Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

As an introvert, I tend to stay home a lot, but this weekend it will be a different story. Best Friends Animal Society invited all the Best Friends Ambassadors to come out and visit the Sanctuary.  While I am feeling a little anxious about leaving my comfort zone, I am so excited to see this fantastic place in person and meet some great pet bloggers.



Best Friends is so much more than a shelter for cats and dogs.  In addition to helping farm animals, horses, birds, and rabbits, Best Friends is the leader of the No Kill Movement, and networks with other organizations to help homeless pets.  I know that I’ll be learning a lot this weekend!

Of course, I am really looking forward to meeting some of the awesome dogs available for adoption including these cutie pies.
Arizona, Star Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Arizona is a Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler puppy who is only three months old.  Adorable Boxer pup, Star, was found as a stray.

Champ, Ollie Best Friends Animal Sanctuary 

Champ is a Mastiff/Akita mix who thinks he’s a tiny lapdog. He loves people and will always roll over for belly rubs. A legitimate hero, he’s earned his name. While he and another dog were abandoned in a state park, the other dog became injured, and Champ sought help from the park ranger, who saved them both.

Champ was born in 2011. He walks great on a head halter and loves training, especially when there are yummy treats involved. He enjoys going for hikes and has gotten used to car rides. Champ does fine with other dogs his size, especially females, but will need a home without cats. He’ll also need someone who understands that he’s very strong, but he’s also a gentle giant.

Ollie is an Anatolian Shepherd, who is shy with strangers, but once you’re his friend he’ll show you only the deepest dedication. He overcomes his worries quickly, so all he needs is a little time to become someone’s best bud. Ollie was born in 2013 and loves the great outdoors. He walks perfectly on a leash, enjoys having some space to roam around in and would make a fantastic running partner.

Grace Rainey Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Grace is a sweet girl who is dreaming of having someone to hike with. She was born in 2011 but hasn’t lost the energy she had in her younger years. Car rides are one of her favorite things, and because she is so smart, she also really enjoys her training sessions.

Rainey wants  love and affection. She likes to go on walks and to dog parks, though she gets along much better with male dogs than other females. She is a hound who likes to bay, and may try to escape if left alone too long.

Griffin Frankfurt Adoptable Dogs Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Labrador mix Griffin is still somewhat shy, but he’s made some great progress since coming to Dogtown. He’ll now allow pets from people he knows, and sometimes kisses, too. Born in 2011, Griffin loves walks, and is starting to like car rides. He gets along well with other dogs and likes to swim and play with them. This sweet, mellow boy is just looking for a place to chill. If you think he could do that with you, Griffin would love to meet you.

Frankfurt the Chihuahua mix is a fast learner. People jokingly say that’s why his head is so big. But while that may not make him any smarter than he already is, it sure does make him more adorable.

This fun little guy was born in 2014. He’s still full of energy, but when it’s quiet time, he’s always down for a good cuddle. Frankfurt is very eager to please and makes friends quickly, whether they be people or other dogs. He has some mild anxiety issues, but settles down nicely and is ready to learn and grow in his own home.

Lordes Zeek Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Lordes is a Pit bull who is house trained and walks nicely on a leash.  She needs to be the only pet and qualifies for free adoption and a free flight home.  

Zeek is a snuggly boy who loves being with his people. He appears to have good house manners, but he loves to go outside for walks. When he’s not walking, this happy-go-lucky boy is snuggled up on his bed, snoring away. Although Zeek is a huge fan of people, he is picky with other dogs.  Born in 2011, he’d do best in a home where he can be someone’s one and only. Zeek’s adoption fee is waived, and he is also eligible for a free flight to his new home.


Lydia Wilson Adoptable Dogs Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Lydia is a shy lady, but with time and patience, she’ll come around and learn to trust you. Because she tends to run when she is afraid, she will need a watchful person and a secure enclosure to keep her safe. Lydia gets along well with other dogs and often relies on the more confident ones to help her feel more confident herself. She’d love a home with a patient person and a buddy dog, or two to show her the ropes.

