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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Education, Educational Services, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Forest Animal Rescue by Peace River Refuge & Ranch, founded in 1998, grew out of the need to find lifetime care for the ever-increasing number of wild animals in captivity living in substandard conditions or victims of misguided attempts to make them into pets. Forest Animal Rescue is comprised of volunteers who assist in the rescue of non-releasable wild animals throughout the United States and are dedicated to their lifetime care. We participate in nationwide networking of accredited sanctuaries, assisting authorities in locating qualified sanctuaries in other parts of the country. Additionally, a great deal of our efforts are directed toward educating the public about the issues surrounding wild animals in captivity as well as their wild counterparts. Our ultimate goal is to avoid the need to have wild animal sanctuaries by educating people on the complicated social and physical needs of these animals and teaching appreciation of the animals in their native environment.

Results: Over 100 non-releasable wild animals are receiving lifetime care at the sanctuary

Target demographics: stop the cruelty that wild animals endure in captivity

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 130 animals with lifetime care

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: Rescued animals at Forest Animal Rescue are provided with high quality care in a safe, peaceful environment. Through a strong international internship and volunteer program, students in the field of animal conservation learn ways to properly care for wild animals in a safe and humane manner. During their participation in our programs, they gain firsthand experience in ways to provide the animals with high quality and enriching lifetime care. Through public speaking, semi-monthly guided educational tours of the sanctuary and other community outreach programs, Forest Animal Rescue inspires others to help break the pattern of indifference toward the living creatures we share this planet with.

Community Stories

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a journalist, I seek out powerful narratives that allow us to reflect on our place in the world, and stories that offer us lessons on how to be better. When we visited Forest Animal Rescue, we'd never seen such a wide variety of creatures, each living through their own challenging, gut-wrenching experiences of trials gone by. But the passion and dedication put forth by Lisa and Kurt, providing these amazing animals with comfort and peace, has made this rescue the very definition of the word "sanctuary." You may search the world, far and wide, but you will not find more ethically sound, caring individuals to place your trust in and throw your support behind. Truly, what they're doing in Florida for animals everywhere deserves recognition and praise of the highest order -- but they're not ones for taking credit. So please, help them rise, as the animals will be the ones to benefit. You can count on Lisa and Kurt to stretch those dollars on their behalf in the most miraculous of ways.Surane WeerasingheFilmmaker, 1999 Productions.Master of Science, The Columbia School of Journalism

2 Mark212

Donor

Rating: 5

They are very committed to what they do and really benefit the animals in need of care and that need a home.

2 Vicky O.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've never seen two more devoted people then Lisa and Kurt, they both have hearts of gold and the care they provide these animals is nothing but amazing . If you are ever looking for a place to donate your money to this is the place,, you won't be disappointed.

2 mama2ally

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Forest Animal Refuge and Ranch is a true sanctuary! Kurt and Lisa always place caring for the animals even before themselves. These are two of the most selfless people I have ever met. You won't find a better run facility than Forest Animal Refuge & Ranch.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kurt and Lisa have an unlimited amount of dedication to this rescue. Their passion is from the heart and they have made more personal sacrifices than you can even imagine. The level of care these animals receive is second to none. It is an amazing, well-run sanctuary. Last visit 12/2013.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Lisa & Kurt for many years. They both gave up lucrative careers to devote themselves full time to their animals. The animals have always come first. I was with them at a defunct zoo in Sarasota. They didn't have the finances, but they took all of the animals because they had no other place to go. They spent the mortgage payment for their home buying heaters and building homes for the primates and others they rescued. They are an exotic animal sanctuary, but they have rescued numerous equines too. I have assisted in the placement of some of the horses. They don't have money socked away anywhere; they spend it on the animals. Their animals always come first.

Bishop Raegan Rothchilde
Eden Rising, C.S.

3 floridapotter

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kurt and Lisa have devoted their lives to giving these wild animals true sanctuary, they are the beat!! What an iunteresting place to visit and learn!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great place to learn. Kurt and Lisa have done such a great job with the animals. It's such a pleasure to visit the forest.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I used to volunteer for peace river refuge and ranch for 13 years before they moved to ocala they are an amazing rescue they give the animals they rescue a great life and amazing care

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Forest Aninal Reacue / Peace River Refuge & Ranch will always hold a special place in my heart. I first visited them on an Alternative Spring Break trip in 2009, then went to work for them that summer. I loved them so much that I chose to take more college students on another Alternative Spring in 2010.

I've worked at Zoos in Ohio and can honestly say that PRRR/FAR puts the animals' needs first. They are not in the business of exploiting animals for profit. They only want to supply a safe healthy environment where the animals can live out the rest of their lives without distress. Their love and dedication to their work is unlike anything I've ever seen.

I recently visited them last summer (2015) and they are still doing amazing things with their rescued animals but have also been rehabilitating and releasing local black bears.

If you are ever able, visit them. However, more importantly support them anyway you can!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lisa and Kurt are two of the most dedicated people I've ever met, and their animals are some of the best-kept I've ever seen in captivity. Their rehabilitation skills are the best in the state in my professional opinion.

3 Mark211

Donor

Rating: 5

Lisa and Kurt are two of the most dedicated people I've ever met. The animals they rescue are always their top priority.