As 2020 approached – unknowingly bringing with it the herald of the coronavirus pandemic – Kim and Karen were presented with multiple health challenges that ultimately meant that it was time to retire.
By this time, the Eagle Mountain community had grown substantially. The land that now housed these beautiful animals had become valuable for developers and development, and the property had sat on the market for some time as Kim and Karen fought hard to make sure that anyone purchasing the property would agree to keep the animals there and, hopefully, keep the sanctuary going.
Through a series of unusual circumstances, Kim and Karen were able to be introduced to new buyers for the property who agreed to keep the nonprofit going and do their best to fill some very big shoes in care. Volunteers from the community came in to help, and in present day, literally hundreds of people each month come out to feed, spend time with, and care for the animals as volunteers, with thousands more each year that come help create a 100% volunteer-driven, service-oriented self-sustaining sanctuary with one-of-a-kind experiences with plants, animals, and sustainable agricultural and zoological experiences to be found nowhere else.
From our humble beginnings, we hope the next decades and years beyond that can continue to be spent to grow Friends in Need to be able to care for more animals and serve more and more people and communities in a self-sustaining way.
As Karen once said, “Yes definitely, and we would love to take them in. No one was going to.”
If you’ve been part of our past, we invite you to be a part of our present. If you’re part of our present, we hope to see you in the future. And if you haven’t been a part of FIN past, present, or future – schedule your visit today and be a part of this little-engine-that-could dream that is fast becoming a landmark reality in the Utah community.
Friends in Need Animal Sanctuary
P.S. A picture is worth a thousand words…here’s not-quite-a-thousand pictures from volunteers throughout the years to help tell the Friends in Need story.
See you soon!