LV/UT Part 1

D A Y  1 // 
Our great adventure started off on Thursday when my Stepmom, Adrienne and I all flew in to Las Vegas. I had never been there before so it was so much fun exploring and seeing the strip! In case you're not up on the news, there was also a shooting on the strip earlier that morning. You can get more info on it here, but basically it happened across the way from where we were staying so we couldn't get to our hotel. After about 3 hours of driving around, stopping to eat and killing time, we finally got to check in! We stayed at the Bellagio and had a perfect view! I was mesmerized. We got to do a little shopping before going to see Cirque Du Soleil, O! It was absolutely fantastic! This night was so great I can't even put it into words!

D A Y 2 // 
This day started bright and early as we had to drive close to 4 hours to get to the Best Friend's site in Utah. We checked in and went to our orientation. Our first session of volunteering started about an hour after we got there. We chose to volunteer in the Cat World first! We visited the "Benson House" which had cats with a variation of needs. Some were completely healthy while some were deaf, blind, had survived poisoning, being hit a car, and a variation of other physical disabilities. We got to play with them, brush them and even take them for walks! Putting a cat on a leash is just about the cutest thing ever. Due to one of the physical illnesses mentioned above, Adrienne had to use a stroller to walk one of the kitties. She absolutely loved the fresh air and looked oh so cute in her stroller!! 
The organization offers "sleepovers" as a way for the animals to get used to living in a home and being around people so that when they do get adopted, it's not a difficult transition. We chose Misty to be the cat that we took home for a sleepover. We all fell in love, as she was just the sweetest cat ever! Doesn't she look like an Alpaca?? hehe! This day was perfect.

I'll share more on day 3 & 4 tomorrow! So excited to show you all of these photos and share what an awesome experience this was. For more info on Best Friends, you can visit their site here!

xo. melisa

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  3. I think this is about the sweetest thing to do! When I was in high school I volunteered at an animal shelter and it's such a rewarding feeling to give pets a new lease on life.

  4. I drove through Vegas two days ago! We didn't stop because we were going to Hoover Dam, but it was neat to see from the road.
    ~ Hanna