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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: The Critter Place is a forever home sanctuary for "throw away" animals saved from abuse, neglect or abandonment. We are a private couple who just care about animals of all kinds that need a place to rest and live their lives without abuse, neglect and will never be abandoned as long as they live. We are a Florida Non Profit charitable organization.

Results: The Critter Place has rescued and provided a permanent home for over 1,500 animals in 30 years.

Target demographics: Animal lovers and advocates

Direct beneficiaries per year: 30 cats, 7 dogs, 4 horses, 5 piggies a goose and a pigeon.

Geographic areas served: Weeki Wachee, Fl

Programs: Animals Healing Veterans and the Disabled Outreach Program https://www.facebook.com/AHVATD/

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Melissa317

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Where do I start Ted Koran is s very kind man, he takes care of animals that people no longer want. The old, the ill , the challenged his heart is very big . I have been to the critter place and I have seen the way he cares for all of the animals you can see that they are well cared for and loved. Ted cares for all of them. I wish that I had more time to get up to his place to help him and just to talk to him as many animals that are there I am sure he gets lonely . This is a wonderful place and Ted has a special connection with his animals I wish we had more people like him in this world.

Comments ( 1 )

thecritterplace Tut. I like to call him the Tutster, LOL

Donor

Rating: 5

We spent several days this summer at The Critter Place. We traveled from far west Texas to visit with Ted and the critters. We have been a donor for a number of years. This was a wonderful experience. We were able to meet the animals we have read about for so long. The animals included every kind including horses, dogs, cats, pigs, and a goose. They were all well cared for & loved. There were some who had special needs usually due to abuse. They were each given whatever they needed physically & emotionally. Considering how many had been abused, they have come so far in trusting people. We were even chosen by a kitty to come live with us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ted Koran and The Critter Place are amazing. No matter the kind of critter abandoned, he will take care of it. Dogs, cats, pigs, horses - even a goose. They all find a place to be nurtured and cared for at The Critter Place. I visited Ted and his crew this summer and was amazed at how organized he was. He taught me how to feed horses and pigs, something I’d never done before. It is obvious he loves animals and will do anything to take care of them. He once spent several months making daily visits to where an abandoned dog was living trying to convince him to come to him. King now is a happy and healthy dog. That’s the kind of work done at The Critter Place.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Critter Place is my favorite place to donate money! I have been lucky enough to visit a few times (and clean the cat house) and I can't wait until my schedule allows me to make the next visit! It's always a pleasure to visit with Ted and all the critters! (Don't tell the others but Squigly is my favorite!!!)

Keelan B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Where should I begin? He is a kind man who along with his wife, started taking in animals that otherwise would not have survived. I had heard about him many times but, I always thought that I would look him up later. Well, I finally managed to go out and meet this wonderful gentleman who runs this place. Before I left that sunny afternoon, I agreed to help him out 2 days a week with whatever was needing to be done and most of all, I was getting to help these wonderful critters.

I've also opened up a bit more out of my shy little shell and its all thanks to this man. Being here and getting to actually help the animals was the icing on the cake for me. Sure, its hard work but, getting to work along side this great man...it has no words. If you can, volunteer or even donate because every little bit helps with the for all of the wonderful animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ted is a man with a servant's heart. After his wife and partner passed, he continued on his own to upkeep the sanctuary and leave its doors open as place of refuge for animals others have neglected or given up on. It certainly cannot be easy spending whole days going through the motions of care and level of maintenance that a menagerie of animals entails, but he does it and does so gladly knowing he's making a positive difference. The world could use more people like Ted.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Ted Koran is one in a million. He has saved so many animals from certain death. Animals that even other sanctuaries would not take. He works with them and nurses them so they can live thier best life without fear or abuse. It is amazing the stories he has to share. If you can donate or volunteer, he could use the help. He does it by himself even with his current health issues. He is a gift from God to all the critters in his care.

