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Review for Forest Animal Rescue by Peace River Refuge & Ranch, Silver Springs, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Lisa and Kurt give their all to ensure the animals in their care are happy and safe.

I was lucky enough to spend a month volunteering at Forest Animal Rescue and I have never witnessed such happy and content animals.

The enclosures are very very spacious and the animals live in peace and tranquility without a care in the world.

I hope to volunteer for the sanctuary again one day. It really is an amazing place.

I learnt so much during my time here and I feel I am a better person because of it.

The animals happiness is a credit to Lisa and Kurt.

Role:  Volunteer

Review for Forest Animal Rescue by Peace River Refuge & Ranch, Silver Springs, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

After searching online for volunteer opportunities in America I was so glad I found Forest Animal Rescue (formally Peace River Rescue) It was very daunting for me, as I traveled from London to the USA alone to spend a month volunteering.

I soon realized that this was the best decision I had ever made. As soon as Kurt picked me up from the airport I was made to feel at home. The days are long and the work is tiring but every second is worth it, you really are making such a difference to every animal in Lisa and Kurt's care.

The animals are so happy and healthy, and have the chance to live out their remaining years in peace and safety with the best care possible. I loved how nothing was expected of the animals.

Your days are filled with food prep, cleaning the enclosures/ensuring all is safe for the animals, cleaning the food prep room, unpacking food, ensuring the fridges are clean and organized, keeping the intern areas clean and tidy, feeding the animals and any other jobs which may need doing. Be prepared for anything as there is always something to do!

Be aware that you are very secluded here, so do not expect to be going out in the evenings/days off unless another of the interns has a car. Bring some books, ipad etc to keep yourselves entertained in the evenings or just make the most of the peace and quite. To be honest, you'll be pretty tired by the end of the day so you'll appreciate having a nice shower and getting in to bed. If you want to see a bit more of Florida I'd suggest traveling around once your volunteer placement is over. Oh and bring plenty of suncream and insect repellant.

Lisa and Kurt have dedicated their entire lives to ensure every animal in their care is as happy as possible, they are an amazing example of how people can make a difference. They taught me so much during my time with them and I left feeling so grateful for being a part of their lives, even if it was only for a short while.

I absolutely fell in love with the sanctuary and was broken hearted when I had to leave after my 4 weeks. However, I returned a year later to volunteer again as I just couldn't keep away. I hope to return for a third time when money allows.

I made some great friends whilst volunteering here as well as memories I will keep forever.

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Role:  Volunteer