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A place like no other
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is the very heart of the organization and our lifesaving work around the country.

Each day is a bright new beginning as caregivers provide love, companionship and rehabilitation to pets simply looking for kindness and the chance for a life in a loving home. 

During your visit, you’ll see healing and compassion in action. You can volunteer directly with the animals in one of our care centers, tour the grounds and connect with like-minded people committed to making a difference, or simply find serenity in the magnificence of the red rock canyons. 

From the animal areas to the hiking trails to the café and gift store, there’s so much to see, do and experience at Best Friends. There truly is no place else on earth like Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. 

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Tours, activities and volunteering

There’s so much to see, do and experience at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary that it’s hard to know where to begin.

If you’ve never visited before, a grand tour is the best way to take in the beauty of the canyon while getting an overview of the different areas of the Sanctuary. 

Once you’ve gotten the lay of the land, you can focus on the areas that interest you the most. Each of the animal areas has its own tour, so you have the option of taking a deeper dive into particular areas of interest. You can also take a tour of Angels Rest, where beloved animals who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge are placed. A guided hiking tour is also available. 

We suggest that you book tours and volunteer shifts as soon as possible because they tend to fill up early.

Stay with Best Friends

There are a variety of pet-friendly places to stay when visiting Best Friends. Spots tend to fill up well in advance, so we encourage you to reserve early.

The Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, our newest accommodations, is located in the town of Kanab, just a short drive from the Sanctuary. Or make yourself at home at one of Best Friends’ cottages, cabins or RV sites, all conveniently located on the Sanctuary grounds.

Trying to decide where you want to stay? Learn more about our accommodations.

Accessibility and service animals

Best Friends Animal Society welcomes visitors from around the world and we’re committed to making our facilities accessible to everyone.

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Around Kanab

Looking for things to do in the area?

For insider tips on how to plan your trip, stop by the Kane County Office of Tourism and Visitor Center at 78 South 100 East in Kanab. Whether you want information on hiking, backpacking, camping, climbing or mountain biking, the staff at the visitor center are happy to point you in the right direction and help you obtain the necessary permits, if needed.