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The Wild Animal Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Education, Environment, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: The mission of The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) is to rescue and provide life-long homes for captive great cats, bears, wolves and other large carnivores, which have been abused, abandoned, exploited and illegally kept and to educate the public about causes and solutions to the dramatic plight of thousands of captive wildlife in the United States.

Results: The Wild Animal Sanctuary has rescued hundreds and hundreds of large carnivores over the past 39 years from illegal and/or abusive situations - and provides them with large free-roaming natural habitats to live in. The Sanctuary currently operates a 9,793-acre refuge for rescued animals, and provides direct education to over 180,000 people per year concerning issues relating to the Captive Wildlife Crisis in America.

Target demographics: People who are passionate about helping animals - especially Lions, Tigers, Bears, Wolves and other majestic Creatures who are victims of the Captive Wildlife Crisis in America today.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1-200

Geographic areas served: US - Canada - Mexico - South America - Spain

Programs: Our Current Programs Our facilities are some of the most contemporary in the nation. We build species-specific habitats ranging from 5-acres to 35-acres, and have dozens of these natural habitats spread throughout our 9,793-acre facilities. Newly rescued animals dwell in large enclosures during their rehabilitation process in order to build groups who will ultimately have a new habitat built for them. These roomy, comfortable environments offer our rescued animals’ unprecedented freedom and more natural living spaces. All habitats have underground dens that supply temperature controlled housing; or hibernation dens; year round. TWAS also has “The Mile Into The Wild Walkway” - a unique system of elevated cat-walks and observation platforms that allow visitors to view our rescued animals and enjoy their habitats, while reducing the animals’ exposure to humans.

Community Stories

944 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 1

This place is awful and not kid friendly. They require your personal information such as address, phone number and email for admission. They require a donation in addition to the large admission price for admission. Then they require for you to SIT with other visitors and watch a 15 minute video before entering the facility. The facility is dirty and the bathrooms are gross. The employees are not friendly and were shouting rules at the visitors. I had two small children with me and after we paid, they needed to use the restroom and eat after the long car ride and "Dee" was shouting that we must SIT and watch a 15 minute video before we can enter the facility. There are not that many animals and it is in the hot sun.

2 Jessica T.7

Donor

Rating: 5

This one's long, sorry!! I'm 49 this year- I've been an animal rights supporter since I was 19 and did a paper in college about the potential impact of total vegetarianism on our existing economy . My eyes were opened to a LOT of details about factory farming, i stopped eating meat and started volunteering for animal rights organizations.
Many years later I remember my mother telling me she wanted to take me and my daughter to a new Sanctuary that she was supporting that was not far from her house . We had our usual back-and-forth about how I don't support exploiting animals in sanctuaries by staring at them (any introvert can relate) and was guaranteed to ruin the experience for everyone anyone since I always start crying at these places..... yet she insisted this place was different. I allowed her to take my daughter but did not go. My daughter insisted this place was different.

The NEXT time we were there she persisted in asking me to go, and my eyes were opened AGAIN. This Sanctuary is insightful and thoughtful about the perspective of the animals living there and their needs. They have an elevated walkway so that we can see these amazing and beautiful animals and they can feel peaceful, understood, comforted by the company of their peers, and not threatened by intrusive stares.

These guys are DOING IT RIGHT, seriously.

Check them out, spread the word, and support them financially please if you can. It's this kind of thinking that will allow us to rectify some of the sad experiences these animals have had. It's not our fault, but it's within our power to fix because there's places like this that have a good formula and just need revenue to keep it going. Keep up the great work ( and the amazing linkedin videos! )

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The animals here are provided large habitats, high quality diets, and world-class vet care. They're able to live their lives as they're supposed to: comfortable, well-cared for, free, and happy.

Daniela12

Donor

Rating: 5

With every visit to The Wild Animal Sanctuary I am inspired and overcome with immense joy and gratitude.
Because it’s the most beautiful safe haven for the rescued animals and provides them a calm, peaceful, safe, serene and stress free environment.
The spacious habitats are constantly being improved and updated with natural ponds, pools, boulders, rocks, climbing structures, burrows, dens, more trees which mimic the wild.
You can tell that the need of each animal is being met and the animals are a top priority in everything they do.

