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Susan Harmon

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Review for Performing Animal Welfare Society, Galt, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

PAWS and ARK 2000 are two sanctuaries run by Pat Derby and Ed Stewart. PAWS is the facility for large wildlife that have been pain stakingly removed (often involving legal or governmental agencies) from abusive situations. ARK 2000 is the sanctuary that separately houses Asian, African and bull elephants. The tenacity and dedication that all the staff exhibit is truly admirable. Pat and Ed live on the property in meager housing to be ever-ready. I visited both of the sanctuaries and spent two days with these two admirable individuals and their staff. I observed how the animals were cared for and what environment they lived in. It was a heart warming experience. I only wish I lived close enough to volunteer on a regular basis.

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the time I volunteered and in their newsletter. The animals arrive there broken physically and spiritually. They are nursed back to health and placed in a natural environment where, sometimes for the first time in their life, they are able to experience the freedom to just be the animal they are. The stress free and loving environment allows the bear, tiger, lion, elephant to heal and trust again. They truly thrive there.

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Often resources are needed to build or expand housing to accommodate additional animals they have rescued. For instance, deciding to be the only sanctuary to provide for bull elephants required separate barns with automated stalls and additional elephant fencing.

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They use whatever funds they raise responsibly and try to utilize free or donated goods and services whenever possible. You couldn't ask for a better organization to take care of the money you donate.

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Role:  Donor & Volunteered for two days.