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Running a Lifesaving Animal Sanctuary (RLAS) is a three-month hybrid course offering online self-study, live weekly Zoom calls and an in-person experience at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. The in-person experience includes a tour of the facilities and live classes with animal care experts, plus group and individual mentoring.

Designed for those interested in starting an animal sanctuary and not looking to work in a municipal shelter or humane society. Many people have the skills, resources and talents to help animals in their communities. They may need and benefit from Best Friends’ history, experience, knowledge, resources and insights in creating a successful organization.

Starts on June 19, 2024

To express interest in the program or if you have questions, email

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Choose from two participation options:

  • RLAS Certification - successful completion earns an SUU Institutional Certificate
  • RLAS Fast Track - successful completion earns three credits that may articulate into undergraduate or participating master’s degree programs at Southern Utah University

*Please note: this course has a minimum enrollment requirement. Because of that, we recommend you not make non-refundable travel arrangements until after the course begins. 

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