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McCarthys Wildlife Sanctuary Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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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!

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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,