Care For Animals who are Waiting for their Forever Homes
Best Friends Animal Society is the nation’s largest no-kill shelter and home to about 1,700 animals. The Sanctuary takes in dogs, cats, horses, pigs, rabbits, birds, goats, and an assortment of other animals from all across the country, mostly from shelters that do not have resources to rehabilitate the animals. At Best Friends, the animals receive required medical attention, love, and care to help them overcome their past. Most animals will move on to their forever families, but those who can’t be adopted will receive love and care at the sanctuary for the remainder of their lifetime.
You can help Best Friends Animal Society with the routine care for these animals! Help with cleaning, grooming, feeding, or spend time socializing with the animals to help make them more adoptable! Volunteer for a few days or just spend half a day volunteering before heading out to the nearby Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, or Bryce Canyon.
Ages: For safety reasons, minimum age requirements differ according to the animal area where you would like to volunteer. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Read about the different areas below to learn about age requirements.
How You Can Help:
Cats love all of the extra attention from volunteers! Time volunteering in Cat World could include thoroughly cleaning the cat rooms, brushing cats, assisting with feeding and washing dishes, or taking the cats out for harness walks or stroller rides. Children must be at least 6 to volunteer with the cats.
The Bunny House is home to domestic rabbits and there is much to do to keep you busy! Time volunteering here could include cleaning rabbit runs, grooming, chopping veggies, giving the bunnies food and water, making bunny toys, or socializing with the bunnies. Children must be at least 8 to volunteer with the bunnies.
The Parrot Garden is home to around 100 parrots, small and large! Spend your time cleaning bird cages and common bird areas, giving the parrots fresh food and water, bathing the parrots, socializing with them, or making parrot toys. Children must be at least 8 to volunteer with the parrots.
Volunteer in Dogtown and help get dogs ready to find their forever homes. Spend your time cleaning the dog runs and common areas, assisting with feedings, brushing dogs, walking dogs, or socializing with them. You may even be able to take a dog on a special outing or sleepover! Children must be 10 years old to volunteer with the dogs and children under 14 cannot walk dogs by themselves.
Care for potbellied pigs in Piggy Paradise! Volunteers can clean pig houses and maintain the common areas, chop veggies and prepare food, assist in feeding and watering, groom pigs, walk pigs, or socialize with the pigs. Children must be 12 years old to volunteer with pigs.
Horse Haven is home to not only horses, but also donkeys, mules, sheep, and goats. Volunteers can help with cleaning the trailer, feeding animals, grooming animals, walking the animals, and socializing with the animals. Please keep in mind that riding horses is not an option. Children must be at least 12 to volunteer in Horse Haven.
Rabbit Rescue Village
Care for lots of wild rabbits at the Rabbit Rescue Village. Clean rabbit runs, prepare food and help with feeding, fill water bowls, brush the rabbits, or create bunny toys. Children must be at least 15 to volunteer in Rabbit Rescue Village.
Additional Volunteer Info:
Two volunteer shifts are available every day of the year from 8:15-11:30 a.m. and 1:15-4:00 p.m. Their biggest need for volunteers is during the winter months, when volunteer numbers are down. Volunteer shifts can fill quickly, so it’s best to schedule as far in advance as possible! Best Friends has an easy online scheduling system where you can schedule your shift as far as two years out. Closed-toe shoes are mandatory and long pants are highly recommended. Be sure to have your own vehicle during you visit as the Sanctuary is spread across over 3,000 acres!
Contact Info: Here is a list of all of their contact info.
Bonus: Want to tour Best Friends Animal Society? Tours of the Sanctuary are offered daily at 8:30AM, 10:00AM, 1:00PM and 2:30PM. Just call the Welcome Center at 435-644-2001, ext. 4537 to schedule.
*All images and video courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society