I was enlightened by an incredibly heart wrenching book called "The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A True Story of Resilience and Recovery" by Andrew Westoll. My conviction to do what I can to assist in finding sanctuary for all victims of abuse began here.
Sanctuary: A Place of Refuge
Sanctuary means providing a place of refuge for animals who have come to us from the wild, from private homes, and from the research, agriculture and entertainment industries. Fauna's Sanctuary provides permanent protection for these animals from the use and abuse our culture inflicts upon them as they are considered objects of ownership, sources of food or entertainment, and tools for education and research.
All of Fauna’s Sanctuary residents now enjoy the freedom to be themselves, and are no longer obligated to work, provide food, be butchered, entertain, act as human companions, or be tools to teach or do medical research.
Elephant Nature Park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand where you can volunteer and visit to help.We have been involved in dozens of rescues which have created our thriving elephant herd. The park provides a natural environment for elephants, dogs, cats, buffaloes and many other animals under our care. Volunteers and visitors contribute to the healing while learning about their lives past and present.
My daughter and I visited The NW Chimp Sanctuary and I am so grateful to be witness to the healing that can occur through lovingkindness and time. These 7 Chimps have transformed due to the great efforts of this foundation.
After reading "Next of Kin" by Roger Fouts, "The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary" by Andrew Westoll, and Jane Goodall's 'In the Shadow of Man,' I vowed to forever offer my efforts up to assist and advocate for these amazing beings that have been treated with such injustice by their cousins, the Human race.
Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest (CSNW) is located on a 26-acre farm in the Cascade mountains, 90 miles east of Seattle. CSNW is one of only a handful of sanctuaries in the country that cares for chimpanzees.
CSNW was founded in 2003 to provide sanctuary for chimpanzees discarded from the entertainment and biomedical testing industries. On June 13, 2008, seven chimpanzees arrived from a private biomedical facility in Pennsylvania. Some of the chimpanzees were kept as pets and used in entertainment when they were young. Some of them were captured in Africa as infants. All of them were used by the biomedical research industry to test hepatitis vaccines. Most of the females were also used as breeders during their years in labs and their babies were taken from them shortly after birth.
Now the Cle Elum Seven chimpanzees enjoy a rich social life in an exciting indoor and outdoor environment where they have choices to make every day. Each day brings new adventures, and we chronicle their transformations and experiences on our blog.
Chimps Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 wildlife sanctuary dedicated to providing lifetime care for chimpanzees and lynx rescued from the pet and entertainment industries, as well as furthering species conservation through education and outreach. The sanctuary was founded by Lesley Day in 1995 in response to the multitude of captive chimpanzees desperately in need of homes. We are located in rural Bend, Oregon in a quiet, peaceful setting not far from the beautiful Three Sisters Mountains. Bend is typical of the high desert with the sun shining nearly every day.
By Topo, age 49 (approximately)
My name is Topo. In autumn of 1993, I laid my golden brown eyes on Lesley Day for the first time. At that moment, I had no idea that she would become a guardian angel for me and other chimpanzees.
The birth of our sanctuary began like this:
Lesley flew from Oregon to upstate New York in 1993 to meet my owner, who claimed to be a chimpanzee expert. Upon arriving at the grimy mobile home, she saw the small cages that the other chimps and I called home. We had no outdoor access, and the barred windows were so filthy that no sunlight shone through. When Lesley wandered down the dingy hallway, my eyes locked with hers and we instantly formed a connection that would change our lives forever. From our first meeting, Lesley proclaimed her mission in life to offer lifetime sanctuary to chimpanzees in need.
In the two years that followed, Lesley diligently prepared a home for me and made legal arrangements for my journey west. She purchased indoor cages at an auction from Central Washington University and converted her four-car garage into my new indoor playhouse. The space was complete with a large outdoor habitat.
When I finally left the dingy trailer park I had been housed in for so many years, I was unsure of my surroundings. The cross country drive was long and difficult, but as soon as we arrived at our destination, I caught a glimpse of that dark haired lady again and my heart filled with joy. I entered sanctuary life on October 10, 1995. After settling in and getting comfortable with my new indoor environment, Lesley opened the door to the most beautiful outdoor enclosure. For the first time since becoming a victim of the horrible exotic animal pet trade, I felt “free.” I stood for a moment, taking it all in, and then I sprang out onto the lush green grass and began to run. I raced from corner to corner of this glorious new place, pant hooting in excitement as I stretched my legs, arms and mind for the first time. After 24 months of waiting, Lesley had become my legal guardian, and she wasted no time in transforming my captive life from one of imprisonment to one of sanctuary. Finally, I had the choice to feel the earth under my feet and the sun on my skin.
Little did we know that this was just the first of more rescues just like mine.
I came to the sanctuary with scars, both physical and psychological, from years of complete neglect, trauma and abuse. Fortunately, Lesley saw a need to protect chimpanzees like me and thus created Chimps Inc. The sanctuary is now home to six other chimps and two lynx, all of whom were rescued from the pet and entertainment industries. We’ve shared the sanctuary with a few others who left us too soon: two chimpanzees, Kimie and Maggie, one snow leopard, Rose, and one lynx, Katia, all of whom will stay in our hearts forever.
We thank Chimps Inc. and Lesley Day for giving us a second chance at a safe, enriched and comfortable life.
You can contribute to Chimps Inc. by donating here.
Meet Katie! She is from Ohio! Today Katie lives in a spacious, natural enclosure at WildCat Haven. She doing great and we are thrilled to see her opening up and enjoying her lifetime home!
WildCat Haven is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill, ‘last hope’ sanctuary located in beautiful Sherwood, Oregon. Our mission is to provide a safe, natural lifetime home for captive-born wildcats in need. Earning verification and accreditation from both The Global Federation of American Sanctuaries (GFAS) and The American Sanctuary Association (ASA) WildCat Haven is not open to the public; nor do we buy, sell, breed or exhibit our animals. It’s a philosophy we believe in and stand by for the safety and well being of the wildcats. We are not a zoo for people but a safe haven for the animals in our care. Our rescues depend on us to provide for them. They trust we will keep them safe, comfortable, healthy and free from the pain and suffering they have experienced. And we are committed to fulfilling that trust every day. WCH Sanctuary receives no state or federal funding relying on fund-raising, and our generous donors and sponsors.