Animals Lovers to Both Give and Receive Amidst Southern Utah's Beauty: Volunteer Vacationers Caretake Before Enjoying Canyon Vistas

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Green Earth Travel, purveyor of "trips that make a difference" is taking reservations for its volunteer vacations that give adventurous animal lovers opportunities to both care for orphaned animals, and reward their efforts afterwards. Guests can once again choose to camp at the Grand Canyon June 4-9 or August 9-14, or indulge at a desert spa in Zion National Park October 5-10, 2010. The to Zion will be enhanced by the participation of animal behavior expert and best selling author, Dr. Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D.

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"Vacations are usually 'about me.' Caring for the animals made the trip become one that was 'about you (cats, dogs, horses and pigs)! Kathy Poynton, Guest

Green Earth Travel, purveyor of "trips that make a difference" is taking reservations for its volunteer vacations that give adventurous animal lovers opportunities to both care for orphaned animals, and reward their efforts afterwards. Guests can once again choose to camp at the Grand Canyon June 4-9 or August 9-14, or indulge at a desert spa in Zion National Park October 5-10, 2010. The to Zion will be enhanced by the participation of animal behavior expert and best selling author, Dr. Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D.

"We are proud to once again offer these unusual trips for animal lovers around the country," comments Donna Zeigfinger, Green Earth Travel President. "Guests will have ample high quality time at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, tending to animals and learning about Best Friends' terrific tradition of service. Following the sessions dedicated to animals, they will be able to immerse themselves in the dramatic beauty of thedesert southwest." Grand Canyon trip guests will venture to the North Rim to camp after enjoying the spectacular view, hiking and evening around a toasty campfire. October travelers will head to Zion National Park to stay at Flanigan's Inn, a desert getaway where they can hike the dramatic canyon landscape, participate in a yoga refresher, or find a uniquely silent space to meditation.

"It was the best trip I've ever taken," notes Kathy Poynton, a recent Green Earth Travel guest from Virginia who visited with her mom. "I'm a long time supporter of Best Friends and have been interested in visiting for a long time. The cleanliness and well-organized operation made it clear to me that every penny I've donated goes to good use. In addition, Donna has the trip plan wired: I really appreciated the trip's flawless planning and organization."

Kathy continues, "Vacations are usually 'about me.' On this trip, I worked my butt off and felt really rewarded to have spent the time giving, instead of getting. While caring for the animals the trip became "about you (cats, dogs, horses and pigs)!"

Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D. whose best-selling book "Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good" will accompany October trip goers. "I am looking forward to sharing time with like-minded people with shared interests," notes Dr. Balcombe, whose professional assignments include his positions as Associate Director of Education for The Humane Society of the US and Senior Research Scientist at the Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine. He will be available to give interpretive talks on such topics as animal behavior and animal awareness.

Guests will travel from and back to Las Vegas on the Adventure Bus, hosted by a professional team that has been introducing guests to the scenic wonders of the west for nearly a decade. Owner Stephanie Emery, whose knowledgeable staff will provide a unique and memorable camping experience for the June and October trips notes that she has been “inspired by Green Earth Travel/Best Friends trip participants’ commitment to helping animals and supporting animal rights.” Meals will be vegetarian with options for vegans.

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