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Survival Outreach Sanctuary

Rating: 4.96 stars   72 reviews 4,883

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22005 Bowman Rd % Judith C Watson Founder Spring Hill FL 34610 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found this place a little over a year ago as an internship. It took me this long to write a review because it's extremely difficult to say in just words. I am truly blessed to be at a sanctuary where it is absolutely 100% legitimate. Judy works harder than anybody, and on most days is sadly alone taking care of all the animals. And yet, her facility still takes far better care than most others! Every bit of donations the sanctuary gets goes directly to those animals! Every penny! Every day the animals enclosures are cleaned, the animals are well fed. We even take the excess fat off their meat and supply them with supplemental vitamins to be healthy. They are supplied with enrichment and new toys. Her animals live beyond expected years because they are so healthy and happy! We don't make much, but for what we get those animals are beyond well taken care of. Many people including myself after visiting would say that if we were an animal, we would love to end up here! Seriously these animals are treated with such care and love! It's so hard to refer to the animals as "the lion" or "tiger" when talking to visitors. We refer to them by name because they are family! Judy also educates all visitors about these animals and is extremely knowledgeable on each. I STILL learn something new every time I go there!! Survival Outreach Sanctuary has become my home away from home. I can never be more proud to volunteer, and be the newest member on the board of directors at such a wonderful facility. I cannot stress to people enough that SOS is absolutely 100% in it for the animals that call this haven home.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I absolutely love visiting this sanctuary. It is obvious that the animals are all loved and well cared for. The owner is very hospitable and willing to spend time educating visitors and never seems to tire of questions. The animals' homes are well maintained and spacious. I have visited several times and look forward to being able to spend time in the presence of the majestic creatures that call this beautiful sanctuary home.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great stay, and a great find right in the heart of central Florida just north of Tampa bay in Spring Hill. I've been on safari in Africa before, and can state that you'll never see these sorts of big cats up close. Just following their daily behavior is amazing, giving us (the wife and I) a new found respect for these magnificent predators. All of the staff of SOS were gracious hosts, and we enjoyed our stay. The cabin was very cozy, and it was great fun, walking out with our coffee every morning, to work on our laptops amidst the cats.... and even the goats were very entertaining! The SOS is very environmentally conscious, and we'd recommend it to anyone.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

All is great!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My husband and I stayed at the sanctuary for a full 10 days, working on our writing while staying in the cabin and seeing how wonderfully these animals were cared for. They all have habitats which are much larger than required, look obviously healthy with gorgeous coats, have abundant enrichment opportunities and live with dignity. It is a true treat to experience day to day life with such creatures in a sanctuary that is truly that. While others only call themselves sanctuaries, this one truly is and keeps the needs of the animals in the forefront at all times.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My girlfriend and I were visiting from New York City and had the opportunity to stay at Survival Outreach Sanctuary. We stayed in their beautiful cozy and intimate cabin located on the premises. We absolutely loved it! The cabin is well furnished and has a wildlife theme to it, which we thought was cute. For anyone looking to stay in a nice and intimate cabin while looking to get closer to the wilderness all while seeing numerous wild animals up close, I highly recommend this place! There is nothing like waking up to the growls of the numerous tigers and lions that are located on the premises. Needless to say, the experience was surreal and truly amazing. Being from New York and having only been to the Bronx Zoo I found my experience at the sanctuary to be much more fulfilling than the Zoo. The ability to see the animals up close without all the crowds and to see them being fed was probably the best part of the whole experience. It was also truly amazing to see the amount of care and level of importance that is provided for these animals on a daily basis. Each animal has their own large comfortable enclosure and is properly cared for everyday. Judy, the owner, and all her volunteers all work tirelessly to give all the animals the proper care they deserve. No animal goes unfed or uncared for. It is truly amazing the level of passion and care that is provided by everyone, especially by Judy. It is easily noticeable that she really loves and cares about all the animals. We really wish we could have stayed longer at the sanctuary but we are really looking forward to visiting again in the future!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have visited many times and volunteered at Survival Outreach Sanctuary for the past three months and can't stop raving about it. Judy Watson, the owner, has devoted her life to these animals and their care. Each animal has their own clean enclosure with a natural setting of trees, and grass. Medicine and veterinary care is provided if an animal has a health problem. In addition to her duties at the sanctuary, Judy has conducted classes for young children, teaching about the importance of the environment, and the respect for all living creatures. Having known Judy for over fifty years, I can attest to her integrity and her devotion to her animals. I would highly recommend this sanctuary for all ages.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none are needed

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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2 people found this review helpful

My friend Judy has devoted her life to the wonderful creatures at her sanctury. She has headed out many times to rescue an unloved or abandoned wild animal. The animals are surrounded by a beautiful wooded area and receive a daily dose of love and care. The volunteers at the sanctuary are the witnesses to the many acts of kindness performed by Judy.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Great educational facility. The animals are so healthy and loved. This was a great day spent learning about all the exotic and native wildlife. I would highly recommend this to everyone!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change a thing.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This sanctuary is truly amazing. Every animal is well taken care of and happy. The enclosures are huge and the animals have all the entertainment and space to remain as active as possible. Judy, the director of the sanctuary, has a true passion for protecting and helping wildlife in any way she can. She makes sure to maintain the enclosures with adequate shade and the enclosures are cleaned out on a daily basis. Judy has a special bond with each and every animal at the sanctuary, and she would do anything and everything for each and every one of the animals. I've been given the amazing opportunity to intern at Survival Outreach Sanctuary and I must say it has been extremely fulfilling . It is so relieving to have found and work with an honest organization that strictly operates for the well being of the animals and not for money and greed. I encourage everyone that can visit to come and see this beautiful sanctuary with their own eyes.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I began volunteering here after hearing about the sanctuary through my university. I was initially blown away by not only the animals, but the sanctuary itself. Tucked back in the woods off a small dirt road, this sanctuary has a beautiful natural setting with the enclosures for these animals integrated into the native foliage. It did not take much time to see that the animals here are provided for with great care. Judy is truly passionate in ensuring not only their health but also the general happiness and wellbeing of the animals. After talking to Judy and hearing the stories on the various animals I decided to do a summer internship here. I have enjoyed every moment of my time at this facility and recommend it to anyone who has an interest in animals. This place truly is one of a kind!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I found out about Survival Outreach through my university. When I had the opportunity for a paid internship against this one I decided to stay here instead. From the moment I met Judy and she began to tell me the history of the animals and all of the stories that came with it I knew I wanted to be a part of this program. Now that I am here, I feel like I have learned more than I have in all my years of school. There is always something to work on, and not because it's lacking, but rather because Judy mantains the property up to date and takes the preventative measures necessary to keep the animals safe and happy. As the program director Judy is very knowledgable and has great teaching skills. She has allowed us the opportunity to partake in the daily activities of the animals, answers our questions, and guides us in the right direction. As far as the sanctuary itself, I have nothing but good things to say. The animal enclosures are always clean, they are large with lots of room for movement, and Judy has maintained a very natural environment for them. I am very thankful for the opportunity and I hope I can continue to be a part of these animals lives.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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