I have never seen so many passionate and dedicated volunteers and workers as I see at the Wild Animal Sanctuary. The facility is clean, the animals are well fed and cared for. They have as much room as they want or need. Any donations go to a very good cause.
Hello, my name is Deirdre and an Animal Advocate, mostly for the Wolf. My visits to WAS have always been enjoyable, especially when I bring my 2 grandsons. The variety of wild animals is amazing. For some, this could be their first time seeing such animals which most of the time are in zoos with bars. That's what is special about WAS --- there are no bars, just land for these wild creatures to roam and live in peace. I did volunteer, briefly, at WAS, standing on the Walkway near the Wolves in case anyone had a question. And I am thinking about volunteering again once I retire.
My husband Jim Riddle (flight engineer on Samaritan's Purse DC-8) and I took three of our youngest grandchildren and our daughter with us to visit the Wild Animal Sanctuary on April 19th to meet Lambert the lion and Tasha Joy the tiger who were airlifted off the island of Saipan in December 2018 several weeks after a Typhoon devastated the zoo. Pat had given Jim his card and an invitation to come down and see the cats when we could, so we certainly DID. Jim saw the conditions Lambert and Tasha Joy were living in on Saipan and was there for the whole transport to Denver which was quite amazing what you all did. Everyone was awesome, Kent was our tour guide and did a fantastic job, we were treated very well and we love your top class care of these animals to see that they live out their remaining lives living happy and healthy. We thank you all for your hospitality. God Bless You, Jim & Sharon Riddle daughter Kellie, G-kids Jesse, Brett & Breanne
An amazing sanctuary that puts the animals needs above human needs and wants. THAT is the right way to run a sanctuary!
BEST Nonprofit Sanctuary on Earth! I volunteered, then worked at The Wild Animal Sanctuary for 11 years, and have given and helped other nonprofits all my life. So I know a winner when I see one! The great cats, bears, wolves and other assorted critters who are saved and cared for by TWAS are the lucky ones. The Sanctuary not only rescues and provides large acreage habitats for 100's of animals, but also works tirelessly to educate about the Captive Wildlife CRISIS in America and around the world. Please visit their site at www.wildanimalsanctuary.org, and learn how you can be a part of this magnificent calling to make the world a better place to live! Grateful to share the adventure...Toni Scalera
I have volunteered there since 2008 and I love the integrity and devotion that this place has to its residents, the beautiful animals who have been rescued. Great work and thank you for all you do!
In 2013, I saw an ad on the back of my AAA magazine about The Wild Animal Sanctuary. I thought, Oh wow, this is only 30 miles from Denver. My family and I drove to Keenesburg to see the big cats, bears, and other animals out there. Not only did we see magnificent lions, tigers, leopards and bears but we found something else: Joy! We learned how TWAS rescues these beautiful animals from sad situations where their care was inadequate and enclosures pathetically small, and through the miracle of love and a healthy environment, transforms them into the majestic creatures they were meant to be. You can feel their joy! So spread the joy, give to TWAS! Help them continue their rescues. You'll be happy you did.
As a volunteer and supporter I have seen first hand the dedication and hard work that goes into making sure the rescued animals have a safe comfortable place to love. The education to the public is excellent as well.
Having followed TWAS since the Bringing Up Eddie story, Christmas of 2018 I decided to purchase many of my Christmas gifts from their Gift Shop. Since I live in Florida and TWAS is in Colorado, I went to the website to shop. I had a few questions about some of the items, and the 2 Young men I spoke with who work in the Gift Shop were So-o-o-o helpful. They went out of their way to make my "shopping experience" enjoyable.
On another note, as a Biological Technician,, I was interested in the details of the care of the animals. Watching the animals in their TWAS enclosures - their interactions with other animals, there general condition - confirmed to me these lucky animals were content. The innovative overhead walkway for the public is just another way TWAS put the animals first! I actually did some computer research on animal sanctuary care, and what I found was TWAS was way above the standard of care in all categories. The new 9000 + acre Refuge currently under construction is just another way TWAS puts the animals first by providing the animals a habitat as close to their natural habitat as possible. The TWAS focus is always on the Animals entrusted to their care.