Being a supporter/donor and now founder, I get to see first hand that my donations are well invested and used for.
It helps provide a better life for many rescued animals because not only they receive the best care, a good healthy diet but also get to live in a state of the art facility together with their own kind.
I love that TWAS/TWAR dedicates lots of time and effort so that each rescue gets to live with a companion, group, a pack or pride.

Two years ago, TWAS expanded by purchasing a beautiful property of 9,684 acres of heaven on earth, in South Eastern Colorado, called The Refuge.
This has given their supporters/donors a wonderful opportunity to become a Founding Member of The Wild Animal Refuge.
In early June of this year, I was able to visit this pristine and wonderful place that many future rescued animals will be calling home.
(The Wild Animal Refuge is closed to the general public, but if you are a Founder you get to enjoy a one day tour by driving on a special course throughout the Refuge).
The current habitats are already inhabited by rescued bears, lions, tigers, wolves, yaks, alpacas and donkeys. Each little group gets to enjoy over 100 to 200 acres amongst themselves
as their forever home.

The Sanctuary & the Refuge are a Blessing for us and a few lucky animals to call it their forever home.
Special praises go out to the visionary and founder Pat Craig, his family, their staff and volunteers.
They are the heart and soul of both places but also the most caring, dedicated, hardworking individuals you will ever meet.
I am eternally grateful and thankful for all they do but mostly for opening our eyes through continuously educating
us about the plight and suffering of the captive held wild carnivores in this country as well as the rest of the world.








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Donor

Rating: 5

I became a donor when I visited The Wild Animal Sanctuary for the first time 4 years ago.
You can tell how happy, relaxed and chill the animals are, they are lounging peacefully in their state of the art habitats or play with some enrichments or in their pool.
The Founder Pat Craig, his family, staff and volunteers are just wonderful, the most caring, dedicated and hard working people I know. The animals are always their priority.
The visitors center is an amazing place, with the nicest staff and volunteers. The huge TV screens are a wonderful way of educating and raising awareness of the captive held wild carnivore crisis in the USA and abroad.
The schools should make an annual mandatory field trip in order to teach children that these beautiful rescued furry residents DO NOT make good pets.
Since last year I became a Founder of The Refuge, which is a heaven on earth for the rescued creatures where they can enjoy pristine landscapes and many natural amenities. I cannot wait to see the first animals set foot in their extra large habitats.
I love spending the day at the Sanctuary; after walking for hours with my binoculars and camera, it’s great to take a break at Lions Den Cafe where they serve delicious food, for everyone even vegans.
The gift shop is usually my last stop as I always find the cutest and rarest little or big gifts. It’s truly my happy place and a very special place in my heart, I love spending the day or sometimes two days at TWAS. The Wild Animal Sanctuary is best and the most progressive Sanctuary in the world!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary is an amazing place for our wild animals struggling in abusive, tattered captive situations to go and live freely and comfortably.

Jennifer H.16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to visit The Wild Animal Sanctuary last September. I was in awe of the incredible habitats that have been created for the animals and the process that takes place when an animal first arrives at the sanctuary. The staff and volunteers are knowledgeable, educational, compassionate, kind, and dedicated. I highly recommend a visit (I plan on going again) or several visits to the sanctuary. It was such a wonderful, inspiring experience, I just cannot say enough about what a wonderful home this is for the rescued wild animals.

1 Micheline B.

Donor

Rating: 5

The focus of TWAS has and always will be the well being of the rescued animals. It is amazing to see them from above on the overhead walkway and to learn their stories. TWAS promotes education regarding captive wild animals. Their work is possible because of the dedicated, hardworking volunteers who are attracted by their mission. It's an honor to support TWAS.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is an amazing refuge for wild animals who have been mistreated as entertainment and/or "pets". For 39 years, Pat Craig has been a champion for the animals and has remained true to the Mission of educating the public to the reality and rescue captive exotic and endangered large carnivores that have been abused and creating a space that is dedicated to these animals and to education - not entertainment. Sometimes TWAS management has had to make "unpopular" decisions to ensure the well being of the animals. He and the TWAS team work tirelessly creating specialized environments, feeding, vetting and recuing these deserving beings. It is my pleasure to donate to TWAS whenever my finances permit.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for several years and volunteered. The animal sanctuary has always lived up to its mission of rescuing and taking care of the animals

