Photo: © Jo-Anne
Established in 2007, the Fauna Lifetime Care Fund is our promise to the Fauna chimpanzees for a lifetime of the quality care they so deserve.
Caring for our chimpanzees costs approximately $18,250+ per year, per chimpanzee, without inflation and other rising expenses (based on a current $50 per diem per chimp). The countless health issues from which the chimps suffer as a result of the years they spent in research laboratories, as well as normal aging, demand expert staff, veterinary care, expensive medications, quality diets and special climbing and enclosure structures, in order to make their remaining years as comfortable, safe and enjoyable as possible.
Chimpanzees in sanctuary can live an estimated 45+ years. We work hard to help our chimps live as long and as healthy as they can. This takes not only our personal commitment, but also the security of funding to be able to do so. To ensure the future well-being of those for whom we care, it will cost an estimated $3.5-5 million dollars (without inflation and other rising expense) for our current family of 12 chimpanzees.
The Lifetime Care Fund was established thanks to the generous seed contributions by major donors who understood the importance of fiscal security. One such donor, a national U.S. animal protection organization, has in its 100+ years of existence seen countless sanctuaries close and their animals out-placed because they simply could not afford to care for them any longer. We cannot and will not let that happen to Fauna. Following the initial infusion of funds, Fauna embarked on a major fundraising campaign earmarked to raise $1,000,000 by November 12, 2012- the 15<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the chimps’ arrival.
Because of the generosity and commitment of our donors, we are proud to announce that although we did not reach our financial goal at that time, we made huge strides forward and have raised $929,637.00 — making our goal nearly in sight. We have more work to get there, but with the understanding of the importance of such a vision, we have confidence we will indeed reach our goal with your help.
We have also committed to one more thing: in addition to providing for the lifetime care of Fauna’s chimpanzees, should any funds remain after all the Fauna chimps have passed, any remaining funds will be used to provide for the relatives of our chimps and others like them who were rescued from the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP). A decade or so after the release of our chimps from LEMSIP, others now have the good fortune of being in sanctuary, too. Donors to our Lifetime Care Fund can be assured that their donations will go only to providing care for chimpanzees into the perpetuity of remaining funds.
While we can never give back what was taken from them, we can provide love, comfort, care and a safe place to live. We cannot change or give them back their past, but we can give them their now, their future and their forever home. By contributing to the Lifetime Care Fund, you can be a part of the legacy of Fauna. Your donation is a testimonial of your compassion and loving commitment to Annie, Pablo, Donna Rae, Pepper, Sue Ellen, Tom, Billy Jo, Yoko, Jethro, Regis, Spock, Maya, Jeannie, Toby, Sophie, Petra, Rachel, Binky, Chance, Tatu and Loulis.
There are lots of ways, large and small, by which you can help to make a positive difference in this world. Some of these can include direct involvement with Fauna, but we also encourage you to look at the many ways you can foster change in your own life, at home, at your office and in your community. In this manner, you can participate in the mission of change that Fauna promotes.
Changing hearts, minds and actions is what will help improve the world we all share.
“Spiritual destiny is manifested in the lives of those who stand out from the masses and actually do something, who live a creative life for the benefit of others.” —Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami