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The Wild Animal Sanctuary

Rating: 4.94 stars   496 reviews 17,661

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Education

Address:

1946 County Road 53 Keenesburg CO 80643 USA

Mission:

The mission of The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) is to rescue and provide life-long homes for captive great cats, bears, wolves and other large carnivores, which have been abused, abandoned, exploited and illegally kept and to educate the public about causes and solutions to the dramatic plight of thousands of captive wildlife in the United States.

Results:

The Wild Animal Sanctuary has rescued hundreds and hundreds of large carnivores over the past 34 years from illegal and/or abusive situations - and provides them with large free-roaming natural habitats to live in. The Sanctuary currently operates a 720 acre refuge for rescued animals, and provides direct education to over 80,000 people per year concerning issues relating to the Captive Wildlife Crisis in America.

Target demographics:

People who are passionate about helping animals - especially Lions, Tigers, Bears, Wolves and other majestic Creatures who are victims of the Captive Wildlife Crisis in America today.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

1-200

Geographic areas served:

US - Canada - Mexico - South America

Programs:

Our Current Programs Our facilities are some of the most contemporary in the nation. We build species-specific habitats ranging from 5-acres to 25-acres, and have dozens of these natural habitats spread throughout our 720 acre facility. Newly rescued animals dwell in large enclosures during their rehabilitation process in order to build groups who will ultimately have a new habitat built for them. These roomy, comfortable environments offer our rescued animals’ unprecedented freedom and more natural living spaces. All habitats have underground dens that supply temperature controlled housing; or hibernation dens; year round. TWAS also has “The Mile Into The Wild Walkway” - a unique system of elevated cat-walks and observation platforms that allow visitors to view our rescued animals and enjoy their habitats, while reducing the animals’ exposure to humans.

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303-536-0118
http://www.wildanimalsanctuary.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I first visited The Wild Animal Sanctuary 1.5 years ago with my girlfriend. We've since been at least a half dozen times with friends and family. Three of those visits have been since their policy change that closed them to the general public, but open to "active supporters". I'm glad they made that change after reading through their newsletter and understanding what is involved in running an effort of this size. They do amazing work, the staff and volunteers are amazing and we always feel very fortunate to witness not only the animals, but the efforts of one man. Not to take anything away from the amazing volunteers because TWAS wouldn't survive without them, but Pat Craig is the epitome of "one person can make a difference".

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I have had the pleasure of visiting and supporting The Wild Animal Sanctuary for 10 years.
The dedication of Pat Craig, the founder, and the entire staff and volunteers is incredible. No matter which person you talk with, the passionate feelings and care they provide all of the animals is incredible. My favorite visits have included watching the interaction of the staff with the animals. The love is heartwarming to see and hear.
My most favorite visit was being able to record Eddy, the black leopard, purring as he walk around his habitat.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I am so impressed by the scope of the Sanctuary, reaching out internationally to teach the world about the harms done to these beautiful wild creatures in captivity.

Too many do not understand the importance of balancing our awe and enjoyment of the spirits of these co-inhabitats of our world with their need for natural lives in the wild. They can teach us about our relationship to nature and how each of us can do our part to maintain balance on Earth, our Home, together.

I feel blessed to know about the work of the Sanctuary and am proud to support them by giving of my time and money to ensure they continue to serve us all in their work.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I have been a supporter of The Wild Animal Sanctuary for at lest 10 years and am endlessly impressed with the work they do. The limited staff and volunteers work tirelessly to help these animals and educate the public on the captive wildlife crisis. It is so nice to support a charity where all of the money goes directly to the cost without all of the memberships and administrative nonsense. Not to mention the sanctuary itself is a wonderful and peaceful place where you can feel the animals joy.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

This is an outstanding organization! The founder Pat Craig is an incredible person who is dedicated to educating the public about the captive wild animal crisis and providing natural open, large-acreage habitats for rescued tigers, lions, wolves, bears and other large carnivores. The organization does an outstanding job communicating its mission, projects and rescues through its website and quarterly newsletters. I've been a donor for 4 years and visit the facility at least twice a year. It's always immaculate and well staffed with knowledgeable volunteers to provide additional information and the animals and the facility, as well as the captive wild animal crisis.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is an amazing place where formerly abused or neglected animals can live out their lives in peace and happiness. Pat Craig and his family along with hundreds of volunteers have dedicated their lives to these animals and work very hard to keep them healthy and happy. All it takes is one visit and you will see and perceive a very special atmosphere that exudes peace and happiness. I am proud to be an active supporter of the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, CO!

 
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4 people found this review helpful

TWAS is a lot more than an animal sanctuary. It is a sanctuary for us to get out of the hectic day to day routine of taking care of 2 legged animals. I feel at peace when I am out there. Watching the animals in their safe and large habitats is very comforting. And to hear the music of the wolves is so beautiful it almost brings me tears. To how comfortable and happy all of the animals appear to be. I adopted Aztec 2 years ago and will continue to do so. He is a beautiful Timber wolf. :) I cannot say enough good things that TWAS does for all the animals. IF you haven't been - you need to go. Bring a lunch like I do as I am usually there for 3 to 4 hours. You will LOVE it and I am sure that you will leave knowing how you have helped them as well.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the sanctuary. I am always amazed by the happiness of the animals residing there! I am so excited to see a facility that cares and takes care of these animals once "discarded". I just wish there were more facilities like this to help others. We will be back again and again. Looking forward to "adopting" a citizen of the Sanctuary.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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3 people found this review helpful

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is completely tops in my book. I donate as much as i can afford to this organization. I visit the Sanctuary frequently and the good they do is so incredibly obvious. The animals are healthy happy and clearly at peace. TWAS provides dignity to animals that have unfortunately experienced horrific abuse. It is remarkable to me to see how quickly their rescues respond to the love and care they provide. They flourish so quickly! Pat and his team live humbly and dedicate their lives to these creatures. Their selflessness is inspiring to me. There is no question in my mind that every dollar I donate goes to the benefit of the rescued animals and therefore I am generous. I have the utmost respect for what they do and feel so fortunate that this wonderful facility is near me. If I could rate them 10 stars I would.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I couldn't love this place more. Everyone from the staff members to the volunteers greet guests with enthusiasm and impressive knowledge. The animals look incredibly healthy and happy. It's tragic that humans put these magnificent creatures in a situation where they needed to be rescued, but it's heartening to see what Pat Craig and his team have done to ensure that these lovely beasts have the opportunity to peacefully live out their lives in this tremendous sanctuary.

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

The only thing I would change are the laws that create the need for such a place. Humans can be really stupid. The Wild Animal Sanctuary rights those wrongs and I wouldn't change a thing about the place.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The wild animal sanctuary is a place where hearts HEAL and JOY is experienced. Come check it out

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I can't say enough wonderful things about TWAS. This organization gives animals new hope and the best care possible. They do it through honesty and integrity. Visiting the sanctuary, you are reminded that everything they do is with the benefit of the animals in mind. You see animals that are relaxed and content. I know wholeheartedly that my donor money is going directly to caring for the animals. They don't do flashy ads or marketing. They run a simple operation that does one thing: gives the animals the best life possible.

 
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