Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2021 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Survival Outreach Sanctuary

6,942 pageviews

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: To provide quality permanent homes for displaced exotic animals.

Programs: Retired animals and those who have no one to care for them live out their life with dignity

Community Stories

140 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jennifer H.24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to the sanctuary many times. I recently took my son and future daughter in law to share with them what a great place this is. Judy always keeps the area clean and the animals well cared for. I always learn something new every time I visit. She is so receptive to share her knowledge and very careful of every bodies safety. Highly recommended to see the animals and what an awesome place she has created for them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great sanctuary. The animals are well cared for and have beautiful, large enclosures. The animals all seem to be very happy. I love visiting the sanctuary.

1 Elaine Rocky Griffith B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering since 2015. I have never had a better experience. This sanctuary LOVES every one of these beautiful animals. From the smallest squirrel to the largest Lion. Every animal can feel the love. Tank and Henrietta are African Spur Thigh tortoises. They actually come to you when you call them. Each animal knows its name. Each one reacts positively to each human contact. If you have a house pet, Just think of the love they need. These animals need that too. AND THEY GET IT. I am very proud to be able to be here. Judy takes care of these animals like they are family, and they are to all of us who give our time and hearts to this sanctuary. I would highly recommend, if you get the chance, come visit, you will probably want to volunteer too.

Patrick44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the last 21 years, SOS has been protecting wildlife and educating the public. SOS is a treasure.

Previous Stories
2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This sanctuary is truly amazing. Every animal is well taken care of and happy. The enclosures are huge and the animals have all the entertainment and space to remain as active as possible. Judy, the director of the sanctuary, has a true passion for protecting and helping wildlife in any way she can. She makes sure to maintain the enclosures with adequate shade and the enclosures are cleaned out on a daily basis. Judy has a special bond with each and every animal at the sanctuary, and she would do anything and everything for each and every one of the animals. I've been given the amazing opportunity to intern at Survival Outreach Sanctuary and I must say it has been extremely fulfilling . It is so relieving to have found and work with an honest organization that strictly operates for the well being of the animals and not for money and greed. I encourage everyone that can visit to come and see this beautiful sanctuary with their own eyes.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at this sanctuary for the last 11 years and couldn't be happier. The animals are happy, healthy, and well cared for. They are provided with enormous enclosures, rock shelters, toys, enrichment, balanced diets specific to each animal, and daily vitamins. The sanctuary provides a tranquil experience for not just the animals, but the volunteers and visitors as well.

Previous Stories
3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It’s hard to believe that I just celebrated my 7 year anniversary volunteering at Survival Outreach Sanctuary! It is an honor to be a part of a sanctuary that is dedicated to providing an exemplary level of care, where the health and happiness of the animals is always the number one priority. I am truly blessed to be a part of such an outstanding place and look forward to many years to come.

Read more
1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The love and attention Judy gives to the animals at SOS is inspiring. I attended the grounds during a company picnic. All of the animals cages were well kept, all of the volunteers were knowledgeable and passionate about the animals.

1 Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

The most friendliest caring warm hearted person I know taking care of the luckiest most buetiful animals I ever met S O S gets 5 stars and more

Previous Stories
1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Judy and her staff are amazing, personable and professional. I recommend the sanctuary to all ages. What a fantastic time we had. You will definitely see us again!

1 Brandon C.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was 14, I called around to every Humane Society and SPCA I could find, but no animal shelter would take a volunteer under the age of 18. My mom called S.O.S. and Judy was more than happy to accommodate. As she gave me little chores, she would teach me about how the Florida Panthers could roam over 200+ miles and still consider it their territory. She would then ask again when the last time I saw 200+ miles of land
fit for a mountain lion.
I eventually spent every Saturday morning helping clean, care for, feed, and take care of the property learning more and more about Mother Earth and our connection and duty to it.
I would encourage anyone in the Masaryktown area to bring their children and loved ones to see what a wonderful job Judy does with her treatment of the animals, and also her love for wildlife conservation!

