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Wildlife sanctuaries are facilities where animals are brought to live out the rest of their natural lives in safety and freedom. They differ from animal shelters in that sanctuaries do not seek to place the animals with individuals or groups. Sometimes the sanctuary acts as both a shelter and sanctuary for smaller animals, such as cats and dogs, where they live until a good home is found for them. The mission of the wildlife sanctuary is to be a safe haven where animals are not bought, sold or traded. They are given the opportunity to live in a protected environment that is as close to their natural habitat as possible. Sanctuaries act on behalf of the animals, and the caregivers work under the notion that all animals in the sanctuary, human and non-human, are of equal importance. A sanctuary is not open to the public like a zoo. A wildlife sanctuary tries not to allow any activity that would place the animals in an unnecessary stressful situation. Another mission of wildlife sanctuaries is to educate the public and work to help change the way humans think of, and treat, non-human animals.

Animal Sanctuaries in the United States:

Friends For Life Animal Sanctuary, Gilbert
Morning Starr Animal Sanctuary, Verde Valley, Arizona

Living Free Animal Sanctuary, Mountain Center, near Idyllwild
Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, San Jose
The Cat House on the Kings, Parlier
PAWS, Galt

The Wild Animal Sanctuary, Denver

Sanctuary Animal Refuge, Clewiston
Big Cat Rescue, Tampa

Home At Last Animal Sanctuary, rural central Kentucky

Chimp Haven, The National Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Keithville

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, Poolesville

Grateful Acres Animal Sanctuary, near Kalamazoo

Happy Tails Animal Sanctuary, Columbia

St. Francis Animal Sanctuary, near Tylertown

The Montana Large Animal Sanctuary & Rescue, Hot Springs
Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary, Blackfoot River Valley, near Ovando

New Mexico
The Heart and Soul Animal Sanctuary near Santa Fe
Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, Las Cruces

New York
Oasis Sanctuary, Catskill Mountains
Spirit Animal Sanctuary, Boonville, New York
Catskills Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties, New York

Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, Ravenna, Ohio
St. Frances Animal Sanctuary, Vermillion, Ohio

Safari's Interactive Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, Oklahoma, located in Broken Arrow
Free To Live Animal Sanctuary, Oklahoma, north of Edmond

Chimps Inc., Bend, Oregon

The Elephant Sanctuary, Hohenwald
Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary, Roberson County

Thunder Paws Animal Sanctuary, Dripping Spings
Whiskerville Animal Sanctuary, Texas City

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Angel Canyon, near Kanab

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest , Cle Elum, Washington

Home for Life, Star Prairie, Wisconsin


Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Rosseau, Ontario
Bergeron's Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Picton, Ontario
Teja's Animal Refuge in Ontario

United Kingdom

Assisi Animal Sanctuary in Conlig, Northern Ireland
Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary in the Irwell Valley, near Edenfield, Lancashire
Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Frettenham, Norwich
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in Brentwood, Essex
Willows Animal Sanctuary in northeast Scotland, near Fraserburgh


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