1 Christine H.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is an amazing sanctuary for all types of carnivores that have been kept in small cages, basements, garages, their whole lives. It takes a lot of caring humans to help rescue these beautiful animals, and they flourish after they come to TWAS. With all the right food, love, and attention they receive from their new caregivers (staff, volunteers and donors) they have a new lease on life. They now have wide open spaces where they can run and swim and be the animals like they've never been able to before.
These are the lucky ones.....there are still so many captive bred animals that are waiting to be rescued from the hell they are in now. We are trying to educate the public that it is not ok to keep a baby bear cub, or a lion or tiger cub.......these are not and never will be pets.
I have been volunteering for 11 years now. This IS the best carnivore sanctuary in the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a rescue and sanctuary like no other! They set the standard for what should be expected for captive wildlife, rescued from horrible conditions. Their raised walkway lets people see large carnivores living in large acreage habitats without being interfered with by human presence. This is how it should be for any captive wild animal, period. It's well worth the drive (and the cost) no matter where you come from. They provide lots of educational resources and the animal's care and well-being is always first and foremost. Volunteering there is also an incredible experience, a lot of work, but you get to learn more about the animal residents there, and it is so fulfilling after a long day on the walkway or in the nutrition center. It's a win-win. Everyone should donate or volunteer because this is a cause that deserves it. It is our duty to be caretakers of animals on this planet, the least we could do at this point is donate and give our time and efforts to a foundation that really puts animals first.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is my favorite place to visit. The vision that Pat Craig originally had, and the fortitude
to create this sanctuary, is beyond amazing. I have been a supporter for many years and have traveled to Colorado from California many times to witness this incredible refuge for these magnificent, mistreated animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary does amazing work providing a wonderful home for abused wild animals. The care and refuge they provide is so admirable.

Shirley T.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I I am always amazed at their experience, their tenacity, and their love. We should look to them as the barometer of all that we should do for our animals in for each other

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a beautiful place. It is a glorious safari off a major highway where these animals are gifted their freedom and love and the ultimate life. To see them sprawled out relaxing and popping out of hibernation and playing in water is just a delight. One of my favorite places in Colorado!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great organization doing great work for neglected and abused wild animals, including a wide variety of bears and large cats. My family have been to TWAS a number of times over the past 10 years and thoroughly enjoy seeing the magnificent animals getting a second chance in their expansive 10+ acre habitats. We are honored to be sponsoring one the bears residing at the facility.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is my favorite place to visit in Colorado. The animals have huge large acreage enclosures. They get great hands off care.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The care provided to the animal residents of the Wild Animal Sanctuary and the Wild Animal Refuge is second to none. Many of the animals living at the sanctuary arrive as a result of private owner confiscation. Anybody who thinks it's a good idea to "keep" an exotic animal as a pet, is surely lacking in empathy. These animals are not meant to be captive, living in cramped often squalid quarters... environments entirely inappropriate for their species . For those lucky enough to be rescued by the sanctuary, their holistic approach to animal care goes a long way to making amends for the harm done to them by other humans. Not only do these animals get top-notch veterinary care and high quality, abundant food, but they get enrichment, and carefully match companions of their own species. I cannot recommend this sanctuary highly enough. I would give it 100 stars if I could.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is the most amazing place to see and support! I'm so grateful this organization exists for the animals in need of rescuing. Not only do they get a second chance at life, but they get to do it on a beautifully vast property where they have room to roam in privacy.

