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Best Friends: The True Story of the World's Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,399 ratings  ·  100 reviews
"Sinjin the badly burned black cat. . .who survived to welcome others home Victor the abandoned Australian Shepherd mix. . . the capo among dogs Tyson and Tommy, two tiny black kittens. . .who had something to teach us all

Discover Best Friends A Place Where Every Animal Is Safe. . .Loved. . .And Never, Ever Killed

In the summer of 1982, a group of young men and women pooled
Paperback, 284 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Kensington (first published 1997)
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Annie Flos Yes, they have grown to include multiple shelters where you can adopt a pet or volunteer time. You can search Best Friend's Animal Society on the…moreYes, they have grown to include multiple shelters where you can adopt a pet or volunteer time. You can search Best Friend's Animal Society on the internet to find out more.

P.S. I adopted my dog from the Utah location(less)

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Jun 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Tracy and Nikki
Go to the best friends website and take a look at this amazing rescue sanctuary.
In the early 80's a group of friends living in different parts of the country pooled their resources to buy property in Angel Canyon, Utah and moved there. The purpose was to create a sanctuary where unadoptable and special needs animals could live out their lives. The sanctuary grew to what it is today and animals have literally come from all over the world to live at Best Friends.
Jul 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Animal people
After reading this book I decided that I needed to visit and work at the sanctuary, for it's history, mission, and founders are inspiring. The stories made me laugh and cry (and did I cry.) In 2005, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the sanctuary and hope to return, for it is the promised land for animal people. I now have several copies of the book in my classroom for my students to read.
Kate Douglas
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The perfect book for any animal lover! All happy endings but warning: you might shed a tear!
Dec 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animal-stories
I came across this book while I was in the midst of a huge dog story kick. It was an amazing and inspiring book. Of course it made me laugh and cry but I am always so impressed by people that have the courage and commitment to follow their dreams. The founders of Best Friends Sanctuary are incredible people - my hat goes off to anyone that is willing to work so hard to help those who cannot speak for themselves.

After reading the book, I dreamt about visiting there and getting a chance to volunte
The book walks you through many of the startup heartaches, dealing with people who discard animals like trash when they no longer want or need them and money issues. If you can't handle animal abuse stories you might want to stay clear of this book, there is not many of them but enough to show you the need for such a place. Good book overall but does get into unnecessary details. The unnecessary details are in the friends' stories who started the Animal Sanctuary and dealing with people. I wante ...more
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Best Friends: The True Story of the World's Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary by Samantha Glen describes how Best Friends Animal Sanctuary originated and expanded. The book commences in 1982 when a group of friends pooled their resources and decided to purchase 3,000 acres in Kanab, Utah in order to build the animal sanctuary of their dreams. They had already outgrown the ranch they had purchased four years earlier in Prescott, AZ. The author chronicles the first fifteen years of Best Friends and co ...more
Drew Danko
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best "feel good" books I've ever read. If you ever doubted the power of having a vision, or of having a diverse group, or of having commitment to a goal, or having shared values then you will want to read this book because that is how they created one of the world's best animal sanctuaries.

Can you imagine taking in all kinds of critters in all stages of health and functionality, hundreds of them, with very scarce resources to support your efforts. That is exactly what this sma
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learned about Best Friends sometime around 2005, I think. I fell in love with their mission and visited Kanab in 2007. My mom joined me on the trip as I think she feared I'd follow through on my threat to quit my job and move to the middle of nowhere and take care of dogs. The sanctuary was amazing. I just wish I had thought to do some volunteer work while there. Over the years I have donated to them when I could.

Last year I was digging through a bin of books at my job's sample sale. Every boo
Randi Robinson
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book should be required reading for anyone interested in saving animals. It tells the story of a group of friends with a cause and the wonderful amazing result of their determination. I read this book because I had to read a nonfiction book for a summer reading club and I like dogs. I have since volunteered at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary 3 times and will continue to go back as long as my old bones will let me.Indeed I would like to retire to Kanab, Utah and spend the rest of my days volun ...more
Lyndsey Page
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Clearly I enjoyed this because it's about saving animals. Best Friends seems like an incredible place and I am in total admiration of the people who were so selfless and generous in the time it took to get the sanctuary up and running. It's wonderful that animals who would not be given a chance in many places have this wonderful place to call home. I normally wouldn't say that a shelter is the kind of place that an animal should spend all his or her days, but based on what I see on social media, ...more
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Take a look... You can see that almost everyone rated this book 5 stars!!
Yep, there is a reason because it is an inspiring true story of how a few dedicated people came together and made this sanctuary a success.
I purchased the book at the visitor center after taking a tour of the 300 acre site. As an architect and planner, I was impressed with the facility.
Check out their web site, youtube or the sanctuary in Southern Utah and you will be hooked
Chris Doelle
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What can I say, I am a sucker for someone helping an animal in need. This book chronicles just such folks.

