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Primate Rescue Center

Rating: 5 stars   57 reviews 3,304

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

2515 Bethel Rd Nicholasville KY 40356 USA

Mission:

The mission of the Primate Rescue Center is to alleviate the suffering of primates wherever it occurs by: Providing sanctuary or referral to appropriate facilities; Working to end the trade in pet primates in the U.S. and abroad; Educating the public about the plight of primates caught in the breeder/dealer cycle; Assisting researchers and zoo personnel in finding appropriate placement for their surplus primates; Encouraging compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws and animal welfare statutes.

Results:

We've been around for over 25 years, and are planning for the next 50. Our youngest chimpanzee will easily live that long!

Direct beneficiaries per year:

More than 50 monkeys and apes for whom we provide high-quality lifetime care.

Geographic areas served:

National & International

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859-858-4866
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to the PRC in June of 2015 when I was accepted for a spot in their summer internship program. I applied for the internship to fulfill a co-op credit that I needed for my undergrad degree in Animal Studies. However, from the start I knew that my experience at the PRC would mean much more to me than a college credit. Not only did the workers fully involve me, along with the other interns, in all of the daily routines--including feeding, cleaning, enrichment and other activities that sporadically came about--they really welcomed and encouraged me.
Of course, working with the primates was the best part of it all. With 11 chimpanzees and nearly 50 smaller apes and monkeys on the facility, it was amazing to observe how each resident differed. Having never worked in a facility with exotic animals before, I was completely fascinated. I mostly became familiar with the chimpanzees because they are housed close to where the interns work. During my time there, I observed many primate behaviors such as grooming and hooting, and I also learned about the dominance pattern within the group. Seeing these behaviors first-hand definitely sparked an interest in primates within me, and I plan to continue researching them.
My experience at the PRC benefited me in so many ways. Obviously, I got some first-hand experience with primates and learned a lot about them. I also, in turn, learned a lot about myself and what I would like to do with my career after college. When I tell people that I am an animal studies major, their first response is usually, "Really...what jobs can you get with that?" The workers at the PRC made me feel like there is hope for my degree, and reassured me that there are jobs out there for people who have an interest in animals. My internship at the PRC reassured my desire to work at a rehabilitation facility for exotic animals after I graduate. I wouldn't trade my time at the PRC for anything, and I'm so glad that such a wonderful non-profit exists so close to home.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

THIS IS A GREAT AND IMPORTANT CHARITY TO SUPPORT, THE RESCUED CHIMPANZEE HAVE COME FROM LABS WHERE THEY HAVE SPENT YEARS BEING ABUSED FOR MANKINDS BENEFIT, PRIMATE RESCUE CENTER LOOK AFTER THESE CHIMPS AND HELP THEM TO HAVE A MORE HAPPIER LIFE. I GET REGULAR UPDATES AND LOTS OF IMFORMATION ON THE CHIMPS, DAY TO DAY LIVING, BIRTHDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Great work at taking care of some beautiful creatures. I always enjoy the yearly supporter visitation day, too.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Ten years ago, I lived and volunteered at the PRC for almost two months. I saw firsthand how well the primates there are treated. Cages are regularly cleaned, chow is always supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables and enrichment is always provided. Moreover, great care is taken to ensure the safety not only of the primates but of their human caretakers as well. I have been a supporter of the PRC ever since because I know my charitable donations are being well spent!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The PRC is one of the best nonprofit organization I've ever seen. They are VERY dedicated to the well-being and happiness of their rescued residents. They utilize their funds for the primates not high salaries. They keep employees down to a bare minimum and use volunteers extensively. The founders even add their own funds as needed to care for the primates. They are perpetual advocates for the well-being & ethical treatment of all primates. Enough words cannot be said about this organization!!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I Do A Lot Of Volunteering For A Lot Of Organizations. I Have Never Encountered An Executive Staff Before That Eats, Lives & Breathes Their Organization (And The Support Of Others That do Similar Work) Like ThIs One Does. Total Dedication Is An Understatement! They Are Even Mindful Of Human Impact On Their Residents So Much That They Only Open Their Doors Once A Year For A Private, Invitation-Only Fundraiser In Order To minimalize Stress On Their Primates. This Facility, Like No Other That I Have Ever Encountered (Human Or Animal Oriented), Puts The Health, Comfort, Well-Being And Happiness Of Souls Under Their Care Above All Else. April Is Sooooo Dedicated That She Even Networks With Other Primate Facilities To Find Homes For Abused Or Neglected Primates Across The Nation. She Is An Advocate For Primates 24/7/365. She Is Dedicated Not Only To The Animals ThemSelves But To The Education Of The Public That Primates Are Not Domesticated Pets In An Effort To Prevent Future Need For Rescue. This Facility Is Ever Mindful Of The Safety Of Their PrIMates And Staff. Preservation Of Quality Of Life Is A Definite Priority Here. I Can't Say Enough About The Quality Of This Facility!!!

