The Sanctuary

Fauna Foundation's Chimpanzee SanctuaryPhoto: © Jo-Anne McArthur.

Sanctuary: A Place of Refuge

Sanctuary means providing a place of refuge for animals who have come to us from the wild, from private homes, and from the research, agriculture and entertainment industries. Fauna’s Sanctuary provides permanent protection for these animals from the use and abuse our culture inflicts upon them as they are considered objects of ownership, sources of food or entertainment, and tools for education and research.

All of Fauna’s Sanctuary residents now enjoy the freedom to be themselves, and are no longer obligated to work, provide food, entertain, act as human companions, or be tools to teach or do medical research.

In our care, our Sanctuary residents are protected from human exploitation. We do not allow any of our Fauna residents to be removed from the sanctuary. Fauna is their home. We provide them with food, shelter, medical attention, companionship and the enrichment they need in order to lead lives as happy and healthy as possible, free from the fear and hardships they have known.

Public outreach and education is an integral part of Fauna Foundation’s mission, and has been made all the more important since we received the decision of the Quebec Commission for the Protection of Agricultural Land, declaring that no more new exotic residents may be added. This prevents us from rescuing more individuals, but it does not prevent us from making every effort to share what we know, and what we learn more about each day with these amazing animals.

Through individual and group visits to Fauna’s Sanctuary, we create a forum for information and education. Our Sanctuary residents are living testaments of the effects of standard intensive farming practices on animals. By making this information and experience available to visitors from schools and other interested groups, we share our concerns about the need for greater legal and ethical protections for animals and the environment. With Fauna’s Sanctuary residents and their individual stories, we hope to inspire greater compassion.