1 Anna L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Where do I start? Well, I first found out about the Critter Place on a website called One Green Planet, they had done an article on his sanctuary. I was very touched by the fact that this man, Ted Koran, was so compassionate and loving towards these beautiful creatures. Taking care of them all on his own is something to admire and appreciate. I got the honor of volunteering, with my father and a friend, at the Critter Place after Hurricane Irma came through Florida. It was honestly my first time volunteering for a creature sanctuary, I think for all three of us actually. I'm so very glad I did it! Seeing first hand how much Mr. Ted cares for the critters was inspiring. The life most of the creatures had lived before arriving at the Critter Place was just heartbreaking. So many of them you wouldn't have believed started out in such a bad way when you seeing how happy and cared for they are by Mr. Ted, it's amazing! It was so wonderful being there, I sincerely hope to help out there again soon.

1 Connie K.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working with all of Ted's rescued animals. These animals are well loved , some brought from bad situations in life to life all animals would love. To learn from a very knowledgeable animal lover such as Ted is an experience i will never forget.

1 Anja Gauggel

Donor

Rating: 5

The Critter Place is a wonderful Animal Sanctuary,where trow away animals find a place to live.Ted is taking in Animals nobody wants.Those Animals would not be alive anymore without his help.He loves all his Animals and takes great care of.I donate regularly and volunteer whenever I can.Please,if you can,donate,volunteer or adopt.You will be glad you did.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is KELLY and I stumbled upon THE CRITTER PLACE SANTUARY on Facebook about a year ago! After I read Ted Kodak's story of he and his late wife and critters..I donated money to help. Then..I decided I wanted to be more involved and started donating supplies..money and my time to help out!!
These animals were abused and thrown away at one time until they found their FUREVER HOME at the Critter Place. Ted and his late wife Karen opened their home and hearts to take care of these wonderful souls!! I love going there and visiting with all the CRITTERS and helping out. I truly enjoy listening to Ted tell me about his life..his love for Karen..and his undying wish to keep it going as his promise to Karen!! It's a great love story with a wonderful cast of CRITTER characters!! Please help out anyway you can.!! .but being there in person is AWESOME!

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Client Served

Rating: 5



gainorhillegass1
Client Served 05/05/2016

Rating: 5

Ted Koran received 21 of my rescue cats into his sanctuary in December/January 2016. I had called over 200 places of all kinds to place them, as my mobile home park enacted a rule stating only one animal could reside at each address. I had adopted 10 out but needed a forever home fast for the rest or face eviction. Upon a recommendation, I called Ted, then visited the next day. To my surprise and relief, he agreed to take them. This was 4 days before my eviction deadline! The first 5 were to be taken to The Critter Place on that day, and the rest followed as Ted built additional an outdoor enclosure for them adjoining the "Cat House" converted RV.
His welcoming my "dead end" kitties blew me away! It had become an impossible situation placing them, as place after place had no room and referred me on. I couldn't believe this man just made room for them . I continue to support them there, in order to preserve his donations for the other animals. Ted tends to their needs promptly and efficiently. He makes copious videos of them, and you can see the individual care he gives them. I believe they couldn't be happier there. I invite all who read this to visit The Critter Place and volunteer some time to help Ted, as he does all the work himself. Thanks to the folks who do come out and help. I am somewhat disabled and haven't been able to do much in the past few months, but I visit and support. The Critter Place is a little bit of Heaven!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ted Koran received 21 of my rescue cats into his sanctuary in December/January 2016. I had called over 200 places of all kinds to place them, as my mobile home park enacted a rule stating only one animal could reside at each address. I had adopted 10 out but needed a forever home fast for the rest or face eviction. Upon a recommendation, I called Ted, then visited the next day. To my surprise and relief, he agreed to take them. This was 4 days before my eviction deadline! The first 5 were to be taken to The Critter Place on that day, and the rest followed as Ted built additional an outdoor enclosure for them adjoining the "Cat House" converted RV.
His welcoming my "dead end" kitties blew me away! It had become an impossible situation placing them, as place after place had no room and referred me on. I couldn't believe this man just made room for them . I continue to support them there, in order to preserve his donations for the other animals. Ted tends to their needs promptly and efficiently. He makes copious videos of them, and you can see the individual care he gives them. I believe they couldn't be happier there. I invite all who read this to visit The Critter Place and volunteer some time to help Ted, as he does all the work himself. Thanks to the folks who do come out and help. I am somewhat disabled and haven't been able to do much in the past few months, but I visit and support. The Critter Place is a little bit of Heaven!

