Educational and volunteer opportunities for kids

Please note:
To keep our staff, guests and the animals safe, we’re reopening to the nearby public on June 25, 2020. This means that residents of Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico or Wyoming who drive to the Sanctuary are welcome to book lodging, reserve a tour or sign up for a volunteer shift. We look forward to inviting guests from all locations soon and thank you for your understanding.

Become a Best Friends Junior Ambassador

Does your child love animals? Want to introduce your kids to the world of animal welfare? Sign them up to become an official Best Friends Animal Society Junior Ambassador. 

Children ages 8 to 13 can become junior ambassadors and get to know the fun side of saving animals’ lives. Junior ambassadors will learn about lifesaving tactics like spay/neuter, adoption, trap-neuter-return (TNR) and more. Through this opportunity, kids will:

  • Take part in a Best Friends grand Sanctuary tour or visit the Best Friends Visitor Center and learn more about homeless pets
  • Complete a fun, educational activity booklet, going over what they learned on their tour or at the visitor center
  • Take the junior ambassador oath to help save the lives of homeless pets
  • Earn their own official junior ambassador badge, which lets everyone know how much they love animals

After kids become official junior ambassadors, they can take what they learned back to their communities and spread the word about Best Friends and homeless pets to everyone they know.

Becoming a junior ambassador is free but requires registration. Register your future junior ambassador today

If you have questions, email

Kids can volunteer with the animals

Children who are being supervised by a parent or guardian can volunteer to help with cleaning, walking and caring for the animals.

Age requirements (for safety considerations):
Cat World – age 6+
Bunny House – age 6+
Parrot Garden – age 8+
Dogtown – age 10+
Piggy Paradise – age 12+
Horse Haven – age 12+
Wild Friends – age 18+

Learn more about volunteering at the Sanctuary.

We look forward to seeing you soon.