Supporting Animal Sanctuaries

Supporting Animal Sanctuaries

That's what it's all about.  We all have the ability to be kind, we all feel pain.  
This includes All animals.
Animal Sanctuaries are a safe haven for mishandled; sick or exploited animals. 

Visiting an animal sanctuary may make a difference in your life, a child's life, and the future of our animal kingdom.
Now, Let's Get Happy! - More reasons to include animals in your next trip! See the locations below

When we visited Ireland, both the Seal Rescue/Sanctuary and Donkey Rescue were in areas we had never read about!
If interested, you can read the Ireland Story: HERE
Then there was Portugal, the Iberian Wolf Sanctuary. It was a bit hard to find, but Wow, the setting was so beautiful and quiet, a nice change out of the city. Read about the Wolf Sanctuary in our Portugal Story: ​HERE  

What is an animal sanctuary? 

An animal sanctuary is a safe haven for the animals either wild or domestic. A place where they can live their lives in the closest possible natural environment, with care and respect. 
It is VERY important that the sanctuary that you are visiting is ethical, not abusing or neglecting the animals. Sometimes the signs are not obvious.  See guidelines below.

Visitation: Many Sanctuaries have no visitation, others have limited visitation(and should), but if you can seek out the times that are available it will be well worth it! 
Many wildlife sanctuaries have safe, observation walkways or structured tours or you may see the animals during feeding times. Many have educational centers, gift shops (to support the animals) and even picnic areas in designated areas, often quiet and serene settings. 
Sanctuaries where domestic animals live such as Pigs, Goats, Donkeys, Cows, Chickens, Sheep, Dogs and Cats, may offer some interaction with certain animals that are used to a gentle touch and often welcome the attention!  

Below is list of sanctuaries that we have either visited or thoroughly researched for you. 
One way to verify that the sanctuary is indeed ethical, is to look for a logo by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and below that, you will see the word: VERIFIED. This is often located in the affiliate/sponsor page or "about us" page, at the bottom.
If not, they may be accredited by The American Sanctuary Association, here are their guidelines. 
Please research the sanctuary before going, here are some guidelines before you go.  Link: Guidelines 

Please note, there are many more reputable sanctuaries to visit and we would love to hear about them. We will be adding to this list, so please share or stop back by.  Thank you for caring and sharing!


Animal Sanctuaries Around the World

  • Sibu Sanctuary- Nosara, Costa Rica. - Learn about the Golden Mantled Howler Monkeys and other animals in their care. Beautiful view and educational pavilion. Visitor times are limited, so please reserve ahead.
  • Elephant sanctuary - Sukhothai, ThailandTravelBagsandBones will be visited in 2018! The name of the sanctuary is BLES. Reservations must be made a year in advance. Here is our first YouTube Elephant Video From This Sanctuary :   Stories coming soon.  
  • Seal Rescue- Courtown, Ireland- Visited 2017, More of a temporary sanctuary for injured, sick or orphaned seals. A wonderful and educational stop in Ireland! 
  • Donkey Sanctuary- Mallow, Ireland- Visited 2017, Lovely setting in the County Of Cork. A beautiful walkway through the sanctuary. Sit, walk, watch the Donkeys. A great visit! 
  • Iberian Wolf Sanctuary Mafra Portugal- Visited December 2017.  This organization is focused on saving the Portuguese wolf from extinction. Educational and Beautiful location. 
  • Elephant Nature Park - Chiang Mai, Thailand- Rescued elephants. No rides, painting or dancing.
  • Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica-See Map on Website- A one of a kind Sloth Sanctuary. You cannot hold the Sloth, however you will see sloths eating, sleeping and outdoors. Also check out their habitat via canoe ride. 
  • Tiritiri Matangi Open Sanctuary - New Zealand- For over 10 years, volunteers planted 280,000 trees. Endangered species are beginning to return and prosper. Guided tours available.
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehab and Sanctuary - Malaysia-It is located in the Sabah District of North Borneo. Visitors are restricted to walkways, however you may see Orangutans during feeding times. 
  • Libearty Bears Sanctuary, Romania- The story of Maya, the bear, is how this sanctuary came about. Bears have been rescued from small cages and given a life of fun in the woods and forever protected. 
  • Elephant valley project, Cambodia-With over 1,500 Hectares of forest, 10 elephants enjoy being elephants. No riding or bathing with the elephants.   
  • The Agra Rescue Bear Facility- India-Part of the Wildlife SOS network, protecting Indian Wildlife. This just completed and opened a new Education Conservation Walkway. 
  • The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, -Kenya Africa-The most successful elephant rescue in the world. They have rescued over 150 orphaned elephants. Open 1 hour a day while the babies are feeding and bathing. 
  • Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve, Belize- This is the world's only Jaguar Preserve. Although you probably won't see one, as it is 150 square miles of protection. Educational, along with birdwatching and hiking.

Animal Sanctuaries In the US

  • Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary, Norton, MA-Sweet loving retirement home for Pigs, dogs, donkeys, horses, cats, peacocks, chickens, goats, sheep. Love is waiting! 
  • Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary, Reno, NV-Visitation during feeding times. Bears, Owls, Bobcats, Turtles and More. 
  • Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary, Imlay, NV-Rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife that have been illegally traded or were exotic pets. Appts. must be scheduled. 
  • Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties, NY- Rescues include farm animals. Seasonal weekend tours. Hear the stories of each animal living at the sanctuary. 
  • Sunrise Sanctuary, Marysville, OH- Limited Open barn days for animals who love the interaction. Check Website
  • Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, Mehoopany, PA- Loving animal sanctuary with cows, chicken and pigs. Many love interaction. Check website, as appointment is needed. Inspirational education for children. 
  • Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown, RI- Over 300 acres of protected area for a wide variety of birds. Eco-tours and miles of walking trails. 
  • SC-CARES Coastal Animal Rescue & Education Sanctuary, Georgetown, SC- A safe haven for unwanted exotic animals, birds, turtles and more. Visitation is by appt. only. Listen to their stories and feel the love! 
  • Cleveland Amory Black Beauty RanchMurchison, TX- A 1,400 acre safe haven for horses, cows, camels, tigers, donkeys, bears and many more. Currently visitation is only once a month. 
  • Dreamtime Sanctuary, Elgin, TX- Farm animals, saved and loved. Horses, sheep, cows, goats, pigs. Appt. Required. Supervised tours. 
  • Black Pine Animal Sanctuary-Albion, IN-Rescued  exotic animals. Loving sanctuary; Educational & Quiet.
  • Wolf Haven International, Tenino, WA- Guided tours in a natural setting. No socializing or touching the wolves. Nationally recognized and rescued over 200 wolves. Appointments must be scheduled in advance. 
  • Leilani Farm Sanctuary, Maui, HI- Explore the Farm Sanctuary and Natural surroundings. Tours 2x a week.
  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs, AR- After years of hard work, this Big Cat Sanctuary became Accredited by GFAS in 2017. Please support. They have rescued over 70 Cats and 30 Horses. Regular and private tours available. 

Compassion, in which ethics takes root, does not assume its true proportions until it embraces not only man but every living being

Albert Schweitzer

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