Tonight is a little different. It’s about the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado. And the work they do is beyond wonderful.
Their mission is straightforward: rescue and provide life-long homes for large, “exotic”, and endangered captive wild animals who are abused, abandoned, or neglected throughout the western hemisphere. The mission, however, is anything but simple. It involves thousands of miles of travel, creating large acreage habitats where the animals can roam and act as they would in the wild, and a scores of volunteers and staff who rescue, build, feed, treat, and care for these animals.
At the Sanctuary, you will not find baby animals for you to cuddle with. You cannot pay money to pose with a tiger. They do not breed or supply animals for entertainment. It is about allowing these animals to live a life with dignity and respect. Even if you visit the sanctuary, you will walk on a boardwalk over 40′ in the air, a path such that it places no stress on the animals.
African lions, black bears, grizzly bears, mountain lions, leopards, wolves, servals, bobcats, foxes, lynx, coyote, coati mundi, raccoon, porcupine, ostrich, emu, camels, alpacas, horses, and our faithful dogs and cats all have a home here.
It is an organization that brings tears to my eyes and grips my heart. They are doing hard work filled with love and respect. It’s about expressing the fullness of our humanity.
I happily support them with donations, and I’m inviting you to do the same. Visit their web page to see many wonderful photos of the beautiful animals they have rescued, watch their videos and documentaries, and, if you choose, donate to help them continue their fine work.
(All photos (c) the Wild Animal Sanctuary)