Best Friends Animal Society
Go Fetch Adventure at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Kanab and Kane County are strategically located to give anyone interested in outdoor adventure an unending supply of natural beauty. National Parks Bryce, Zion and North Rim of the Grand Canyon, as well as Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and Utah state parks Coral Pink Sand Dunes and Kodachrome beckon to visitors. But Kanab is also home to the unique outdoor adventure you can only find at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the nation’s largest no-kill companion animal sanctuary. Best Friends is where some 1,700 homeless, abused and abandoned pets get the second chance they need. This lifesaving haven welcomes nearly 30,000 visitors every year for free tours. In 2015, almost 9,000 volunteers offered their hands, hearts and talents to helping these animals get all the loving care they need to get ready for their forever home. At Best Friends, volunteers have opportunities to do more than just help keep the animal areas sparkling clean and offer a kind pat. Dogs and cats eagerly await their opportunity for outdoor adventures with volunteers at the sanctuary. Volunteers can take a dog into town for lunch or perhaps on a hike in Angel Canyon. It’s not just dogs that go for walks at Best Friends at the Sanctuary! There are many cats ready to don harness and leash for a volunteer adventure in the natural surroundings near the cat buildings. Volunteers can take a kitty for a field trip to beautiful Angels Landing, a special “hide-in-plain site” grassy lawn between a tall red rock wall and sheltering trees. Angels Landing is reserved for feline visits on Mondays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Other cats that are not keen on the “leash thing,” love going for stroller rides. Cats and dogs look forward to going with their favorite volunteer for a special one-on-one sleepover. What is a sleepover? You share your cabin or cottage at the Sanctuary, your own RV or pet-friendly Kanab hotel room or vacation rental home with a deserving cat or dog for a night. It’s a win-win. You get to spend some time snuggling with a wonderful, very appreciative pet. Participants who do sleepovers tell Best Friends about the animal’s behavior in a one-on-one situation in a home-like environment – behavior that may be very different from when they’re around their Cat World or Dogtown friends. And if you’re a fan of rabbits and staying at Best Friends cottages or cabins, you may even be able to take a bunny on a sleepover! Walk the streets of downtown Kanab and chances are you will see people strolling with a happy dog sporting a green color. Chances are it is a Best Friends dog enjoying a big night on the town. Several local restaurants welcome the dogs in their outdoor dining areas. Go home with this unique adventure and amaze your friends and family with your tales, photos and video. More information on registering for free tours and/or volunteering can be found at www.bestfriends.org or call 435-644-2001. The Sanctuary is at 5001 Angel Canyon Road, about five miles north of Kanab on Highway 89. Or stop by the Best Friends Visitor Center in Kanab at 235 South 100 East, across from Glazier’s Market.