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Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: The mission of the Primate Rescue Center is to alleviate the suffering of primates wherever it occurs by: Providing sanctuary or referral to appropriate facilities; Working to end the trade in pet primates in the U.S. and abroad; Educating the public about the plight of primates caught in the breeder/dealer cycle; Assisting researchers and zoo personnel in finding appropriate placement for their surplus primates; Encouraging compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws and animal welfare statutes.

Results: We've been around for over 25 years, and are planning for the next 50. Our youngest chimpanzee will easily live that long!

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 50 monkeys and apes for whom we provide high-quality lifetime care.

Geographic areas served: National & International

Programs: Provide shelter, food, medical care, and a socially enriched environment for primates otherwise scheduled for destruction.

encourage compliance with applicable local, state, & federal laws and animal welfare statutes.

locate appropriate housing for primates that are scheduled for destruction.

educate the public about the plight of primates caught in the breeder/dealer cycle.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been involved with the PRC since 2009 when I started volunteering there. It's a peaceful sanctuary space that is home to many monkeys, several chimpanzees, a dog, goats, and peacocks. The small staff works tirelessly with the help of volunteers and interns not just to provide meals and basic care for the animals but to really make their lives wonderful. I have observed how much thought is put into enrichment and how the staff cater to each resident's needs and preferences. We all hope that one day sanctuaries like the PRC will no longer be needed, but until we humans get our acts together and learn that monkeys and chimps are not pets and have no place in laboratories, I'm grateful that the PRC exists as the best possible place for animals to live out their lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was so lucky to volunteer at the Primate Rescue Center in 2009 and 2010 while living in Cincinnati, Ohio. This place is so great that I used to drive two hours and change each way just to spend time there! The caretakers are very committed, and I've seen just how far they can stretch their resources to make sure the monkeys and chimps in their care have all that they need. It's an expensive undertaking to run a center like this, and yet we need more of them across the country. Everyone is firmly committed to educating the public about the fact that monkeys and chimps do not make good pets. That education - and that understanding - are the only ways in which we are ever going to stop the trade in wild animals. For anyone who seeks to understand one of the reasons why a place like Primate Rescue exists, I highly recommend reading _Animal Underworld_ by Alan Green. I live in New England now, but I look forward to visiting the PRC again soon. It's a place that leaves its mark on all who are lucky to be a part of it.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great work at taking care of some beautiful creatures. I always enjoy the yearly supporter visitation day, too.

Donor

Rating: 5

The PRC is one of the best nonprofit organization I've ever seen. They are VERY dedicated to the well-being and happiness of their rescued residents. They utilize their funds for the primates not high salaries. They keep employees down to a bare minimum and use volunteers extensively. The founders even add their own funds as needed to care for the primates. They are perpetual advocates for the well-being & ethical treatment of all primates. Enough words cannot be said about this organization!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Do A Lot Of Volunteering For A Lot Of Organizations. I Have Never Encountered An Executive Staff Before That Eats, Lives & Breathes Their Organization (And The Support Of Others That do Similar Work) Like ThIs One Does. Total Dedication Is An Understatement! They Are Even Mindful Of Human Impact On Their Residents So Much That They Only Open Their Doors Once A Year For A Private, Invitation-Only Fundraiser In Order To minimalize Stress On Their Primates. This Facility, Like No Other That I Have Ever Encountered (Human Or Animal Oriented), Puts The Health, Comfort, Well-Being And Happiness Of Souls Under Their Care Above All Else. April Is Sooooo Dedicated That She Even Networks With Other Primate Facilities To Find Homes For Abused Or Neglected Primates Across The Nation. She Is An Advocate For Primates 24/7/365. She Is Dedicated Not Only To The Animals ThemSelves But To The Education Of The Public That Primates Are Not Domesticated Pets In An Effort To Prevent Future Need For Rescue. This Facility Is Ever Mindful Of The Safety Of Their PrIMates And Staff. Preservation Of Quality Of Life Is A Definite Priority Here. I Can't Say Enough About The Quality Of This Facility!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to visit the PRC on members day. It is a well taken care of community of primates. All the staff is knowledgeable and very caring. The primates and monkeys are happy and care free. It is obvious that they are well cared for and respected. The various housing for them are neat and clean. April and her staff are top notch!

Donor

Rating: 5

My son and his friends were all about playing with stuffed monkeys. But the stuffed ones were no comparison with the real, living, beautiful primates that two of them were able to see during the center's open house. The work the PROC does to save these "babies" is overwhelming, heartwarming, and priceless.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I learned of this organization after voting in a chimp art contest. Although I'm involved in a number of animal rescue/rights charities (ASPCA, HSUS, etc), this was my first exposure to a sanctuary that focused on Primates. The literature that I've received has been enlightening and I'm looking forward to learning more about the Primate Rescue Center and improving the welfare of Primates in general.

Donor

Rating: 5

What an amazing place! I hate to imagine what would happen to monkeys in need in our region if the Primate Rescue Center was not in existence. 100% of donations are used for the care of the monkeys and chimpanzees, it is nice to know that the funds are being put to such a great cause. You can give with confidence!

Nancy102

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the privilege to visit the primate center this year and was thoroughly impressed. I love how in the best interest of the animals, they do not allow regular visits to the center, but instead work to allow the animals to have the most natural experience possible. Also, they are creative in finding toys that the primates will enjoy and use that as a way for people to contribute to the center.

Donor

Rating: 5

Primate Rescue Center does wonderful work by alleviating the suffering of primates purchased as pets and those housed in horrific conditions around the globe. We've known April and Clay Miller for years (when Gizmo was new to the family). Anything the Miller's do, they do 110%.

Having been supporters of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) for a number of years, it was a simple choice to navigate to, and support, a facility that's in our own local community.

This month we attended the Members Only Spring Gala and were able to see first hand how our and the support of others helps the center and it's residents.

To April, Clay, and all the volunteers, keep up the great work!

Mary128

Donor

Rating: 5

Primate Rescue Center is unlike any place else. The commitment and dedication to these animals is amazing, and the staff does it on a shoestring budget.

Bethany4

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a 365 days 24 hours a day organization that provides quality care to unwanted primates. The enclosures are stimulating and the highest quality. The primates would have no hope without the day in and day out work of the dedicated staff.

jmkreisle

Donor

Rating: 5

My comany offers its service at deep discounts for this awesome non-profit. When we come out to wash, we enjoy the atmosphere. The Monkeys are treated like family and in a comfortable place. The staff/volunteers seem to enjoy thier roles. This is a TRUE non-profit. The cause is just and noble.