1 Dorinda C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have the greatest respect and admiration for Ted Koran and The Critter Place. Whenever I donate , I know the funds are spent on the sanctuary and animals. The animals from ducks to horses are all family to him, not numbers and he respects and loves the quirky personalities of each and every individual and makes them come alive for all the FB fans. I look forward to the daily postings to see who is up to what! This sanctuary is Ted's life and all the residents are his children. You can feel the love and dedication as well as the pain (when someone is ill) through his posts.

2 Cheyda

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been out to The Critter Place many times to volunteer.. I wish I was closer.. Ted does so much for these babies with so little money. He is an amazing person, who loves each one one the animals.. From each chicken.. To all the horses.. He truly cares for each one..

2 Jamie98

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ted is an amazing man. He has saved countless pets when no one else has wanted them. These babies are so loved.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Ted cares for many rescued, unwanted animals and does so tirelessly. He devotes all of his time, love, and resources to care for them. We visited the sanctuary and saw how well they are all cared for. I am sure he would appreciate any assistance he can get, as it is a labor of love and so much for one person! We need more people like Ted Koran.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing rescue and amazing guy keeping it going. All the animals are super happy and spoiled. Ted the owner works hard every day of his life for his critters. He barely makes time for himself, he just wants the best for these unwanted critters who now have a loving forever home. I wish there were more people like Ted. I look forward to visiting again and volunteering!

5 KDwooflady

Donor

Rating: 5

I met Mr. Koran by chance outside of a store. I stayed with my dogs while my husband picked up a few items. Mr. Koran saw my pups and asked if he could say hi to them. I told him that the older one was skittish and doesn't approach strangers. Mr. Koran just started talking softly and saying how pretty she was and to my amazement she came up to him, shy at first, and then waging her tail and let him pet her. I was actually shocked and asked him how he did that. He said he runs an animal sanctuary a few miles down the road called The Critter Place. WOW. I've been following his sanctuary for a few months on FB and couldn't believe this was that Ted Koran. I've donated several times. I went to visit. I have a severe disability and I told him I was sorry I could not be of much help. He simply said that loving the animals and giving them attention was plenty of help. He was sad he couldn't give them as much attention he would like and appreciated my help with that part. His animals are well behaved. They are all healthy and cared for. The animals areas are clean and maintained. He a very caring true animal lover.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Critter Place, owned & operated by Ted Koran is where forgotten & throw away animals get to live out their natural lives in a great setting. Ted knows & loves his animals and it really shows. If you can find it in your heart to donate, adopt, foster, volunteer - you will be so glad you did. Ted really makes a difference and you can help - please do.
Art Shaul

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Client Served

Rating: 5

...I have know Ted for about 2 years....the first time I visited " the critter place " I knew he was a good caring guy today loved his animals and too great care of them ..... I could actually write a book here but I'll try to keep it short .... Ted mentioned he to help save dogs by creating a foster center so we worked together and put that together and Ted named it " the hope foster center " Recently I wanted to save a dog named Ruger from A shelter and did my best to network him with no luck and the and it came time that the shelter had to put Ruger on the PTS list ...in the " 11 th I called Ted / and he said he would save him " ...Ted's heart is for the animals / Rigar is now safe at " the critter place " and doing well ....I support you in finding Ted Koran on Face Book
follow him daily and see how a " real dog rescue person does " dog review/ animal rescue ...Ted is an official 501-c 3 rescue / so donations made to " his animals a tax deductible ...his PayPal is thecritterplace@yahoo.com ... Please visit Ted Koran on FB and make a difference in an animals life ...you can also visit me on FB / I'm the only Heath Bodden on FB ....Ps/ you will enjoy the Videos that Ted puts on his page .....every person on the planet needs to have " a passion " after seeing Ted on FB your passion may become dog /animal rescue