard a vacuum. This makes their transition into their forever home much easier for the dogs and their new families.
One of the communities of dogs are called the “Vicktory Dogs.” These are dogs that were rescued from NFL Star Michael Vick’s home. These dogs were either used as fighters or bait, and considered to be too difficult to adopt out because of the abuse they endured. Some of the dogs, however, have been adopted to loving homes and are thriving. Some of the dogs have been court-ordered to remain at Best Friends for life, still getting wonderful care and love on a daily basis.
Cat World is run about like Dog Town, except 10-12 cats live in the same community together (except for the building for 20 of the cats that “prefer not to live with others.”) Volunteers can spend time in Cat World playing with the cats, brushing them, or helping to keep the communities clean. The cats that are waiting for their forever homes also like to go for walks. Some like to ride; others are cooperative and can actually be put on a cat leash.
The horses have a pretty good view. Some of the chunkier horses have a special place where they stay, without water readily available. Their diet program consists of having to walk several hundred feet to the creek nearby.
All of the animals at Best Friends are cared for and loved in their transition to their forever home. The staff and volunteers have such a love for the animals. They’ve thought of everything, from keeping animals healthy, to providing all of their needs, and helping with the transition from the Animal Sanctuary to the animal’s forever home. Some of the animals never make it to their forever home. Instead, they are loved and cared for throughout their days at Best Friends until they die from natural causes. In cases like this, Best Friends has established a resting place for all of the animals. This beautiful place overlooks Angel Canyon and is a special place for pets to remembered.
It took all of our will power not to take a cat home with us to be our “RV Cat.” Maybe next time we visit we’ll have to pick out the perfect cat to go along for the ride with us.
More adventures tomorrow…