“Faith’s ‘no big deal’ approach to doing the extraordinary every day is part of what made Best Friends and especially our Sanctuary what we are today.”
KANAB, Utah (PRWEB)
August 05, 2022
It is with deep sadness that Best Friends Animal Society announces the passing of co-founder Faith Maloney, who passed away yesterday from ovarian cancer.
Considered a pioneer in the animal welfare movement, Faith and a group of friends built the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary from the ground up in 1984. With little money and even less building experience, the group purchased virgin land in the desert town of Kanab, Utah. , and a collection of used construction books. They went to work building a sanctuary for abandoned and abused animals that would eventually become the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary and the headquarters of the Best Friends Animal Society.
In the early days of Best Friends, Faith, with no formal training, served as the DeFacto Animal Control Officer for the area, regularly fielding calls from the Kanab Police Department, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Marshal of Fredonia, Arizona and the Kaibab Paiute Tribal Police.
She simultaneously established and managed the “Dogtown” area of the sanctuary, where Faith cared for over 500 homeless dogs each day and earned the nickname “Chief Dog”. She knew the name and history of each dog and amazed visitors to the Sanctuary with her connection to animals.
Best Friends Chairman and Co-Founder Francis Battista shared the following statement:
“Faith’s ‘no big deal’ approach to doing the extraordinary every day is part of what made Best Friends and especially our Sanctuary what we are today. Faith was committed to the ideal of encouraging others and helping them do their best for animals, the planet and each other. Faith lived a life of compassion. She was genuine. She paved the way for so many people who emulated her commitment to animals. His pragmatic advice and warm laughter among many other things will be remembered forever.
Faith Maloney was born in Guildford, England on March 11, 1944 to Irish parents. She attended a convent school for girls aged five to 16, then attended Guildford School of Art, Surrey, UK, where she completed a fine art degree with a minor in lithography. Faith eventually emigrated to the United States and spent 38 years in Kanab, UT, focusing on her passion for saving animals.
Faith was the first president of Best Friends and a popular columnist for Best Friends Magazine, where for thirty years she offered pragmatic advice to readers on everything from “how to help a neurotic pet” to “how to handle cats.” who knead too much”. She was also a regular contributor to the local newspaper Southern Utah News.
In 1998, she co-created Best Friends’ “How to Start a Sanctuary” workshop, which has been the gateway experience for dozens of murder-free organizations across the country. It is now an accredited college course in conjunction with Southern Utah University.
Battista continued, “Faith herself said, ‘I feel I have both the gift and the responsibility to pass on what I’ve learned over the years. She loved helping people overcome barriers that prevent them from doing what they love most with animals, which helps save their lives.
Losing Faith is devastating, but her legacy of kindness and commitment to animals will live on through the work of Best Friends. And continuing the work is exactly what Faith would have wanted from all of us. Our thoughts go out to his family. »
Faith was 78 years old. She is survived by her daughters, Carragh and Eve, her son, David, and her grandchildren Zoe and Jacob. His impact on a large, dedicated national community of animal lovers who work to save the lives of homeless animals cannot be overstated. She will be deeply missed.
About Best Friends Animal Society
Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the slaughter of dogs and cats in U.S. shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the movement without killing and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from approximately 17 million per year to approximately 355,000. Best Friends operates rescue programs across the country, as well as the largest animal sanctuary without killing death of the country. Working in conjunction with a network of over 3,700 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends works to Save Them All®. For more information, visit bestfriends.org.
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