Just wanted to add a note because of the comments I’m getting on Best Friends. This place is not like going to your local shelter. These animals are loved and taken care of until they are either adopted or die. There are five vets on staff with assistants.
The pens that the dogs are in open into these huge outdoor areas for them to roam in. The animals are matched (sort of like dogmatch.com) with a compatible friend so they are not alone. There are certain animals that need to be alone and they have their own area where they won’t be stressed. Dogs are walked and exercised every day to the extent of their ability. They have water therapy for the animals that need it.
The puppy house is used to keep litters together until after they have are old enough to be vaccinated and have learned their social skills. They are subjected to the sounds of vacuums, loud music, and everything that they may be hear in a home so that they have a very successful rate of adoption with only a 2% return rate.
The cats have these wonderful screened in areas with rafters built so they can get up high. They put water up in the rafters along with litter pans and “kitty condos”. The cats are allowed to wander in and out as they want to. The dog and cat houses are air conditioned (I’m assuming so are the bunny, bird, and pig houses) as well as heated in the winter time.
If an adoption does not work out, the animal must be returned to Best Friends. It cannot be given to a family member or a friend. It comes home again so it can feel safe and secure.
So visiting here is not emotionally hard. You come out feeling wonderful knowing that these animals are being so well taken care of. The only sadness is that they cannot take every animal who needs them.
You can volunteer a day, a week, a month or whatever time you have available. They have cabins you can rent or they have two RV spots that you can rent.
The animals are treated with love and respect. It really is a joyous, noisy, wonderful place.