1 SalvinaA

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a true sanctuary! From giving a forever homes to exotic animals in need to rehabilitation of wildlife, S.O.S. does it all.
No breeding or exploiting the animals in any way. There is such a problem with captive exotic animals in Florida, and parts of the U.S. but this place is part of the solution.
We need more places like this. And they can't thrive without our support, donating makes all the difference!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Survival Outreach Sanctuary is a great place for exotic animals to be well cared for by Judy Watson in Springhill, Florida. Judy Watson is an earth angel for all of the animals that she cares for and all the animals can live out their lives with peace and enrichment.
Theodora Savetz Consider donating to this animal sanctuary.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a disabled veteran who has a therapy pet bobcat. For her birthday Judy set up a go-fund me account in my honor to help me build a enclosure which I needed but could not afford. With her help and generosity I was able to build the enclosure & keep my pet bobcat. I am eternally grateful!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great sanctuary. Judy is phenomenal and always so nice. She is made to do this! The cats are amazing and Chad loves volunteering there. It’s his happy place. So many cool events and Jason can’t wait for another one to come to. A+++++ all the way!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been helping out here for a few years now and I love it. Judy the owner of this amazing sanctuary takes amazing care of all of her animals. You can tell how happy and loved they are when you come visit! I’ve learned so much just being around them and hearing all the stories of how they got to Judy’s. This is a must see place.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Survival Outreach Sanctuary since November of last year I love it here, it's a peaceful place the animals are taking exceptional care of, all the animals are happy and healthy.
This is my get a way, my happy place!!!
Miss Judy is very nice and always puts the care of every animal as the #1 priority.
I feel blessed to have found the perfect place to give my time and donations to.
Survival Outreach Sanctuary volunteers get along and are friendly with one another, work well together and have the same Rescue goals in mind.
I honestly can't say enough about SOS everyone there cares about the animals and Miss Judy.
I really hope after this epidemic is over you can visit to see how happy the animals are and to see Miss Judy in action, she is a lot of fun, she is strict, you do it the right way or you will get a reminder. Lol
I have found friends here all with the goal of making life the best for each and every animal...
I have learned a lot about Tigers, Lions, and all the Cool Cats and animals at the Sanctuary.
The best part is when you get Chuffs from the Tigers to welcome you.
Yes they get to know you in the same way you get to know them.
I have Raquel to thank for this and the rescue of a duck Wigglesworth who has a forever home at the sanctuary as well...
Put your donations where they will make a difference and improve the life of all the animals at SOS.
JUANITA RICHEY

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve known Judy for a Very long time!!
Her commitment to her animals is TOP Priority. Her animals are so weep cared for and Happy.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Have known Judy forever. She is a true animal lover and when she decided to build her own sanctuary she knew exactly what she needed to do. Today she provides a sanctuary for an array of animals. Her exotic cats and the rest of the gang receive the best care, food and love.
Wish I lived closer so I could volunteer and visit often.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Me and my daughter go there every week and volunteer to help take care of the lions tigers servals bobcats coyotes we learn something new every time we go
we look forward to going every week . Judy Love's educating others on the care a big cats.we are lucky to have a such a passionate educator for wildlife

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having visited this place in person, I can definitely rate it 5 stars. The lady who runs this place actually cares for the animals, and has a lot of knowledge. I encourage people to donate and help this charity as they really help the animals, and don't exploit them like some of the other places around Tampa.

1 Gina A.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

All animals are happy healthy and sassy. All animals are properly cared for and if anything happens on the premises it is taken care of as fast as humanly possible.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only known Ms. Judy for a few years but I watch her day in and day out; with or without help, tend to her beautiful Exotic Rescues. She is someone I look up to. She is one of the strongest women I have met and had the pleasure of knowing. Her passion for rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing is rooted deep in her soul. God Bless her and all the difference she has Made and will continue to make in this world. She never asks for help, very independent and strong willed. BIGgest heart I have seen in a person. Thank you for all you have done, what you are currently doing, and what you will do.

gatorgirl2822

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Judy has the best-setting for her critters. Each one of her animals receives nutritious meals. A big enclosure with built in pools and loving care from Judy and her volunteers. Love coming here for visits.

Previous Stories
2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have visited many times and volunteered at Survival Outreach Sanctuary for the past three months and can't stop raving about it. Judy Watson, the owner, has devoted her life to these animals and their care. Each animal has their own clean enclosure with a natural setting of trees, and grass. Medicine and veterinary care is provided if an animal has a health problem. In addition to her duties at the sanctuary, Judy has conducted classes for young children, teaching about the importance of the environment, and the respect for all living creatures. Having known Judy for over fifty years, I can attest to her integrity and her devotion to her animals. I would highly recommend this sanctuary for all ages.

Read more
2 Alvin W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Went here two years ago and had so much fun we have our tickets to return this September. We watched Judy feed dinner to her big cats and you can tell it is a act of love.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The animals at Survival Outreach are loved and given amazing care. Judy keeps the sanctuary so clean. Being around Judy is inspirational! She is very knowledgeable which reflects in how the animals are treated.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Judy is one amazing woman to be able to look after these precious creatures .. the environment she keeps them in is clean and she has things for them to do as well as socializes with them and cares for their health ..

Thankyou Judy for all the help you do !!

Cindy Weitzel
Wildechoes

Wildechoes@condyweitzelart.com

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All the animals are well taken care of and look so healthy and Happy! Judy does a wonderful job!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Judy is a wonderful caregiver to all the animals she has taken in.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The best non for profit I ever seen. The animals are so well cared for and loved. Perfect example of how all animals should be treated.

2 Kerri V.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Judy always goes above and beyond forthe animals. She has so much knowledge and gives outstanding care to the voiceless.

3 Sherry D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have 25+ years if working with exotic animals and Judy with Survival Outreach sets the best example of how a facility should be. Animals are healthy, regular vet care, excellent enclosures, community involvement. There is not one thing that could improve upon survival outreach.

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best place in Florida to see animals up close, well care for and loved.

Read more
1 Dianne S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The life the animals are living at Survival Outreach is top notch. You can tell by the relaxed atmosphere, animals are happy. My favorite place to visit in Florida.

3 Grace C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Survival Outreach Sanctuary is a peaceful loving place for many beautiful animals that live there. Judy is a dedicated , hard working person and the volunteers clearly love their role helping .

Previous Stories
1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Survival Outreach Sanctuary is a small sanctuary that does a great job in providing natural habitats vs. just cages for the big cats and other animals that live there. You can tell the staff genuinely loves them, and does their best to give them a wonderful life. Both chlildren and adults would enjoy a visit to a real sanctuary that does not breed ,buy or sell it's animals.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am volunteering at SOS for Bright Futures hours. Or at least, I was. I am enjoying it so much that even when I have fulfilled the requirement, I will still keep up a habit of volunteering there just because it is a great place to be, between the caring attitude of Judy (the owner) and the other main volunteers, the experience of being relatively close to the huge cats there, and the general good vibes. This is a safe and fun opportunity volunteer for a good cause.

2 Jacob_.1-

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing! The animals are very well taken care of and Judy, the owner, is very nice. The animals get to live a happy, healthy life in a clean environment. There habitat has shade and sunshine; just what they need.

2 Brittany O.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We came for a tour, fell in love and never left. We volunteer as often as we can. The animals are happy, healthy and well taken care of. We love it here.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Izzy B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Edward W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had a great learning experience at this sanctuary!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

Joe G.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Heidi K. M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

Melissa T.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

bobcatgirl

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Rachel A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories
1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I loved this place! It's so peaceful and all the animals are so healthy and happy! Definitely will be returning again in the future. Everyone there was so friendly and you can tell they love what they do!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful place! I have never seen healthier and happier animals at any other sanctuary or exhibit. The property is very well taken care of as well as the enclosures. The owner is also very nice. 5 stars!!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Visited while on vacation, was really nice, obviously well cared for animlas. Will definitely go back. Thanks!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The wife and I had our first visit earlier this year. Enjoyed it so much that we will be back. Next time we will spend more than one day there. Happy faces. Happy animals that are cared for to the point of being spoiled.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I enjoy visiting the Outreach to volunteer and assist the staff and animals. It is a very caring and loving environment.

1 Helana A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Judy Watson, Owner/Director of Survival Outreach Sanctuary (SOS), for over ten years, and during that time, I experienced her exceptional degree of care and concern for all animals residing at SOS (as well as those from other places who need her assistance). Their enclosures are immaculate, ensuring the animals have clean water and surroundings daily. The animals play with their toys and appear very content, and should anthing be amiss, a veterinarian, which she doesn't hesitate to call, is close by. Judy educates visitors about the plight of captive exotic animals while they have fun meeting all of them. SOS is a peaceful, quiet place in which the animals will spend the remainder of their lives experiencing love and a quality of life they deserve. Overnight accomodations are available in a quaint cabin for those wishing to get away for a while. No visitor goes away disappointed

2 Stephanie272

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing place! The animals seem very happy and playful. Keepers are polite and good spirited. Safely tucked away with sturdy enclosures and plenty of comfortable spots for each animal. There is a small cabin for those who want to get the full experience the sanctuary has to offer. The inside is clean and has electric + water. Definitely going back to this little patch of heaven!!!

4 Maureen57

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter was very eloquent and detailed in her review of SOS; but let me add that Judy and her volunteers do an absolutely amazing job of caring for animals (lions, tigers, lemur, tortoises, servals, raccoon) and providing them with not only all of the necessities and well-thought out habitats but much love and caring that the animals respond to. A labor of love in every way! We stayed in her well-equipped "tiny" house and enjoyed a detailed tour and explanation of every animals' unique circumstance in coming to the sanctuary. Amazing to be up close and personal with these magnificent creatures!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My mom and I stayed at Judy's air b&b, which is located at the Survival Outreach Sanctuary. Judy and her volunteers are doing an incredible job helping create a better life for the animals they've rescued. They go above and beyond to prepare the right meat for the big cats, and take their time to clean the food blocks and wires afterwards, to help keep the habitats clean. Just by observing Judy and the volunteers interact with each animal, it was obvious they've dedicated the time and energy to build trust with the animals, out of the kindness in their hearts. They shared the stories of how the animals came to the sanctuary, and educated us about each species. They had 5 tigers, 2 lions, 2 tortoises, a brown lemur, and many more beautiful animals. I recommend visiting and supporting this amazing nonprofit. Thank you Judy and staff!

3 Writer

Donor

Rating: 5

Three weeks ago my partner Rebecca and I travelled to Florida to visit The Survival Outreach Sanctuary, a non-profit organization that provides a home to exotic animals with a focus on big cats. We contacted the Founder/Director Judy Watson and arranged for a three day stay at the sanctuary. When we arrived Judy showed us to a cozy cottage that served as our home for the scheduled three day stay. Judy explained the cabin was a labor of love that had been remodled and paid for with the help of volunteers and committed donors. Daily rental of approximately $90 is a steal and the major source of fundraising for the organization.
The afternoon we arrived we were introducted to the numerous animals under Judy's care, each with a name and a compelling story. For the remainder of our stay we got up close and personal with the five tigers,one lion and two servals that were the primary residents of the sanctuary. Although the animals are well secured behind barriers, visitors are just a few feet away from these magificient creatures, allowing for a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain an appreciation for their grace, beauty and power. From gazing into the blue eyes of a white tiger to watching a staff member hand feed a 750 pound Siberian each moment spent with these creatures is thrilling and moving.
This organization is aptly named as it provides lifesaving care to animals that otherwise would have perished or continued to live under cruel circumstances . Judy and her volunteers ensure that the animals under their care will live out their lives being well fed and loved. I encourage anyone interested in spending a few days amidst a community of tigers and other exotic animals to contact Judy Watson and book a few days at the sanctuary. I am confident that it will prove to be an unforgetable experience. It certainly was for us.
Bruce and Rebecca