From Pilot to Animal Rescuer

Serial reinventor Juliette Watt had been a casino card dealer, singer, soap opera writer and flight instructor. Then a volunteer vacation at an animal sanctuary set her on another path.

By Susan Crandell
Photograph: Photo: Jesse Chehak

Call 435-644-2001 (extension 4119) to sign up for a tour or set up a stint, from a single day to several weeks. Volunteers can stay in one of the cabins or cottages on the sanctuary grounds for $55 to $125 a night, depending on the season (they’re sometimes booked two years in advance), or at one of the many motels in nearby Kanab. Best Friends is an hour-and-a-half drive from the airport in St. George, Utah, and less than two hours from Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, which you’ll surely want to visit if you’re in the area.

Susan Crandell, author of Thinking About Tomorrow: Reinventing Yourself at Midlife, lives with her husband and three rescue cats.

Originally published under the title "Call of the Wild" in the December 2010/January 2011 issue of More.

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First Published November 15, 2010

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