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Best Friends Animal Society Opens Pet-Friendly Lodging in Utah


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Best Friends Animal Society

A new pet-friendly hotel and general store has opened in Kanab, Utah. Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile is owned and operated by Best Friends Animal Society, an animal welfare organization dedicated to ending euthanasia of dogs and cats in America’s shelters.

“With the opening of Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, we are excited to introduce the next level in pet-centric travel,” said Brooks Bradbury, director of hospitality of Best Friends Animal Society. “We look forward to welcoming all visitors to Kanab—travelers with furry friends and those without, travelers who are visiting or volunteering at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary or those guests who would like to know more about our work. We love welcoming pet sleepovers.”

The new property will provide complimentary shuttle transportation to and from the organization’s nearby sanctuary, as well as offer organized Best Friends member activities, including volunteer opportunities and pet sleepovers.

The Roadhouse boasts 30 regular rooms, eight suites and two two-level suites. The guest rooms are outfitted with durable fabrics and materials, pet introduction doors—a two-door entry that ensures the pet will not slip out, room furnishings built 18 inches or higher to avoid pet entrapment or accidents, sleeping areas featuring pet mattress, as well as complimentary pet washing stations and fenced-in park with a water feature, and pet walking services and sitting, upon arrangement, according to officials.

Two rooms are designed specially to accommodate cats. They feature a window perch for lounging, high hanging light fixtures, cat proof blinds and curtains, generously spaced furniture to prevent cats from jumping on top of the furniture and a litterbox under the bathroom vanity, officials said.

“Each room is named for a beloved Best Friends animal alumnus,” officials added. “The room’s corresponding artwork is an image of the featured animal and a framed plaque relating their special story. There is one room specifically designated as pet free for those with allergies. Two rooms are handicap accessible.”

The mercantile houses a reception, a common area space for guests, a complimentary vegan continental breakfast bar and retail merchandise.

Revenue from the Roadhouse will support Best Friends’ efforts to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025.

The facility was designed by WOW Atelier of Salt Lake City and Jillian Kliewer.

 

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