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

Enlarge All Of The Living Habitats To Encompass The Trees So The Smaller Primates Would Live In A More Natural Habitat & Roam Freely Through The Trees. I Would Provide A Steady Steam Of Mega Funding To Take The Stress Off April So She Could Take A Breather.

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Excellent steward of financial resources. Cares for amazing primates.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the opportunity to visit the PRC on members day. It is a well taken care of community of primates. All the staff is knowledgeable and very caring. The primates and monkeys are happy and care free. It is obvious that they are well cared for and respected. The various housing for them are neat and clean. April and her staff are top notch!

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Primate Rescue Center is a star - they know what they're doing and they do it well. The staff has heart, compassion and the smarts to give rescued primates the very best possible sanctuary life. They change the lives of so many deserving animals. It's a beautiful thing.

This sanctuary is a leader due to its' history of making real change in the animal advocacy world. I am honored to be affiliated with the Primate Rescue Center, and I hope to be working with them for many more years to come.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is one of the best out there. Everything they do is for the benefit of their primate residents. It is heartwarming to see these animals, who have often been through much trauma, live out the rest of their lives in peace, comfort, and while getting the physical and mental stimulation they need. I also admire how the PRC remains involved and active in helping to change the legal and cultural issues that cause sanctuaries to be needed in the first place. The PRC is a prime example of a true animal advocacy organization.

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?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first became involved with the Primate Rescue Center (PRC) when I wrote the sanctuary a letter, seeking information on how to prepare myself to work in the primatology field. Imagine my surprise when the PRC's director, April Truitt, personally called me and not only spent valuable time answering all my questions, but also invited me to volunteer there for a week! I never dreamed of being offered such an opportunity, so I snatched it up and after continued education and research, I found myself volunteering at the PRC within a few short months.

I was amazed at the friendliness of the staff at PRC, their incredibly professional methods for caring for their primates, but most of all, I was impressed with the true care and empathy the staff had for each individual primate living within their walls. Staff at the PRC understood the varied histories and experiences of the intelligent, sensitive primates who were lucky enough to live out the rest of their lives at the sanctuary. Every system involved in the daily care of the primates had clearly been perfectly engineered for efficiency, cleanliness, and economy so as best to maintain a wonderful quality of life for the primates. The wisdom and experiences of April Truitt and her staff is invaluable, and I will forever be grateful to have had such a memorable foray into the primatology field.

Not living in the Kentucky area, my time volunteering at the PRC was inevitably cut short when I had to fly back to my home in New England. However, my experiences at the PRC changed me, and I know it is their professionalism and love for primates that inspired me to continue making a difference in the primatology field.

I donate to the Primate Rescue Center every chance I can, because I know my dollars go directly towards a good life for primates that have lived through so much, and deserve only the best. I thank the PRC, their staff, and yes, their nonhuman primates as well, for giving me the chance to join them, albeit for a short time. I only wish I lived closer so I could be there in person, not just in spirit, every day to witness their wonderful work with such special animals.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in the time that I spent volunteering there. I also continue to witness their growth and involvement in the sanctuary world via website and newsletter updates, as well as personal correspondence.

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would give them more money so they could take as many primates as need sanctuary. Oh, and I would move them to New England so I could be there more often!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with the Primate Rescue Center for several years, both on-site and off, and I can't say enough about the great facilities and the care the primates get. The primates and staff are hands down some of my favorite beings on the planet. The work they are doing here is important and amazing and I'm proud to support them.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at the Primate Rescue Center for two years now and hope to be able to continue for years to come. I've fallen in love with the chimps and monkeys and all of their unique personalities. Knowing them personally makes it even more rewarding that I may play at least a small role in improving their lives. It is a honor to work with such a dedicated care staff. They go above and beyond to enrich the lives and health of all those in their care. Their respect and love for the primates can be seen in everything they do for them.

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Outstanding non-profit for which I proudly volunteer. There is a shared kindred spirit and devotion to the daily care of animals that desperately needed rescued and desperately needed a home. This organization is also eager to educate the community so everyone can make a difference in primate lives.

 
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