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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !!
All the animals are well taken care of and look so healthy and Happy! Judy does a wonderful job!
Judy is a wonderful caregiver to all the animals she has taken in.
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.
Judy always goes above and beyond forthe animals. She has so much knowledge and gives outstanding care to the voiceless.
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.
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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.
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 .
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Had a great learning experience at this sanctuary!
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.
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!!
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.
My husband and I stayed at the sanctuary for a full 10 days, working on our writing while staying in the cabin and seeing how wonderfully these animals were cared for. They all have habitats which are much larger than required, look obviously healthy with gorgeous coats, have abundant enrichment opportunities and live with dignity. It is a true treat to experience day to day life with such creatures in a sanctuary that is truly that. While others only call themselves sanctuaries, this one truly is and keeps the needs of the animals in the forefront at all times.
My girlfriend and I were visiting from New York City and had the opportunity to stay at Survival Outreach Sanctuary. We stayed in their beautiful cozy and intimate cabin located on the premises. We absolutely loved it! The cabin is well furnished and has a wildlife theme to it, which we thought was cute. For anyone looking to stay in a nice and intimate cabin while looking to get closer to the wilderness all while seeing numerous wild animals up close, I highly recommend this place! There is nothing like waking up to the growls of the numerous tigers and lions that are located on the premises. Needless to say, the experience was surreal and truly amazing. Being from New York and having only been to the Bronx Zoo I found my experience at the sanctuary to be much more fulfilling than the Zoo. The ability to see the animals up close without all the crowds and to see them being fed was probably the best part of the whole experience. It was also truly amazing to see the amount of care and level of importance that is provided for these animals on a daily basis. Each animal has their own large comfortable enclosure and is properly cared for everyday. Judy, the owner, and all her volunteers all work tirelessly to give all the animals the proper care they deserve. No animal goes unfed or uncared for. It is truly amazing the level of passion and care that is provided by everyone, especially by Judy. It is easily noticeable that she really loves and cares about all the animals. We really wish we could have stayed longer at the sanctuary but we are really looking forward to visiting again in the future!
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.
I began volunteering here after hearing about the sanctuary through my university. I was initially blown away by not only the animals, but the sanctuary itself. Tucked back in the woods off a small dirt road, this sanctuary has a beautiful natural setting with the enclosures for these animals integrated into the native foliage. It did not take much time to see that the animals here are provided for with great care. Judy is truly passionate in ensuring not only their health but also the general happiness and wellbeing of the animals. After talking to Judy and hearing the stories on the various animals I decided to do a summer internship here. I have enjoyed every moment of my time at this facility and recommend it to anyone who has an interest in animals. This place truly is one of a kind!
I found out about Survival Outreach through my university. When I had the opportunity for a paid internship against this one I decided to stay here instead. From the moment I met Judy and she began to tell me the history of the animals and all of the stories that came with it I knew I wanted to be a part of this program. Now that I am here, I feel like I have learned more than I have in all my years of school. There is always something to work on, and not because it's lacking, but rather because Judy mantains the property up to date and takes the preventative measures necessary to keep the animals safe and happy. As the program director Judy is very knowledgable and has great teaching skills. She has allowed us the opportunity to partake in the daily activities of the animals, answers our questions, and guides us in the right direction. As far as the sanctuary itself, I have nothing but good things to say. The animal enclosures are always clean, they are large with lots of room for movement, and Judy has maintained a very natural environment for them. I am very thankful for the opportunity and I hope I can continue to be a part of these animals lives.
I am an intern working at the sanctuary through the University of South Florida. I'm thankful for the opportunity to work here through the university as I likely never would have gotten the chance to otherwise. I love working here with Judy and the rest of the volunteers. The animals are great and well taken care of. The facility is great for the cats and is well kept. Its a fun work experience and is a great place to stop by if you're looking for a bit of education on big cats.
I'm glad so my university gave me the chance to volunteer in this organization. As an animal lover and hopefully future veterinarian in this place I'm learning so much about the animals here. Judy the one who is in charge of this place, is so caring and loves all her animals. I've never met people before whom have the same love to animals as me until I came to volunteer at this place. I'm very glad I'm doing this and I'm sure I will continue on doing it even after my internship period is done.
This is the best sanctuary I have volunteered at. I have never been at a sanctuary where the animals are so well taken care of and given so much love and respect. They live in large habitats not just cages. They each have there own toys for enrichment. The health and welfare of the animals comes first. Judy Watson, the founder is an amazing woman who has devoted her life to the rescue and care of exotic and domestic animals but also to educating adults and children about the animals and conservation.
I started volunteering at Survival Outreach sanctuary. My reasons were I already Knew the owner from 1998 and I know how much she loves all her animals and knows a lot animal husbandry of the animals that are here. I was so impressed when I came here for the first time. First of all, she didn't cut down all the trees and when we built cages they were around the trees. It looks beautiful and keeps it cooler. Also, trees are all over the Sanctuary. Next she rescues animals as a true sanctuary does. Her animals get the right diet and supplements, enrichment and we spend time with all the animals. Also, the enclosures are large so that the animals can run around in them and play. Judy Watson, the owner is always working hard with or without volunteers. There is always a lot of work to be done! She is completely dedicated to the animals at Survival Outreach Sanctuary. The Sanctuary has tours which you would love on every Saturday at 11:00 am. The price is a donation and you give what you can.
The animals at the Sanctuary are relaxed and happy!!!! They know from the owner and volunteers that they are loved very much. The animals are well taken care of. They lead stress free lives.
