Today we are celebrating the second annual Animal Sanctuary Appreciation Day! This day was established by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries in partnership with the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance and North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance. Today honors over 100 recognized sanctuaries and raises awareness of the work true sanctuaries do to ensure that the animals are well cared for.
If you follow Turpentine Creek on social media or have taken one of our tours, you have heard us use the term “true sanctuary.” Unfortunately, the term sanctuary is not regulated by any governing body, therefore allowing any facility to call itself a sanctuary. Many facilities refer to themselves as a sanctuary but in reality are exploiting the animals for profit. The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) ensures that sanctuaries uphold the highest standards of care for rescued animals. True, accredited sanctuaries WILL NOT buy, sell, breed or trade their animals. They will also provide excellent and humane care for the animals in a non-exploitative environment.
Turpentine Creek, along with the other sanctuaries across the world, rescues animals from commercial exploitation and private ownership. Just this year, TCWR had three rescues from across the country. These three rescues brought a total twelve animals from places that used them for profit, to a sanctuary which will never force them to do anything they do not want to do. Some of these animals have never seen or been on grass before and are now thriving in large grassy habitats enjoying their life! In order for the animals to be well cared for, it takes a lot
of people! From the animal care team to educators and office workers to our supporters, everyone plays a part.
To help make sure that animals are not being abused or used, everyone at Turpentine Creek encourages you to research before you go! It can be difficult to distinguish between true and pseudo sanctuaries. We have created a checklist to help you make the decision to support and visit a facility, you can find it here!
To learn more about GFAS sanctuaries click here! These sanctuaries span worldwide and are not only for big cats. There are sanctuaries that care for captive exotics, from big cats and non-human primates, to domesticated animals.
Turpentine Creek is a member of the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance. This group, which consists of accredited big cat sanctuaries and partner organizations, was created to speak with a unified voice on issues affecting big cats. This group works towards the day when sanctuaries are no longer needed because private ownership and exploitation of big cats has been eliminated.