The Performing Animal Welfare Society Wildlife Sanctuary, Gentle Barn and the Big Cat Rescue are some well-known animal rescue sanctuaries in the United States. These organizations are dedicated to providing a safe, secure and healthy home to abandoned, abused, neglected and orphaned animals, such as farm animals, big cats and performing animals.
The PAWS Wildlife Sanctuary is a place where rescued performing animals, such as lions, tigers, elephants and primates can live in peace in a wide open and protected space. Most rescued animals are victims of the exotic animal trade and captive breeding. The PAWS maintains three sanctuaries: the 30-acre sanctuary in Galt, California; the 100-acre Amanda Blake Wildlife Refuge in Herald, California; and the 2300-acre natural habitat in San Andreas, California. The organization schedules open-house events where visitors can see the animals in their natural habitat.
Located in San Clarita, California, the Gentle Barn is a nonprofit organization that rescues and takes care of a wide variety of pets and farm animals. The Gentle Barn's six-acre property is a sanctuary to horses, cows, pigs, sheep, chickens and domesticated pets. The sanctuary is open to visitors and operates animal-assisted therapy programs for disabled kids and at-risk youths.
Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world for abandoned and abused big cats. The 67-acre sanctuary is located in Tampa, Florida and is home to over 100 lions, bobcats, tigers and cougars that are either retired from performing acts, rescued from fur traders or are abandoned, abused or have been turned over by their previous owners. The Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary schedules guided tours for the public throughout the year.