The genuine love the staff has for the animals is apparent at the Wild Animal Sanctuary. This is the best place on earth to see love, compassion, and caring in action. Everything is done with the care of the animals as the #1 priority. I wish I could trust other non profits to be so wise with the resources they have.
I have been donating to the Wild Animal Sanctuary for years; they are truly the most ethical, honorable, and important charity I have ever supported. I cannot say enough about the value of the important work that they do.
Have supported The Wild Animal Sanctuary for years because I think they give outstanding care, love, health services, and lots of space to all the animals who are lucky enough to get to live there. They provide this care to all animals, even those who are not considered large carnivores, but who need sanctuary. I am so thankful they exist and have now bought more land so that they can provide a haven for even more animals who need help.
I have never visited TWAS, but I follow on Facebook and am continually impressed with how healthy, happy, peaceful, and clean their animals always look, despite the most often terrible shape in which they arrive there. TWAS seems to me to be very transparent in how they operate, always sharing their reasons for doing anything. Additionally, they are very knowledgeable about their animals, which they also share. I think TWAS is a leader in innovations for true sanctuaries, e.g., their large habitats.
The most well run animal sanctuary I have ever visited. I spend a lot of time there because the energy is so positive due to the healing work that has been done to save these animals from the most cruel, abusive and (at best) neglectful situations.
We came across this Sanctuary in Colorado years ago and instantly knew we would support them in every way we could furrrrrever! What they do for neglected, tortured, mistreated wild animals all over the world must be supported and celebrated.
Now we belong to the Circle of Life group and last year became Founders for their new land, The Refuge. From the Director to staff to volunteers > they all have the same mission to love and help animals, which matches our mission as well.
We've visited TWAS years ago and have supported them every year since! These are people who have dedicated their lives to rescue wildlife from horrifying conditions world wide and give all of them a dream retirement life!!! We've even been impressed enough to name TWAS in our estate. Please consider putting TWAS on your bucket and donation lists!
I absolutely love this place. The work they do at the sanctuary is amazing. Every time I visit the volunteers and employees are so friendly and very dedicated to their cause. I happily donate every month knowing my donation is truly helping an animal that lives here.
What a wonderful place for animals that needed rescuing from horrible situations. At The Wildlife Sanctuary, they are allow to be as free as possible.
I would give The Wild Animal Sanctuary a ten if it was possible. Visiting the Sanctuary is simply a joy. To see so many animals being able to live out there lives in peace and health is indescribable. I visit many times a year, and I am a committed donor. The animals are kept in multi-acre habitats. Most have underground dens at a depth that maintains temperatures that are neither too hot or too cold. My favorite part of the Sanctuary is the 1.5 mile above the animals walkway (3 miles round trip). Unlike zoos, visitors are not face to face with pacing, stressed out animals. The animals are at peace. It warms my heart.
I have a friend,who lives in Colorado,start posting photos on FB,about The Wild Animal Sanctuary. I went to visit my sister in law,who lives in Highlands Ranch,Denver. I told her about TWAS,said that I would love to visit. She said that she had heard of it to and wanted to visit as well. So off we went. We fell in love with the sanctuary. To see the animals,who had been kept in roadside cages,cement pits,for the entertainment of tourists,some never feeling anything but cement under their feet,living the remainder of their lives,in freedom and safety,made me want to be a part of this beautiful sanctuary.....seeing the brown bears lounging in the huge galvanized pools,puts a smile on your face,they never have to beg for food again. They even have a camel and donkeys.
I became a monthly sponsor. My SIL a yearly sponsor. She sponsored a table,at the rescent gala. Pat Craig's passion and mission,to save these animals,is inspiring. He works 7 days a week,has not taken a vacation in over 30 years. That is dedication. The passion of the volenteers keeps this sanctuary running smoothly. They truly love the animals. Every time I visit Colorado,this is one of my destinations.
I am a donor to and lover of this Sanctuary and now Refuge. I visit often, donate regularly and I attended the art sale/auction last fall where I was able to purchase an acre of land at the Refuge and become a founding member. You can't help but be moved by the passion and dedication of the staff and volunteers of this wonderful home for the abused and neglected wildlife that live there. The loving care that is provided there is incredible. I never arrive at the Sanctuary empty handed, bringing items on their wish list with me. I always feel as though they truly appreciate whatever I am able to give. I highly recommend a visit. You will be changed forever!