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Nearly 30 years ago, an extraordinary concept was born. A small group of people decided it was time to stop the killing of innocent animals who were abandoned and homeless. They chose an unbelievable plot of land just north of the Grand Canyon in southwest Utah. The town of Kanab rested along a vast strip of land blooming with junipers and willows. Nestled in the red cliffs, a tributary of the Colorado River ran peacefully as sunshine warmed the land 320 days a year. It was the perfect Eden to become the home of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

Pets are homeless for many reasons such as a family break-up or death, home foreclosures and financial problems. Often it can even be a simple missing ID or a minor behavior problem that causes a pet to be displaced into a shelter. Today there are approximately 4 million homeless pets killed each year in shelters. It’s really quite astounding when you look at it in the practical terms of 9,000 per day or 6 per minute. Most of these dogs and cats are being put to sleep simply because they are deemed unadoptable when in actuality 90% of animals found in shelters are adoptable.

The “no-kill” shelter

A true “no-kill” shelter, similar to that of Best Friends, would never put an animal down because it has a chronic illness that is expensive to treat, it is unattractive, old, handicapped or with a behavior problem. Animals deemed unfit for adoption are kept and allowed to live out their lives in a loving and caring environment free of cages and pens.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is not only home to dogs and cats as most shelters but also houses many other animals that need nurturing care and protection until a home can be found for them. A simple look at the Best Friends website will reveal an entire community of habitation including horses, pigs, bunnies, parrots and even wild animals that are in need of a temporary home. Best Friends Wild Friends refuge is a state-and federally-licensed wildlife rehabilitation center for helping orphaned and injured wild animals get back on their feet – and back to the wild.

Since their inception, Best Friends has expanded its role as a defender and protector of animals. They were prominent during catastrophic events such as Hurricane Katrina and in the rehabilitation of Michael Vick’s dogs. Along with Best Friends in Utah and L.A., they have extensive outreach and adoption programs. Unfortunately, they can only accommodate a small fraction of the requests for admission that they receive annually. Best Friends gives priority to admissions for animals coming from their No More Homeless Pets Network rescue group and shelter partners and to animals coming from existing Best Friends outreach programs.

God loves all his creatures

Your donations can prevent needless suffering. It doesn’t matter whether dog or cat, bird, rabbit or another, God loves the creatures he has placed on the earth for our keeping. He never meant them to be mistreated or abandoned but to be loved and valued. They are the part of God that he gave to the entire world; a piece of his love that he has shared with us. Can we do any less than honor his choice by finding a place in our hearts to help those that depend upon us, to give of our time, our money, and our faith that no more of God’s creatures suffer needlessly but find a shelter from the storm of life?

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