Best Friends Animal
Society, a national no-kill animal rescue group, is opening a pet-centric hotel
near its headquarters in Utah.
The 40-room Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile will open
Aug. 15 in Kanab, which is at the center of the state's "Golden Circle"
and serves as a convenient base camp for day trips to Zion, Bryce, and Grand
Canyon national parks and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Besides welcoming pets to rooms that have been specially
designed for four-legged guests, the hotel will offer pet sleepovers from its
nearby sanctuary as well as free shuttles to its operations where guests can
All proceeds from the hotel will support Best Friends'
efforts to end the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters by 2025.
The Roadhouse features 30 regular rooms, eight suites and
two two-level suites, each with a two-door entry system to ensures pets don't
slip out, furnishings built 18 inches or higher to prevent pets from getting
trapped and sleeping nooks with pet mattresses. There are also communal
complimentary pet washing stations, a fenced-in park with a splash pad, and pet
walking services and sitting.
The mercantile has a common area for guests, a complimentary
vegan continental breakfast bar as well as retail space with Best Friends and
Roadhouse branded merchandise as well as vegan grab-and-go items, beer and