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Monday, August 25, 2008

The Secret Is Out About Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary has been nominated as one of the best "Secret Spots of the West" by readers of the LA Times. The sanctuary is located near Kanab, in southern Utah.

Times Writer Hugo Martín gives insights in this article. Below are excerpts.

"It's so peaceful there. It's just such a beautiful place to go," says Michele Johnson of Los Angeles, in nominating Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah.

Amid these 33,000 acres of sand, juniper and sagebrush, volunteers and sanctuary workers have built air-conditioned shelters, offices, banquet halls and outdoor enclosures to house and care for up to 2,000 abandoned animals, including horses, goats, pigs, birds, dogs, cats and rabbits. The rescued animals include 22 dogs confiscated from NFL quarterback Michael Vick's kennels in the Virginia dog-fighting case. The sanctuary is a short drive from Zion National Park, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, an easy side trip for vacationers enjoying some of the Southwest's best national parks.

As I drove across the Utah desert from Las Vegas, I wondered why people would spend their precious few vacation days caring for abandoned animals under the hot summer sun. You'd have to be a bit nutty to trade in a day of hiking through Zion's sweet clover and Indian paintbrushes to scoop up horse manure or refill dog bowls at an animal sanctuary, right?


  • At 9:30 AM, Blogger Rachel Elizabeth said…

    I've been involved with this charity for a long while now and am happy to see they are getting some recognition. In fact I am doing Blogathon 2009 for them. Check out this link to sign up and sponsor me.


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