Best Friends Animal Society

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Best Friends Animal Society has been building effective lifesaving programs for more than 30 years. When Best Friends began, 17 million animals died every year in shelters. Today, thanks to caring people like you, the number of dogs and cats killed per year is two million.

The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah is a lifesaving haven for hundreds of adoptable animals, nestled in between the sprawling red rocks of Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion national park.

About Best Friends Animal Society

This is no ordinary experience. This is no roadside diversion. This is Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, a lifesaving haven for hundreds of adoptable animals, nestled in between the sprawling red rocks of Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion national parks. Lengthen your leash and experience for yourself the nature and nurture of the largest sanctuary of its kind in America.

Anyone who visits the Sanctuary will tell you: There’s just something special about this place. On any given day, about 1,600 animals call Best Friends Animal Sanctuary a home-between-homes. Dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, horses, pigs and other barnyard animals come here from all over the country, each and every one seeking a safe haven where they can find refuge, love and acceptance.

Every inch of the Sanctuary — from the majestic red rocks to the spacious animal communities — is filled with hope and kindness shown by caregivers, thousands of volunteers and so many compassionate people like you.

There truly is no place else on earth like Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. If you haven’t already, we hope you’ll come experience the magic for yourself.

The Employee Experience

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Southern Utah employs about 400 out of our 800+ employees.  From taking care of the gorgeous landscape, preparing a vegan lunch in our cafe, giving tours to the 30,000 visitors to taking care of 1600 animals - there is something for every skill set.  

Everyone who comes to work here has one thing in common — that we all want to help animals and work in a community of caring people who feel the same way. We offer career positions in animal care, welfare and advocacy, as well as in administration, communications, development, veterinary care, and more. No matter what your area of expertise, we may be looking for you!

It's not easy work, it's very physical but nonetheless, rewarding helping animals!  

Best Friends is as much a community for its staff as it is a sanctuary for animals. It's a unique place — our staff come from many different parts of the country and many walks of life. Many of us have little or no family in the area, so we come to rely on each other. Of course, there is an automatic bond among us because of our common purpose and love of animals.

What else is unique about Best Friends? Well, there aren't many office environments where dogs and cats can come to work. The rule at Best Friends is that as long as your pets get along with everyone else's pets, they are welcome.

Also, lots of companies have a variety of departments, but how many can boast that they have a place for old dogs (called Old Friends), a room for special-needs cats (called the Incontinental Suite) and a haven for horses and other farm animals (called Horse Haven)? Plus, these and many other departments are spread throughout a scenic desert setting called Angel Canyon, hallowed ground to many that visit here. You can hike, explore Anasazi ruins, sit by the underground lake and contemplate the meaning of life, or just run with your dogs, all near where you work and live.

Ideal Candidate

The desire to make the world a better place for animals is our purpose and we are driven to that end.  

We are always seeking the best diverse talent to further our mission. Staff frequently comment on how meaningful this work is over their old corporate life style; what a joy it was to trade in their heels or loafers for sandals and hiking boots. It's business casual Friday here every day.

Room and Board

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary does not provide housing for employees.  Lots of employees will rent out rooms or other rentals are open to those that are good at networking.  We hear a lot by word of mouth and keep an eye out for each other.  

There are creative alternatives here, such as renting a guesthouse on a larger property, but it's a good idea to start checking out the local listings during your evaluation if you're seriously considering making the transition. Your persistence will be rewarded. Kanab Classifieds on Facebook, Airbnb, VBRO are some of the places to find rentals.  Here is some Kanab real estate information:

Employee Perks

For being a non-profit we have amazing benefits. Our benefits package is one of the best! Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic and Supplemental Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Child Care Reimbursement, Pet Sitting reimbursement, Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, PTO, Paid Holidays, Employee Assistance Program, 401K, Staff Discounts, Best Friends Wellness Center, and Flex Work Policy. Further, we also have some very unique perks, such as discounted veterinary care and the opportunity to bring pets to work. Our onsite cafeteria serves healthy vegan food.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Like many small rural communities, Kanab has no public transportation, so you must have a car to get around. Anyway, you'll want your own vehicle to explore the miles of scenic landscape.

St. George airport has connections from West Coast cities or people fly into Las Vegas which is 3 1/2 hours away.  

For Fun

Kanab, Utah, in Kane County is a quaint town, with a diverse population of approximately 4,000 people. There is a theater, a movie house, coffee shops, grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, and more. While Kanab is growing in popularity, there is no sense of congestion, and you will find both tourists and co-workers from all over the world. It's got a small-town backdrop with many cosmopolitan cronies! There's a real sense of community among the staff at Best Friends, so don't be surprised when your dance card is fuller than ever. There's a town symphony, Nights at the Gazebo, and a monthly all-ages open-mic night, where every form of expression is welcome. There are various clubs for hiking, art, books, stargazing and bird watching. There are regular horticultural lectures, and many more activities offered by our local organizations. There are various forms of yoga and tai chi classes, and the fitness center in the heart of town offers everything from Zumba to spinning to belly dancing classes. There's even a fledgling film society. The big city's got almost nothing on this town. Plus if you're into something, and it's not offered in Kanab, you can start your own club. Chances are there are at least 11 other people who would want to join. Texas Hold'em or bunco, anyone?

It's all about the outdoors! Kanab is located in the Golden Circle of Southern Utah, which offers a breathtaking assortment of outdoor adventures for people who like to hike, bike or just tour the open roads taking in the scenery (just ask the hundreds of bikers that come through Kanab every year). It's called the Golden Circle because we're close to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and the north rim of the Grand Canyon. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, with its miles and miles of unadulterated, varied landscape is like no place else on earth. It has such dramatic scenery; there are places that you'll swear you're on the moon. But don't fret; the refreshing plunge of Lake Powell, which reminds many people of an undisclosed island in the Mediterranean, is just a few miles away. The above describes the surrounding area of Kanab, let's talk about Kanab itself. Besides being home to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, it's got vast expanses of untouched BLM land just waiting to be explored. It is also home to Kanab Creek, where you can also let your dog cool off before exploring one of the hundreds of trails in and around the grounds of Best Friends. If you're looking to reconnect with the natural world, Kanab may be perfect for you.

For more information about Kanab, Utah, visit these websites:

Kanab Area Vacation Guide
Kane County Travel Center

How to Apply

Please fill out an online application on our Careers site:

Unfortunately, because of the high number of applications we receive, we are unable to accept or process resumes/applications via email. The first step in the recruiting process is to complete and submit an online application. This is the only way that our recruiters and hiring managers can view, process, and track each of your job applications. You will also have an opportunity to attach your resume during that process via our online application system.

You can find a listing and detailed description of our openings at Best Friends careers. If you don't see a suitable position that you are interested in or qualified for, please continue to check our job postings regularly, as we are a growing organization and are continuously updating our openings.