Training workshops and classes for pet lovers and animal shelter professionals offered at Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah

Best Friends Animal Society offers a variety of on-site animal workshops and retreats 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 or call 435-644-2001 ext. 4317. We look forward to seeing you here!

How to Start and Run an Animal Sanctuary
2016: June 19-25, October 9-15
2017: March 19-25, June 18-24, October 15-21
Cost: $650
The University of Utah is an educational partner and adviser 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. Learn more >

Giving Heart: A Retreat to Replenish the Animal Lover's Soul
2017: May 19-21
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 Animal Society, 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
2016: November 3-5
2017: November 2-4
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 Animal Society 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. Learn more >

Feline Literacy: The ABC's of Care for Rescue Cats
2016: October 6-8
2017: October 5-7
Cost: $300
Led by Michelle Warfle, Cat World manager at Best Friends, this class covers a variety of topics. You’ll learn how to care for cats with medical issues and special needs, and how to provide them with the best quality of life. You’ll also learn more about trap/neuter/return (TNR), cat enrichment and socialization. Attendees will receive classroom-style information and experience hands-on practice through interaction with Cat World caregivers and cats. Learn more >

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.

Please note: If you attend the first class in the series but are unable to come back for the second two in the same year, you are welcome to register in the following years.

  • Foundation Skills for Working with Dogs — 2017: April 6-8 or May 4-6 Cost: $300
  • Using Your Foundation to Develop Dog Handling Skills — 2017: August 15-18 Cost: $400
  • Fine Tuning your Dog Handling Skills — 2017: September 12-15 or October 24-27 Cost: $400

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Register for a Best Friends Animal Society training workshop or retreat today

To request more information or to register for a training workshop, please send an email to Or you can call us, 435-644-2001 ext. 4317. We look forward to seeing you here!