It all started when Chris’ mother said she wanted to visit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. They were on vacation in Las Vegas, and at her mother’s request, they drove four hours to southern Utah to see the Sanctuary. Immediately, they were both entranced by Angel Canyon, the setting for the Sanctuary, and all the animals who call this red rock wonderland their home between homes.

As it turned out, Chris’ mother had been giving for years to Best Friends before she let her daughter in on her secret. Chris had initially thought the Sanctuary was home only to cats and dogs, but as a lover of all animals, especially birds, her mother knew better. After she passed away, she left instructions for memorial gifts to be sent to Best Friends.

Chris followed her mother’s example, and continued to visit the Sanctuary. She was devoted to saving animals, and even adopted a dog from the Sanctuary, whom she named Pesky (after Johnny Pesky from the Red Sox). She was so impressed by her visits that she decided to include Best Friends in her living trust. “One trip out there and you’ll fall in love. It’s one of the best places on earth,” she says.

Like her mother, Chris wants her legacy to be one of kindness to the animals. For her, giving to an organization that is working to Save Them All is well worth it. And by making a designation in her living trust, she’s able to help homeless pets in her own way.

If you or someone you know has a passion for animals and would like to find out more about including Best Friends in a living trust, will or other estate plan, please contact us by email at or by phone at 435-644-2001, ext. 4503. Together, we can Save Them All.