As an avid animal lover I'm so excited to share experiences with my three year old daughter at The Wild Animal Sanctuary, where she will be educated on the importance of responsible conservation and treatment of animals. We will never support the zoo so I feel very lucky to have this Sanctuary in my home state where we are able to visit throughout the year.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed The Wild Animal Sanctuary for years. I am thankful that this place exists to take care of so many animals that have been removed from abusive situations, shut down zoos and roadside attractions and private owners. Many of the animals that come to TWAS have never known what proper care and nutrition were. They thrive here and you can see them really come into their own once they feel safe. Most recently, animals from the well known Tiger King have found a new, safe and stable home at TWAS. Dillan, a bear that was living in a small enclosure at a so-called sportsman's club/gun range was obese from a horrible diet and suffered PTSD from the constant gun fire. He is losing weight, has a new friend and is safe and happy. Many, many other success stories here! TWAS truly is a gem, and I encourage you to donate to this wonderful Sanctuary and to visit as well!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting the charity for many years now. I am based in Toronto Canada and went to Colorado just to visit the sanctuary ... my trip was worth it! Not only did I have the chance to see the beautiful animals rescued, I met wonderful volunteers absolutely passionate about their mission. It has been a fantastic experience and I am planning another trip to see the improvements that were made. Thank you so much to Pat and the team for their dedication to change the lives of these beautiful animals who deserve their freedom.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Visiting the Wild Animal Sanctuary was my first "social outing" since the pandemic hit. It was the perfect place to visit. The Wild Animal Sanctuary is an absolutely remarkable feat of love and unceasing dedication to the welfare of animals who have been rescued from the most unbelievably horrific and years-long conditions of torture, inhumanity, and gravely misguided "ownership." Pat Craig is an incredible example of how much of a difference one human being can make to the lives of so many animals who are so desperately in need around the entire globe. The Wild Animal Sanctuary stretches out as far as the eye can see, with an emanation of peace and longed-for respite from every one of its magnificent animals who are now at last living in the safe, very well cared for, natural habitat that every creature deserves. Please support this most outstanding and hard-working nonprofit, and ensure its legacy lives on far into the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful home for large carnivores. I've followed them for over 20 years.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank goodness for this sanctuary. I wish I could donate much more. I am so looking forward to teaching about and taking my grandkids. I no longer go to zoos. These animals are treated as they should be...

Max S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is one of the most amazing organizations out there.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary couldn't be more different than a zoo. They rescue animals from the worst of situations and give them a place to live for the remainder of their lives. They have literally thousands of acres for these beautiful animals. I will continue to be a supporter.

1 Stephanie Doyle P.

Donor

Rating: 5

Since visiting TWAS we will not go to any zoo. The freedom, love and great care the animals receive is beyond what I ever expected. We’ve seen animals come in with very little hope, and the staff at TWAS has completely turned their lives around for the better. We hope they’ll be around for a long time.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The TWAS mission is so uplifting for animals that otherwise are without hope, and are living, many times, in horrific conditions.

Pat Craig and the TWAS team are the embodiment of what it means to be good stewards of these beautiful creatures.

I have supported them since my first visit, and encourage others to consider doing the same.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TWAS is the best non-profit I know taking care of animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been monthly donors for years. TWAS has always been upfront, transparent and forthcoming with how they spend their money and care for the beautiful creatures in their care. We consider it a privilege and honor to donate and have even included them in our wills.

Donor

Rating: 5

We are fortunate enough to live in Colorado, and close to The Wild Animal Sanctuary. We also are members and adopters of their animals. Thru their newsletters (extremely well written!) we always find out how their care and concern for animals around the world, leads to more and more rescues. Thank God for these selfless people, who are saving neglected, abused animals, one by one. The new "homes" and care they provide for these animals are beyond imagining. God Bless them, and may they continue to do their special work.

Donor

Rating: 5

They perform miracles for abused and neglected animals. They give the animals the next best thing to freedom (maybe better in some cases )

Margaret89

Donor

Rating: 5

Have been a monthly supporter for several years and now also a Founder for The Refuge property. The Wild Animal Sanctuary is always there for animals who need help. They say they are a sanctuary for large carnivores, but there are so many other types of animals in TWAS because they DO NOT turn away any animals who need saving. So, you will see alpacas, camels, ostriches, yaks, porcupines, etc.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Stunning facility with happy, healthy animals❤️❤️ My mom has adopted several animals and I’m a monthly contributor. We take the whole family there as often as we can

4 Sandy H.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is amazing!! What they do for these suffering, abused and neglected animals is the most compassionate thing. They truly change the life for them. I have only visited the sanctuary a few times because I live out of state, but when I do make it back to Colorado it is on my list of places to go. If I lived there, I would definitely be a volunteer. I recommend this place for anyone who loves animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I can see where my money went every time I visit the sanctuary!

1 Angela Keyes S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Walking above these animals was really a life changing experience. It is a glimpse into what should be for these beautiful animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had the privilege of visiting in the summer of 2019 on a trip to see one of our adult children in Colorado. I have been to many sanctuaries in my life and I absolutely fell in love with this one. The care given to these rescued survivors is obvious. The fact that they now have a place to live out the rest of their lives in peace and comfort is a blessing. I hope to return soon and often. Thank you to all who have made this haven possible!

Julie F.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Enjoyed the walk along the elevated walkways to see the lions, tigers and bears. Also saw the camels, wolves and foxes. Nice program to read and follow along during the walk, fun to learn about each animal that was rescued. Even their names are in the program and where they came from.

Donor

Rating: 5

They do an amazing job rehabbing animals that have been neglected and abused. I can’t wait for the opportunity to visit and show my children how animals should be treated.

1 Lina V.

Donor

Rating: 5

Such an amazing place! We stumbled upon it on the way to Denver. They do such an awesome job with their animals. I loved walking on the walkway, you can definitely tell that the animals were relaxed and not agitated like the would be at a zoo. They recently started a project of purchasing a huge number of acres in an undisclosed location in Colorado which should provide the animals the best chance to live a life like they would in the wild. I've been following their mission for 6 years now and I am so happy to see how they progress and how many animals they save.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was dreaming about visiting the Wild Animal Sanctuary all the way through the lock down as we try to go every summer. When things opened, we ventured out. I was so pleased to see the measures the staff had taken to ensure guests could safely enjoy the sanctuary. This is the only place I've ever heard a lion actually roar and I think that's because they're happy and comfortable. Thank you, WAS for all you do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing place!! I can’t even explain how amazing it is to see all these Animals free from the torture. My heart smiles when I think about how happy those animals are!!! Thank you you are HEROS ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have supported the Wild Animal Sanctuary since early in its existence. We shared a love of big cats and other wild carnivores and have been grateful for their efforts to help these animals live a life worth living. They aren't a zoo, but the public still has an opportunity to see a large variety of animals enjoying an, essentially, unfettered life.

With the opening of the Wild Animal Refuge in southern Colorado, the Wild Animal Sanctuary has added almost 10000 acres of territory for large carnivores that is as natural as humanly possible. I am a huge fan of their hard work and the joy they share with all.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is breath taking to see these animals living happy lives in nature and knowing that while you visit you aren’t causing them distress on top of the elevated walkway. All of the staff and volunteers work incredibly hard to care for these animals and it shows.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful mission and devoted employees and volunteers .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is amazing!! They do love the animals and give them a place they can be loved and free!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of the TWAS for years. The love and care they give their animals is top notch. They are the only sanctuary I know that cares about the animals enough to built a massive walkway. Max was one of my favorites. I saw him after he came in and I got to see him as a huge fluffy Kodiak he should be. He lived the rest of his life out on there care. That is why I support TWAS. I hope you will to.

Donor

Rating: 5

Visiting The Wild Animal Sanctuary is always a treat for our family. It’s wonderful to see all the animals living in their large acreage habitats. My grandson’s favorite it the Tiger Roundhouse. He likes to see the tigers that are making friends and preparing to form a group to go live in their own large acreage habitat.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a place of peace and love for captive born exotic animals. They get to live out their lives with dignity and respect in large acreage habitats after spending years of being neglected, abandoned and abused. The Wild Animal Sanctuary saves lives. I am honored to be able to participate in such a worthy cause.