my full review
Keli Wright
May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
this book was really inspiring. I am glad there are people like this in the world. I don't know that I believe in psychic cats...but it is still a fun book to read and I think that kids would enjoy it too..
Lee Yahnker
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great story on Best Friends animal sanctuary and how it rose from an idea to a successful place for animals. Heart warming stories on some of the original founders, too.
Karen Larsen
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Most inspiring book I have EVER read. Love, love, love it!! These people gave up everything to make this wonderful, awesome, amazing place happen! This is a must read!!
Jane Fowler
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not only have I read this, we visited BFAS!!
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read!!!! Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is a wonderful place for many animals! Great stories of rescued dogs and cats and great people who take care of them!
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best Friends is the uplifting story of the 1982 founding and early years of what has become the nation's largest no-kill animal sanctuary. The tenor of the book is optimistic and filled with the can-do attitude of its founders, and I was pleasantly surprised that the heartbreaking animal stories did not digress into a militant, PETA-like attitude.
Additionally, I find it admirable that the fulfillment of the founders' vision was the result of their personal generosity of time, money, and love;
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh out loud, cry out loud and everything in between! It is a true story of how Best Friends Organization was founded and you cannot go wrong by reading this book. I loved all the stories about how some of the animals came to Best Friends and the role they played while they were there. The human stories in between were just as good but in a different way of telling the love for the animals that they had to take care of and friends they met along the way.

What really played to
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I remember a friend of mine telling me about her visit to this amazing animal sanctuary. So when I came across this book about its beginnings I had to read it. The book is chock full of tales both happy and sad of its furry and feathery inhabitants, their quirky little habits and their own contributions to this wonderful haven. It introduces the reader to the founders and the hardships they faced while caring for the animals. The writing is easy reading and their are enough twists and turns in t ...more
Jen Kannenberg
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This has been on my reading list for a Loooong time. I was afraid it was going to be full of sadness, but instead it was joyful to read. The founders of this now worldwide known organization had such unconditional love for all animals, and I believe God helped them along to provide this sanctuary for animals in Utah.
Sandra M Pennoyer
I love Best Friends!

I really enjoyed this book. I've been a supporter of this organization since 1996 and I plan on visiting in 2019. The book was great reading and never boring. I know that anyone who cares about animals will enjoy this book and feel the hope and love shared by the author and people who make Best Friends possible.
Kathy Govreau
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An absolute heartwarming story of the love for all animals by the founders of the sanctuary. I did not want this book to end. I would love to visit their sanctuary if it wasn't for having to be gone from my own furkids. I keep up with their stories through their magazine and the dvd's of Dogtown and the videos on youtube. This is a "keeper" for animals lovers' libraries.
Jalair Crooks
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A special place.

My husband and I visited Best Friend several years ago. We we're so impressed we went back the next year and volunteer ed for a week. It was great reading this book and learning more how Best Friend s came t o be. We love animals and find stories about helping them is so rewarding.
Andy Plonka
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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These folks are trying to deal with the reality of animal rescue by saving those that can be saved in the best possible way. Not all people who offer a home to a rescue animal really fulfill their obligation and this organization seems to keep track of where their rehomed friends go.
nancy cashmere
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best Read

Great story of a fantastic group of people who have saved many many many animals. I have contributed to "Best Friends" ,but never knew how it got started. A definite must read for animal people.
Carol Jakubowski Delisi
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you want to read about the passion of people to take care of animals, this is the book! Tells all about the dedication, hard work and love of people to provide for animals that might not have had a home - or a life - otherwise.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. I just wish it had more animal stories in it. The majority of the book dealt with getting the sanctuary up and running, the problems associated with it, and the people involved.
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir-editorial
2.5 stars
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have never cried so many happy tears when reading a book. Absolutely beautiful and inspiring. If you’re an animal lover, this book is a must read.
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