If you are traveling across Utah with a pet then here is some good news: there is a new pet-friendly hotel and general store in Kanab, Utah. The Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile is both owned and operated by the Best Friends Animal Society – an animal welfare organization that is dedicated to ending euthanasia across America’s shelters.
Brooks Bradbury, the director of hospitality of Best Friends Animal Society, said, “With the opening of Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, we are excited to introduce the next level in pet-centric travel. 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.”
Image Courtesy WOW Atelier – Architect
The new establishment also provides a complimentary shuttle to and from the organization’s nearby sanctuary, in addition to offering organized Best Friends member activities, such as volunteer opportunities and pet sleepovers.
The Roadhouse consists of 30 regular rooms, eight suites, and two two-level suites. The guest rooms are equipped with durable fabrics and materials, pet introduction doors – which are 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, and sleeping areas featuring pet mattresses.
It also has complimentary pet washing stations and a fenced-in park with a water feature. And according to officials, there are also pet walking services and pet sitting that can be arranged upon request.
King Suite featuring sleepy Mona.
There are even two rooms are specifically designed to accommodate cats. These rooms 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 added, “Each room is named for a beloved Best Friends animal alumnus. The room’s corresponding artwork is an image of the featured animal and a framed plaque relating to 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, plus a complimentary vegan continental breakfast bar, as well as retail merchandise.
Revenue that is created in the Roadhouse will be going to support the Best Friend’s Organization as they continue their mission to stop the killing of cats and dogs in all shelters by 2025.
The facility was designed by WOW Atelier of Salt Lake City and Jillian Kliewer, and it is truly “wow” to look at.
Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.
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