1 Lorna Z.1

Donor

Rating: 5

A truly amazing wildlife sanctuary! Proud to be a donor.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is one of my favorite ways to spend a day. I love seeing all the animals in a natural habitat and happy. I used to go to the zoo a lot but cannot bring myself to set foot there after seeing the difference in the anxious animals there vs the relaxed animals at the sanctuary. I love that so many animals have been rescued and are given the opportunity to have a chance to be well cared for and enjoy life! Can't say enough good things about The Wild Animal Sanctuary.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is such a wonderful nonprofit! They rescue captive wildlife from bad situations. These are mostly Apex predators that have been neglected in various situations and since they have always been in captivity can't be released to the Wild. They are brought to this wonderful facility, nursed back to health and given large habitats to roam free. There are water features for them to play in, massive underground dens for them to retreat to and lots of room to stretch their legs. The public is allowed to visit for a reasonable fee + donation and walk along a 3 mile round trip skyway walk. This is built probably 30' in the air above the habitats so that the animals don't feel threatened or disturbed. It is such a wonderful organization and fabulous place to visit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is, by far, the most amazing sanctuary I've seen. The lengths they go to for the animals they rescue and care for - absolutely amazing! The habitats are gorgeous and thoughtful, the food preparation is outstanding, and veterinary care is fantastic. These people care so much and it really is reflected in the obvious contentedness of all living there. I absolutely love this place!

Joe M.4

Donor

Rating: 5

My Wife and I fell in love with TWAS when we visited a few years ago. Was on a Train Rides vacation in CO. Saw info on TWAS in a local publication. Went for a days visit. I’ve loved trains all my life but that visit to TWAS was the best vacation I ever had. Wild animals in their natural habitats are wonderful. Even better than train rides. Now a regular donor from New Jersey.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful, inspirational, caring sanctuary. I have been donating for years. Follow the stories of the various animals that have been saved and you can't help but want to help. Go visit the sanctuary and feel lucky you've been a minor character in their story. And their piece de resistance, is the huge, new sanctuary in southern Colorado where the critters are left to their own and can just be critters.

cclsdogs

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to The Wild Animal Sanctuary since I first learned about this organization in 2014. The Sanctuary in Keenesburg and The Refuge in Southern Colorado are the greatest places on earth for animals rescued from the Captive Wildlife Crisis. My favorite thing about this organization is that instead of small enclosures, the animals have large acreage habitats to roam and have awesome water features to swim and play in. I also love that the animals are able to live with others of their own kind in family units. Each animal has his/her own rehabilitation plan and is carefully introduced to others and the new environment. In addition to giving every single one of its rescued animals a happily ever after life, TWAS also treats its donors/supporters very kindly. Every single time I have donated, no matter how large or small the donation, I have been sent a thank you note. I am honored to be a part of the great work this organization does. TWAS also educates countless numbers of people about the captive wildlife crisis, the suffering it causes and what people from all walks of life can do to help bring about an end to this abuse. I cannot say enough great things about this amazing organization. They transform the saddest animals on earth into the happiest animals on earth!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a major animal lover who is in the early stages of establishing a sanctuary for homeless dogs, and I was studying sanctuaries a handful of years ago to get ideas when I came across The Wild Animal Sanctuary and I was amazed at the quality of life these animals receive. I absolutely love their large-acreage habitat model and watching videos of how wide open spaces, amazing enrichment, and the company of others of their own kind heals these animals physically, mentally and emotionally. This place is heaven on earth for innocent animals who have been rescued from terrible situations. The Wild Animal Sanctuary does a great job educating the public about the captive wildlife crisis and the magnitude and severity of the problem. They also give the animals world class veterinary care and will do anything and everything in their power to give every animal they take in the very best life possible. I wrote the founder, Pat Craig, a letter and he was kind enough to take the time to write back to me and wish me the best in my rescue work. It made my day! I cannot say enough great things about this sanctuary. They bring out the best in humanity.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to the Wild Animal Sanctuary since about 2002 and volunteered there for years until we moved away in 2016. I know - seen and witnessed - first hand, that sheer dedication and drive and integrity that Pat Craig is and brings to all he does at and for the Sanctuary. He is dedicated to saving as many captive animals as he possibly can while assuring that the ones he saves have the quality of care and of life that is the hallmark of the Sanctuary and makes it the global leader in (captive) wild animal care. I have seen the transformations that the rescued animals undergo through the care and efforts of Pat and his team (staff and volunteers). I have watched over the years as he has given all of his time and effort to the Sanctuary, to the animals in his care, to helping other rescues and sanctuaries in need, and to ending the captive wildlife crisis. I have been around other rescues and captive wildlife sanctuaries a few times and none of them are like this. Just amazing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I always felt sad when I visited a zoo, but never when I have been at the Sanctuary (and I have been often over the past 12 or so years). I no longer go to zoos. The difference between the animals at the Sanctuary and those in zoos is marked - the animals at the Sanctuary are so calm and playful and at ease, despite the fact that most have been rescued from terrible situations. Seeing the difference between an animal when first rescued and six months later is a profound experience - there is so much healing that happens at the Sanctuary. I have learned so much about wild animals, their behavior and their needs, as well as about the Captive Wildlife Crisis from the Wild Animal Sanctuary. I am so grateful to the Sanctuary for the work it does. I am a long time donor and volunteer.

