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

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In the summer of 1982 a group of young men and women, determined to make a difference, pooled their resources and brought three thousand acres of high desert in the wilds of southern Utah. Through endless effort, tenacity, and dedication, they turned that land into what is now one of the most beloved animal sanctuaries in the world--Best Friends. This is the inspiring true story of how these devoted animal lovers made it all happen.

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In the summer of 1982 a group of young men and women, determined to make a difference, pooled their resources and brought three thousand acres of high desert in the wilds of southern Utah. Through endless effort, tenacity, and dedication, they turned that land into what is now one of the most beloved animal sanctuaries in the world--Best Friends. This is the inspiring true story of how these devoted animal lovers made it all happen.

The inspiring true story of Best Friends, the Angel Canyon, Utah sanctuary, and a few dedicated people who made it happen.

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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.
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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780736670807
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Format: CD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2003

    Astonishing!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2003

    Been There, Loved It!!!!!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2002

    Plan your trip to Utah now!

    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!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2001

    Feel Good Story of the Year

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2001

    Excellent book for true animal lovers!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    Heartwarming! A must read!!!

    I laughed.... I cried.... I recoiled in disgust at the terrible treatment of animals by people. Yet the book focuses on the positive- the adorable, resilient and remarkable animals. Lots of love and laughter in this book. God bless the amazing devoted people who make this little piece of heaven for the animals . There is no greater love than that of one of Gods little creatures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2011

    For all animal lovers

    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!!!

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

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    Wonderful book!

    It was wonderful to read the history of Best Friends, their vision and how it all came together to be even MORE than their vision! Being a person involved in animal rescue, the Best Friends organization has always been an example of where I would like to see our shelter head to. This book was informative, passionate and it allowed me to form my own vision. I'd recommend it to anyone involved in animal advocacy.

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  • Posted October 8, 2010

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    excellent read!!!!

    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.

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