A native Floridian and recently new resident of Hernando County, I was surprised to learn about this animal sanctuary in our midst. A friend of mine, also new to the area, mentioned that he had been volunteering at the Survival Outreach Sanctuary, as part of a community service commitment his employer encourages all of its employees to take on in some capacity or another with incentives that the company donate materials or manpower in an effort to join hands with its team members as a symbol of solidarity in the community. My friend said he was really enjoying being in close proximity to the "big cats" in particular and the feeling had inspired him to rally team members at work to join him in meeting some of the sanctuary's most pressing needs. He offered to take me on a personal tour of the place to see some of his efforts as well as to gain perspective on the amenities afforded the animals, letting me know that Judy is in particular need of volunteers at this time. Curiosity got the best of me, and I readily accepted his gracious offer to see the big cat environment up close and personal. While I was there, I was able to tour the overnight cabin too, which Judy has stocked and decorated appropriately to suit the setting. The property is extremely private with wooded, fenced boarders providing a nice protective shield for the animals as well as a sense of unique escape for visitors. Judy has spent years dedicating her energies to the protection of the animals in her care and these animals appear to be content and healthy. I found it very appealing to take note of the individual mannerisms and natures of the tigers as they seemed to pay particular attention to we onlookers as if to engage us with welcome curiosity and playful lure. While it is important to understand that the animals remain wild in nature, it appears that they are content in their individual habitats provided at this place. I encourage residents of surrounding areas to contact Judy about specific volunteer needs in order to keep this sanctuary alive.
I was interested in volunteering last Summer, but never expected the place to be so well managed and focused on giving the animals a happy life through a healthy diet and clean/happy living.
I have know Judy for over 20 years. She is a mentor and inspiriration not only to me but everyone that meets. Her number one priority has always been caring for any animal in need. She has an extraordinary gift and relationship with animals no matter how neglected they were before she takes them in to give them a life long home in naturalistic environment providing the best care they will ever receive in captivity. Her passion for animals has far surpassed anyone that I have ever met in the animal world.
Having spent a week at the sanctuary in March, I recognized the importance of Judys work. This is a wonderful place, where many of God's creatures can live out their lives in peace and tranquility. Judy works tirelessly to provide the security they need. Thanks for having me, looking forward to another stay.
Every Saturday, I go to this amazing animal sanctuary to work with the amazing animals there. The people I work with are friendly along with the animals. I enjoy coming here and I recommend anyone and everyone to go there to either visit or even volunteer.
This place is amazing! Judy truly loves and cares for each rescued animal. She has devoted every day to caring for each animal and providing them safe habitats and fresh food. The property is clean and well maintained. I would highly recommend this sanctuary to anyone in the area! Such a cool and unique place and all donations go directly to the animals!!
I recently began volunteering at Survival Outreach Sanctuary and, after having experience being around several other wildlife sanctuaries and zoos, I am able to see how outstanding this sanctuary is! The Founder/Director of the sanctuary, Ms. Judy Watson, ALWAYS puts the animals first; and she has implemented extremely thorough standards of excellence for every detail of their care, their diets, and the cleanliness of all their habitats. The quality of care and love that the animals receive here remain unrivaled by any of the many sanctuaries and zoos I've ever seen. I am so grateful to be part of the Survival Outreach Sanctuary family, and I have learned so much from Judy--she is a wonderful mentor. A lot of hard, manual labor goes into creating and maintaining each animal's habitat; and when the volunteers are working alongside Judy, she'll often cheerfully comment, "It's not about us. It's all about what's BEST for THEM" (the animals). All of the volunteers here are thoroughly trained to meet Judy's standards of excellence for animal care and cleanliness. Understandably, Judy is selective about those she trusts to help care for the animals here, and I truly feel honored to be one of her volunteers and I'm very grateful to be a part of the Survival Outreach Sanctuary family.
This place is amazing and what they do is incredible. I go there a lot. Its nothing but the best for the animals and me too. I just love it. Learning a lot from Judy and plan on learning a lot more. My hats off to you Judy. Thank you for the experience!!!
I have had the great pleasure of meeting and spending time with Judy and all her amazing animals, she truly is a loving mother type figure to these gorgeous creatures, because of her these animals get to live a blessed life in good care, I am grateful to have had the up close experience and see what a great dedication it takes to be the person she is. I recommend supporting her cause and volunteering if you can. It will be a memory you will never forget
I was lucky enough to visit the sanctuary and meet Judy and some of her volunteers. They are doing amazing work with these animals. It was amazing to see the habitats they build for these cats (and other rescues!) Eveyone there puts an incredible amount of effort into making life better for the animals. We need more places like this!!
After a friend of mine started telling me about his volunteer work at the Survival Outreach Sanctuary, I knew I had to experience it myself. Within minutes of meeting owner/operator, Judy Watson, it was evident how much she cared about her animals and how passionate she is about the ethical treatment of all animals. I spent my first volunteer day helping rebuild a structure for one of her tigers. She works tirelessly to make sure each animal is getting the proper care and nutrition they need. I wish I had more time in my schedule to help her. It's quite the undertaking, but she does it without hesitation. I can't say enough about this place and the woman who runs it!
I have been a volunteer for a couple of months now, and this facility is fabulous. The absolute love and dedication that Judy Watson, the owner, has for all of the animals in her care is beyond breathtaking. Also all of the volunteers I’ve met there and have had the privilege to work with are the most hardworking people, for the simple reason that they all love and care about the animals and Judy. I would recommend anyone to come and visit or volunteer, I promise you will be truly inspired.
First to say Judy the owner of this sanctuary is one of the nicest most caring dedicated person I have ever met she cares for her animals like they're her children I myself try to open a forever home for animals did not work out Judy took on my Tigers to care for them without hesitation she has built a beautiful home for them and cares tremendously about the work she does I commend all the people that help her in her task her compassion and dedication are second to none I highly recommend if you get a chance to stop by and meet her or help her it will be an experience of a lifetime
I have been a volunteer for a few months now, and there are several great details I have noticed about Survival Outreach Sanctuary. I believe the things that have stood out to me the most are the sanctuary’s member’s unwavering love for the animals and people’s overall kindness. Everyone I have met so far are lovely people, and I am truly blessed to be able to volunteer in this environment. I have no doubt that every single person on site cares deeply about animals and nature and would work their hardest to ensure their happiness.
I would love if you can bring light to the amzing woman, Judy Watson, who runs S.O.S., Survival Outreach Sanctuary in Spring Hill, FL. https://www.facebook.com/survivaloutreachsanctuary/
She has the biggest heart of gold, always helping animals in need and giving them a forever home. She only has a few volunteers to help her a couple times a week.
She was hit quite hard by Hurricane Irma, and is in great need of man-power, donations, and supplies. If you can post about her sanctuary, I know she would greatly appreciate all the assistance!
Here is a photo of Shoshanna, a 17 yr old tiger that she helped survive cancer when she was 14yrs old!! She has been cancer free for 3 years, when the doctors gave her 3 months to live!!
One of the most amazing places I have ever volunteered at. The animals are so interesting and well taken care of. I love helping to give them the best life possible in captivity. I enjoy the experiences I am honored to receive by volunteering each week. Truely number one!!!
I have been a volunteer at SOS for over 14 years. I started out doing this to be around animals that I have always enjoyed. What I didn't expect to get was an experience that provides me with an opportunity to receive obvious love and gratitude from these amazing animals. Most come from bad circumstances and SOS is a place where they can rehab and feel safe again. Nothing and nobody is more important than the welfare of these animals. Every dime receives goes back to the animals to give them a clean, safe and appropriate living space. If you have the opportunity to stay on site, take it. No fancy Disney vacation can compare to spending time at SOS.
We so enjoyed our visit to Judy's SOS. It's an awesome place with such love & care for the animals! Would love to go back sometime!!
This is my happy place. There is nothing like sitting and watching these animals play and lounge around. They are well cared for and loved. I cannot say enough wonderful things about my experiences with the animals and their owner.
I absolutely love visiting this sanctuary. It is obvious that the animals are all loved and well cared for. The owner is very hospitable and willing to spend time educating visitors and never seems to tire of questions. The animals' homes are well maintained and spacious. I have visited several times and look forward to being able to spend time in the presence of the majestic creatures that call this beautiful sanctuary home.