When the owner takes in an animal that animal will be taken care of for the rest of his or her's life. This includes the animals already here. They are home for the rest of their lives.
written Mary Ann Reed, a volunteer
My name is Harry and I met Judy back in 2001 after reading a newspaper article about her sanctuary,being impressed with the story I called and asked if I could volunteer some time.That's how it started but what a life changing day that was since then and a real education along the way.I have learned about animals and the caring for them on many different levels.Feeding and dietary food prep,cleaning and sanitation,medical issues and care,enclosure construction and habitat.There's also the little facts I've learned about the animals like existing numbers and endangered in the wilds,genus species names ect.With Judy I have done educational shows at schools and colleges to raise awareness about the ecology and recycling to make a better planet for all living things on this planet.We are big into animal rights and saving/rescue of any animal that needs help. There's so much to learn and Judy has decades of knowledge and experience and she loves to teach.I plan on being apart of S.O.S. as long as I can still be useful.I'm smarter now then back in 2001 but there's always something to learn and experience and Judy is just right for life trip.Thanks Judy,really thanks.
I've found out about this organization through my university when I was looking to complete my internship. I can't say enough thanks to the people who helped me to be part of this organization. The amount of love and care the animals get at the sanctuary is incredible. Every day helping there is rewarding and fulfilling.
One of my favorite places. So Much hard work and effort goes into this sanctuary to care for these beautiful animals. They are all very well cared for. Their fundraisers are always fun and entertaining, and i just love watching the beauty in these animals, It inspires me to help big cats and animals in general. a true blessing to have so close to my home.
We were treated to a personal one on one up close encounter with many different animals. Very caring home and very loved. Judy is friendly and welcoming.
Thanks SOS for being there
I said it in 2010 and it still apples. "In the United States, greedy, uncaring people breed exotic wild animals for profit, selling them to people who have no idea of what they are getting into. Generally, these wild animals outgrow the resources of their owners or become too hard to handle, and they become disposable, a sad fate for an animal simply exhibiting the wildness of their species and doing what is quite natural to them. SOS provides a spacious, quiet, natural home for these animals with habitat ammenities each species would find in the wild. Here, they can live out their lives peacefully with food and care provided by qualified volunteers and veterinarians. In addition, Judy and her volunteers conduct important educational outreach programs in an effort to eradicate the use and abuse of wild animals."
In the United States, greedy, uncaring people breed exotic wild animals for profit, selling them to people who have no idea of what they are getting into. Generally, these wild animals outgrow the resources of their owners or become too hard to handle, and they become disposable, a sad fate for an animal simply exhibiting the wildness of their species and doing what is quite natural to them. SOS provides a spacious, quiet, natural home for these animals with habitat ammenities each species would find in the wild. Here, they can live out their lives peacefully with food and care provided by qualified volunteers and veterinarians. In addition, Judy and her volunteers conduct important educational outreach programs in an effort to eradicate the use and abuse of wild animals.
I was invited to a very different birthday party in January. The birthday was for Little Girl a 22 year old cougar and Princess Rajah a 20 year old tiger, little did I know that this party would change my life. That day I was excited to see all the wonderful animals Judy has rescued and wanted nothing more but to help, so I left my information. When I got home I couldn't wait to go back, so I went that Saturday, then twice a week and at one point everyday. I have been part of some very exciting projecst like building Savana's the lionesses safety lock out and helping put together the cabin. I lived in Spring Hill for many years and had no idea I was so close to such a great place. All I do now is tell people about SOS, strangers, friends, and family. I always knew the importance of helping the animals and the environment, but I now feel a need to share that knowledge with others of all ages, because there is a great bond between animals and humans. We are here at SOS to teach others about nature, the animals and the balance.
SOS is the first animal sanctuary I visited and I think it is a great place to bring your family and to come and volunteer, I had no idea what it takes to take care of all the wonderful cats and animals. Judy has each ones needs and health as her top priority and everyone that comes becomes attached to each one in their own way. Weather it be Princess for her poise, Rajah for his playfulness, Natalia for her love of water, Shoshana for her attention, etc i could go on all day. If you like helping animals or would like to see some really cool ones, this is the place to be. I am not a nature person but the peace of being out here makes one.
I've volunteered at SOS several times now and I'm excited to get back. I'm really amazed at the level of care and the endless amount of hard work that goes into maintaining the sanctuary. The SOS staff does it all out of love. All of the animals have great areas in which they live. In each environment the cats have a place to jump up, a ball to play with, and water to play in. SOS is a great place to have an up close and personal Experience with a big cat, while maintaining a natural separation. SOS does not put money before the sanctity of the cats. That is a sign of a true animal lover.
I came to Survival Outreach Sanctuary in November 2012. My son Jared, who is 13 was in need of volunteer hours to fulfill a reqirement as a member of the National Junior Honor Society. What I found was that volunteer opportunites are limited for children under 16 and he really wanted to give his time to animals.
I reached out to Judy Watson at SOS and was overjoyed when she said that children were not only welcomed but encouraged to volunteer! From our very first day at orientation we both knew we found the right place and we have been there ever since!!
The animals in Judy's care are loved beyond measure as is reflected in their care and enrichment. They always come first and you can see they are happy and healthy. SOS is staffed entirely of volunteers, and 100% of donations go toward animal care.
I can tell you that we have worked harder than we ever have in our lives, sweat more than I care to admitt, and put in some really long hours. But when the day is done and you sit down and hear Jayla (cougar) calling out with her distinctave voice or see Rajah (tiger) lounging on his back you know it is all worth it!