Animal lovers, what better way to spend your time than to visit some rescued creatures? When you visit, you’ll learn how you can help their causes as well.
Big Cat Rescue (Tampa, FL)
As the name implies, this Tampa sanctuary is dedicated entirely to large cats. From lions, tigers, and leopards (oh my!) to smaller cats like bobcats, cougars, and ocelots, you can find nearly every kind of big feline here. BCR takes care of 60+ animals and relies on donations to rescue and rehabilitate formerly captive exotic cats.
Animal Place (Grass Valley, CA)
Founded in 1989 and spanning 600 acres, Animal Place is one of the oldest—and biggest—sanctuaries for farmed animals in the United States. Its 200 residents include cows, pigs, rabbits, goats, sheep, rabbits, turkeys, and more. A 60-acre Rescue Ranch is also part of the property, where neglected animals are placed into loving homes.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary (Keenesburg, CO)
This nearly 800-acre expanse is home to wolves, bears, alpacas, horses, foxes, and just about everything in between. All of the animals are rescues from captive or abusive environments and roam free in their natural habitats.
Best Friends (Kanab, UT)
If you’re out west exploring the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, or Zion National Park, make a stop at Best Friends, and donate a bit of your vacation time to help animals in need. Often housing around 1,600 furry and feathered friends at a time, including farm animals and dogs and cats, the sanctuary draws thousands of visitors every year that want to make a difference by lending a hand to animals who need a little love.
Chimp Haven (Keithville, LA)
Completely bananas for chimpanzees? Look no further than this Louisiana sanctuary, just a short drive from Shreveport, that’s all about the primates. More specifically, the Haven provides a home for chimps that were former entertainers, pets, and laboratory research subjects. They’re now able to play on climbing structures, in trees, and on the forest floor as they’re rehabilitated and nurtured.