New Year's Resolutions

The end of the year is approaching and one by one we begin to think of our New Year’s resolutions.

You know the ones we try so hard to keep, but after a few weeks they sort of slip by the wayside.

This year I would like to recommend a new approach.

Instead of making resolutions you know you will not keep, how about making at least one that you know you will keep.

You are visiting this site because you have an interest in animals and what better way is there, to start the New Year, then offering to support a place where animals are cared for.

A small monthly donation, to an animal charity of your choice, is not only a tax deduction, but a way to make you feel that you are making the world a better place, one little step at a time.

There are many organizations that need your help.

Your local animal shelter always need cash donations, donations of food and bedding for the animals.

National organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, specific animal rescue programs, feral cat programs are just few of the places that need your donations.

Caring of unwanted animals is a very big job and any help you can give, big or small is always appreciated.

With that thought in mind, I am going to tell you about one of my “mostest” favorite places to send money to, Best Friends Animal Society.

The work this sanctuary does is overwhelming, on any given day there are at least 1,500 animals in residence there.

Best Friends is located at Angel Canyon in the Golden Circle of Southern Utah. It houses not only cats and dogs, but horses, rabbits, birds, pigs and any other critter that needs a home.

In Utah, Best Friends manages a No More Homeless Pets campaign, with shelters and humane groups, to ensure that every healthy cat and dog that is born will have a happy home.

If that is not enough, Best Friends reaches across our nation, helping humane groups, individual people and entire communities to set up spay/neuter programs, shelters and foster and adoption programs in their own neighborhoods, cities and states.

When a national disaster strikes, Best Friends is there to help. The animals left homeless from Hurricane Katrina were helped by hundreds of volunteers, vets and other caring people, associated with Best Friends.

Today, there are still hundreds of animals without their human parents, being cared for by Best Friends and their volunteers in the New Orleans area. No animal will be left uncared for, if Best Friends has anything to do with it.

Best Friends is supported entirely by donations and most of the workers are volunteers.

Many young people spend part of their vacations working at Best Friends as volunteers. Organizations such as World Horizons offer community service trips for teens.

Many families that are aware of Best Friends, plan their family vacations around a trip to Utah to volunteer at the sanctuary.

No matter what condition an animal is in, when it comes to the sanctuary, it is treated with the best of medical care.

Animals are treated medically, socialized if needed and obedience trained, so that they can fit back into a family situation and if, due to no fault of their own, animals that cannot be adopted out, have a home for life.

Best Friends will do everything and almost anything to help an animal or animals, take for instance 1,000 rabbits found living in a back yard in Reno, Nevada with more being born each day. To date, the spay and neuter program is complete and the grand total is 1,600 rabbits.

To help with this massive project after the spay and neuter program was completed, nine organizations from around the country helped by taking some of the bunnies for adoption, while other organizations helped with the transporting of the furry ones.

Best Friends still has several hundred bunnies looking for a “forever home.”

You can visit Best Friends everyday, but Christmas, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time.) The sanctuary is very large and some animal areas are miles from each other.

Guided tours are offered 4 times daily and need to be booked in advance. You can e-mail them at “” or call at (435)644-2001, ext. 0.

This wonderful organization takes animals from all over the country, that no one else can or will help.

A love of animals along with your donations keeps this sanctuary in operation.

In my mind, there is no cause more worthy of your help than Best Friends and once you become aware of what they do and how they serve our animal population you will be as enamored with them as I am.

For more information see Best Friends Animal Society.

Their address is:

  • Best Friends Animal Society
  • 5001 Angel Canyon Road
  • Kanab, UT 84741
  • (435)644-2001

    Thank you for caring.


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