Whether it’s on behalf of Maya the beagle in California, Freya the baboon in Indiana, Jersey the capuchin or any of the numerous other animals in need, the NAVS Sanctuary Fund has come to the aid of sanctuaries, rescues and shelters around the country doing great work to provide shelter and care for creatures great and small. It’s because of the generosity of our donors that we’re able to share “happily ever after” stories like these!


When their release from the laboratory was finally secured, retired research rhesus macaques Zoot and Scooter needed additional funding to successfully make it to Mindy’s Memory Primate Sanctuary in Newcastle, OK. All too often, labs offer little to no support for animals’ long-term care. Luckily, a NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant could help cover initial medical costs as well as begin construction on a new enclosure.    

To accept all the 28 monkeys on its waiting list, Jungle Friends Animal Sanctuary in Gainesville, FL had a daunting amount of money to raise to save every animal. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund Grant and a generous matching donation helped them to reach their goal, providing the support for the habitats and direct care for all 28 monkeys, 12 of whom are tamarins or squirrel monkeys being released from research. Jersey, pictured, is a brown capuchin and former pet helped by a previous NAVS grant. 

Before arriving at Four Paws Rescue in El Cajon, CA, Maya spent her previous seven years at a research facility, used to breed litter after litter only to have her puppies taken from her and sold for research. After experiencing an unknown but serious medical condition, the NAVS Sanctuary Fund helped cover vet costs, and she is now looking for her forever home. 

Foraging and spending time in social groups are important activities for baboons. Thanks to a NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant, a group of baboons retired from research (including Freya, pictured) will now get to leave the laboratory and enjoy a new enclosure at Peaceable Primate Sanctuary in Winamac, IN.  They will be able to live out the rest of their lives with the ability to be baboons—not test subjects.

This entry was posted in News on December 12, 2017.
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