Host an overnight guest

Volunteer shifts must be scheduled as far in advance as possible. Each animal area has a maximum number of volunteers it can accommodate during each shift. To get started, please visit or contact the Sanctuary Volunteer Department at or 435-644-2001, ext. 4119.


We truly appreciate the wonderful work our volunteers do towards making a difference in the animals’ lives and would love to welcome you as a volunteer.

Planning a visit to Best Friends? You can have a lot of fun and provide a meaningful break for an adoptable pet who needs some extra quality time by hosting a sleepover at your pet-friendly accommodations.

What is a sleepover? You share your cabin, cottage or hotel room with a deserving cat or dog for a night. It’s a win-win. You get to spend some time snuggling with a wonderful, very appreciative pet. Participants who do sleepovers tell us about the animal’s behavior in a one-on-one situation in a home-like environment — behavior that may be very different from when they're around their Cat World or Dogtown friends.

Staying in a Best Friends cottage? In addition to a cat or dog, your options could possibly expand to an overnight stay with a rabbit (dependent upon many factors-please check with the caregivers while volunteering).

Unless you are staying at the Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, you or a member of your party must first volunteer for a shift in the animal care area where your intended sleepover guest resides, you must not be traveling with your personal pets and all members of your party must meet the minimum volunteer age requirements for that animal area (Cat World — 6+ years of age, Dogtown — 10+ years of age). If you are interested in doing a sleepover, please make arrangements with the volunteer coordinator. If you are staying in a hotel, check in advance to make sure they allow dogs or cats.

Sleepovers and/or outings into town may be limited around holidays and Kanab event days due to fireworks and large crowded events that present safety hazards for humans and animals. Sleepover animals are not eligible for patio dining — please make alternate arrangements for meals.

Not able to do a sleepover? Consider an outing with a Sanctuary dog.

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