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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

72 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Primate Rescue Center is an amazing organization that provides top notch care to all of their residents! They go above and beyond to ensure that every animal in their care has the best life possible.

1 Retta R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the Primate Rescue Center for several years, both on-site and off, and I can't say enough about the great facilities and the care the primates get. I adore the primates and the staff are hands down some of my favorite beings on the planet. The work they are doing here is important and amazing and I'm proud to support them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the Primate Rescue Center for several years, both on-site and off, and I can't say enough about the great facilities and the care the primates get. The primates and staff are hands down some of my favorite beings on the planet. The work they are doing here is important and amazing and I'm proud to support them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer here for a number of years. Faithful devotion to the wellbeing of the residents is evident the moment you see the sanctuary. The staff is a group of professional, caring and dedicated people who truly create a safe haven and home for for these primates. I am proud to be a volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the PRC in June of 2015 when I was accepted for a spot in their summer internship program. I applied for the internship to fulfill a co-op credit that I needed for my undergrad degree in Animal Studies. However, from the start I knew that my experience at the PRC would mean much more to me than a college credit. Not only did the workers fully involve me, along with the other interns, in all of the daily routines--including feeding, cleaning, enrichment and other activities that sporadically came about--they really welcomed and encouraged me.
Of course, working with the primates was the best part of it all. With 11 chimpanzees and nearly 50 smaller apes and monkeys on the facility, it was amazing to observe how each resident differed. Having never worked in a facility with exotic animals before, I was completely fascinated. I mostly became familiar with the chimpanzees because they are housed close to where the interns work. During my time there, I observed many primate behaviors such as grooming and hooting, and I also learned about the dominance pattern within the group. Seeing these behaviors first-hand definitely sparked an interest in primates within me, and I plan to continue researching them.
My experience at the PRC benefited me in so many ways. Obviously, I got some first-hand experience with primates and learned a lot about them. I also, in turn, learned a lot about myself and what I would like to do with my career after college. When I tell people that I am an animal studies major, their first response is usually, "Really...what jobs can you get with that?" The workers at the PRC made me feel like there is hope for my degree, and reassured me that there are jobs out there for people who have an interest in animals. My internship at the PRC reassured my desire to work at a rehabilitation facility for exotic animals after I graduate. I wouldn't trade my time at the PRC for anything, and I'm so glad that such a wonderful non-profit exists so close to home.

Joan74

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

THIS IS A GREAT AND IMPORTANT CHARITY TO SUPPORT, THE RESCUED CHIMPANZEE HAVE COME FROM LABS WHERE THEY HAVE SPENT YEARS BEING ABUSED FOR MANKINDS BENEFIT, PRIMATE RESCUE CENTER LOOK AFTER THESE CHIMPS AND HELP THEM TO HAVE A MORE HAPPIER LIFE. I GET REGULAR UPDATES AND LOTS OF IMFORMATION ON THE CHIMPS, DAY TO DAY LIVING, BIRTHDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great work at taking care of some beautiful creatures. I always enjoy the yearly supporter visitation day, too.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ten years ago, I lived and volunteered at the PRC for almost two months. I saw firsthand how well the primates there are treated. Cages are regularly cleaned, chow is always supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables and enrichment is always provided. Moreover, great care is taken to ensure the safety not only of the primates but of their human caretakers as well. I have been a supporter of the PRC ever since because I know my charitable donations are being well spent!

Donor

Rating: 5

The PRC is one of the best nonprofit organization I've ever seen. They are VERY dedicated to the well-being and happiness of their rescued residents. They utilize their funds for the primates not high salaries. They keep employees down to a bare minimum and use volunteers extensively. The founders even add their own funds as needed to care for the primates. They are perpetual advocates for the well-being & ethical treatment of all primates. Enough words cannot be said about this organization!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Do A Lot Of Volunteering For A Lot Of Organizations. I Have Never Encountered An Executive Staff Before That Eats, Lives & Breathes Their Organization (And The Support Of Others That do Similar Work) Like ThIs One Does. Total Dedication Is An Understatement! They Are Even Mindful Of Human Impact On Their Residents So Much That They Only Open Their Doors Once A Year For A Private, Invitation-Only Fundraiser In Order To minimalize Stress On Their Primates. This Facility, Like No Other That I Have Ever Encountered (Human Or Animal Oriented), Puts The Health, Comfort, Well-Being And Happiness Of Souls Under Their Care Above All Else. April Is Sooooo Dedicated That She Even Networks With Other Primate Facilities To Find Homes For Abused Or Neglected Primates Across The Nation. She Is An Advocate For Primates 24/7/365. She Is Dedicated Not Only To The Animals ThemSelves But To The Education Of The Public That Primates Are Not Domesticated Pets In An Effort To Prevent Future Need For Rescue. This Facility Is Ever Mindful Of The Safety Of Their PrIMates And Staff. Preservation Of Quality Of Life Is A Definite Priority Here. I Can't Say Enough About The Quality Of This Facility!!!