Best Friends An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ary

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Formed more than 30 years ago, the Best Friends An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ary was cre­ated by a group of peo­ple who saw that more than 17 mil­lion an­i­mals—start­ing, of course, with the older, sick and spe­cial needs an­i­mals— were be­ing eu­th­a­nized in shel­ters ev­ery year. Due in part to the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s tire­less work, that num­ber has dropped to 1.5 mil­lion an­nu­ally. Still, that’s nearly 4,100 dogs and cats that are killed in U. S. shel­ters ev­ery day, so there’s clearly a lot more work to be done. To­day, the Sanc­tu­ary has 1,700 an­i­mals in its care at any time, in­clud­ing cats, dogs, birds, horses, pigs, don­keys, and wildlife. The non-profit an­i­mal welfare so­ci­ety owns nearly 3,700 mag­i­cal acres in Kanab, Utah, and leases an ad­di­tional 17,000 acres of state and fed­eral land to house all their res­cue an­i­mals. Al­though Cat World makes up only a part of the Sanc­tu­ary, it’s not small by any means. Per­haps best de­scribed as sprawl­ing, it takes up 10 build­ings—all hous­ing cats ex­clu­sively. Cat World houses 550 cats at any given time, and also has an on-site vet clinic that al­lows the or­ga­ni­za­tion to do med­i­cal pro­ce­dures like spay and neuters and den­tal pro­ce­dures. Cur­rently, Cat World has around 60 FIV-pos­i­tive cats. With its spe­cial needs ca­pa­bil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the abil­ity to care for bot­tle ba­bies, Best Friends works col­lab­o­ra­tively with other groups from all over the coun­try—and in some cases, all over the world—tak­ing in an­i­mals that res­cue groups and smaller shel­ters are not able to care for. Lately, Jenn is find­ing that Cat World is get­ting fewer re­quests to take on FIV-pos­i­tive cats. “I’m hop­ing that’s be­cause other groups are fig­ur­ing out how to get those cats adopted, or be­cause peo­ple un­der­stand them bet­ter,” says Jenn. “It makes me very happy that we are get­ting fewer FIV-pos­i­tive cats.”

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