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Family Vacations in Utah

Family Vacations in Utah: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Photo courtesy Clay Myers. Best Friends Brigades help to bring about no more homeless pets in communities throughout the country.

The largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the United States, Best Friends is located in Kanab, Utah, at the heart of the famous Golden Circle of national parks: Zion, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Lake Powell. It houses about 1,500 dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, rabbits, birds,­ goats, and other animals. Each animal is named, fed, and housed in clean and comfortable surroundings, and a lucky 75 percent of them are adopted into happy homes.

Visitors are welcome year-round, and free, guided tours are offered daily. After the tour, visitors can volunteer to help out with the canine residents of Dogtown or play with the felines in Cat World. There are pigs aplenty and an abundance of bunnies just waiting to be petted.

Guests who want to spend the night can reserve a cottage overlooking the horse pastures, and they are encouraged to take a dog home for a sleepover in their cabins. It's a good way for the sanctuary to determine the dog's socialization skills, and many visitors fall in love with their animal guests and make arrangements to adopt them.

The next article explores a different kind of sanctuary -- Utah's Temple Square is a beacon of peace and beauty. Continue to the next page to find out more.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Information

Address: 5001 Angel Canyon Rd

Kanab, UT

Telephone: 435/644-2001

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