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Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and permanent home to over two hundrend native or exotic animals. Some have been donated to us by wildlife officers, who confiscated these innocent creatures from previous owners because of neglect, abuse, or illegal possesion. Others were pets that owners could no longer care for and thought that McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary would provide the animals with a safe haven. Twenty four of the animals are large cats who consume one thousand pounds of meat each week.

Target demographics: native and exotic animals of all types.

Direct beneficiaries per year: hundreds of native animals in our rehabilitation program, in addition to the two hundred plus permanent residents of the sanctuary and over 8,000 students who attended an educational program.

Geographic areas served: South Florida

Programs: Native Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release, Wildlife Educational Programs serving all of Broward and Palm Beach Counties, and guided tours of the sanctuary. Tours are open to the public by reservation only and can be booked by calling 561-790-2116.

Community Stories

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is the best! People who don’t approve of zoos, this is not a zoo, it is something else entirely.

Denise Creason B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is AWESOME! Ashley gave a great tour...this place is beautiful and so clean....a lot of care and love go for all the animals here...everyone is very friendly!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome place,thank you Alsey for the tour guide you were great.

Gillian W.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best place ever hands down Mark and his wife and that are fantastic the place is beautiful it's a must-see.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough great things about McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary. I stumbled upon them while looking for a place to surprise my husband for his birthday...he Loves Big Cats! We have now traveled twice from California to West Palm Beach Florida over the past year and a half, it is that amazing. The genuine care & love Aneth & Mark show for all their animals shines through in the well kept facilities, the feeling of comfort seen with the animals while touring. They take great pride in all they do. But to me one of the most important things they do is educate people about these animals. I learned so much from my visits there, and I always feel welcome to ask questions. This will be a place we go to for many years to come.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

always love going to McCarthys. Staff very informative and caring towards the animals. Love when the animals respond to the staff. I learn something new with every visit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Visiting this fabulous sanctuary was one of the highlights of my life! Definitely one of the best animal experiences available in Florida! The animals are well cared for and happy! Go see for yourself!

Sue C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been going to McCarthy’s since 2011. I have romped with 8 different animals. The place is very clean and the animals are very well kept. I always do the tour with my romps. It’s great to see how much they all grown year to year!

Bex K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely love this place and their love for their animals!

Carol R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is amazing!! Very clean. They must rake leaves and pine tree areas every hour! Awesome. I wish they were closer to New York!! I would visit once a month. There was one "cat" under 40 lbs so we got to hold it and play with it. They have lots of animals and snakes but I wanted to spend all my time with lions and tigers. The animals are lucky to get such good care. We were so thrilled to have this opportunity play with baby tiger! I have held huge snakes in Thailand and a baby lion in Mexico. McCathys is the best! Anneth was outside in the front making sure that area was well raked when we arrived. Carol Remley
Penfield,New York

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the best places I have ever been too. The animals appear happy. The staff could not have been nicer. Incredible organization that loves and cares for their animals of all species!! Can’t say enough!!

Maureen C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best place to take your children to learn about wildlife! They are very knowledgeable, the sanctuary is very clean and we’ll maintained. I also seem to get sad when I go to a zoo! Mccarthy’s Is nothing like a zoo, you can tell the animals are well taken care of loved and happy.... I recommend McCarthy’s 100% especially if you ever went to the zoo and got sad for the animals. You won’t get that feeling at McCarthy’s!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i have been to McCarthy’s several times and it is always a great experience. The property is impeccably kept and the animals are all happy and relaxed. The guides are knowledgeable and you can see the mutual adoration between them and the animals. You will not regret supporting this sanctuary. It is truly one of the best experiences you can have.

Linda J.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a fan of McCarthy’s since 2011. I fell in love with the place right away. So clean and such content and well cared for animals. Stress free living in a beautiful S FL environment. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and clearly have a close relationship with the animals. You will love the close up experienceceith the animals as well as the intimate size of each tour group. Don’t miss this wonderful place.

Sean B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a frequent visitor of McCarthy’s I highly recommend this sanctuary for all who visit the Palm Beaches. The animals are well cared for and the accommodations are excellent for animals that are in need of a refuge.

