Welcome to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
On any given day, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is the healing home for up to 1,600 dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, horses, pigs and other animals.
The largest sanctuary of its kind in the U.S., Best Friends has become the heart of a collaborative no-kill movement, and a model for the future of animal welfare.
Today, because of people like you and rescues and shelters around the country, we will bring the entire nation to no-kill by 2025.
Explore what makes the Sanctuary extraordinary
Tucked into the majestic canyons of southern Utah, the Sanctuary is truly a place like no other. See for yourself what a magical place it is.
Red-rock vistas meet endless blue skies as the sweet smell of sage lingers in the air. The beauty of the landscape is dwarfed only by the exquisite show of resilience and trust of the animals who come here — and by the love and compassion offered by Best Friends’ members, volunteers and caregivers.
Dogtown: A chance to grow and thrive
Life-changing care — from healing broken bones to mending broken hearts — and loving companionship are part of each pup’s journey.
Cat World: Custom care for cats and kittens
Whether they’re shy and scared, friendly and playful, or have special needs, Cat World provides a comforting place for every kind of feline.
See Cat World
Horse Haven: Health and healing for horses and other equines
Horse Haven residents receive not only outstanding medical and farrier care, but love, attention and room to run.
See Horse Haven
Marshall’s Piggy Paradise: A place to snuffle and play
Mud baths, healthy food, social time, exercise and enrichment are all part of the program here.
See Marshall’s Piggy Paradise
Bunny House: A home for happy hoppers
The Bunny House offers companionship with other rabbits, expert veterinary care and places to dig and explore.
See Bunny House
Parrot Garden: Refuge for feathered friends
In this light-filled, tropical environment, rescued parrots are assured the mental and social stimulation they need to thrive.
See Parrot Garden
Know before you go
The Sanctuary is an incredibly special place, and here’s everything you need to know to ensure that your visit is amazing. Remember, tours and volunteer shifts tend to fill up quickly, so be sure to book in advance.
Tours and volunteering
Accessibility and animals
Make the most of your stay
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Join our online community
We hope you enjoyed your visit to the Sanctuary, and the animals hope you will stay connected!
See Best Friends Animal Sanctuary with our smartphone app
Take a self-guided tour of the world's largest no-kill animal sanctuary for homeless pets and meet the animals who call it their home-between-homes.
Compassion in action
Read more about the lifesaving work going on every day and the devotion of our animal caregivers.
Meet the Caregiver: Ashley McDaniel
“The great thing about working with animals is that they bring so much life into my work, and each day is so rewarding.”
A recent grad’s journey
Meet the Caregiver: Brianna Vlach
A champion for misunderstood animal’s gives the residents at Wild Friends what they need to thrive.
The joys of caring for Wild Friends
Meet the Caregiver: Elle Greer
Elle Greer’s passion for rescue work and parrots brought her to Best Friends, but we think she stays for the dance parties.
Elle’s love for rescue
Meet the Caregiver: Sondra Lewis
A move across the country to be a part of the lifesaving work at Best Friends leads to the Bunny House.
The satisfaction of working with bunnies