|Entrance to the Visitor Center|
They have 500 employees, including 5 full-time vets and (I think she said) about 20 vet-techs, who treat, not only their own animals, but sometimes those from the community.
They believe that the key to eliminating the problem of feral and abandoned animals is an effective spay/neuter program. They charge a flat fee of $20 to spay/neuter the local animals. They neuter any feral cat that is brought to them free of charge, and then release it to go about its business. The tour guide said that Kanab no longer has a problem with feral cats.
The location is gorgeous.
We visited Dog Town.
Our visit seemed to be carefully choreographed to show us the most appealing of their needy dogs, while conveying the message that every dog, even those who in most circumstances would have been deemed unadoptable and put down, can with the proper care be placed in loving homes. We met Thumbelina, nicknamed Thumbs by her caregiver.
The tour guide told us that Best Friends has taken in 22 of the most challenging of Michael Vick's pit bulls, and have had great success with them. They have placed about 10 of them in permanent homes, and 7 others have progressed to the point that interaction with them is no longer restriceted to the trained staff. They can be allowed to interact with adult volunteers, although not yet with children.
They encourage both children and adults to volunteer with them. Children as young as six can volunteer to help care for rabbits; ten-year-olds can help with the gentler dogs. They also seem to have a lot of interns. We ate in their cafeteria with a whole table full of young people from all over the country, all wearing badges. They had to leave to get back to work before we had a chance to ask them about their experience. I'd have hurried to leave, too. The food was terrible.
|Over 1000 wind chimes memorialize local pets at Angels' Rest pet cemetery.|