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Best friends animal sanctuary

5001 angel canyon road
Kanab, UT 84741
435-644-2001

User Reviews (50)

  • 1. A place for any dog or animal

    by: KAR28

    I have never been here but I subscribe to their magazine and faithfully watch there show on cable. They have rescued 22 of the Michael Vick dogs and call them the "Vicktory dogs". They will take any animal for any reason. They will do all that they can to help the dog. If it is aggressive and can't be rehabilatated, it is not put down. It is given it's own place to live out its life. Many of the high kill shelters should think of contacting them before euthanizing their dogs--esp young ones that can be rehabilatated and adopted. Pls donate to this great place-they care for the pets that no one wants!!

    Pros

    They all animals, no matter what

    Cons

    Not enough shelters/people know about them

  • 2. 2002

    by: alisa65010

    My family took a trip to volunteer at the sanctuary. My mom worked with the cats/kittens -- my daughter worked with the dogs and the horses -- my husband worked with the horses and I did it all -- rabbits, dogs and cats. It was a wonderful experience -- excellent work. We enjoyed the area and the people. And we LOVED the animals! Blessed work indeed.

    Pros

    the gold standard

    Cons

    none

  • 3. I can't wait to visit someday!

    by: rap7176

    I know Best Friends is somewhat controversial, but from what I've seen/heard, they are doing a HUGE amount of good! I know that they are also willing to provide follow-up input/advice to people that have attended their trainings. I give them a huge thumbs up and I WILL visit there someday!

    Pros

    Saving animals and helping others to do the same.

    Cons

    None.

  • 4. This is a truly special place

    by: jkdaves

    This is one of the coolest places I have ever been. They take care of sooo many animals and do such a magnificent job. They help all animals from turtles, birds, dogs, cats to horses. If you are ever in the area, take the tour or stay the day and help out.

    Pros

    Saving thousands of lives every year

    Cons

    That we need a place like this

  • 5. Cares about the little shelters too!!!

    by: HSBarron

    Imagine our suprise when Best Friends contacted us about donating prizes for annual dog walk. We were very impressed with the fact that they were more than willing to help us with our fundraiser despite the fact that we were well over a thousand miles away. The prizes they donated were awesome and one of the highlights of the give away! Thanks so much BFAS!!!

    Pros

    donates products to other shelters!

    Cons

    NONE

  • 6. The Best and Most Caring Ever!

    by: cydette

    I helped this organization during the Great Kitty Rescue in the Nevada Desert. It was extremelly hot and the animals had gone through unbelieveably horrible conditions prior to Best Friends showing up to help them. These are also the same people who took in the Michael Vic dogs that "nobody could help" and they performed miracles with them. They will take and help an any animal, no matter how "hopeless" they are told the situation might be. I have seriously considered quitting my job and moving there to assist them in being all that they strive to be for any animal out there who might need them.

    Pros

    Caring People who go to any lengths to help animals

    Cons

    Never enough funding to do all that they can.

  • 7. What a great place

    by: gadams38

    I first heard about Best Friends while watching a story about the Michael Vick dogs on Animal Planet, and then a very good friend of mine told me about the place, she has been a long time member and supporter, and gets their newsletter. We both volunteer at a local shelter and both dream of one day having a place like Best friends where we can have a place for unadoptables to live out their lives having their basic needs met.

    Pros

    The best shelter available for unadoptable animals

    Cons

    none

  • 8. I can't say enough positive things about this place.

    by: flowerflyby

    I can't say enough positive things about this place. The place is beautiful, the red rocks and surroundings are breathtaking. The buildings and animal areas are spotless and cleverly named. The staff truly cares about the animals and the mission of the organization and it shows. They are big on education and spay/neuter and passionate about helping other organizations as well. They are truely working towards a day when there are "No More Homeless Pets"!

    Pros

    Offers a second chance to animals who may otherwise not have one.

    Cons

    None

  • 9. On the vanguard of veterinary care

    by: chitown

    I'm a Best Friends Guardian Angel, which means I support veterinary care for the damaged bodies and spirits that come to this sanctuary. I've not visited in person, but I've watched every dvd and read every bit of correspondence BFAS sends me, and I'm convinced it's a Godsend for abused animals. Because it sees such volume of illness and injury, its staff and intern veterinarians gain excellent experience to share with others in their field.

    Pros

    Role model for animal sanctuaries

    Cons

    None

  • 10. Best Friends an inspiration

    by: robinrae

    Best Friends is an inspiration to us all. It's so great to know that their are so many people who care about animals. I hope to visit there some day!

