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What makes Best Friends Animal Sanctuary so special

We're open! Our staff is working hard to keep you safe. For more on what you can expect when you visit, see COVID-19: Keeping you safe

Anyone who visits the Sanctuary will tell you: There's just something special about this place.

On any given day, up to 1,600 animals call Best Friends Animal Sanctuary a home-between-homes. Dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, horses, pigs and other barnyard animals come here from all over the country, each and every one seeking a safe haven where they can find refuge, love and acceptance.

Every inch of the Sanctuary - from the majestic red rocks to the thriving animal communities - is filled with hope and kindness shown by caregivers, thousands of volunteers and so many compassionate people like you.

There truly is no place else on earth like Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. If you haven't visited already, or even if you have, we hope you'll come to experience the magic for yourself.

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Tours and volunteer vacations

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Volunteer at the Sanctuary

Volunteers at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary give the animals what they want and need most: personal attention, hands-on care and love. If you want to volunteer, please schedule your shift as early as you can - they fill up fast!

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Book your activities

Ready to experience the magic of the Sanctuary? Let us be your guide. Enjoy a free tour and fall in love with this lifesaving haven that's a home-between-homes for hundreds of animals on any given day. You can even book a sleepover with one of our animals.

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Visitor Accessibility and Service Animals

Best Friends Animal Society is committed to making our facilities accessible to everyone, people and animals alike.

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Explore on Your Own

We recommend booking your activities before booking your travel, as some fill up due to high demand. If a guided activity is full, don't worry. There are lots of opportunities to explore the Sanctuary on your own.

Meeting adoptable pets

Adoptable cat and dog at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

If you're considering adopting a new best friend during your visit, we've made it easy. To get started, find a pet you're interested in, then click "adopt" on that animal's profile and fill out an adoption form. An adoption specialist will be in touch to set up an appointment for you to come and visit.

If you have questions, please email


Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile

Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile

While you're visiting the Sanctuary, experience the warmth of Best Friends hospitality by staying at the Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile. The Roadhouse is our very own pet-centric hotel and your in-town connection to the Sanctuary. The Roadhouse offers you and your pet a home-away-from-home.

Stay at the Roadhouse

Best Friends also has cottages, cabins and RV sites, all conveniently located on the Sanctuary grounds.

Find Places to Stay


Food and gifts

View from the Angel Village Cafe at Best Friends

Eat at Best Friends

A day of fun visiting or volunteering at the Sanctuary will generate an appetite. Be sure to visit the Angel Village café for a delicious vegan boxed lunch for only $5.

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Visit the Sanctuary Store

Bring a little of the Best Friends spirit back home with a trip to the Best Friends Store or the Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile. Keepsakes such as T-shirts, jewelry, pet accessories and more are available for purchase as reminders of your experience. Plus, the proceeds support Best Friends' work to Save Them All.

Can't visit in person? Shop the Store Online »

Location and hours

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Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
5001 Angel Canyon Road
Kanab, UT 84741-5000

The welcome center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT every day except Christmas.

Getting Here