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Forest Animal Rescue by Peace River Refuge & Ranch

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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.

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146 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 jep321

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Forest Animal Rescue is a beacon of light and a true model of how our Nation should interact with wildlife. Their love, dedication, and respect to the animals that are in their permanent care, in inspirational. The manner in which they work to rehabilitate and care Black Bears, intended for release, is to the standard that other facilitates should be taught. I had the pleasure of volunteering, as an inter from Ohio, at the facility and miss it regularly. I currently teach and regularly utilize my experience there and their Facebook and webpage in my classroom. I cannot praise them enough for what they do!

Margaret Susan G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a great place, the animals look so happy and healthy and the people are wonderful.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked as a volunteer with Lisa and Kurt and their extremely competent staff for some 20 years as their veterinarian.
In my veterinary career I have had the opportunity to see a large cross section of animal facilities and sanctuary’s all around the country and have never seen one better run and more focused on what’s really important for the well being of the animals.
I have nothing but the utmost respect and praise for them and a really “true” sanctuary.. they do not put fund raising above the well being of their animals as so often is the case. If you would like to support animal sanctuaries and share that goal, this is the one that I strongly recommend supporting!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a veterinarian. I've known Lisa and Kurt for about a dozen years. I have shared so many good experiences with them at the sanctuary that I don't know where to begin. There is nobody more conscientious, dedicated, or capable than this couple to care for the many animals entrusted to their care after coming from bazaar, abnormal, or abusive situations. I think my most memorable experience was even the most recent project where they received four tigers and two bears from a sanctuary that had been shut down in Colorado. I agreed to be present for the arrival of those animals with the possible need for tranquilization and or sedation to transport and locate them to their new home. Because of the expert handling of those out animals on arrival and the nature of their facility, no tranquilization or sedation was necessary. As I watched them each get established to their new environment --- which is an outdoor spacious location and something completely different than anything they have ever known, it struck me that they (the animals) must have thought to themselves "we have died and gone to heaven". To see a bear or a tiger interact with tree limbs and leaves and bushes which they had never seen before makes me realize again what a phenomenal job this couple is doing in providing lifelong care for some very deserving animals. I can't recommend them or their organization any higher.

Barry Kellogg VMD

Nancy F.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a top notch rescue. They do what is best for the animals in their care and do not exploit them for money. They offer great enrichment so that they can thrive as they would in wild.

Elaine L.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I wholeheartedly support this rescue group for all the good work they do. The animals are kept in a clean environment and the founder has gone thru so much to give the animals a happy home,

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have watched and participated in the process of the fantastic growth of the Forest Animal Rescue. The dedication that Lisa and Kurt have for the animals in their care is most impressive. When talking with them one can feel the love for these animals that must remain dependent on human interaction. When some of these animals came to Forest Animal Rescue, I didn't think they even had a chance to recover from their neglect. But with the knowledge and experience that Lisa and Kurt have, these beautiful animals respond in the most surprising ways. They become more interested (and relaxed) and no longer need to fear being mistreated.

Abigail M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The main reason I like this rescue is that the people that run it are so conscientious, compassionate and diligent in their care of the animals. They work very hard to continually educate themselves to ensure the safety and protection of their wards.
Bravo, say I!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Lisa and Kurt a couple of months ago and they told me their inspiring story.
What theyre doing is not simply rescuing animals but they are providing a forever home for these unfortunate animals.
For them its all about the animals.....unlike some facilities there is no breeding and the interaction with humans is kept to a minimum so these animals can live out the rest of their lives as comfortable and close to their natural habitat as possible.
This is a work of love and it shows

susan1157

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Lisa and Kurt on three different occasions. I am unable to return at the present time, but make sure that I support them with donations. I cannot express how truly heart warming it was to be with two people who devote their lives to the loving care of these beautiful animals. I will never forget my volunteer experiences with them, and hope that life finds me able to return. Please, if you can donate or volunteer, do not hesitate to do so! Your life will be better for it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just returned from volunteering at Forest Animal Rescue with Lisa and Kurt. I cannot emphasize enough the loving care and dedication I witnessed once again.
I had previously volunteered at their old location and came away knowing that once is not enough, and now plan to return a third time. Volunteering at FAR is a life changing experience. No setback deters Kurt and Lisa, and they always put the animals first. Looking into the faces of the animals in their care, one sees gratitude, contentment, and the happy lives that they so deserve.
Their commitment to lifetime care to these beautiful animals deserves recognition, as they truly are one of the "GreatNonprofits". They truly make a difference!
I highly recommend volunteering or donating to FAR. It can be a life changing experience for you too!

