Dogtown – A Day in the Life of- Best Friends Animal Society

Posted from literature sent by Best Friends Animal Society 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741 Telephone: 435-644-2001 www.bestfriends.org

Dogtown is a 50-acre resort for homeless dogs!  There are a variety of multi-dog communes called octagons scattered around the sprawling red sands, juniper trees and sagebrush.  For those desiring more solitude, there are special nooks, like the laundry room, away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the pack.  The areas have indoor/outdoor access and, of course, lots of comfortable beds and toys.  Dogtown has almost everything a dog needs-from medical care and behavior training to agility courses and miles of hiking trails.  What’s the only thing better? A family, of course!

It’s 7:00 a.m. and 400 dogs are up and at ’em, waiting for their breakfast.  Every year Dogtown staff and volunteers prepare more than 120,00 pounds of dog food, while more are off to clean every dog run from the night’s potty breaks so everyone has a fresh place to play.

At 9:00 a.m., trainers and caregivers at the Puppy Care Center round up their wiggly students for the daily puppy socialization class.  Some 20 volunteers help pups like Baxt and Nizonie get used to things like handling, leash walking, grooming, and basic cues.  The center also has a room that simulates a home, desensitizing pups to sights and sounds they will encounter when living with a family.

10:00 a.m. Meanwhile, Andy is over at Peach’s Parlor, getting shined and spiffy for his big day.  Andy is going on a sleepover! Some dogs find families right away, while others take longer.  All the dogs are welcome to live at the Sanctuary for their entire lives.  Even dogs who are adopted are welcomed back with open arms if it doesn’t work out.

12:00 p.m. Just before lunch, a truck full of donated toys, blankets and other fun treats arrives.  Caregivers will “shop” for the goodies they think the dogs in their care will enjoy the most. 

1:00 p.m. After lunch, the Dogtown trainers are trying to help some of the shyer dogs gain some much-needed confidence by mastering the agility course.  The sessions last from 30 minutes to an hour, and each trainer will work five dogs today.

3:00 p.m. Several dogs have been brought to one of the dog parks for some off-leash romping and stomping.  Digging, swimming, toys galore… you name it, it’s there at the dog park.

4:00 p.m., the last of the dogs are coming in from their walks and volunteers. Every day, around 100 volunteers help take care of socialize, and exercise Dogtown’s residents.

8:00 p.m. You might think nighttime is quiet, but these are the peaceful hours when dogs who have been recovering in the clinic can go outside to stretch their legs in safety and privacy.  That’s right; even in the middle of the night, the healing and howling continue at Dogtown!


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