Suzy H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was so happy when I found this hidden gem of a sanctuary. I love the place and the family that lives there. They are doing an amazing job. I especially love the encounter opportunities..which I call once in a life time experience each time I get to go. I hope they keep up the great job with all the animals and learning experience for guest on the different type animals and some of there endangered status. It's sad the rest our world is depleting the species.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Exceptional! An incredible experience and highly recommended. Well worth the cost and time. Reserve early! Best of the best in south Florida!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We took our son and two grandchildren (ages 10 and 14) for a tour of the sanctuary. Our guide was wonderful! He regaled us with stories about the individual animals and the species that we were viewing. We were delighted to see the animals responding to the attention of their keepers. The enclosures were clean and there were appropriate stimulation devices for the animals. The serpentarium was second to none!! I highly recommend this tour! I am pleased to have been able to support this excellent non-profit Sanctuary in their mission to help injured and abandoned animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sharing is caring! McCarthy wildlife does both!! It is obvious that they love cherish, rehabilitate,care and protect their beautiful animals! The work and dedication of Mr McCarthy and staff is more than amazing. We are lucky that they share these majestic creatures with the public. The up close and personal tours are the best!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On our trip to West Palms Florida we had the pleasure of going to McCarthys Wildlife Sanctuary to see some amazing animals up close! If you are ever in the area I would highly recommend going! Our tour guide was amazing! She gave us info on all the animals we saw like what they eat in a typical week (A LOT), what their personalities are like and how these animals found their way to them. She made sure to wake up the big cats and make them play so we could see them in action! All the animals were within a couple feet. Truly an unforgettable experience!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I got to visit this place back in April and I loved it there! All of the staff there was super friendly and knowledgeable of all the animals. I'm a huge animal lover and am obsessed with the big cats so it was great that you can get up close and personal with the animals. You can tell they take very good care of all the animals. I will be definitely visiting again the next time I'm back In West Palm Beach!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

McCarthys Wildlife Sanctuary has been important to our family for over a decade now. My kids have grown up loving these animals. Our experiences there have been amazing! I was previously a volunteer and learned so much helping to take care of the animals and their living spaces. Love to see the beautiful animals and be able to interact and learn more about them. The staff is amazing and we've loved watching the sanctuary grow. I recommend this to everyone we know as a must do when in South Florida.

FlaGram

Client Served

Rating: 5

Where do I start. I love this place...the people, the animals, just everything. It's our escape to nature. Nestled in a residential community are the most elegant and well cared for exotic animals at the McCarthy's Sanctuary. In fact (the Owners) Aneth and Mark McCarthy have their home right in the center of this fabulous place. The guides that tour you through the Sanctuary (appx 2 hrs) are so knowledgeable about the animals and their history that it will amaze you, and most of the guides have been with the animals since their arrival. Now this is not a zoo so don't scrunch your face up. THIS is the absolute best place these big cats, reptiles, birds and other species could ever hope for. Come see for yourself just how well maintained, clean and well cared for these guys and gals are. You will be up close and personal with endangered species and other animals that you only dream about. McCarthy's are special people with amazing skills and extensive knowledge about each and every animal here. You will find that these gorgeous creatures are healthy, happy and well cared for. You might even face your fears.

Kat_11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great sanctuary! The animals are taken great care of here and it shows. The tour guides seem to really love what they do, you can tell when they interact with the animals.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

This sanctuary is amazing! The owners love the animals and what they do, and it shows. Beautiful facility and the animals are very well taken care of. A must do for anyone in the west palm area!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been here twice each time it was a really good experience. The first time I brought my family. It was very educational and really nice to see the animals are extremely well taken care of. The fact that this is a sanctuary for God's creatures that may not otherwise be well cared for is what touches me the most. This is not a place for animals simply to be kept to amuse people. I brought friends from New York on a separate occasion and they were very impressed with the care and cleanliness well as the information we received from our guide, who was personable, respectful and informative without coming off as smug and "know-it-all" like. I highly recommend McCarthys Wildlife Sanctuary as a place to visit for people of all ages.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing sanctuary and fun tour! Very interactive and still informative. Would recommend for anyone to go.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Friendly staff, great animals! I went on a tour and it was such a wonderful experience!

Cindy206

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

No words can describe the joy there is in going to MCCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary. From the tropical birds to the big cats. From the deer to the snakes. It is the best of the best anywhere at taking care of it's rescues. From full grown animals to the smallest of God's creatures they do it all. The facility is always so clean and pristine. No smell or mess. The tours are packed with information on each animal. All the creatures are cared for in spectacular form whether sick or well they do it all. It's a 24/7 operation and continues to grow with the hard work of the owners, staff,volunteers and the patrons. Glad I can go severl times a year and do what I can to help support this incredible cause!

