Way out in the middle of Rural Southern Utah, East of Zion National Park, you’ll find the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. I had the pleasure of visiting this enchanting place because I was in town to visit some of the national parks in the area with friends and one person in our group really wanted to check this place out, so we carved off an afternoon and went for a visit. I’m so glad we did!
We scheduled a tour of their horses and pigs facility since we thought that would be fun to do. As we drove up through the canyon to get to the entrance, I was struck with how beautiful the area was. It was truly a peaceful, beautiful place. When we arrived, a volunteer gave us a little tour of the area and told us about the horses and pigs in their care, and we got to meet some of the animals and pet a few of the pigs.
The tour guide told us all about the kind of work that they do at the animal sanctuary and it’s really great what they do there. Basically their mission is to rescue homeless or abused animals and rehabilitate them when necessary. Some animals are able to then be adopted into loving homes, while others who are unable to be adopted live out the rest of their days at the sanctuary, being lovingly taken care of.
They rescue all sorts of animals, including horses, pigs, dogs, cats, rabbits, and parrots, and they have facility tours as well as volunteer opportunities to see or work with all of these animals. One of the things I learned about this place when we were there is that they actually have volunteer travel opportunities for people who want to travel to the area and stay at one of the dorms at the shelter while they are in town. They spend time helping out with the animals while they are here. I would love to come back and spend a few days working with the dogs sometime if I get a chance because I absolutely love dogs. You can learn more about staying over at the sanctuary here.
Anyway, it was a lovely afternoon in which we met some adorable animals, met some really loving and caring people, and spent time in a gorgeous, peaceful location. I highly recommend checking them out if you’re ever in the Southern Utah area.