One of the biggest things I was excited about when I moved to Utah was being apart of the Best Friends Animal Society (BFAS). If you have never heard of this organization or of their mission please visit their site, here. BFAS was founded in Utah back in the 80’s in effort to provide a place for abandoned and abused animals.
But maybe you have heard of Best Friends and didn’t know it yet, perhaps you have heard of Dog Town? Dog Town is part of the original sanctuary in Zion and that is where the dogs from Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring were taken. But there is also a place for rabbits, cats and horses as well down in Zion. It is truly an amazing place to visit.
So here in the Salt Lake area they have partnered up with shelters to provide additional opportunities for dogs and cats to find their new forever home and working on making Utah, NKUT (No Kill Utah).
I registered of course to volunteer to help with the kitties, but you can also volunteer to help with the doggies as well. Before you can begin your volunteer time you must take a class to become familiar with the requirements, which was super fun and simple to do.
My fist volunteer time was this past Sunday, before they opened, during Cat Enrichment time. This is the time to play with the cats before the dogs come in and the center opens to the public. They have both older cats and kittens that need love and socializing, which honestly for me very rewarding. I was worried that I would want to bring them all home, ok let us be honest I really do want to bring them all home, but when leaving it wasn’t as horribly sad as I imagined because I can go back and volunteer again and again.
This horrific story, Kittens found in garbage stuck to rat trap; man arrested, happened right before I moved here but BFAS took in those kittens to care for them and find them homes. This is the kind of work that they do not just in Utah but in California and across the nation.
There is also the kitten nursery and the community cat program that I can not wait to be apart of! So here is a quick collage of my few hours this past Sunday. Again if you are in the Salt Lake area there are so many opportunities with BFAS but if you are not and you want to help Save Them All, please reach out, here is a link for national opportunities .