Oh if Wilson could only speak human! He wants so much to get to know you and play. He’d also like to tell you how he passed with flying colors his AKC Canine Good Citizen test. Then he’d be sure to tell you about how much he loves friends, car rides, and long runs, and how much he how he likes to wear his backpack. Then he might mention how much he loves to play with other dogs his size.

But there are a couple of things he might not mention, like chasing cats is fun, digging holes is a guilty pleasure, treats work magic, and he’s been told he needs to stop guarding his food and toys so much. (Because of that guarding, he needs a dog-savvy home!)

Born in 2009, we don’t think that Wilson has ever really had a home before. So, if you’d like to take this boy under your wing, please consider giving him a happy, loving home.

If you are interested in adopting any of these dogs, you can find more information here.  If you are looking to adopt a dog that is closer to your home, check out these organizations that are Best Friends Network Partners.

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Sherri says:

I would love to adopt them all. But I’m focused on my two right now. Maybe someday I’ll have more space. Where is this shelter?

    Beth says:

    It is in Kanab, Utah which is a beautiful and breathtaking part of the world. Best Friends Animal Society also partners with over 1500 shelters across the United States.

Nichole says:

I am jealous! I’ve been a long time supporter of Best Friends and know friends who’ve flown out there for vacation and stayed at the sanctuary, caring for animals. Have FUN!

OMD! What a fantastic opportunity. I hope that you have a wonderful time.

Carleen says:

I wish I could adopt them all! Have a great trip!

Oh awesome! You’ll have to tell us all about it.

Kelly says:

Isn’t it funny how being a shy person myself, that when it comes to animals we can get outside out comfort zone. These a beautiful animals and I hope they find the forever homes they so deserve.

I dare not go! I would bring them ALL home!!

I’m so excited for you and your visit to Best Friends! It should be a wonderful time! I can’t wait to see your photos and to learn about your experience!

I AM SO JEALOUS! I can’t wait to see your photos and hear more about your experience. Best Friends is on my list for sure!

    Beth says:

    Kelsie, is so much more amazing than I thought it would be.

Great story and beautiful photos.

Relax and enjoy your visit to Best Friends. Share lots of photos. You are on a mission which makes it easier and so rewarding. Hopefully they will all find homes and so will many more XS

Have a wonderful trip!!!

I hope all of the dogs can find a wonderful forever home soon. My vet and some of my cat blogging friends donated to Best Friends when I lost my previous cat, Praline.

    Beth says:

    What a wonderful way to honor Praline.

MattieDog says:

What beautiful babies – and enjoy your trip to Best Friends! We will share this post in hopes of spreading the news!

Such a great opportunity!!! Have a good time!

Kia says:

Have fun! They are absolutely beautiful!

So many unique faces, I want all of them!! I was just thinking today of how I want a dog named Zeek. Have a great time!

Alice says:

So excited for you Beth!!! I hope you have an awesome time and bring cheer to some sweet deserving animals. I’m very proud of all that you do to help animals find their forever homes!

    Beth says:

    Thanks Alice!

You are SO lucky you got to go! I’ve wanted to go for awhile but haven’t made it yet. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is an amazing organization.
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    Beth says:

    Cathy, I just got back and it is one of the most amazing experiences of my life. You NEED to go!

Trish says:

I love, love, LOVE this post. You are going to have an amazing time at Best Friends! Thank you for all you do to support and promote pet rescue.

    Beth says:

    Thanks so much Trish!

Rachel says:

Aww I love this! I’d be worried I’d try to come home with all the dogs!

Susannah says:

They’re so cute!!! I can’t wait until we can get a dog!

Summer says:

How awesome! They are all so cute! I love animals! I’m going to be adopting a kitten sometime this week (hopefully). I really can’t wait until I can get dogs though – our apartment here doesn’t allow it. What an awesome mission Best Friends has.

Arby Abraamyan says:

What a great post! I absolutely love this. Wish I could adopt all those furry friends…

I’m so excited for you! I cannot wait to read your posts from there and hear about this amazing place!

Stunning pics and I pray those looking for homes find one

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