Workshops

Best Friends offers a variety of on-site workshops throughout the year designed to educate and support you in your efforts to help the animals. For more information and registration forms, contact us at workshops@bestfriends.org or call (435) 644-3965 ext. 4317. We look forward to seeing you here!

How to Start and Run an Animal Sanctuary
2015: March 22-28, June 7-13, October 11-17 Cost: $650
If your dream is to provide a safe haven for animals in your community, you'll want to check out this intensive, weeklong workshop covering the basics of starting and running your own sanctuary. This class is designed so that you can see the physical, administrative and emotional sides involved in such an effort.

The University of Utah is an educational partner and advisor for the How to Start and Run an Animal Sanctuary workshops. Interested attendees can apply for an accredited certificate from the University of Utah that they will receive upon completion of this program. Read more about this workshop >

Giving Heart Retreat: A Workshop to Replenish the Animal Lover's Soul
2015: May 15-17 Cost: $300
In the beautiful natural setting of Angel Canyon, you will experience a one-of-a-kind retreat designed to rejuvenate your giving spirit by nurturing the whole person: body, mind and soul. Dr. Linda Harper, a clinical psychologist specializing in pet loss grief and other distinctive needs of animal lovers, and Faith Maloney, one of the founders of Best Friends, will facilitate the sessions. The retreat is designed to help you find the peace of mind, purpose and fulfillment that the animal lover's exceptional journey offers. Learn More >

Above and Beyond: Facing the Challenges of Animals with Special Needs
2014: November 6-8 Cost: $300
Dr. Linda Harper and Dr. Frank McMillan, DVM are the workshop co-leads. Dr. Harper is a clinical psychologist specializing in pet loss grief; Dr. Frank is our Director of Well-Being Studies. Faith Maloney, Best Friends co-founder, will be hosting. The course will focus on how to provide enriching environments for shelter and foster animals and on how to increase their chances of being adopted. 

Feline Literacy: The ABC's of Care for Rescue Cats
2014: October 2-4 Cost: $300
We have tails to tell! Digging deep into the kitty box, this class will uncover everything you want to know and need to know about rescue cats. Call now and reserve your space in the litter!

Best Friends Dog Behavior and Handling Workshops
Best Friends offers a three-part dog behavior and handling program designed to help you improve your relationships with the dogs in your life.

  • Foundation Skills for Working with Dogs—2015: April 9-11, May 7-9 Cost: $300
  • Using Your Foundation to Develop Dog Handling Skills—2015: September 15-18 Cost: $400
  • Fine Tuning your Dog Handling Skills—2015: October 20-23, November 10-13 Cost: $400
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A Foundation for Success: Skills for Rescued Horses and Horse Rescues
2014: October 20-24 Cost: $650
Horses and Horse Rescues both require a solid foundation to progress and thrive. This 5 day hands-on workshop brings together 4* Parelli Instructor Ryan Rose's expertise as a horseman with Best Friends many years of experience as a leader in the animal rescue community. Participants will learn about ways to help horses overcome many common challenges like catching and haltering, leading, trailer loading, farrier and vet prep as well as some tools to help evaluate horses. They'll also build their business skills with information to help the day to day workings of their rescue.

To request more information, please send an email to workshops@bestfriends.org. Or you can call us, (435) 644-3965 ext. 4317. We look forward to seeing you here!