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The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
By Mr. Ed
Last edited: Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Posted: Monday, July 11, 2005

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Quite a Place!








I just returned from my second visit here; and this truly is the most marvelous animal sanctuary that Iíve ever seen; and Iíve visited quite a few of them over the last several years.


Itís called The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, located in Kanab, Utah, and itís one of the largest Ďno killí animal facilities in the entire United States.  On any given day, Best Friends is home to about 1,600 cats, dogs, birds, horses, rabbits, and other animals.


And these abandoned, abused, injured, and homeless creatures come to this sanctuary in one of southern Utahís magnificent red-rock canyons from far and wide. They come for special care from other animal shelters, from animal rescue groups, and from kind-hearted souls who happen upon an animal in need of their assistance.


But once these animals arrive at Best Friends, its extremely dedicated staff makes sure that nothing bad will ever happen to them again.

Many of the waifs who arrive here just need a few weeks of tender loving care before they're ready to go to new homes with new families.


But there are also many animals here who are truly the once sad outcasts of society - unwanted, lame, too traumatized by past abuse, or too old, handicapped, or ill to ever be adopted.  For these lovable, innocent creatures, Best Friends is truly a unique home and haven, and I havenít found anything quite like it anywhere else.



Cat Village


An extremely quiet and peaceful setting when you first step in to one of Cat Village's numerous screened enclosures, but when you soon spot all the magnificent felines all around, peering inquisitively at you, purring delightedly, or affectionately nuzzling up against your leg, you quickly realize - this place is very much alive with felines who finally have found sanctuary.

At Cat Village, these felines truly rule, and every feline here has finally found a safe haven from a far too often extremely cruel world.




All of the many dogs here may have been down on their luck at one time Ė abandoned, abused, homeless - but none of the dogs here at this gigantic complex look sad or forlorn any more.

They are extremely well cared for, and everywhere you go, you're greeted with wagging tails, sheer whelps of excitement, and huge, friendly, extremely happy canine eyes.   And if you linger in Dogtown for awhile to talk to or to pet any of them, youíre often also greeted with big, wet, canine kisses.


Feathered Friends


Here, the parrots and the other marvelous birds are always happily chatting and singing away, and the dedicated staff is always cheerfully chopping veggies and other nutritious bird food in the bright, airy, bird rooms. 


Best Friends also has Horse Haven, The Bunny House, and Wild Friends, where numerous injured and sick wild creatures are skillfully rehabilitated and then released back into the wild.

And the work of The Best Friends Animal Society isnít restricted to the state of Utah.  Their Animal Network reaches across the entire nation, helping humane groups, individuals, and entire communities to set up and maintain spay/neuter, shelter, foster, and adoption programs in their own neighborhoods, cities, and states.


I was so impressed with what I learned on my first visit here several years ago that I quickly volunteered for their national pet transport program, helping many other volunteers around the U.S. to get dogs and cats to their new adoptive homes Ė sometimes clear across the country.


Since I was heading back east after this particular visit, I transported a marvelous hound dog named Rosebud 1,500 miles to her new loving home in Illinois; and she was truly a wonderful traveling companion, and a very sweet canine.


Helping Best Friends


The mission of Best Friends is driven by the simple philosophy that kindness to animals helps build a better world for all of us. And the work of Best Friends is supported entirely through the donations of members and supporters, and by numerous volunteer efforts.


Through the generous hearts and hands of people like you, its goal is to ensure that every  animal who comes into the care of Best Friends will never again be alone, hungry, sick, afraid, or in pain.


Your donations help these animals at the Best Friends Sanctuary, and also help support their No More Homeless Pets campaign.  You can also make a donation in memory of a beloved pet or person; you can sponsor one of the many pets or wild animals truly in need at the sanctuary; and you can volunteer your time and effort to one of their many animal outreach programs.


To obtain more information about Best Friends, and to learn how you can help their extremely worthy cause, please visit their website:





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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 7/12/2005
enjoyed the read, sounds a lovely spot
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/12/2005
the animals thank you, and so do we who love them! beautiful write, and thank you for sharing! very well done; i applaud you! bravo!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/12/2005
Thank God for little miracles and some "sane" friends!!

Thanks for sharing Eddie!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*ģ Authors & Creations 7/12/2005
Welcome back, dear Ed. This is a marvelous place, indeed, and its founders and carers are, as Rufuz says in few but very correct words, "good people". So are you. Your articles and poetry, drawing our attention to the bad, but simultaneously to the good things being done by mankind, in nature and to the other creatures, are amidst some of the writings expressing the feelings of some of the souls that help me believe that it is within us, and our responsability, and in our capabilities, to keep making a difference for the better. I am incredibly blessed to live with one of those souls, and in reading you, the blessing expands with the notion that... when there are at least two speaking from a good heart, there is HOPE. Silently, I'm thanking Joseph, and wholeheartedly, I thank you, Ed.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 7/11/2005
Ruffie read this and said you are a "good people", his people talk skills need a bit of polishing but I thought you would want his exact words...he thanks you for your loving of his fellow doggies & says if they rise up and take over the world, they will make you someone special...RUFUZ & ed
Reviewed by Cynthia Borris 7/11/2005

I was wondering where you were. Should have known you'd vacation at a place close to your heart.

Reviewed by George Carroll 7/11/2005
Sounds like heaven on earth for all these once- upon- a- time pets. I can see why they offered you a job anytime you want one. They recognize a pet angel on earth.
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 7/11/2005
Ed, As soon as I saw that picture I knew it was UT! You truly grabbed hold of my heart on this one and that is Fantastic and I truly will feel so much better and feel so much Peace knowing that so many critters are taken care of with no fears of anything bad happening to them.
Thank you so much Ed and you know I will be sending a donation and sponsoring one of the pets. If only I had a bigger place and fatter bank account I'd adopt a few (hundred) too. Thanks So Much Ed.
I know right where Kanab is too!! right off I-15.
Thanks Ed!! Thanks so Very Much for being YOU!!
All our love xoox42
Tracey and gang
Give them kisses and hugs to Little General Gabby Your Wife and kids too. Don't ferget you!!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/11/2005

Sounds like Heaven. :) Good on them, and good on you for telling us about it! Thank you, on behalf of our furry friends!

(((((HUGS))))) and love, Karla. :)

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