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every since I first met the owners I fell in love with McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary. The love and total commitment to their animals is above and beyond. All the animals are clean, well fed and the surrounding landscaping is spot on clean. Just a true experience!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer at McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary last summer! I was in charge of a lot of different tasks from cleaning cages, raking, preparing food for the animals and more. I also was given the opportunity to experience the wildlife tours with the zookeepers ! There are a range of animals that I got to see on these tours including ones that everyone could hold such as a Macaw and a Kinkajou ! The zookeepers are so educated and nice and answer any questions you have ! I loved volunteering and going on the tours and would definitely go back :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing animals and amazing staff!! I went on a tour earlier this year and fell in love

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a fan of McCarthy's since I was a kid. The team works harder than anyone I know and has a deep connection and cares for the animals within the sanctuary whether they are permanent residents or in the rehab/release program.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Took some friends to McCarthy's wildlife the other day (I have been there many times

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never seen a cleaner, better maintained Big Cat rescue facility. But more importantly, the love, care and maintenance provided by Mark, Aneth and staff is beyond extraordinary. They also care for birds, reptiles and other various animals. McCarthy's offer tours and occasional "romps" with a young big cat or another rescued animal. A trip here is a once in a lifetime experience and well worth every single donated penny! Do Not miss a chance to visit McCarthy's!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been to McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary two times with my family and our experiences were fantastic! The tour guides are very knowledgeable about all the amazing animals that they have there. Their professionalism is outstanding. Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy are always around to greet visitors with a smile. The animals and their enclosures are very well taken care of, and the fact that you can interact with some of the animals is just great! I'm always mesmerized by the big felines that they have there! I'm grateful that sanctuaries like this exist because they are the key to protect endangered species and give them the best care that they deserve. Can't wait to visit again!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I were extremely impressed, Manny the guide was fabulous! His knowledge was incredible as well as his interaction with every animal The enclosures were very clean, secure and sizeable. It was evident that the animals were comfortable and well taken care of. I am a big cat lover and the variety of the cats was awesome, including the rarest and most endangered of species! I'm a huge fan and will certainly be back soon!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have been here two times and both were amazing. Very educational and the cats especially are magnificent to see and they are very well cared for. Fantastic place, a must to visit and support

Client Served

Rating: 5

(1/3) I took my grandkids to McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary while they were visiting from Chicago, and we all had a blast! I was a little skeptical at first,

3 Darby G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer here off and on for the last three years and I can conclusively say that it has been one of the best things I've ever done. The amount of care and respect everyone who works here has for these animals is stunning. The educational tours are impeccable, thorough, and fascinating. All in all, an amazing place to work and visit!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love this place! Happiest most well cared for animals around. A must see!!!

Tiffany65

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to volunteer at McCarthy's Wildlfe for a few years. To this day, that experience is still one of my fondest. I have always been a huge animal lover and the love and respect and genuine care that Mark and Aneth have for their animals shines every time you visit the sanctuary. I absolutely love McCarthy's wildlife! Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area!
Additionally, Mark did two years of birthday parties for my daughters and each year was better than the last. The parties focused on education, conservation and rehabilitation which is exactly what McCarthy's focuses on. The parties were absolutely the best we have ever had, still!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

" A FUN PLACE TO TAKE THE FAMILY".. a good place for animals and helping them be safe clean and well taken care of.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Saving animals helping them giving them a home spreading awareness

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Caring for animals. Bring more awareness to not only wild animals but animals in the meat industry.. ALL ANIMALS.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Saving animals creating a wonderful home for these magnificent creatures . Bringing awareness to the pubic ...

Client Served

Rating: 4

They could use social media to raise awareness of how important this sanctuary is.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm not even a huge animal lover but I found this place to be amazing! I recommend it to everyone. The animals are stunning!! The staff is so well educated on these animals. Our guide happened to have a bond with one of them, Blue, and the way he responded to her was just incredible. The animals are very well taken care of and you can tell that the owners really care about them. The tour is not some mediocre short run-through but rather a detailed look into the lives of these animals. It was so fascinating that my 6 year old never complained once. Can't wait to go back!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to McCarthy's in december and it was amazing. You can really see the love and passion that is put into this place. So much lovely details and such dedicated and nice workers. The guided tour was very professional and I learned a lot. Very nice for kids too !

