How to start and run an animal sanctuary

Join us for this one-of-a-kind workshop that will help you save the lives of more animals.

Register for March 17-23, 2019

Register for June 16-22, 2019

Register for October 20-26, 2019

Cost: $650. Includes lunches, snacks and program materials. Travel, lodging and additional meals are not included.

Starting and running an animal sanctuary can be challenging, but we can help. Since 1998, Best Friends has been presenting this workshop, giving folks the tools and knowledge they need to open a lifesaving sanctuary and keep it operating successfully. You’ll leave the workshop with an understanding of the work involved and dedication required to create a sanctuary or found another nonprofit to help pets in need.

Topics covered:

  • Setting up a nonprofit
  • Risk management
  • Fundraising
  • Engaging volunteers
  • Relating to your community
  • Buildings, utilities and maintenance
  • Adoptions
  • Foster programs
  • Veterinary care
  • One-on-one mentoring in animal care
  • Long-term care for dogs and cats
  • Community cats
  • Dog training and assessment

View a sample schedule of the workshop.

Please note: Because of the full schedule, sleepovers with animals are not available during the workshop. Participants are encouraged to extend their visit to the Sanctuary beyond workshop days if they’d like to spend additional time with the animals.

What past participants had to say about the workshop

“This workshop has been life-changing. The amount of knowledge I was able to absorb was beyond words. The connections and relationships that I formed here are a lifetime treasure. The classes were formed perfectly. Each class was as exciting as the first. I also loved how we got an in-depth tour and got to see a lot of behind the scenes.”

“The course covers such a broad range of vital information yet manages to be so thorough at the same time. I am extremely impressed with the level of organization displayed throughout this course. Very impressed by everything. Thank you!”

“This experience was truly incredible. Never in my life have I been surrounded by a group of people that shared my ideals, hopes and positivity. What you have created is remarkable. Your presenters were incredible; they were passionate and focused.”

For more information

For more information on our workshops, please contact workshops@bestfriends.org or 435-644-2001, ext. 4317. We look forward to seeing you!