Best Friends: The True Story of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary
Author: Samantha Glen · Subject: Rescues & Sanctuaries
“Sinjin the badly burned black cat. . .who survived to welcome others home Victor the abandoned Australian Shepherd mix. . . the capo among dogs Tyson and Tommy, two tiny black kittens. . .who had something to teach us all
Discover Best Friends A Place Where Every Animal Is Safe. . .Loved. . .And Never, Ever Killed
In the summer of 1982, a group of young men and women pooled every penny they had and bought 3,000 acres of high desert called Angel Canyon, Utah. It was to become the most famous “no–kill” animal sanctuary in the world. . .a haven for over 2000 furry and feathered friends including stiff–legged Benton who is “chairpurrson” of the TLC club. . .the infamous Goatie, comforter of horses. . .Baa Baa Ram Das, the sheep who teaches lessons. . .and Amra, the gigantic Malamute who is sheriff of Dogtown backed up by his deputy Rhonda, the tiny terrier who took one look at him and fell in love.
About the Author
Samantha Glen is the co-author, with Terri Crisp, of Out of Harm’s Way. With Mary Pesaresi she has also written Family: Everyday Stories About The Miracle of Love, which the Family Channel honored with its Seal of Quality and voted best adult book of 1996, and Search and Rescue. She currently writes a bi-weekly column called “Animal Talk” for a Northern Nevada newspaper. She lives with her husband and four-legged family in Lake Tahoe.
“The largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the country, Best Friends houses between 1,800 and 3,000 creatures–from dogs, rabbits, and birds to sheep, pigs, and horses–75% of which are adopted and many of which have special needs. Located on 3,000 acres in Angel Canyon (formerly Kanab), Utah, the shelter was founded in 1982 by several friends. This is the story of their efforts to execute their grand plan, from locating an appropriate piece of land to building various shelters, taking in ever-growing numbers of abused and abandoned animals, finding a reliable veterinarian and raising funds needed to keep their huge project afloat. Not quite as wonderful as its subject, the book gets bogged down in extraneous details and the introduction of numerous secondary characters. Readers curious about the practical side of this endeavor may find it frustrating that, in the first half of the book, it’s not clear how the sanctuary supported hundreds of animals and its staff of a dozen or more; only later do we learn of generous donors, fund-raising efforts, the beginning of Best Friends’ excellent magazine and the sanctuary’s canvassing efforts. Still, readers drawn in by the authors’ 25-city radio tour and 20-city television campaign will find distinctive, memorably drawn portraits of many animals–such as Tomato, the head cat of the TLC Club and the main source of local gossip for Best Friends magazine editor Michael Mountain.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“…A heartwarming and inspiring tale of love, dedication, and courage, this book belongs in every library where there is interest in environmental issues and animal rights.” – Library Journal
“…Glen tells the poignant but also hopeful story of the sanctuary’s beginnings as well as the stories of some of the animals that have come to live there. The well-written and informative book also features an introduction to by actress Mary Tyler Moore.” – Booklist