What makes Best Friends Animal Sanctuary so special

COVID-19 UPDATE: As of Monday, March 16, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary will be closed to all visitors and non-local volunteers until further notice. Best Friends cares deeply about the health and well-being of our staff and visitors and, although this is a difficult decision to make, we believe it is the best thing to do for everyone’s welfare. You can find additional information here along with contact information should you have any questions or concerns.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is located in the majestic red rock of Angel Canyon, just outside the town of Kanab in southern Utah. Covering 3,700 acres, it is situated at the heart of the famous Golden Circle, close to Zion National Park, the Grand Canyon National Park’s north rim, Bryce Canyon National Park and Lake Powell.

A refuge for dogs, cats and many other animals in need

The Sanctuary is home to about 1,600 homeless dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses, pigs, goats, mules, sheep, burros and wildlife. They come to the Sanctuary from far and wide. Some are ill, some have been neglected or abused, and all are in need of TLC. But once they arrive at this safe haven, they receive everything they need to thrive ― physically, emotionally and psychologically. For those pets who aren’t eventually adopted, Best Friends provides them with lifetime care.

A special place full of history

Angel Canyon, a mecca for people who love animals and nature, is world famous as the backdrop for dozens of movies and television shows going back to the 1930s, including the popular TV series The Lone Ranger and the movies McKenna’s Gold and The Outlaw Josey Wales. Thousands of years before cowboys set eyes on Angel Canyon, the ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) people built a peaceful and enduring culture and left behind many ancient dwellings and petroglyphs, all of which makes the canyon a compelling place to visit.

We invite you to learn more about this wonderful place.