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Sanctuary Support

More and more often, animals in labs are being given a second chance. AAVS offers members the opportunity to direct special contributions to care for animals once used in laboratories or exploited in other ways.

Through the Tina Nelson Sanctuary Fund, named in memory of AAVS’s Executive Director from 1995-2005, donors can support one of our most rewarding programs, providing grants to sanctuaries that help animals recover and live in peace. One hundred percent of donations go toward the grant program.

Thanks to your generosity, AAVS awarded funding to the following sanctuaries in 2013:

Chimp Haven

Established in 1995, Chimp Haven serves as the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary, caring for chimps who have been retired from federally funded research programs. Following the announcement at the end of 2012 that over 100 government-owned chimpanzees would be retired from the notorious New Iberia Research Center, Chimp Haven has been extremely busy making accommodations for new residents. Among them are seven babies, whom AAVS has pledged to support for life through our Total Lifetime Care (TLC) for Chimps campaign. The first annual grant was made in 2013.

Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary

Born Free USA’s Primate Sanctuary provides nonhuman primates with high quality care in a naturalistic setting, minimizing human interference. The 186-acre sanctuary is home to over 500 residents, many of whom were rescued from abusive or exploitative situations. After a large, east coast laboratory stopped conducting research on baboons in 2013, nine females-Pearl, Missy, Chloe, April, Friendly, Spicy, Brooke, Kennedy and Lulu-were granted freedom. They arrived at Born Free on September 17, and now experience fresh air, sunshine, grass, trees, large open spaces, and the opportunity to thrive in each other’s company. AAVS awarded Born Free a grant to build cozy individual shelters, along with platforms, ladders, ropes, and trampolines that will enrich the lives of these baboons immensely.

Center for Great Apes

Having studied and worked with orangutans since 1984, Patti Ragan set up The Center for Great Apes in 1993 to offer permanent haven for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. AAVS awarded The Center a grant to contribute to medical care for Mari, a resident orangutan who lost her arms as an infant at Yerkes Primate Research Center in Atlanta. She has managed to adapt brilliantly and over the years has become a favorite at the Center. However, she recently developed Diabetes and needs special care, including careful monitoring of her diet, special medication, frequent tests of her blood glucose, etc. Some of the grant will also cover general operating expenses for the sanctuary.

Mindy’s Memory Primate Sanctuary

Part of the mission of this primate sanctuary is “to provide a healthy, safe, and humane environment for any primates needing care and treatment.” They have taken in some of the neediest cases from labs. Remarkably, they have recovered physically, emotionally and socially. Of the 100 monkeys who reside at Mindy’s Memory, 35 are former lab monkeys.

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

In 2008, CSNW became home for seven chimpanzees who were relinquished by a Pennsylvania laboratory, where they were primarily used in hepatitis research and as breeders. While the chimps once spent years housed in stark cages in a windowless basement, they now enjoy attentive caregivers, spacious and enriching indoor housing, and the warmth of sunshine as they live and play as a family in the new, 2 acre, outdoor ‘exploratorium’.

Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary

This primate sanctuary and rehabilitation center has received grants to help support and continue to rescue monkeys from labs. This sanctuary is accredited by both the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and American Sanctuary Association, and comes highly recommended for standards of care, responsiveness to the unique needs of animals from labs, and conscientious management.

Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary

AAVS’s grant to Equine Advocates is to assist in care for the 26 resident equines who were mares or foals from the Premarin industry, which exploits female horses for the production of pharmaceuticals. Since 1996, Equine Advocates has helped rescue thousands of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules from slaughter, abuse, and neglect. At the sanctuary, located in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York, an Education Center hosts visitors of all ages, who attend seminars, workshops and symposiums on equine issues, care and natural horsemanship.

Primarily Primates

Primarily Primates houses, protects, and rehabilitates various primate species, focusing primarily on caring for apes and monkeys. Many are cast-offs from the pet trade and biomedical research institutions. AAVS’s grant will support the group of chimpanzees from Buckshire labs in Pennsylvania, whose release from the lab AAVS helped negotiate in 1996.

Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines

Ryerss, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2013, has been awarded grants in special recognition of the extra care that is required by several resident horses who were previously used in production of snake anti-venom at a pharmaceutical company; their rescue and adoption program for Premarin foals; and the valuable role Ryerss’ plays working with local cruelty investigators on abuse and neglect cases, providing care for animals in emergency situations.

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Formed in 2007 with the guidance and aid of several globally recognized leaders in the field of animal advocacy, including AAVS, the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) serves to ‘help sanctuaries help animals.’ GFAS provides standards developed by experts and onsite operations reviews in order to help sanctuaries provide the best care for animals. GFAS is called on when sanctuaries are in crisis or transition, utilizing its network and resources to ensure that animals are safe, secure and well cared for.

American Sanctuary Association

ASA provides support to sanctuaries, creating a network of those that meet its criteria. It also facilitates placements for animals, directing interested parties to sanctuaries that might be able to intake animals, and helps negotiate funding and other conditions of transfer. In many cases, without help from ASA, some research entities simply would not even try to place animals, since they are not necessarily willing or able to research appropriate facilities on their own. ASA is all-volunteer and AAVS’s grant will help with expenses.