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Big Cat RescueBig Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. We are home to over 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused or orphaned.

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Founder of Lions Tigers and Bears Sanctuary Recipient of Global Award For Sanctuary Excellence


Washington DC – The 2015 Carole Noon Award for Sanctuary Excellence award recipient was announced by the Global Federation of … Continue reading »

Hanaeleh Horse Rescue of California is Verified by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries


(Trabuco Canyon, CA) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying … Continue reading »

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Often the public is led to believe that any captive animal facility, especially those with exotic animals, is a sanctuary. Find out how GFAS distinguishes between legitimate and pseudo-sanctuaries.

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