Posts Tagged ‘Best Friends Animal Sanctuary’

Puppy Therapy

sleeppuppyThis is my kind of slumber party! This vacation idea for the whole family makes me happy and want to go right now.

The Quail Park Lodge in Kanab, Utah, is a funky, 60s-retro, roadside lodge kind of place that makes you think of long drives and amazing tourist traps like weird petting zoos, cheeseball theme museums, and greasy hamburgers at diners along the highway.

The lodge has a new “Puppy Therapy” program for volunteer travelers that is too good to pass up. Guests come to the lodge, and can volunteer for a day (or more) at the nearby Best Friends Animal Society, the nation’s largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals. You may help for the day with ranch chores, feeding, watering, cleaning, and giving lots of love and attention to dogs, cats, horses, sheep, rabbits, and more—there are about 2,000 animals there on any given day. When you come “home” to the lodge after your fulfilling (and probably exhausting) day, you can bring one of the shelter dogs with you for a sleepover in your room. You get a night with a fabulous furry friend, and the dog gets a night of love and attention and socialization that gets them better prepared for someday being adopted into a permanent home.

Can I leave immediately? I can be there by dinnertime!

Red Mountain Pampering and Pets

pupfaceSo I’ve always wanted to go to this Utah adventure spa—not only do they spoil you with indulgent and relaxing treatments, you earn your relaxation by being incredibly active during the day hiking, biking, exploring, and yoga posturing your way through neighboring Zion National Park.

Now, Red Mountain Spa has made a stay even more appealing by adding an element of voluntourism: guests can volunteer for a day of work at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, a 33,000-acre rescue program and sanctuary for almost 2,000 dogs, cats, horses, pigs, and others. It’s a day-long activity that includes a hike in the 100-year-old National Park, then a tour of the sanctuary, lunch, and an afternoon spent in Best Friends’ “Dog Town” or “Cat World” helping out with the care of the rescued animals. Helping with these furry new friends makes all the difference for this, their second, or often, last, chance in life. And if THAT doesn’t give you a deep sense of well-being, you are waaaaay beyond anything a facial or Swedish massage can do for you.

About Best Friends Animal Society:
“Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009, Best Friends Animal Society advances animal welfare initiatives by working with shelter and rescue groups around the country with the mission of achieving No More Homeless Pets®. The society operates the nation’s largest facility for abused, abandoned, and special needs companion animals, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, which is located in southwestern Utah. On any given day the sanctuary is home to approximately 1,700 dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, birds, and other animals. The society publishes Best Friends magazine, the nation’s largest general interest, pet-related magazine. For more information on Best Friends Animal Society, visit: