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.
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!
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!!
Best place in Florida to see animals up close, well care for and loved.
I've been to many facilities with exotic animals. Survival Outreach Sanctuary gives the best care, the animals are happy, healthy and loved and it shows.
I highly recommend it to anyone I know.
Visited while on vacation, was really nice, obviously well cared for animlas. Will definitely go back. Thanks!
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.
I enjoy visiting the Outreach to volunteer and assist the staff and animals. It is a very caring and loving environment.
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
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!!!
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.
In one month I will be celebrating 4 amazing years volunteering at Survival Outreach Sanctuary. After 4 years I am still amazed at the level of care provided to the animals and the dedication of the volunteers. It's apparent that the animals are happy, healthy, and well cared for. Since SOS is staffed entirely of volunteers, it's great to know that 100% of all donations go directly towards animal care. I am thankful and blessed to remain a part of such an amazing place as SOS.
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!
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!
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
I found this place a little over a year ago as an internship. It took me this long to write a review because it's extremely difficult to say in just words. I am truly blessed to be at a sanctuary where it is absolutely 100% legitimate. Judy works harder than anybody, and on most days is sadly alone taking care of all the animals. And yet, her facility still takes far better care than most others! Every bit of donations the sanctuary gets goes directly to those animals! Every penny! Every day the animals enclosures are cleaned, the animals are well fed. We even take the excess fat off their meat and supply them with supplemental vitamins to be healthy. They are supplied with enrichment and new toys. Her animals live beyond expected years because they are so healthy and happy! We don't make much, but for what we get those animals are beyond well taken care of. Many people including myself after visiting would say that if we were an animal, we would love to end up here! Seriously these animals are treated with such care and love! It's so hard to refer to the animals as "the lion" or "tiger" when talking to visitors. We refer to them by name because they are family! Judy also educates all visitors about these animals and is extremely knowledgeable on each. I STILL learn something new every time I go there!! Survival Outreach Sanctuary has become my home away from home. I can never be more proud to volunteer, and be the newest member on the board of directors at such a wonderful facility. I cannot stress to people enough that SOS is absolutely 100% in it for the animals that call this haven home.
This is a great stay, and a great find right in the heart of central Florida just north of Tampa bay in Spring Hill. I've been on safari in Africa before, and can state that you'll never see these sorts of big cats up close. Just following their daily behavior is amazing, giving us (the wife and I) a new found respect for these magnificent predators. All of the staff of SOS were gracious hosts, and we enjoyed our stay. The cabin was very cozy, and it was great fun, walking out with our coffee every morning, to work on our laptops amidst the cats.... and even the goats were very entertaining! The SOS is very environmentally conscious, and we'd recommend it to anyone.