    Pros

    Hope for our special friends

    Cons

    none

  • 11. the best in excellence

    by: leeniemi

    i think animal rescues across the country and\nthe world take there queue from best friends\nwe are so lucky to have them and to learn\nfrom them-they are always willing to share information with anyone who calls-\n

    Pros

    always readymto help other recue groups

    Cons

    no cons

  • 12. Looks like a great place. Would love to visit!

    by: mamabear603

    I read many of their magaizines along with watching several shows about them. It looks like a great place to work at and a great place for an animal. Plenty of space and time with the animals. I just wish it was a little closer, would love to go and visit.\nKeep up with the magazines and shows.

    Pros

    Saves unadoptable and adoptable animals of all kinds.

    Cons

    Distance

  • 13. Love Them!

    by: HMMassey

    I volunteer for Safe Haven of Iowa County and Best Friends is a great resource for Safe Haven. Wonderful staff that really care for the well being of all animals and not just the ones they help personally.

    Pros

    Everything!

    Cons

    Can't think of anything!

  • 14. Animal Saviors

    by: spd5ia

    What these people do is nothing short of phenominal. Caring for unwanted pets, educating people and drawing attention to the problems of animal overpopulation and abuse is so important.

    Pros

    Great people, great facilities

    Cons

    None

  • 15. Best Friends Inspires, Educates, and Transforms

    by: rinthea

    I have been to the How to Start an Animal Sanctuary workshop and recently got back from the No More Homeless Pets Conference in Las Vegas. Everytime I return I feel rejuvinated! They are down to earth people with one mission in life...creat a no more homeless pets world! And we are doing it together one step at a time.\r\n\r\nWhat an amazing group of people we all have for resources and information!!!\r\n

    Pros

    EVERYTHING!

    Cons

    It's a 20 hour drive!!!

  • 16. pit bull angles

    by: kennethdonna8

    I think you are angles to the micheal vike dogs. I would adopt georgia if my husband would let me. I have a pit lab mix and he is just great. He loves to please us very obidient. My next dog might be full pit bull I just love them. At one time I was afraid of the breed till I was educated. Thank you for what you are doing for those dogs.

    Pros

    no kill sanctuary

    Cons

    none

  • 17. I'm volunteering!

    by: dpaller

    I'm so excited to say that my husband and I will be volunteering at BF this summer. We have everything all set up and can't wait to make the trip. I read their magazine and visit the site online often - what a wonderful organization!

    Pros

    Extreme rescues plus everyday rescues

    Cons

    None!

  • 18. Amazing

    by: lilstrawberri63

    This orginization looks amazing. I just heard about them last year. I saw them on TV. I would like to go and visit someday. They do so much for so many. What a great place.

    Pros

    none

    Cons

    none

  • 19. Amazing Rescue

    by: janlincicome

    This is an absolutely amazing organization. They have done so many great things for the animals. They saved many of the dogs from Michael Vick's kennel, and came to the aid of a shelter here in our state. I have enjoyed watching the series about them on tv and hope they rerun them or bring the show back. This is a place I would really like to visit some day and a wonderful organization that deserves people's donations.

    Pros

    caring and compassionate

    Cons

    none

  • 20. A Wonderful Organization

    by: TimDemp30

    I have supported Best Friends for many years. I truly believe in everything they do. The space is AMAZING! I love that this places gets involved in so many different rescues when others don't (the floods in New Orleans, Michael Vicks dogs, etc.). They truly have the animals best interest in mind. I highly recommend watching "Dogtown" on the National Geographic Channel. It's a great show highlighting this wonderful place.

    Pros

    huge open space, takes it any animals, caring

    Cons

    None

  • 21. I know where my $$ is going when I die!!!

    by: BattleCats

    We recently visited Best Friends during a Las Vegas vacation, what a great experiance. We loved that they are no-kill. The dog shelter and cat shelter is incredible. We have put this shelter in our will and try to give money whenever we can. What a great group!

    Pros

    No-Kill

    Cons

    None

  • 22. a special place

    by: winkman

    I donate to this wonderful organization all the time. They take in animals that would otherwise be euthanized and give them a second chance. Their adoption stories are so heart-warming when I read their magazine. Well done!

    Pros

    a place for the saddest animals to be loved

    Cons

    there are none

  • 23. Such a Wonderful Organization

    by: hmdi

    I have read so much about Best Friends for years. I think they set the standard for what we all want to become as shelters. Wonderful place.

