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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: We help researchers seeking an alternative for their animals. RSLA strongly promotes animal welfare issues without exploiting the animals or the institutions they come from.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I have been blessed with knowing Jackie for the past 20 years. Her hard work and dedication in providing retirement facilities to research animals is truly to be commended. The animals at RSLA are extremely well cared for and pampered. Jackie and the animals are simply amazing and with each visit, I feel that I want and need to do so much more. Anyone considering a donation of time, money, fruits/vegetables, supplies etc. to RSLA: It is is well worth it!!!


Rating: 5

I worked with Ms. Rivera for many years and appreciated her commitment and dedication to the animals in her charge. I also heard of her dream to establish the RSLA and watched as she diligently researched the sanctuary industry, gained experience in the arena, and sought mentors to guide her. Her commitment to the resource, the animals, and to the highest ideals is beyond reproach. The animals she now shelters and cares for are the lucky ones, for sure. Her dedication to their welfare is what gives her sustenance. She has the knowledge to provide for their needs and the can-do spirit to make it a reality. I assure you that any money contributions will be fully utilized to make a difference in an animal's life - an animal who spent a considerable part of their life making our lives better.


Rating: 5

After 30 years experience in research at the University of Texas Health Center in Houston, Jacquelyne founded The Retirement Sanctuary for Laboratory Animals, Inc. (RSLA). Her extensive experience and education more than qualify her as Director of RSLA. She is personally committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for research primates and pigeons after their long years as laboratory animals. As a donor and visitor to RSLA, I know from personal observation and experience that my money is going directly to provide the comfort, freedom, and exceptional care that these retired animals so richly deserve. I thank Jacquelyne for her foresight and vision in this area.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This retirement sanctuary is truly a wonderful place. The director, Jacquelyne Rivera-Clauder has over 30 years of experience with monkeys and pigeons, and a genuine desire to improve the lives of these former research animals. She is truly devoting her life to these animals, such that they can live out their older years with the relative freedom, socialization, and comfort not afforded to them during their years in the laboratory.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great place! Can't imagine anywhere else that the birds could be happier! I bet the monkeys will love their space when they get there, too!