Category Archives: Best Friends

Molly’s Lucky Day

Kingsbrook Animal Hospital veterinarian, Dr. Davis, and his family recently adopted an adorable puppy they named Molly! When he brought her to Kingsbrook to meet us, we couldn’t help but take the opportunity to ask him a few questions.

1-Dr Davis working with Molly

Melissa: Congratulations on your adoption of Molly!

MD: Thank you.. we really got lucky with her!

Melissa: What led you to the decision to adopt a dog?

MD: As with many things, it just seemed to happen.   My wife’s cousin sent me a picture of a cute puppy she wanted to adopt and asked if I would be a good-owner reference to the rescue group for her. She then told me that there were more pups from that litter, and that was pretty much it for me.   Of course, I’m pretty sure the whole thing was a conspiracy between my wife and her cousin…

Melissa: Haha! Did you do any research to help you decide what kind of dog would be a good fit for your family?

MD: We have small children and live near water, so we were thinking about a medium to large dog that liked to swim & would be more tolerant of children.   The rescue group suspected that Molly was a labrador mix, but it turns out she is mostly golden retriever, despite her coloring. We expected her to be larger, too, but we are very happy that it seems she will only weigh about 30 lbs when she is full grown.

Melissa: What is Molly’s favorite thing to do? Or maybe your favorite thing to do with Molly? 🙂

MD: Molly has lots of things she loves to do. She loves the kids, especially when they drop food from the table, she also loves to swim and chase her ball.

Melissa: And her least favorite?

MD: Her least favorite thing is getting into the car, even when it’s to go somewhere fun! We are working on that & she already seems to be less reluctant to hop in with us.

Regardless of not yet loving car rides, all of our KAH family could agree that Molly is a very lucky girl. We are so happy for Dr. Davis and his family!

1-Dr. Davis and Molly

Vacation at Best Friends Sanctuary


It’s easy to become a volunteer and takes only a few minutes to sign up. You can volunteer at our beautiful sanctuary in Kanab, Utah; in your community, or right from your own home.

To get started see Creating an Account. Then, visit My Volunteer Menu found in the blue bar (this will only be available after you log in) and select Edit My Profile. Once you have updated and saved your volunteer profile, you can return to My Volunteer Menu and begin searching for volunteer opportunities.

If you are interested in volunteering locally in one of our outreach volunteer opportunities or with one of Best Friends’ Network Charities, you can find additional information by clicking on the options listed on the left side of this page.

If you’re planning to volunteer at the sanctuary, hop over to Scheduling Volunteer Time after you’ve completed your profile. Planning your visit as far in advance as possible makes it easier for us to schedule you according to your preferences. You can also contact our Volunteer department at the sanctuary at volunteers@bestfriends.org or at (435) 644-2001, ext. 4119.

Visit Working with Animals to learn the many different ways you can help animals as a Sanctuary Volunteer. When you arrive at Best Friends, you’ll be greeted by wagging tails, purrs and friendly faces!

Working with Animals

We invite you to participate in the regular routine of animal care — feeding, cleaning, grooming, walking, etc. Spending time socializing with the animals is also important, as it gets our animals used to people and makes them more adoptable. For the safety of both people and animals, children 5 years and under may not volunteer with our animals. In addition, some of our animal areas have age restrictions for those between 6-17 years old and each animal area has a maximum number of volunteers it can accommodate daily, so please contact us to make arrangements prior to your visit. For more information about volunteering in the many different animal areas, please read the General Guidelines

Volunteer work with the animals is available at the following times:

Cats: Mornings from 8:15am to 11:30am. Afternoons from 1:15pm to 4:00pm

Dogs: Mornings from 8:15am to 11:30am. Afternoons from 1:15pm to 4:00pm

Bunnies: Mornings from 8:15am to 11:30am. Afternoons from 1:15pm to 4:00pm

Horses: Mornings from 8:15am to 11:30am. Afternoons from 1:15pm to 4:00pm
PLEASE NOTE: For the safety of our horses/farm animals, if you have been outside the U.S. in the past 14 days, you will not be permitted to volunteer at Horse Haven.

**In inclement weather, particularly during the winter months, volunteer opportunities may be limited in our Horse Haven area

Pot-bellied Pigs: Mornings from 8:15am to 11:30am. Afternoons from 1:15pm to 4:00pm
PLEASE NOTE: For the safety of our pigs, if you have been outside the U.S. in the past 14 days, you will not be permitted to volunteer with the pigs.

Birds: Mornings from 8:15am to 11:30am. Afternoons from 1:15pm to 4:00pm
The Parrot Garden (inside birds)
Wild Friends (outside birds) — Adults only

Because our animal area volunteer coordinators and caregivers need time to get volunteers set up, it is important that you arrive on time at the beginning of each session (mornings 8:15am and afternoons 1:15pm). This allows us to begin caring for all of our animals in a timely manner. Please also be aware that if you arrive after the beginning of a session you may not be able to volunteer in that particular animal area.

As well as working directly with the animals, other volunteer skills are welcome. If you are adept in particular areas such as maintenance, or landscaping, for example, and if you can let us know a few weeks before your visit, we may be able to arrange for you to be involved in a specific project.