    Pros

    I think they are great in every way

    Cons

    no

  • 24. Amazing place

    by: silljcola

    I've never been to Best Friends but I've been donating to them since elementary school. I love what they've done for the animals with both "No More Homeless Pets" and their no-kill policies. This seems like an amazing place located in Utah where no animals are turned down and they can have a safe and happy place to live. Recently, they've taken in 22 of the pitt bulls from Michael Vick's Bad Newz Kennels and are resocializing them. It is a wonderful place for animals!!

    Pros

    help so much

    Cons

    none

  • 25. My dream vacation

    by: auntadaira

    My dad has been a contributor to this organization for years. He has shared his magazines with me and pamphlets. Someday he and I plan to go there and work for a week. I would love to see this place. They are so informative and really care a lot about our four-legged creatures.

    Pros

    Great people

    Cons

    None

  • 26. A Great Organizaiton

    by: GusSexauer

    I've only heard about it but would love to visit maybe someday if I'm out West. They helped one of the shelter dogs find a home that had been there for 2 years.

    Pros

    A wonderful place as seen on TV

    Cons

    Wish they were closer to home or had another one on the East Coast

  • 27. Have Great Admiration

    by: CarolMajernik

    I have read about them in their magazine. This must be an awesome place.

    Pros

    The Greatest Place

    Cons

    none

  • 28. Great place!

    by: Westwarwickaco

    This is a wonderful place where animals can go and never have a care in the world if they get adopted or not.

    Pros

    animals have a forever home even if they don't get adopted

    Cons

    none

  • 29. fantastic place

    by: pjw

    This sanctuary is totally amazing. They care for so many animals and not just here in the US.They are the best.

    Pros

    complete dedication

    Cons

    none

  • 30. Inspirational

    by: jinxkitty

    Best Friends is such an inspirational place. I love to visit their web site and read about what they're doing. I hope I can visit one day.

    Pros

    educational

    Cons

    none

  • 31. an amazing organization!

    by: LaurenS

    Best Friends is wonderful. What else can I say? Hmm, I can add, thank you for fighting against the euthanization of Michael Vick's dogs, winning the fight, and then bringing the pitties to live at your sanctuary. It made me cry to see the first pictures and videos Best Friends released with "Vick's" dogs, snuggling with people and safe at last. That case is just a tiny drop in the huge ocean of stories of saving lives at Best Friends. I'm visiting the sanctuary in May.

    Pros

    leaders of the "no kill" movement, extensive spay and neuter campaigns for public, etc.

    Cons

    i wish there was a sanctuary like this in every US state, but... . can't save em all

  • 32. Their name says it all

    by: mwhitt

    i have seen articles on Best Friends,and seen things on TV about them.i would like to donate money to them,but feel like i need to keep the money locally at our shelter.they look like they do things the right way.Even though it is an awesome place,the animals should not live their whole lives there,they need homes.

    Pros

    look like they do everything right

    Cons

    too far away from me

  • 33. Best Sanctuary anywhere

    by: 5doglady

    Best Friends has to be the greatest sanctuary around not to mention the biggest. I support them over 100%. Just reading their stories on the internet and their magazine they care deeply for every animal no matter what the circumstance. Their Dogtown program is the greatest show.I hope to visit at the sanctuary some day. I can't wait!!!!

    Pros

    A heaven on earth

    Cons

    NONE!!!!!

  • 34. Totally Amazing Place

    by: gettadog

    Totally amazing place ! And we are all a little bit envious,what we all could do with such a place.And the admiration from us all to this place is sincere.A major thumbs up to you Best friends !

    Pros

    fantastic

    Cons

    A little envious

  • 35. A wonder sanctuary!

    by: bjbean

    This is a wonderful animal sanctuary. The animals are treated very well and are able to stay for as long as they need. It is a true sanctuary existing purely for the animals.

    Pros

    Beautiful location, great animal care

    Cons

    None

  • 36. One of the best in the country - if not the best

    by: DebbieKelley

    This is one of the most dedicated best sanctuaries in the US - they are wonderful, caring people and they deserve praise and support from anywhere and everywhere. They are true angels to our precious animals.

    Pros

    every one you can think of

    Cons

    no cons at all

  • 37. Sounds like a very good shelter

    by: lmpickford

    Sounds very well run by compassionate staff and volunteers.

