If I surrender an animal to Sara’s Sanctuary, may I come and visit it?
There are 200+ animals currently being cared for by the sanctuary, and all had former owners.
Our primary responsibility is to the animals that we give a lifetime haven too. Sadly, there is just not enough time to accommodate visits from former owners or someone who has brought in an injured animal. We need animal care volunteers. What a great way to be able to spend time with the animal you gave up! Just once a week, three hours a day. Come and enjoy!
Are you open to the public?
No, Sara’s Sanctuary is not a petting zoo. Many of the animals that live at Sara’s Sanctuary came here because of former abuse and neglect. Our utmost concern is for the safety and well-being of the animals, and to minimize any undo stress in their lives.
We are a Sanctuary created to provide animals with a quiet, predictable and safe home for life. Many of the domestice animals are free roaming and can be unpredictable and reactive around people they do not know. The animals are not kept in cages but large enclousres to suit their needs. The exotic animals were illegally owned, and subsequently confiscated by city or county agencies before they were brought to us. They are innately wild animals, and we allow them to remain distant to people is they so chooze. Our enclosures are not set up up for easy viewing.
We have many wonderful zoos in this state. Zoo’s are a great place to take your kids to get up close and personal with domestic animals (most do have petting zoo areas). We just do not have the funds to make this possible.
The animal’s daily care and well-being is our number one priority. Hopefully through reading and seeing some pictures of the wonderful critters that come to us, you will understand our mission.
Are the animals that are surrendered to us an asset to the Sanctuary?
No, again we are not a zoo. Zoo’s are not in the rescue business, they purchase animals and build exhibits for the public. We do not breed or sell the animals we take in. We make a commitment to feed, create housing, and care for every animal for the duration of their lives. The animal you surrendered has no monetary value to the sanctuary. It’s quite the contrary, these animals becomes a lifetime financial commitment for us.