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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: It is our mission to restore optimal health, provide rehabilitation and lifetime care in an enriched environment to unwanted, abused or neglected primates in need of sanctuary. We strive to educate the public on the dangers and difficulties involved in caring for captive primates and why they should never be kept as family pets. Through education we support and promote efforts to preserve their natural habitats in the wild.

Target demographics: neglected, abused or abandoned monkeys

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20 monkeys

Geographic areas served: Washington

Programs: Restoring optimal health and providing lifetime care in a healthy, enriched environment

Community Stories

116 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kelsey S.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being a veterinarian and having my entire career in the field of animal care, I am beyond impressed by OPR in so many aspects: organization, cleanliness, husbandry, medical care, enrichment, passion, devotion and so much more. I can only hope that other animal facilities show as much love and care for their residents as OPR does for theirs. Thank you for what you do!

Donor

Rating: 5

When I worked for the Humane Society of Cowlitz County one of my responsibilities was to have Critter Camp for children 8-10.
One event was to visit the Primate Sanctuary...All of us were extremely impressed with what Polly and Skip had done with the property given to them but more importantly what they had done are continuing to do with the primates that are in their care! We all were amazed at what we learned and were in awe with how Polly I interacted with her primates...she loves them and they her...

I continue to visit and bring apples to them from my trees...each time I enter the grounds it is a very serene feeling...Polly and Skip have provided a safe have for these special critters and I applaud them both for doing this most wonderful ministry for God's Creatures!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was so heartwarming getting to see this lovely sanctuary! Polly truly loves and cares for these monkeys and puts so much hard work and time into making sure they are happy, healthy and thriving. Beautiful :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an experience! I had no idea the amount of time and care it took/takes to keep this place in tip top shape. The staff is wonderful and honestly care for the animals here. They go above and beyond to make the life of the animals relaxing and loved. Honestly the facilities are sparkling clean and cared for to the point it makes you feel like you may need to take your shoes off to enter so as to not track any dirt in.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is very clean and well taken care of. The staff takes great care of the animals! I love going to visit and help out with what I can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of volunteering with OPR a few times over the last few years and I am always so impressed of the cleanliness and organization on such a large scale. The primates that they provide sanctuary and care for, have got to be some of the luckiest in the world. The enrichment they provide and the way that they prioritize not only physical health and well being but go so far out of their way to ensure that they are mentally healthy as well and living their best life! Polly and Skip truly are amazing humans, a step above the rest and I'm always so honored to be apart of such an amazing place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the incredible opportunity to work with OPR for my Grant Writing class this summer. I was able to tour the facility and meet the primates to get a better understanding of the agency’s needs. One thing that really stood out is OPR’s commitment to the physical and emotional well-being of the primates. Through our conversations, I can easily tell OPR strives for the best possible facilities, habitats, and medical care for their resident monkeys.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

OPR?? more like the best monkey sanctuary by far!! OPR creates a family for these monkeys that simply couldn't be recreated anywhere else! The staff care for these monkeys and it is obvious. The time and effort that has been put in to OPR, provided an atmosphere that made easy to want volunteer for them. I want to volunteer again!!!! -from a monkey enthusiast

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer for them and I can't believe how amazing the facility was!!! When you walk up to their sanctuary, you can tell that they truly care about the monkeys and are trying to give them a better life. They truly are making a difference and I am so grateful to have been a volunteer for them. Monkeys go far in OPR!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to volunteer and help with taking care of the facility with the caretakers!! They are such amazing people and they are so dedicated to the care of the primates in their facility. The quality of care for these primates is phenomenal!! They are the BEST!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with the caretakers of OPR. We helped build several hundred feet of fencing as part of my missionary service and I was amazed at how loving and welcoming the rescue felt. All of the monkeys are well taken care of and they sure know how to pay attention to the details! WOW!!!

2 Shannon B.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you want to visit a place that truly cares for animals in every way possible this is it. Polly and her husband have made this place a true animal sanctuary. The animals get top notch physical care as well as emotional. I’ve been here many times over the years and have watched the monkeys grow emotionally. Some of them have come from horrible environments and are now thriving. I enjoy watching them open gifts and seeing their personalities come out.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experiences with OPR have been amazing.
Not only do the team have a clear understanding of the needs of these animals, they are treated with a level of care and dignity that is personal to each individual primate.

I have learned a great deal about the lives, laws, history and reality of primates as they are in the western world, something that is so misunderstood and often even kept hidden; and all from OPR.

We need more sanctuaries like this one!

1 MBrinton

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I loved learning about the monkeys from Polly and the volunteers. Hearing about the heartbreaking stories of the lives of these creatures up to the point when they were rescued, was so heartbreaking, it literally made me cry. Seeing the progress these little beings made after coming from some terrible situations was just heartwarming. Everything was clean and bright and the Monkeys have so much room to move and exercise. You really can sense their joy at being here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've spent a good deal of time volunteering over the years. In all of my experience, volunteering with OPR Coastal Primate Sanctuary has given me the most personal satisfaction. It is clear to anyone who has an opportunity to work here, that Polly, Skip, and the whole crew genuinely care for these animals, and that they have extensive knowledge and skill in giving the primates a most exceptional quality of life. Immaculately clean facilities, ever changing enrichment tools and toys, expert companion pairings, and top quality on site veterinary care...
This place and the people who run it are just brilliant!
I hope to volunteer at OPS Coastal Primate Sanctuary for the rest of my life!

Michelle Brinton

1 Hunter B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a lovely facility where the monkeys are clean, healthy, and happy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

No one could possibly love these animals more than the founders of the organisation. OPR is the next best thing to living out in the wild. These money's eat better then most humans. They truly get the best possible of everything from food to living space and toy for enrichment. The enclosures are clean everyday. This place is a little peace of heaven on earth. Much love to all of you at OPR

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They have my friends monkey name Keykey
We see videos all the time and we can’t be more glad to know that he is in a really good place where they take really good care of, thank you we join your service

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have KEYKEY and I couldn’t be on a better place, thank you ♥️

Zuri L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can say that I personally experienced the amazing Job that OPR does for the macaque family, I have so much gratitude and love for Polly who takes care of them with so much knowledge and an amazing staff of collaborators who provide care and love for this beautiful macaque family... Thank you for everything that you guys have done...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited OPR a few months ago and I felt in love with the sanctuary, I had the pleasure to meet Polly, her husband Skip and Jaclyn, they show me the sanctuary and introduced me to macaque family, I can tell for fact that the macaques are very lucky and blessed to have such of beautiful human beings taking care of them, Polly is remarkable, she knows a lot about them and always improving in many ways to help them, I have so much of appreciation and admire her for her commitment and dedication with the macaque family.
The facility is full of amenities, with many thoughtful details to ensure that the macaques can improve by a 100 on their quality of life which I think is the most important thing, you can tell on all of their faces how the macaques loves Polly and what she does for them, we definitely need
More human beings Like Polly, Skip and Jaclyn who care and take pride on what they do to keep this noble cause on providing the macaques with such of great life journey.... form the very bottom of my heart, God bless you Guys at OPR Sanctuary and can wait to visit again

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful place run by the most amazing And compassionate people. Thank you for all you do to make them all happy in special my keykey. I’m happy that you had the heart to create a place like this, this is a amazing place full of beautiful people who love them and want to educate others about them. Thank you for all you do.
Eternally grateful, Gaby (keykey’s mom)

Jordi P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best non-profit to volunteer for. While caring for the most amazing primates you’re also learning life lessons such as respect, responsibility, and accountability.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at OPR for just over a year now and have learned so much from Polly and Skip. I want to be an animal conservationist and OPR has showed me what it’s like to work with primates and each of their unique behaviors. Polly and Skip do an amazing job with the upkeep of OPR and I’m so lucky to be apart of their team!

Debbie F.9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The rescue is amazing. Clean, very educational. Amazing ❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have helped Polly Schultz at her sanctuary and have known Polly for a long time. Oregon Primate Rescue center is truly heaven on earth for the monkeys that she lovingly takes in and sees to it that they live their life out in peace. I truly am not able to think of somebody who has given soo much devotion and passion to the cause of saving the macaques she continually rescues and gives a better remainder of life to.

Hillina L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OPR is a comforting, nurturing, and healthy sanctuary for primates. They take so much pride and care in making sure the monkeys have the best enviroment to living out the rest of their lives. Also, OPR continiously educates their volunteers and it's community on the importance of not importing these monkeys for pets. I enjoy volunteering my time to an extremely dedicated sanctuary that is always making a difference in lives of these primates.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

OPR is such an amazing place. It is a piece of heaven on Earth!

Courtney O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The sanctuary has always been so amazing at taking care of their primates, every morning each meal is prepared with the utmost care.

Rochelle Walters J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

5+ STARS. Absolutely pristine sanctuary that cares extremely carefully and protectively for their precious residents.

Andrea L.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing care for the animals and very knowledgeable, caring staff and volunteers!

Debbie L.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Very clean n caring place. I feel this is a top #1 santuary. The food/diet is fresh always and the monkeys medical needs are met daily. Special diets are carefully watched. The enviorment is lcompatable to a retired human relaxing on a private tropical beach without a care in the world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place named OPR is not just any place. The cleanliness is spot on. The food the monkeys eat is always fresh and so so healthy. I wish Americans would eat this healthy. And all their needs are met in the best way humanly possible. I've been to many rescue n refudge places along with zoos. OPR is home for these little guys n gals. They are not made to be spectacles or on display in any way. The founders of OPR protect n respect these little ones and also do well in teaching other humans the same. I personally have learned so much and witnessed exactly what I've wrote. So far there is no place on earth as clean as OPR. However there are places that do very well in cleanliness n care of animals. I just feel OPR is the #1 top overall rescue in all area's.
Hats off to Mrs Polly & Mr.Skip and all the great volunteers and Doners. Without all the team work this place wouldn't be here.

Rhonda K.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

From the very beginning Polly and Skip provided a sanctuary that was as close to the wild as possible. The socializing of the monkeys is beautiful to see and very heartwarming. They learn to bond with and trust each other, and heal. The Sanctuary has grown so much as has the need , this is truly an amazing place.

Meredith S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There aren’t words for the amazing things Polly and Skip do for these monkeys. They work tirelessly and without regard for how they personally feel to ensure every monkey has a happy, healthy life.
I have been fortunate enough to volunteer here. Polly has a unique ability to draw people and monkeys out of their shells. Words cannot describe what it is to see first hand the transformation that takes place when the monkeys begin to trust people and form bonds. These monkeys, be they from ill-informed human homes or from research labs, all seem to thrive in OPR’s sanctuary.
The upgrades are endless here. There is always some new project in the works to make the monkeys happier. Most recently a giant outdoor enclosure with grass and “vines” was added, with so much more to come. Polly and Skip are always thinking about the next project, a new way to enrich the lives of the monkeys.

This place is amazing. Polly and Skip are amazing. The people that surround and support them are amazing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

OPR is an amazing facility! The level of care provided is top notch and it is clear how much everyone cares about the monkeys. The experience they have of coming to this facility is life changing. OPR should be a model for primate sanctuaries to follow.

Danaka R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

OPR is an amazing place created to help resident primates learn how to trust, love, and enjoy life again. Polly and Skip are the heart of OPR and without them, OPR would not be possible. I feel fortunate to be apart of OPR and experience the magical setting that takes place there. OPR has touched hundreds of primate lives, human and non-human. THANK YOU OPR for all that you do!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

OPR provides forever homes for so many monkeys. It is a place for monkeys to heal, learn to trust, and be loved. It is a magical place for the monkeys and the people involved. I am very grateful to be apart of it.

amykerwin

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

So many primates need our help today. OPR Coastal Primate Sanctuary is there to provide top-quality care-many thanks to them for what they do!

Erin M.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at OPR in February of 2017 as a graduation requirement expecting to put in enough time to graduate and move on with my life. It was very apparent during my first visit to OPR that this was a special place run by extraordinary people. Polly and Skip will leap over hurdles to help primates heal their hearts and souls in a safe environment and when you hear them talk about all the primates they presently care for and have cared for in the past. I never envisioned myself working with primates but my time at OPR gave me the opportunity to get a job working with primates full-time. I don't get to volunteer my time as much now but there is not a day that goes by that I'm not thankful Polly and Skip welcomed me into the OPR family with open arms.

RodeoSpotMkt

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Polly and OPR since they came to WA State. They are an amazing facility giving lifelong care, love, and safety. Their passion for the best possible care, animal well-being goes beyond many others. I wish there were more like OPR and Polly!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This sanctuary is the cleanest, most well run sanctuaries I have ever had the privilege of being involved with. Polly teaches all aspects of care from enclosure requirements, cleaning, animal safety, human safety, and more. I have been involved in many sanctuaries and presently do wildlife rehab. I feel quite knowledgeable of how a sanctuary should look, run, and be operated, this one tops them all!

Nicole M.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

OPR Coastal Primate Sanctuary is by far the best primate rescue I have seen. The love and compassion the owners and staff have for these humble creatures is phenomenal and heart warming. The sanctuary is one of the cleanest ones I've been to, as well. There's not enough nice things I could say about this place, it is absolutely amazing.

Abby S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I couldn't be more impressed with what they are accomplishing. Out of all the animal rescues I've been to OPR is by far the best!!!

Skip S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OPR is an amazing place with kind and compassionate humans who provide such quality care for its resident primates. I am blessed to be a part of it!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

OPR is growing in leaps and bounds and the enrichment program for its monkeys is amazing. None of its directors are paid so donations can be used to provide the best in life for those we've dedicated our lives to helping. A calm, caring, loving environment!

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1 Sasha V.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first started volunteering at OPR I didn't know what to expect, but I must tell you OPR has by far exceeded my expectations on every level. First of all, the people here are very passionate about what they do. They care about the primate residents like they are family, always doing what's in their best interest. The primate residents are vary well taken care of here. Caretakers give careful thought into each individual primate and their specific needs. Not just to their basic needs such as medication and health, but also to mental and emotional needs specific to each primates personality. Careful thought goes into where primates are housed based on personality and other factors, pairing of primates who need companions, what toys and enrichment are safe and what is the monkeys preference? What is the best diet for the individual? What do they like? Caretakers at OPR know these things about their resident primates. Great care and attention goes into safety at OPR as well, not just the safety of the people, but also the safety of the primates. Grounds and enclosures are also kept clean and well maintained. But what makes this a great place and a treasure is the people. I absolutely love the people at OPR, and consider them like family. I've fallin in love with their hearts and their dedication. Their passion to make a difference in the lives of their primates is astounding. The rewards of working with such amazing people as well as the bonds formed when working with the primates is priceless.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely wonderful nonprofit that provides a fantastic home for their charges. The owners are passionate about the sanctuary and some of the nicest people I've ever met. I am so thankful for what they do for the monkeys!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

OPR is a phenomenal sanctuary that has made all the difference in the lives of the animals who find their way into the thoughtful care of Polly, Skip, and the volunteers. They are treated with respect and dignity, and my experience there as a volunteer was incredible. Thank you for all that you do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place for the monkeys to heal. We are so grateful for Polly, Skip, and Volunteers!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful experience with a great mission. Thanks volunteers!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff are always striving to broaden their knowledge and create the best enclosures for the primates!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've heard many great success stories of all of the primates that have been rescued. This is such a great place for monkeys to live in peace. With lots of love and proper living conditions for them to do so. So many monkey lives have been saved from experiments and from being neglected. Please help OPR! they're amazing!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love everything they do for the monkeys. Danika is a rockstar too. She cares for those animals like they are her own.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Skip and Pollyhave done such an amazing job taking care of the OPR sanctuary. They have devoted their lives to caring for the primates and to give them the best life possible. As a volunteer I learned a lot and was treated with the utmost respect.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first read Polly's book a year or two ago. It made me laugh and cry. I was stunned to realize her sanctuary was just outside my home town. I have been following them on social media and plan to donate money to them. I feel it's a very well-run organization that cares deeply for its residents.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first became involved with OPR when I was looking for volunteer opportunities for clients I worked with. I worked with folks with disabilities that needed work experience. Polly and Skip were fantastic with everyone I threw at them. They had compassion and patience regardless of how difficult it could be at times. As for the animals, they were all very well taken care of and it was clear the passion that they had for each one of them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the best maintained and loving animal sanctuary I have ever seen. The animals are able to live out their days being well cared for and most of all given the special individual nurturing they need. I am grateful OPR is here for these monkeys.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

OPR is a beautiful facility on all levels. The volunteers spend endless hours caring for the monkeys and ensuring their environment is healthy, safe and stimulating. What a jewel to have in our area.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This sanctuary is amazing. I have never volunteered anywhere else where the animals were so well taken care of and the owners had such a caring compassionate commitment to them. I volunteered here for 2 years and was always in awe of how clean the sanctuary was kept and the health of all the animals as well. These animals either come from private homes or research facilities, both usually bad situations and deserve nothing more than the best possible care for the remainder of their lives; and that is ecactly what they get. Polly is an inspiring individual and this non profit should be recognized as one of the great ones.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

OPR is an amazing nonprofit. I volunteered with this organization for a couple years and loved spending my time up there. Polly is amazing and I have never met anyone who is as dedicated to their job as she is. She goes above and beyond for each and every monkey and makes sure they receive the best possible care. She is also a wealth of knowledge so if you are ever thinking about getting into the animal care field you definitely need to volunteer here. Running an animal sanctuary is no easy task and requires a huge commitment. There is always a long to do list on top of daily chores and Polly and Skip are always grateful for the extra hands. Love this place!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have felt so honored to be a part of OPR and experience the healing and love it provides for each of its resident monkeys. OPR has touched so many hearts and continues to grow with time. It is such a special place and I am so grateful for it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing sanctuary for primates where they not only are well cared for physically, but their mental health is just as important. Watching the relationship between the monkeys and Polly is very uplifting. The facility is spotless and the primates have so much enrichment and things to keep them busy, as well as having interaction with each other as well. Staff is incredibly knowledgeable and you can tell they absolutely love their monkeys.

5 Gayle O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the chance to go to OPR and visit today. It is AMAZING how beautiful and relaxing the setting is. As I toured the facility and realized what some of the primates had been through I was in awe at what a wonderful job the staff does to let each day be wonderful, healthy, and enriched.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The cleanest facility I have ever seen. And such an ingenious and extensive enrichment program for the resident primates. Its heart warming to see monkeys who were once broken so deeply in spirit, become so incredibly happy! when I die I wish to come back as a monkey and live at OPR!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

At OPR the well-being of our primates always comes first. We don't have any paid positions so that the donations we do receive from our caring public, can be used to provide higher quality of care to our residents. I want to thank all of our BOD members and faithful volunteers for going above and beyond the call of duty, and donating so much time helping us make this dream a reality for our furry friends. Together we ARE making a positive difference for these deserving creatures, and for your help I am eternally thankful!

Polly Schultz
Founder

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had the pleasure of visiting OPR on a class trip. Polly and her staff truly care for the well-being of these monkeys and give a sincere effort to enrich the lives of each individual at the sanctuary.

1 Katie148

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a student at Tacoma Community College, and visiting Polly and learning all about each and every one of the monkeys, and the extraordinary obstacles they have had to overcome to survive, was sincerely a life changing experience.
Thank you so much for teaching me, and the other students, about what a day at the OPR sanctuary is like.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know from my professor, Dr. Linda Duchin and my peers that this is an excellent organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked at other monkey sanctuaries, and have to say that this is absolutely the best in terms of care provided, and wonderful facilities for them.

OPR makes sure they have healthy and nurtured monkeys.

Polly's dedication and commitment to giving these little primates the best lives they can have in unsurpassed.

Polly, Skip and volunteers work from dawn to dark 7 days a week!

Brittany O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the best place I have ever volunteered. Working with and observing Skip and Polly interacting and caring for these incredible animals is inspiring. You can see their enthusiasm to give the monkeys the best life possible in the care they put into the beautiful property and the time they spend cleaning the large indoor and outdoor enclosures. I love the large assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables that the monkeys are fed along with a wide variety of enrichment toys that the monkeys seem to really enjoy. Every time I am there I learn something new about the care, behavior, or personality of the macaques. I look forward to continuing to learn and being a part of this unbelievable organization.

Corie C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful place. Pauly loves and cares for them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this place what Polly is doing with these monkey is amazing she is an awesome woman and these monkeys need our help.