Donor

Rating: 5

The McCarthy Wildlife Sanctuary take great care of the adopted animals. All the animals have ample space to enable movement and playtime exercise that is essential to them. All the animals look happy and healthy. The animals are safely guarded from causing any harm to the guests. Mark, Aneth and all the volunteers and staff are friendly. They show passion and pride in taking care of their Animals. Future expansion in order to accommodate more animals would be fantastic! Great wildlife Sanctuary.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing place. Mark is the best and has a true passion and love for each and every animal at his sanctuary. From the smallest creature to the largest, they all get the best care an living being could ask for outside its natural living environment.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This facility is absolutely amazing. The animals are truly loved and cared for here, and the staff is all so well-educated on the animals. It's incredible how close you are able to get with the animals and how clean the sanctuary is. I can not express how much I enjoyed McCarthy's Wildlife! I recommend it to any animal lover!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If you are considering a trip to West Palm Beach, I would highly recommend a visit to this wildlife sanctuary. The guided tours are full of good information, and the place is extremely clean and peaceful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing facility!!! The staff and tour guides are all extremely well educated on the animals. The entire facility is spotless and the animals are all very well cared for. You do not get lost in a huge crowd of people, they only do small private tours of about 20 people so you are free to ask questions, and even handle some of the animals. This is a very UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL tour, nothing like you will ever experience at a zoo!!!!

Jennifer544

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our visit here was awesome. The staff and volunteers at McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary are dedicated to their animals, conservation, and education. The experience was unforgettable and we're looking forward to many future visits.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful animal sanctuary. The animals are loved and cared for and each animal's needs understood. MCCarthy's is impeccably clean. It is a n amazing place for humans to visit but, even more important a place where animals who could not be out in the world can live a good life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love visiting McCarthy 's Wildlife Sanctuary. For any animal lover like myself this place is a close as you can get to heaven on earth.

PamS24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary is amazing. Truly amazing. It is the best animal sanctuary I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. It is evident from the moment you arrive at the gate how dedicated they are to the well being of all of the animals in their care. The facility is spotless and beautifully appointed. They offer tours that are educational, interesting and just plain fun. This ensures that both the animals as well has the visitors have a safe and wonderful experience. They have a variety of birds, reptiles and of course, the big cats. We visit as often as possible. You will NOT be disappointed with your visit at all. If an actual visit isn't possible, please consider a donation. Thank you. 5*.

Julie257

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We go to McCarthy's as often as we can. The tours are wonderful and you learn so much about the animals and how they live. The sanctuary is always so clean and everyone is so nice and is such an awesome experience! I can not say enough good things about McCarthy's. Try it and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing place! I have visited numerous times and each time it gets better!
The animals are all so well cared for. The staff is amazing and very knowledgeable.
The sanctuary is on the top of my list to visit when ever friends and family come to visit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary is a real hidden gem. The place is so clean, and all of the animals seem to be very happy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Really impressive! We had a blast, and it was so much better than visiting a zoo. I couldn't believe how close we could get to the animals, or how well-maintained things were. Everything was really clean, and there were so many kinds of animals. I definitely recommend a visit or two!

Ciprian H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've visited the Sanctuary back in January 2013 while I was in the US, and I have to tell you that it left a mark on me. I was really impressed about the owners, the entire volunteer staff and by their devotion towards all the animals they have there. The story which impressed me the most was about the owner and his lion / tiger (can't remember exactly which one was), him being the only person the cat would allow him to approach and feed and also pet. Great job, time dedication from all the staff. Congratulations and keep up the good work. You have my full support for all what you're doing. Ciprian Stefan Hogea, Romania

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Decided to check it out after our cruise. Had time before our flight home. TOTALLY impressed! Very clean,great staff.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Visiting McCarthy's Wildlife is a wonderful experience for the whole family! The tour guides are exceptionally knowledgeable and they tell engaging stories about each and every animal as you walk around the Sanctuary. The animal encounters are such a special experience too! ! It is definitely worth the trip for a visit!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing experience! I have never seen any other place with grounds so immaculate and all of the animals so loved and cared for. It is my first stop whenever I have family or friends in town.