Male volunteer walking a dog on a leash in front of one of the buildings at Dogtown

Reserve your Sanctuary activities in advance to make the most of your visit.


There's so much to see, do and experience at the 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 red rock canyon while also 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.

How to meet and interact with animals at the Sanctuary

Animals are the very heart and soul of Best Friends, and chances are they're the main reason for your visit. For the safety and comfort of everyone (animals included), visitors are not allowed to spend time in the animal areas unless they are on a tour or volunteering. The best way to get some quality one-on-one animal interaction is to book a volunteer shift. If a certain dog, cat or rabbit piques your interest during your volunteer shift, you can ask your volunteer coordinator about scheduling a sleepover or outing. We do offer some opportunities for drop-in animal interaction at the welcome center, so please plan ahead.

We encourage you to reserve your spot for activities as far in advance as possible. Tours, volunteer opportunities and other activities fill up fast and we want to make sure you get the most out of your visit.

Reserve your spot for a tour

Volunteer during your visit

Drop-in animal interactions