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

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

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by Michael Mountain, Samantha Glen
     
 

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"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

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"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 every penny they had and bought 3,000 acres of high desert called Angel Canyon, Utah. It was to become the most famous "no—kill" animal sanctuary in the world. . .a haven for over 2000 furry and feathered friends including stiff—legged Benton who is "chairpurrson" of the TLC club. . .the infamous Goatie, comforter of horses. . .Baa Baa Ram Das, the sheep who teaches lessons. . .and Amra, the gigantic Malamute who is sheriff of Dogtown backed up by his deputy Rhonda, the tiny terrier who took one look at him and fell in love.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
This is its story. . .of how it came to be, the people who built it, and the animals who now and forever call it home."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the country, Best Friends houses between 1,800 and 3,000 creatures--from dogs, rabbits and birds to sheep, pigs and horses--75% of which are adopted and many of which have special needs. Located on 3,000 acres in Angel Canyon (formerly Kanab), Utah, the shelter was founded in 1982 by several friends. This is the story of their efforts to execute their grand plan, from locating an appropriate piece of land to building various shelters, taking in ever growing numbers of abused and abandoned animals, finding a reliable veterinarian and raising the funds needed to keep their huge project afloat. Not quite as wonderful as its subject, the book gets bogged down in extraneous details and the introduction of numerous secondary characters. Readers curious about the practical side of this endeavor may find it frustrating that, in the first half of the book, it's not clear how the sanctuary supported hundreds of animals and its staff of a dozen or more; only later do we learn of generous donors, fund-raising efforts, the beginning of Best Friends' excellent magazine and the sanctuary's canvassing efforts. Still, readers drawn in by the authors' 25-city radio tour and 20-city television campaign will find distinctive, memorably drawn portraits of many animals--such as Tomato, the head cat of the TLC Club and the main source of local gossip for Best Friends magazine editor Michael Mountain. Agent, Meredith Bernstein. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Best Friends, a domestic animal sanctuary in Kenab, UT, is permanent home to more than 1800 dogs, cats, birds, horses, etc., many of them abused, disfigured, and unadoptable. Glen (coauthor of Search and Rescue) chronicles the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of a small band of dreamers, including Faith Maloney, Michael Mountain, and Francis Battista, who envisioned a refuge where such animals could live out their natural lives in comfort and safety. In recounting Best Friends' 20-year history, the author introduces us not only to the humans who brought the dream to reality but also some of the charming and needy animals who necessitated its creation. Among them are Sinjin, the burned cat; Mollie, the pot-bellied pig, evicted from her suburban residence because of a change in zoning laws; Benton, the lame cat, inspiration for the construction of a special-needs residence; and Ginger, the Chesapeake Bay retriever, rescued from continuous breeding in a puppy mill. A heartwarming and inspiring tale of love, dedication, and courage, this book belongs in every library where there is interest in environmental issues and animal rights.--Florence Scarinci, formerly with Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575667355
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Pages:
284
Sales rank:
208,462
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.84(d)

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Best Friends: The True Story of the World's Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book. Whether you like animals or not, this is a must read. Your heart will be warmed; you will be changed for the better. What lucky animals! What wonderful people! What wonderful writing. Not only is the content of the book interesting, the use of language and phrases are incredibly creative! I can't wait to visit the sanctuary in beautiful Kanab. After reading this book, if you are not a contributing member, you will be! Your heart will be stolen away!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the book, then going out to the sanctuary to volunteer, the book was wonderful, but being there is like no other!! The sanctuary is all the book said it was and then some a million times over!! Great book, Incredible place, incredible people. Read the book,,,Volunteer...donate!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For quite a few years now i have been donating money to Best Friends, so when the book came out, i had to read it. It is absolutely the most amazing place. After reading about it in the book, i immediately booked my flight out to Best Friends! I'll be going in 2 months to write my own chapter about volunteering with the animals and the wonderful people who make Best Friends happen! This is a must read for anyone who loves animals!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, I'm biased, because I do virtual sponsorships of three pets at Best Friends. And I'm biased because I've been receiving their wonderful magazine for over a year. Still, this is a wonderful story that is bound to inspire anyone with a soft spot in their hearts. A group of animal lovers pooled their resources long ago, got back to nature in Utah, and devoted their lives to protecting animals. It's a great read, especially if you're feeling down about some of the bad news we're often exposed to. If you don't believe me, go visit their website (bestfriends.org). Then I bet you'll want to read this charming book as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a true animal lover, you will love this book. It's a story about how the Best Friends Animal Santuary got started as well as stories of beloved animals they have rescued. If you believe in rescuing our furry friends, this book is for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing to read what people do to save the lives of animals. I am so glad I read this book. Wish I could visit Best Friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being an avid animal lover, I was drawn to the cover of this book. After reading it I can honestly say it was one of the most incredible and heart warming stories I have had the pleasure of reading. It's a story about a group of people that did not let anything stop them from achieving their goal of building a haven for animals of all kinds. This book is a MUST READ!!!
callienzoie More than 1 year ago
great people, doing wonderful life saving acts for animals who can't help themselves. makes me want to drop everything and save animals too!!! thank you to BEST FRIENDS for doing what you do for the animals, God bless them and you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago