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Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

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

Programs: Provide shelter, food, medical care, and a socially enriched environment for primates otherwise scheduled for destruction.

encourage compliance with applicable local, state, & federal laws and animal welfare statutes.

locate appropriate housing for primates that are scheduled for destruction.

educate the public about the plight of primates caught in the breeder/dealer cycle.

Community Stories

126 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center is a great nonprofit because they fulfill their mission wholeheartedly and effectively relying on private funding. A small staff of skilled and caring individuals work diligently with volunteer assistants. As a donor and volunteer, I know that the PRC is making a significant difference in the world and I committed to supporting them for the long term.

Donor

Rating: 5

This place is truly a labor of love. The caretakers love their jobs of taking care and giving the primates a wonderful life. I enjoy the updates on my primate pals and the other primates.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered on site with The Primate Rescue Center for 2 years. I have had the opportunity to observe the staff at work during all kinds of conditions and pressures - it's raining, it's snowing, it's 100 degrees, it's so cold your fingers don't work, supply deliveries are late, supply deliveries don't come at all, the fans break down, the AC won't work, the tractor breaks down, the van won't start, staff members are ill, volunteers don't keep their schedules - and through it all the PRC core staff keep going. Not only do they keep going, they continue to diligently address the individual needs and preferences of the primates. Meals are lovingly prepared and individualized. Enrichment is crafted and dispensed with sensitivity to each primate's skills. Parties are planned. Birthdays are observed. Losses are deeply felt. And, though the staff is frantically busy from the moment they set foot on the sanctuary grounds until the moment they leave at the end of the day, they take time to recycle, compost and repurpose everything they use on site. A true commitment to a future for all of us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Michael Bliss, a recent intern at the Primate Rescue Center. For the Summer months of June, July, and August, I was immersed in the experience of a lifetime. I lived on property for the duration of my time there, staying in the apartment, of which came with a couple of great perks! The greatest aspect of this apartment comes in the form of a viewing area, sporting a large, and thankfully, shatter resistant window, where one can peer into the Chimp Playroom - This is one of the main locations where the chimps eat and socialize. Being able to observe intricate behaviors such as feeding styles, grooming patterns, social cognition, and hierarchal order allowed me to further my knowledge and appreciation of these incredible apes. Being able to walk the property at night, checking in with the other monkeys and goats (and I cannot forget the loud and brightly colored peacocks and the six offspring they reared), on property was the other great perk, where everything seemed still and silent except for the calls and vocalization of the primates. These were really special moments for me, a place to connect with beings so similar to us.

For the keepers, volunteers, other interns, and management of the sanctuary, I have nothing but great words and the utmost appreciation. They were encouraging, educational, patient, and especially hard working, making me feel right at home. I learned more than I thought possible in a three month period of both primates in general, and of myself. For those who have never been on the property for member day, it is truly a spectacular place. I highly encourage everyone to learn about primates, for this knowledge can teach you a great deal about yourself and the natural world - And above all, because they are special animals that deserve our support, both in captivity and in the wild. There is no greater place that exemplifies these values, support, and compassion for primates, and animals in general, than the Primate Rescue Center.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been donating to the Primate Rescue Center in Kentucky for several years. We had the opportunity to visit the center a couple of years ago and were completely thrilled to see the primates and witness the great work that is done by the staff and volunteers. It was very clear to see that the health, safety and care provided here in first rate. We will continue to provide support to this wonderful facility and hope you will consider doing the same.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center goes above and beyond to provide the best care to the monkeys and primates in their sanctuary. I love that they focus on the well being of the animals and attempt to give them creative options for play and finding food. Since most of their residences have suffered a life of trauma, I appreciate the fact they don’t allow the public to tour causing more stress on these creatures. The PRC staff does a wonderful job in providing supporters with pictures, videos, and stories to keep us informed of how everyone is doing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered Primate Rescue Center in 2019 and started donating to them after checking out their reviews. I felt safe that most of my donation money was going directly to the primate's care. I've spoken to Eileen many times when I donate and I feel well informed and I feel sure the primates are safe, happy and healthy. Their surroundings look green, clean and beautiful. Even through these trying, covid months, they carried on, kept up, and got the job done. I love being a Primate Pal and recommend donating to them in any capacity you're able to.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center is one of the finest rescue centers around. They truly care about their animals and it shows! . It is so rewarding to see the different chimpanzees, macaques and others playing, preening and happy.

Abigail K.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Primate Rescue Center offers a safe environment for abused and forgotten primates. The animals are clean, healthy, and comfortable. It is a remarkable place. Abigail Keam

Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I have been attending the annual Primate Rescue Center (PRC) member/supporter event for many years. Luke's story moved us so much this year (he's the one that at the request by his previous owners had a Vet pull all of his teeth) that we became his Primate Pal. I love this program because it truly is a way to support one of the primates that we love and to keep in touch during the year. Thank you PRC for all you do for these special animals. Much love, the Strup family

Donor

Rating: 5

PRC does a phenomenal job in meeting its mission. As a sponsor who has toured the center and seen the individualized care provided to the primates, I was really impressed. The Primate Pals program is a terrific way to support the organization by adopting a resident. Five stars!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at this organization and they do such an amazing job with these animals. Everyone cares deeply about the animals and provides the best care. They also provide great opportunities for people to learn about the animals whether it’s their background or their daily behaviors. Such a wonderful place to be a part of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as a short-term intern during the summer of 2021 and I LOVED it here. The care and love that the staff members have for the primates is shown in everything they do. They want to make the property a great place for these primates to live out the rest of their lives. All of the workers and volunteers were kind and welcoming to anyone that wanted to help these primates.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center has been one of the best kept secrets in Kentucky for years. It is a safe haven for primates from around the country. The staff at PRC work tirelessly to provide a healthy and peaceful life for every single primate. I have been blown away the past four months as a volunteer by the compassion and knowledge of the staff working every day with these incredible creatures. Thank you PRC!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been supporters since 1996 and can think of no more worthwhile nonprofit to support. We are also part of the “primate pals” program which enabled us to “adopt” and help support a specific primate. This has give us the opportunity to develop a connection that would have otherwise not be possible. We highly recommend PRC!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for many years and the work that the employees and volunteers do at this sanctuary is beyond awesome! I've been to many of the Open Houses and the grounds, the animals, the whole operation is so well managed, the grounds are kept so clean and neat and the welfare of the animals is the absolute top priority! I just wish more people knew about this place, so that they could see what an impact they are making on the animal's lives! So thankful that we have them right here in our own backyard!

2 Colleen D.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I volunteered for PRC full time for a summer in 2012 and was so impressed. Since then I have continued to keep PRC at the top of my donation list. I LOVE that PRC prioritizes the health and well being of their primates over all else. This truly is a place of peaceful sanctuary, not a place for people to come visit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spent part of a summer here and lived on site as a volunteer. Such a beautiful sanctuary for so many deserving primates.

1 Chuck F.2

Donor

Rating: 5

The PRC is a fantastic organization. It's clear that the welfare of the primates in their care is always their top priority, and receiving bthe updates they send about those primates is something our daughter always looks forward to.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center (PRC) is a wonderful organization devoted to the care of approximately 50 primates at their facility in Kentucky. The PRC works diligently to make the public aware of the perils associated with the breeding and selling of primates around the world. The PRC has opened our eyes to the inhumane treatment that primates are often subjected to when they are kept as pets, used as research animals, or housed in wild animal facilities without proper stimulation or habitats. My wife and I have enjoyed being a PRC Primate Pal for Maggie, a Crested Black Macaque. The PRC does a great job of keeping us up to date on Maggie’s well-being. We have been extremely impressed by the professional manner in which the PRC communicates with its supporters. My wife and I highly recommend that other people concerned with the well-being of animals consider supporting the outstanding efforts of the PRC.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love what the primate rescue center does for rescued primates! After working a volunteer event I knew I wanted to sponsor a primate and continue to make a difference on a monthly basis! I receive updates each month from the rescue center regarding the primate I have sponsored and even enjoy purchasing toys and other gifts for my primate each Christmas. The primate rescue center has made a huge difference in the lives of each and every primate they have rescued and cared for!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter has volunteered at PRC in the past. The love and level of care they provide is just heartwarming. Great staff. Great facility, Great organization.

1 Diane54

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a Primate Pal for the lovely chimpanzee Martina, and have sponsored Zulu, another chimpanzee, as a gift for a friend. I have found PRC to be incredibly well-run and very good at reaching out to supporters. The time I visited, I saw a tidy and competently run facility adhering to high standards. I love all of the enrichment activities for the primates. I really love it when they put out a call to Primate Pals for things like peanut butter! It's easy to go to the store, and fun to think about the primates eating the peanut butter you send them. Or playing with toys, or whatever it is you want to donate. The organization's commitment to the top sanctuary protocols and standards is exemplary. I am proud of these folks, and so happy to be affiliated with them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned of Primate Rescue Center several years ago when, as a journalist, I interviewed the director for a radio story. I was so taken with the commitment and professionalism of the place. Always, the primates come first. They are not handled by humans, except as necessary for their health. In other words, they are allowed to be as wild as they can be, within safe bounds. To think that we have this amazing sanctuary here in a rural part of Kentucky makes me very proud. No longer a journalist, I now support the center as much as I can.

1 Heather D.6

Donor

Rating: 5

I worked with a colony of monkeys and was limited on how much I could do outside of policy with them since they were on a facility. I wanted to do more so I found this sanctuary and became a primate pal of Rodney and it brings me so much joy to get newsletters and pictures of my chimp. They have even contacted me when I had to switch my checking account info and we chatted about how he was doing. They are so personal and care so much about these animals. They are doing great work and really make those animals priority!

1 Tiffany N.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Primate Rescue Center is an amazing organization run by truly wonderful, amazing people who genuinely care about their primate residents. They are the real deal when it comes to compassion, empathy, dedication, and integrity. The animals always come first, and they are all so deeply loved and cared for. I’ve had the privilege of working with and visiting the center a few times, and I hold Eileen and the entire crew in the absolute highest of regards!

1 Mackenzie C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center is truly an inspirational nonprofit. They work tirelessly to provide the primates in their care with the safe haven they deserve. The animals wellbeing is the top priority, and 100% of all donations go towards their care. I had the opportunity to intern and volunteer at the PRC, and experience first hand the incredible cause that they serve. The PRC changed my life, and they change the life of each primate resident for the better. After the hardships these animals have been through, the PRC is a necessary forever home dedicated to their health and happiness.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the Primate Rescue Center for over 8 years. I am so proud of the outstanding sanctuary they have created for the chimps and monkeys. They steadfastly adhere to their mission statement and their commitment to providing the best possible life in captivity for these primates. PRC is a model of “quality of care” in the areas of nutrition, vet care, enrichment, staff training, cleanliness, enclosures and their love for these marvelous beings. The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to put the needs of the primates first, because this is their home.

1 Cindi B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for this organization, and I am so glad I did! They do incredible work supporting our primate friends. The director is tireless in her efforts to create better lives for the monkeys and chimps that have been rescued. The staff are incredible -- hard workers with positive attitudes. And of course, it is great fun being around the non-human primates. I would recommend this organization to anyone who is considering volunteering.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Never in my life have I met a team that is all so driven to do one thing so meaningful and selfless. The amount of time, energy, love and care that comes from the amazing caregivers that volunteer their time there is inspiring. It’s what makes me so proud to be on a team so filled with kindness. They do all they can to give these beautiful animals the absolute best life they can. It truthfully inspires me everytime I come around.

Donor

Rating: 5

A beautiful facility devoted to giving primates of all types the best life.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one if the best nonprofits in Central Kentucky.

Pamela N.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful place for primates to be taken care of for the rest of their lives. All of the primates are rescue animals from different backgrounds that need a safe and secure place to live. They cannot be released into the wild, because they have spent their lives behind bars or in small dwellings that humans created.
This rescue center is awesome, and they really take great care of all of the primates. The staff are wonderful, too.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of my favorite non-profits, and the help they provide for primates are just absolutely incredible! They house a huge variety of primate species, and not only provide the right housing, but make sure all of their needs are met individually. These primates have been through torture that none of us coukd even begin to fathom. This place helps them and gives them a place to go, as they are not able to survive in the wild, through no fault of their own. They also focus on education of not only how they got there, but education about each different species and why we as people should care. I would rate it a hundred stars if I could!

Donor

Rating: 5

A superbly managed and professional organization with the utmost respect for the animals. The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to maintain and promote the welfare and well being of the animals served.

Donor

Rating: 5

I ❤️ Primate Rescue Center! I love supporting such an amazing organization! I look forward to the annual member event! I enjoy seeing every primate thriving in an absolute wonderful setting. The staff and volunteers are top notch!

Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful place! They provide sanctuary for primates (and the odd goat) who are unable to be returned to the wild. They only allow visitors once a year (their sponsors), and don’t treat their primate charges like a sideshow to raise money. Quality organization!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate every chance I get. These primates are a wonderful source of enjoyment for people who love them. PLEASE DONATE to keep these great sites going!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome group of people helping the primates live a better life than what they had.

Kim Saylor B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have witnessed firsthand the wonderful work that the Private Rescue Center is doing to save and care for these beautiful primates. They are dedicated to making their lives better. It was inspiring to see how much they love the primates.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center is such a special non profit organization. My husband was first introduced to them approximately 20 years ago. He was invited to their one time a year open house and took me with him. It is an amazing place, all the volunteers and workers are so caring to all the primates. From learning how they feed, house and care for them was just heartwarming. All areas are clean and conducive to the betterment of the primates living. It is fascinating to watch how they play and interact with each other in this safe environment. These animals deserve a safe and, as natural as can be, place to live out the rest of their lives. Thanks to the Miller's and the staff who have the heart to continue and maintain the Primate Center.

Juanita S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think the primate rescue center is doing a great job

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The most dedicated staff caring for the most deserving animals!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center is an incredible sanctuary that cares so deeply about all of the primates (human and non-human) that walk through the door.

Hanna C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned at PRC back in 2015. It is the best ran sanctuary I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of. The staff cares so deeply and purely for each primate they care for. It was a dream to be a part of their mission, and I will for years and years to come.

jenniferkc

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful facility. Great care for the animals they serve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful place. Such a caring staff dedicated to improving the lives of the animals they take care of. A true rescue.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Love this group. They have made a great life for primates that have been abused, neglected and used as lab animals. I have toured their grounds and the animals seem happy and healthy. I shudder to think of the life these sweet souls would have without the PRC.

Sarah K.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PRC does wonderful work helping primates from all across the country. It’s so important for these animals to have a safe and enriching environment to live their lives. They receive wonderful care and are truly loved.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The PRC is an amazing place that provides a home, and a second chance for primates who have been rescued from labs and/or the pet trade. They provide top notch care, and give these primates wonderful lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PRC is amazing! The work and dedication they provide is honorable and truly selfless!

Donor

Rating: 5

Giving Support to these beautiful animals in any way I can is my favorite thing to do. The amount of love their caretakers give them is extordinary and it’s so obvious each one of them loves doing it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the care and attention they give their primates. It means a lot to see that level of attention.

Beth T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love this place!! Every worker and volunteer is so passionate about giving the primates the life they deserve!

Lesley D.1

Donor

Rating: 5

After working in biomedical research with primates and seeing how these beautiful creatures lives were affected, I am forever grateful for the Primate Rescue Center. I can sleep better now knowing that some of them made it to a safe haven. I see photos of chimpanzees playing in kiddy pools and having birthday parties. These animals sacrificed so much and deserve this care.
Thank you Primate Rescue Center.
Lesley

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've started volunteering with the PRC and the work they do is amazing! They are a very well-run facility and the primates are very well taken care of.

Andrew D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The PRC welcomed me in and let me feel like a part of the team caring for these beautiful primates. Their level of care resembles high quality zoos I've been involved with in the past. They certainly deserve recognition in their efforts in rescuing sick, abused, or neglected primates.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center is an incredible sanctuary for chimpanzees, a variety of monkeys and even goats and donkeys. The staff is small but extremely dedicated and provide excellent care to all the animals who are lucky enough to call the PRC home. They do a wonderful job providing daily enrichment, fresh browse and healthy nutritious meals. As a former volunteer I have seen their dedication first hand and can not speak highly enough about the Primate Rescue Center. I truly appreciate the care they provide for the animals.

Veronica Rochelle S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center is an incredible organization doing amazing work for primates. It's a home for animals who needed a second chance after an unfortunate start in life, but now they receive an exceptionally high level of care from dedicated professionals committed to seeing the end of the primate pet trade, lab testing, and use of primates in entertainment. They are making a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, KY exemplifies what it means to truly care for animals. The caregiving staff have shown that the health, safety and quality of life of the residents is of the upmost importance. The PRC also has a wonderful internship program for college students that educates the next generation about how to care for rescued animals appropriately.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm currently an intern for the PRC and have had the privilege to work alongside the care staff for the past 3 months. They do everything in their power to make sure that all of the residents are happy and healthy, and are always finding new ways to better the quality of life for each of the primates. I am so thankful that the primates who came from such difficult backgrounds get to live out the rest of their lives in such a beautiful and positive environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer weekly at the Primate Rescue Center and from my very first day on-site for orientation I could see how well the animals are loved and cared for. The staff is so passionate about their work. So many of the primates came from bad situations but every caregiver, volunteer and intern works so hard to provide the residents with a safe, happy and stable environment that they can truly call home. I have really enjoyed getting to know all of the animals at the sanctuary and participating in making them meals and fun enrichment. It feels so good to be able to contribute to such a wonderful cause in such a personal way.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been involved with the PRC since 2009 when I started volunteering there. It's a peaceful sanctuary space that is home to many monkeys, several chimpanzees, a dog, goats, and peacocks. The small staff works tirelessly with the help of volunteers and interns not just to provide meals and basic care for the animals but to really make their lives wonderful. I have observed how much thought is put into enrichment and how the staff cater to each resident's needs and preferences. We all hope that one day sanctuaries like the PRC will no longer be needed, but until we humans get our acts together and learn that monkeys and chimps are not pets and have no place in laboratories, I'm grateful that the PRC exists as the best possible place for animals to live out their lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was so lucky to volunteer at the Primate Rescue Center in 2009 and 2010 while living in Cincinnati, Ohio. This place is so great that I used to drive two hours and change each way just to spend time there! The caretakers are very committed, and I've seen just how far they can stretch their resources to make sure the monkeys and chimps in their care have all that they need. It's an expensive undertaking to run a center like this, and yet we need more of them across the country. Everyone is firmly committed to educating the public about the fact that monkeys and chimps do not make good pets. That education - and that understanding - are the only ways in which we are ever going to stop the trade in wild animals. For anyone who seeks to understand one of the reasons why a place like Primate Rescue exists, I highly recommend reading _Animal Underworld_ by Alan Green. I live in New England now, but I look forward to visiting the PRC again soon. It's a place that leaves its mark on all who are lucky to be a part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place gives hope to all primate lovers. What a wonderful little paradise on the middle of nowhere that provides such great care to their residents. Everyone involved has so much passion and love for the animals and run this nonprofit facility with perfection.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for the Primate Rescue Center for 4 years. It is superbly run . You can tell by how happy the primates are, how joyful the staff and volunteers are and how peaceful and restorative the environment is. Every aspect meets the most stringent definition of the word SANCTUARY. Every donation no matter how small or large ,time, cash, or item is greatly appreciated and always needed and used. There couldn't be a more honorable non profit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a long-time supporter of the PRC and the work they do, but my recent experience as an on-site volunteer has brought it all so much closer. Getting breakfast ready for the chimps and watching them dig into it is something I look forward to each week. The staff is amazing and treats me like family. I hope to stay involved for many years to come!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center is one of the best nonprofit organizations that I have had the pleasure of working with. The care staff, board of directors and other volunteers are very passionate about creating the best environment for the primates onsite. I was truly blown away by their level of dedication to the primates.