A Vacation That Gives Back To Homeless Pets At Nations Largest Animal Sanctuary
- Take in Grand Canyon vistas and donate your kindness to Best Friends
Animal Sanctuary, the country's largest no-kill refuge for abused
and abandoned pets. This unique getaway offers a chance to escape
your hectic schedule and engage your heart while you help homeless
animals and revel in beauty of the Southwest. This is truly a trip
to warm your heart and thrill your senses!
Donna Zeigfinger of Green Earth Travel specializes in
environmentally friendly travel with a focus on vegetarianism. She
wanted to organize a one of a kind excursion where people could
share their passion for animal rescue and explore one of the Earth's
most beautiful natural wonders.
The five day/four night trip she created starts and ends in Las
Vegas. A van will shuttle clients from McCarran International
Airport to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, located near Kanab,
Utah. After an orientation and tour of the facilities, clients will
assist Best Friends staff with the daily chores and routines that
keep the shelter running and the critters happy. After two days of
compassionate volunteering, participants will join Canyon Rim
Adventures, leaders in north rim exploration since 1984, to begin a
three day, two night guided backcountry adventure.
During the Best Friends portion of the trip participants will be
staying on site in Angel Canyon, surrounded by stunning scenery
similar to that found at nearby Zion National Park. Watch the
morning sun wash against the orange and red cliffs, thrill to clear
blue-bird skies, and breathe in the beauty of this inspiring locale.
Volunteer duties at Best Friends can include (but is not limited to)
assisting with feeding, grooming, cleaning living areas, and walking
or training those animals looking for adoptive homes. The
facilities at the sanctuary are impressivethere's none of the
sadness that you might expect from an animal refuge. These dogs,
cats, horses, bunnies, and birds all have great homes and loving
companions working with them every dayand they can stay as long as
they want. There's no time limit at Best Friends. Of course, the
goal is to find every pet a forever homesome just take a little
longer to find that perfect match. Working with the animals has
recharged many a soul. Expect to feel the love and renew your sense
of health and happiness.
The second half of this vacation starts with a two hour drive from
Kanab, Utah to the incomparable Toroweap Overlook of the Grand
Canyon. After lunch on the edge of the world, your guides will lead
a warm up hike along the slickrock sandstone tableland that marks
this section of the canyon's rim country. The length of the hike
depends on a number of factors, but most groups run around for at
least three hours (roughly four to six miles).
Later in the afternoon, after setting up camp away from the rim, the
CRA crew will cook up a four-star dinner, and if you're lucky, they
might even spin a few yarns by the campfire. Beside their high
level of professionalism, their interpretive skills, and their camp
cooking skills, Canyon Rim Adventures prides itself on making life
in the backcountry easy. And they've got a real shower.
The next day of the adventure includes the longest hike of the trip
an all day escape into a beautiful side canyon for a trail lunch and
lots of exploring. Like John Wesley Powell himself, the folks at
Canyon Rim Adventures believe a real connection with this beautiful
landscape can only be forged through physical effort. But don't
worry, there will be plenty of time for breathers. The day is
filled with explanations of the Grand Canyon's geology, history, pre-
history, and ecosystems.
The last day starts with camp breakdown, then a drive and short hike
to a spectacular panoramic overlook of the junction of the canyon's
longest side canyon with the main Colorado River corridor. After
lunch on the rim you'll head back out to civilization and a shuttle
ride to Las Vegas.
May 28-June 1 2008
October 8-12 2008
Trip cost includes: Transfers from the airport to Best Friends,
transfers from Best Friends to Canyon Rim, transfers from Canyon Rim
back to the airport.
2 nights, 3 days at Best Friends Sanctuary
2 nights, 3 days with Canyon Rim Adventures
Meals (all vegetarian): 4 breakfasts ( 2 at Best Friends, 2 with
Canyon Rim), 5 lunches ( 2 at Best Friends, 3 with Canyon Rim), 4
dinners ( 2 at Best Friends, 2 with Canyon Rim)
Donation to Best Friends
All camping gear: including tents, cots, pads, sleeping bags, guides
and tours with Canyon Rim
Not included: Gratuities for guides, personal items (phone calls,
laundry, alcoholic beverages, or any snacks while at Best Friends
(Canyon Rim Adventures will provide snacks and meals).
About Best Friends Animal Society
"Best Friends Animal Society operates the country's largest
sanctuary for homeless pets and is home, on any given day, to about
1,500 dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, birds and other animals. Best
Friends works globally with animal shelters and rescue groups to
bring about a time when there will be no more homeless pets. Best
Friends advances initiatives nationwide that promote community
approaches to make the world a better place through kindness to
animals, including adoption, spay/neuter, and humane education
programs."-taken from www.bestfriends.org/aboutus/media
About Canyon Rim Adventures, Inc.
Based out of Kanab, Utah, Canyon Rim Adventures has been providing
guided outdoor vacations on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for 10
years. Their founders have been exploring the area since 1984 and
have an intimate knowledge of trails, history, geology, archaeology,
flora and fauna. Focusing on service, and providing all camping
equipment and prepared gourmet meals, they specialize in sharing the
backcountry of the Grand Canyon with their clients.
If you would like more information about this trip, please call
Donna Zeigfinger, toll free at 1-888-246-8343, or email Donna at