The Best Friends Visitor Center

The Best Friends Visitor Center, located in the heart of Kanab, is an interactive educational center for tourists to learn more about Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, our national programs and, of course, the animals. Folks will have the opportunity to sign up for Sanctuary tours, get information on volunteering, grab a tasty drink, and even meet a few adorable, adoptable pets! Be sure to check out our upcoming events, like Kittens & Coffee and Paint Your Pet's Portrait, listed below. 

235 South 100 East in Kanab, Utah
Across from Glazier’s Market
435-644-8584

Important travel information

The Virgin River Gorge

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced Monday that motorists should be prepared for around-the-clock restrictions and intermittent delays on Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge beginning in early April and continuing through spring 2020.

During the first phases of the construction, northbound and southbound I-15 will be narrowed to one lane between mileposts 13 and 16, which will cause delays, especially during high-traffic times. ADOT is advising motorists to slow down and use caution around construction personnel and equipment. Drivers should also prepare to merge into the other lane.
Alternate route: Those seeking an alternate route to avoid traffic can take Highway 91, which can save travel time and reduce congestion in the

Virgin River Gorge

The highway bypasses the gorge entirely, intersecting with I-15 at Exit 8 in Littlefield, Arizona, to the south and connecting to St. George at the north via Santa Clara and Sunset Boulevard. Attached is a map showing this alternate route. St. George Airport Closure The St. George airport will be closed to all flights from May 29-Sept. 26, 2019, for the runway repair and replacement project.
Alternate airport: Please keep in mind that you can fly into Cedar City, Utah, which is the same distance to Kanab as St. George, usually cheaper and the drive is very scenic.

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Summer hours (March - October): Sunday - Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. & Thursday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. MT
Winter hours (November - February): Closed Sundays/Mondays. Open Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. MT


UPCOMING EVENTS AT VISITOR CENTER


Every Thursday, 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Paint Class

This class is a fun and relaxing way to make a memory and create a painting that will remind you of your time here at the nation's largest animal sanctuary. Local artist and instructor, Jennifer Andrews, will walk you through painting a desert sunset in a animal silhouette.  Class is $25 per person and includes an 9x12 canvas, paints, brushes, artist instruction, and light refreshments. No prior painting experience is needed and all ages are welcome!  November thru March classes will be held at the Best Friends Visitor Center in town.  
Contact Jennifer at paintyourpetpics@gmail.com or call  435-689-1324.

Paintings of a silhouette horse and dog with sunsets within them Best Friends Save Them All logo

Every Friday, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. MT: Paint Your Pet's Portrait

Come paint a custom portrait of your pet at Best Friends Visitor Center in town. Local artist and instructor, Jennifer Andrews, will walk you through painting over a copy of your pet's photo to create your very own Pet Portrait. Class is $25 per person and includes an 9x12 canvas, paints, brushes, artist instruction, and light refreshments. No prior painting experience is needed and all ages are welcome! 

Don't have a pet? No problem! Thumb through one of the many Best Friends' magazines to find an animal of your liking or email a web image to visitorcenter@bestfriends.org and we'll print it out for you.

Space is limited! Email paintyourpetpics@gmail.com to reserve your spot.


Every Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. MT: Kittens & Coffee

Join us for free coffee and free snuggles from adorable, adoptable kittens. Come for the buzz, stay for the fuzz!

If you live in Kane County, stop by during this time to meet Best Friends' Foster Program Coordinator and find out how you can be a foster home for homeless pets. 


Every Saturday, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. MT: Puppy Socialization Class

Help us prepare Best Friends' puppies for their future! Puppies need to be socialized to the big wide world so that they won’t be afraid of new situations, objects, sounds, people and other animals. You can come and help us socialize and train them! Space is limited. Please make a reservation online by clicking here and selecting the next Saturday on the calendar. 

Requirements to attend: No personal pets are allowed at this class. Must be 10 years or older to attend this class and if under 18 years old, a parent or guardian must be present. All participants will be required to sign a volunteer waiver form. 

*Classes are dependent on puppy availability. We will notify you if class is canceled due to puppy adoptions or unpredictable circumstances. 


Monthly Trainer Talks, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. MT: Ask-A-Trainer

The Dogtown Behavior Consultants from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary will choose a dog behavior topic or demonstration to focus on during each session. 

Dogtown Behavior Consultants use the most current scientific evidence supported relationship based training practices to help dogs get adopted. There will be plenty of time for Q&A session afterwards, so bring all your dog behavior and training related questions. No reservations needed! 

Upcoming 2019 Scheduled Topics:
January 24: Brain Games : Keep your dog busy this Winter!  
February 21: Fear Free Handling: How to help your dog be comfortable at the vet  Canceled
March 28: Intro to clicker training
April 18: Helping Shy Dogs  
May 16: Integrating a New Dog Into Your Home
June 6/27: Agility at home
July 18: Potty training
August 22: Enrichment
September 19: Body Language 
October 17: Managing dogs on Halloween
November 28: Reactivity
December  19: Setting up your puppy for success