Love and Care for the Animals at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Last year, 1,754 new animals were welcomed at the Sanctuary, 1,365 adoptions were completed and 27% of those adoptions were for animals with special needs. More than 37,000 people visited the Sanctuary and 10,750 people volunteered their time.
A Beautiful Life for Buttercup
Among the lucky birds adopted through the Parrot Garden last year was a double yellow-headed Amazon parrot named Buttercup, who has leg injuries that make it tough for her to get around and rest. A wonderful couple from New York met her while visiting the Sanctuary and brought her home, where they set up a special room with ladders, ramps and plush resting places to accommodate her special needs. Last year, a record-breaking 90 birds were adopted from Parrot Garden!
A Remarkable Journey for A Tiny Kitten
Cats arrive at the Sanctuary through all kinds of avenues. For a kitten named Xactly, his was via a harrowing ride in the car wheel well of a family driving through Zion National Park. This tiny guy was brought to the Best Friends Animal Clinic for minor injuries and, shortly after, was adopted by a Cat World volunteer. Last year, a record-breaking 511 cats were adopted from Cat World!
New Digs for Big Animals
A beautiful thoroughbred horse named Morry came to Best Friends following a life-threatening fall on the racetrack. He received expert care for a leg wound and time to heal, and then he was adopted into a loving home in Utah where he’s now enjoying the company of some fellow horses.
Thanks to the generous donors who made the recently completed Horse Haven redesign possible, Sanctuary caregivers will be able to provide life-changing care more effectively for horses like Morry. Among the new additions to this area are a 5,356-square-foot, state-of-the-art clinic designed for large animals and a 20,000-square-foot covered arena equipped with lights, industrial fans and sprinklers to keep animals and people comfortable in any weather conditions.
A special thank-you to Wellness Natural Pet Foods, Best Friends’ official pet food and treats provider. Wellness provides food and treats for the animals at the Sanctuary and our regional lifesaving centers.