Book your dream vacation to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah!

Volunteer shifts must be scheduled as far in advance as possible. Each animal area has a maximum number of volunteers it can accommodate during each shift. To get started, please visit or contact the Sanctuary Volunteer Department at or 435-644-2001, ext. 4119.

We truly appreciate the wonderful work our volunteers do towards making a difference in the animals’ lives and would love to welcome you as a volunteer.

Every year, thousands of volunteers and visitors come to the Sanctuary, so planning ahead is important. Due to demand, some tours are booked months in advance. So, we recommend planning your experience here before booking flights. Remember, the Sanctuary operates on the Mountain Time Zone.

See an overview of the whole Sanctuary, spend time at a specific animal area or even go on a guided hike!

Spend some quality one-on-one time with the animals. Start by creating your volunteer profile, then book shifts.

Stay in a cottage, cabin or an RV site on the Sanctuary grounds. Availability is limited, so keep in mind these other local options.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
5001 Angel Canyon Road
Kanab, Utah 84741-5000
Welcome Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT, every day except Christmas


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.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. 


Add-ons and seasonal opportunities


Meeting adoptable pets
If you’re thinking about adopting a new best friend during your visit, please contact our adoptions team early for an appointment. You can start by filling out an adoption survey or emailing And be sure to check out our adoption specials, which often offer reduced or free adoption fees and free flights home for your new pet (anywhere in the U.S. and Canada).  

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Local events
Check out weekly animal-themed events, such as Bunny Yoga and Paint Your Pet’s Portrait, featured at our visitor center in downtown Kanab.

Looking for an educational opportunity? Be sure to take a look at our wide range of Sanctuary workshops.

For more educational opportunities for students, learn about our internships and externships.