    Pros

    No-kill shelter

    Cons

    None

  • 38. Dogtown

    by: cgregorat

    I love this place!! I wish i lived in Utah so i could work there. I wish every state had an animal sanctuary like Best Friends. Dogs are allowed to be dogs and whether they are bad, good, disabled, old, young or feral, they are all given a new lease on life and treated w/respect & lots of love. New show on National Geographic, Fri nights - starts again in the summer- great great show. Shows how they run the place & they have taken all of Michael Vic's dogs & they all are in a good place.

    Pros

    everything

    Cons

    nothing

  • 39. excellent shelter

    by: PhyllisKatzen

    they have really made this into a haven for animals that need to be rescued

    Pros

    wonderful rescue group

    Cons

    none

  • 40. One day I hope to visit

    by: ilovemybacon

    Dogs that are tossed out by society, deemed "unadoptable" and have just been completely given up on...find homes at Best Friends animal sanctuary. I have read so much about them since I found they took in so many Michael Vick dogs. The more I read...the more I admire them. They took in over 20 dogs from his fighting crew...dogs that would have been immediatley put down at a regular shelter...and are working with them, rehabilitating them...and showing them love for the first time. These people have a ticket straight to heaven. I only hope I get the opportunity to visit them one day.

    Pros

    A wonderful place

    Cons

    none

  • 41. great place

    by: Maradeez

    this is a place that you all should visit. they care for all these unwanted pets like they were their own

    Pros

    this really is for our best friends

    Cons

    none

  • 42. Wondeful place

    by: ralffie44

    caring loving people taking care of so many animals

    Pros

    this is a wonderful place

    Cons

    none

  • 43. wonder ful place

    by: Freeport

    michael vick should have to pay them for the cost of caring for the dogs

    Pros

    wonderful place

    Cons

    none

  • 44. A life changing experience!

    by: ympina

    I had been a member for years prior to visiting in May 2006. I volunteered with dogs, cats, horses, and birds.\n\nWe took a dog on a sleep over and we fell in love and had to bring him home with us.\n\nThe facility is huge!!! Watch the show Dogtown on National Geographic Channel to see just how beautiful it is there!\n\nThe staff is composed of truly beautiful and compassionate people that have hearts of gold - they LOVE every animal. The sanctuary has a cafe open for lunch in which they serve the most delicious vegetarian and vegan lunch!\n\nI loved this place so much I dream of working their one day!!!

    Pros

    Beautiful animals and people!

    Cons

    Can't think of any....

  • 45. Lots of wonderful things

    by: syingling

    This is a wonderful rescue organization that is a major player in the efforts to create a no-kill country and world. Beautiful shelter, dedicated caring workers and volunteers, they epitimize what a animal shelter is all about.

    Pros

    Wonderful group

    Cons

    none

  • 46. Love their good work

    by: Maisiemom

    I have been a contributer to Best Friends for the past year. I love getting their magazine and emails with all of the loving animal news. It is truley and amazing place. I would love to get out there soon.

    Pros

    Extremely well funded and provide great vet care

    Cons

    Too far from where I live

  • 47. Heaven

    by: RosieGirl

    I was a supporter for years and greatly enjoyed their magazine. They take in all kinds of animals and can mobilize in response to disasters and other mass rescues.\r\n\r\nI was fortunate enough to finally go and visit last year and it lived up to my expectations. The animals have wonderful places to live, receive the best care and the staff put their hearts and souls into everything they do.

    Pros

    Do wonderful things for all types of animals

    Cons

    none

  • 48. A piece of heaven on earth!

    by: dorcaf

    I have contributed for several years. They are the best!!!\nI love that they have the Angel Memorial for us pet parents who have lost a loved one.

    Pros

    I would like to go there someday.

    Cons

    none

  • 49. A Terrific Organization

    by: DawgByte

    My wife and I went here a few years ago. (She has gone back since and I wish we could go again soon.)\nThis is a wonderful place. The amount of property they have is incredible. We volunteered and did it all from horses to rabbits. \nThey have taken many dogs, throughout the US, that would have been put down because of attacks. The feral cat room is so cool. To see all those cats living under one roof and not out in the elements is a wonderful sight.\nI cannot wait to go again.

    Pros

    A terrific organization in a beautiful place

    Cons

    none

  • 50. Amazing!

    by: acart1170

    I visited the sanctuary to volunteer and it truly an experience. The animals are very well cared for, the facilities are incredible, the staff is highly dedicated and the views are breathtaking. I can't say enough.\r\n\r\nIt's a transforming experience to spend time there. I highly recommend it to everyone.

    Pros

    A real experience

    Cons

    Hard to get to