Person kneeling next to dog overlooking canyon at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Welcome to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Anyone who visits the Sanctuary will tell you: There’s just something special about this place. What makes it special? Maybe it’s that, for centuries, this land was considered sacred by those who lived here. Perhaps it’s that Angel Canyon looks like a piece of paradise. Or maybe it’s that nearly 40 years ago, a group of friends saw its potential — its power to save lives.

On any given day, up to 1,600 animals call Best Friends Animal Sanctuary a home-between-homes. Dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, horses, pigs and other barnyard animals come here from all over the country, each and every one seeking a safe haven where they can find love and acceptance. Some of these wonderful pets were abused, some were abandoned, many have special needs, and others simply didn’t have a safe place to call home.

No matter what their pasts were like, when the animals arrive here, they get everything they need, both physically and emotionally, to find healing and, eventually, loving homes. And for the few who are never quite ready for adoption, Best Friends is their loving home for life.

Experience the magic of the Sanctuary for yourself by going on a tour. You can take a self-guided tour or schedule a tour at the Best Friends Welcome Center.

Go on a self-guided Sanctuary tour

Discover the Sanctuary’s best hikes and sights. Download the self-guided Sanctuary tour brochure and start exploring today.

How to have the best Sanctuary experience

Your first stop? Visit the welcome center. Shop for some Best Friends gear, get a bite to eat, take some awesome photos and don’t forget to tag us (@bestfriends #bfas). You can also sign up for some other tours.

Don't forget to visit the Best Friends Roadhouse and the Best Friends Visitor Center. Located in downtown Kanab, the Roadhouse and the visitor center are two extensions of the Sanctuary. The Roadhouse offers a wonderful pet-centric lodging experience, and at the visitor center, you can learn more about Best Friends and our work.

Be aware and stay safe.

The Sanctuary is located in a high desert environment and you might encounter rattlesnakes and other wildlife. Please be alert about your surroundings when hiking.

Dress for the weather. It gets very hot here during the summer months. We recommend hats, sunblock and hiking boots or closed-toe shoes.

Bring a water bottle. The desert environment is very dry, so we recommend carrying a water bottle to stay hydrated. If you happen to forget, bottled water is sold at the welcome center.

How you can help homeless pets

Become a Best Friends member. With your gift of $25 or more, you can become a member of Best Friends and help save the lives of homeless dogs and cats across the country. As a member, you’ll get a free subscription to the bimonthly Best Friends magazine, which is full of beautiful photos and heartwarming stories.

Experience the Sanctuary from home

Can’t visit the Sanctuary in person? No problem. You can experience the magic of the Sanctuary from home with our virtual reality (VR) tour.

About Best Friends

Best Friends Animal Society is the leading animal welfare group working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 347,000.

Best Friends runs lifesaving programs all across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working together with a network of thousands of animal welfare and shelter partners and passionate people nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All.