Donor

Rating: 5

Beautiful sanctuary taking wonderful care of the animals that need it the most.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of this Sanctuary for years and what they have done and accomplished (and continue to do) over those years is beyond words. It is heart wrenching to consider what humans do to these magnificent animals...unbearable....imagine being a beautiful black bear confined in a small concrete cage on the side of the road in the blazing hot sun with no shade and little or no water while passers by gawk at and taunt you for their amusement....or think of being a majestic lion being kept as a pet in someone's garage and fed Whiska's cat food....or being a regal tiger and having your claws pulled out with pliers because they were sharp and dangerous. These are but a small sample of the types of cruelties that we humans have inflicted on these majestic animals with whom we share the planet. What right do we have? NONE! Just imagine. Forty years ago that's exactly what Pat Craig did and he set out to do something about it. The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a life saving oasis for the animals who are fortunate enough to end up there to live out their lives....as close to wild as possible. But oh the battles that have to be fought to rescue these animals....it's unforgivable what's done to animals for profit and entertainment. Mankind should be ashamed. There is a special place in Heaven for Pat Craig, his staff and all the Volunteers of this amazing place....and a special place on Earth for these amazing animals. That place is The Wild Animal Sanctuary. Far, far exceeds expectations!

Jaisen S P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing experience for everyone!! Really enjoyed my visit!!

Tanya O.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the Wild Animal Sanctuary and believe in their work. I am a founding member and am so grateful for the work they do for animals. They rescue wild animals who have suffered at the hands of humans and give them a chance to live a happier life, a life closer to the one they should have had in the wild. I continue to support them with a monthly donation because I believe in the value of the work they do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to the Wild Animal Sanctuary for years. They do great work provide a vital role for abused animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited TWAS in June, 2020. I was impressed with the different fenced areas for the animals. Each area has things for the animals to climb on or play with, even places for the animals to swim. The overhead walkway allows you to see the animals and they don't realize you are watching them. All the volunteers are very knowledgeable and offer information about the animals and their care.

Donor

Rating: 5

The most amazing place in the world. Everything they do for the animals is done with love, and those poor creatures deserve it. I give regularly, and in the years when it is held, run the Run Into the Wild. My favorite race, because in no other race do bears, and tigers, and lions run beside you! - separated by a big fence of course. ;)

Amy Rosewater V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can honestly say that The Wild Animal Sanctuary is one of the most profoundly impactful places I have ever visited in my life. The stories of the animals rescued by this organization and the clear, meaningful impact this place and all the people who run it have made on their lives is truly the best of humanity on display. They take animals from situations where they are suffering, or unable to be properly cared for, or neglected and give them a life that is closest to the natural lives they should have had whilst ensuring they have the food, shelter and medical care they need to live out their days in comfort and happiness. They take into account these beautiful animals history as well as their natural behaviors to make sure they have exactly what they need. Every time I think about this place I wish they were able to care for all the animals languishing in people's basements or in roadside zoos. They share the heartbreaking stories of their inhabitants so everyone can understand that their priority will always be the animals in their care, and while they appreciate visitors and need the support of the community to survive, they focus on the comfort and happiness of these animals above all else. The animals in their care often have had little in the way of kindness or consideration and to see them get to live out their days here makes my heart full.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such an amazing place! They care so deeply for the animals, and every staff member and volunteer is helpful and knowledgeable. The animals look so at peace there, and it's evident that they are very well taken care of!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I read up on this nonprofit all the time. I've visited once as well and it was an amazing experience. The work they do is invaluable. That they are able to continue to take care of the many animals that need their help and even continue to expand their holdings is commendable.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary has tackled the horrible practice of keeping wild and exotic animals as pets in the US as well as saving captive and exploited animals around the world. I am ever proud to be a part of this organization.