What makes Best Friends Animal Sanctuary so special

Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, along with our Sanctuary and Sanctuary-based lodging, are excited to welcome back guests from all across the country! Starting August 1, to keep visitors, staff members and volunteers healthy and safe, we will transition into our longer-term COVID-19 operating plan. This plan reflects the recommended best practices from current government guidelines and credible medical evidence.

While on Best Friends grounds, we ask everyone to adhere to the following safety measures:

  • Wear a mask.
  • Complete a required health screening questionnaire before being visiting, volunteering or staying in any of our lodging options.
  • Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.
  • Adhere to proper guidelines on social distancing.

Also, Best Friends is dedicated to keeping guests and visitors safe by taking the following measures:

  • Frequent disinfecting of highly touched and high-traffic areas
  • Limiting the number of visitors and volunteers who can access indoor spaces and high-traffic areas
  • Enforcing proper guidelines on social distancing
  • Complying with all CDC, national, state and local laws and guidelines, including any nonlocal stay-at-home orders

Although we are all going through an unprecedented time, we can come together to keep each other safe and healthy as we continue to Save Them All.

Thank you for your commitment to the animals and to each other.

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.