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Animal Sanctuary Appreciation Day

Celebrating True Sanctuaries Around The USA

November 4, 2020

Turpentine Creek is taking a moment to celebrate the second annual Animal Sanctuary Appreciation Day on November 6th, but only a brief moment, because you know… the animals don’t like it when we don’t get them their treats on time.

The Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance (BCSA), Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), and the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA), have joined together to celebrate the over 100 true sanctuaries around the US that work hard rescuing, rehabilitating, and caring for thousands of animals every single day.

It truly takes a lot of people to make sure the animals at true sanctuaries are well cared for; from animal care team members, maintenance, tour guides, educators, office team members, fundraisers, and so much more, each person is vital to the mission of a true sanctuary. Sanctuaries always prioritize the safety and wellbeing of the animals in their care. Team members work no matter the weather, rain, shine, snow, storms, the animals will always need food, water, and care. Their dedication is part of what makes true sanctuaries great.

We want to encourage everyone to join us in honoring true sanctuaries, like Turpentine Creek, on Friday, November 6. But, this day isn’t just about showing appreciation for all the hard work of true sanctuaries, but also to help educate about what a true sanctuary is and why they are so important. Being able to identify a true sanctuary from a road-side-zoo/pseudo sanctuary is important.

Celebrating Animal Sanctuary Appreciation Day is easy! The best way to celebrate is to help spread the word and educate the public about true sanctuaries! Share a social post from one of the many GFAS,  BCSA, or NAPSA members, talk to a friend about why cub petting is bad, donate to your favorite true sanctuary, create a fundraiser, say thank you via social media, support conservation education efforts, or donate enrichment items to animals!

This year, we are also hosting our annual Santa Claws Is Coming To Town Holiday Online Auction! You can celebrate Animal Sanctuary Appreciation Day by joining in on the online auction and getting your own little piece of Turpentine Creek!

Learn more about what a true sanctuary is here.

Download a copy of our true sanctuary checklist here.

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