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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species

Mission: Valley of the kings sanctuary and retreat provides a home for abused, abandoned, retired and injured large felids, exotics, and domestic non- human animals.

Programs: To provides a home for abused, abandoned, retired and injured large felids, exotics, and domestic non-human animals.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

Former staff

Rating: 1

Everything these folks are saying is a lie! They must work for them. The owners are lazy and don't know half of what goes on there! They don't even clean the pooh out of the cages of the wolves! The camel lives in a cold barn all winter in a tiny horse stall!! They have a cougar that lives under the stairs of a building with no light or heat! There employe chuck is on heavy medication and shouldn't be around animals or people for that matter! And like I said the owner knows nothing about what is going on and are lazy!! Even there house should be condemned!! They should of been shut down years ago!!

vieauvic

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Valley of the Kings goes above and beyond basic needs to care for their animals. I had the honor of helping take Assam, a tiger, to a veterinarian clinic for his second and third surgery. Assam was first operated on in September of 2011 for a cancerous tumor on his cheek. At first it was thought to be an abscessed tooth. The first operation in September bought this awesome tiger some time. His second operation in December of 2011 bought him some more time. He just had his third operation to remove the returning tumor and we hope to have bought him even more time. Other places don't necessarily give the quality of life care that VOTK has made part of their mission and promise to the animals they take in. VOTK gives each animal the best care they can with the people and resources they have. The residents at VOTK are loved and cared for above and beyond just a place to live. They have arrived at a very special place. I believe the volunteers and owners feel blessed to be able to participate in this activity and honored to know these amazing animals. If good karma was bright--VOTK would glow like the northern lights.

Previous Stories
1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a member in August 2009 and a volunteer in October. I cannot express how healing it is to work with these amazing and loving animals. With over 50 big cats and various farm animals living close together, you really appreciate the love, care, and dedication this place generates every day.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a certified veterinary technician in the state of Illinois. One of our class volunteer trips was to visit VOTK and that's where i first got involved. As a CVT, it is my job to assist in the health and well-being of the animal kingdom. I firmly believe because of the unconditional love and non judgemental character our animal companions offer us, it is my duty to provide the up most health service i can in repayment for how our friends can benefit our lives. Once i became a regular volunteer at VOTK, i learned that any animal, pocket sized or 900 pounds, is capable of providing people with health benefits we all are familiar with. Being a volunteer here has changed my world in ways indescribable and is of course a once in a lifetime opportunity!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Andy Carlson and I have been a volunteer at Valley of the Kings for 16 1/2 years. VOTK is in my opinion, a model for how a big cat sanctuary should be managed and operated. Jill and Jim are completely devoted to the animals in their care and they have truly worked some miracles for their animals. Most of the big cats have come from abandoned, abused or neglected backgrounds. Jill and Jim, along with the help of their dedicated volunteers have helped heal the animals not only physically, but also emotionally and psychologically. To see these animals being “reborn” through love, kindness and respect is simply amazing. The other magical thing is, the animals share this message with new arrivals. Last year a new tiger arrived as it was just turning dark. As the back of the special transport trailer was opened we could see the tiger in his rolling crate and he was not real happy. He didn’t know where he was and he had been on the road for a number of hours. As he started to growl, suddenly in the darkness behind us we heard the lions and tigers who live at VOTK let out a thunderous chorus roar, as if to say “it’s okay, you are safe here, welcome home, we are glad you are here to join us”. Within seconds of the new arrival hearing that message you could see him almost as though he was taking a deep breath, exhaling and starting to relax. This is only one story that illustrates how dedicated and committed VOTK is to the animals in her care.

Thank you,
Andy Carlson .

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first stepped onto Valley of the Kings' property in April 2003. They had me with the first roar! I knew I had found what my heart had been searching for all my life. The energy from the big cats envelopes you and sustains you all day. I have never worked so hard and enjoyed it so much in my life. The animals are so grateful for our being there. You can see the love in their eyes. After a day of hard work it is often even harder to get in the car and drive off.

Review from Guidestar

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never been to a sanctuary quite like this one. The people who volunteer are incredible, the people who run it are unlike anyone I have ever met (in a very good way), and the animals are mesmerizing!

Review from Guidestar

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Valley of the Kings (VOTK) for just over a year. In addition to the big cats, VOTK has a variety of other animals that were in need of refuge. Whatever circumstances brought these animals to VOTK's doorstep, the result was the same, they were finally home. Regardless of the chore a volunteer does, not only do the animals benefit but so does the volunteer. Its a win-win situation for all involved. The animals now have a forever home and volunteers get the privilege of seeing them flourish and grow. It is this type of environment that makes VOTK truly define the word sanctuary.

Review from Guidestar

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I live 25 miles away from VOTK and I am amazed about how many locals have no idea that VOTK exists. It is not only a wonderful place for all the animals to find their forever home, it is also a blessing to me to be able to share my life with the animals, the owners and the volunteers. As soon as I pull up to the gate the positive energy fills me and prepares me for the day of hard but very rewarding work. I love each and every animal there and take great joy in spending one on one time when I can.

Review from Guidestar

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Valley of the Kings provides food, shelter, veterinary care, love and forever homes for abused, neglected and abandonded animals, primarily large cats. It has been a joy to watch animals being transformed from a thin, scared state into healthy, happy critters.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Valley of the Kings does an absolutely amazing job caring for animals with extremely limited resources. Many of these animals come to them from abusive situations, requiring extensive care, which is provided with a huge dose of love. I never cease to be amazed by what a small group of committed, volunteers accomplish at this wonderful sanctuary.

Review from Guidestar