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Forest Animal Rescue 02/01/2016

Thank you for the kind words - we are looking forward to your next trip to help the animals!

Emma H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Peace River Refuge & Ranch is a truly unique place. Their #1 concern is the welfare of the animals in their care. The enclosures are large enough that the animals are able to live in an environment similar to the wild. The care is outstanding. Having volunteered there 10 years ago, I am still so invested in what they are up to. They provide interns and volunteers with once in a life time experiences and memories they hold forever!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have visited Forest Animal Rescue and was totally impressed by the habitats created for the animals they take in. FAR does a great job in providing all the living space needed for the different species. The commitment to the animals' well-being is impressive. You can see they really care about providing these guys all they need to live a happy life!

Donor

Rating: 5

F.A.R. is an animal rescue center, who provides life for abused, misused, and abandoned animals. Owner Lisa is a godsend . Her and her husband and wonderful crew provide everything these animals could need with abundant love and care...I have recently started donating to this wonderful center and I hope everyone who reads this does so too....

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent facilities and animal care.
An interesting and all-encompassing volunteering experience also.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had the opportunity to see some amazing animals being the wild creatures they are in the best setting ! Looking forward to visiting again soon !

1 Heather P.6

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have known the owners of Forest Animal Refuge and Ranch for 20 years. They are dedicated to the animals they rescue as this is their life. They care about the animals and have put their heart and soul into helping animals in need. If I lived closer, I would volunteer there!

1 Consie von G.

Donor

Rating: 5

An amazing, true sanctuary for animals. They never exploit their animals and do everything they can to give these animals the life they deserve, full of enrichment, fear-free treatment, healthy diet, and veterinary care. They have room to roam and to express their natural habits. We need more sanctuaries like this! True sanctuaries. Have no fear donating to FAR, your money is well spent helping the animals. I have supported them for years and have no regrets!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Will not except my exotic " Fox" unless I pay " THOUSANDS " for the enclosure.
YOU WOULD THINK A PLACE LIKE THIS THAT HOUSES DANGEROUS CATS AND BEARS , THAT GETS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TAX FREE DONATIONS WOULD HAVE MATERIAL AND RESOURCES TO HANDLE A ANIMAL THATS THE SIZE OF A CAT.

THIS IS NOT A RESCUE......THIS IS EXTORTION !

1 Nicky B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered here in 2013 and the work Kurt & Lisa had completed at that time and were planning to complete was absolutely amazing! They are two incredible people that are changing the lives of so many animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The sacrifices kurt and Lisa have made to make sure these animals can have the life they deserve is astounding. I'm happy to have met such charitable people that have made me want to do more to help others. They need all the help and support they can get to continue their work and get the animals into permanent enclosures. I'm glad I got to work there for a few weeks even though I still feel like it's never enough but I hope to return again in the future. Best of luck to ye.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent a week volunteering at Forest Animal Rescue and it honestly was the greatest experience I have ever had. You learn so much about these animals and why this is a true sanctuary. The owners and staff are extremely nice and helpful, overall this place truly is outstanding with their care and passion of animal welfare.

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Forest Animal Rescue 05/01/2019

Thank you so much for your kind words and volunteer service! Help like yours is what enables us to do what we do - the animals thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SAVING/RESCUING LIVES OF ABUSED ANIMALS , GIVING THEM A LOVING BACK TO THE WILD LIFE. NEVER TO FEAR HUMANS OR DANGER AGAIN. SO AWESPME. THANK YOU

2 Mark212

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Forest Animal Rescue does great work. They have a passion for the animals they take care of and have been doing so for I think 28 years.

Their regret is not being able to take care of more animals.

Please support their efforts.

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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.