10 amazing animal sanctuaries in the U.S.

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The Elephant Sanctuary | Tennessee

Currently home to 10 elephants retired from zoos and circuses, the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is truly one of a kind. Elephants suffering from long-term health and behavioral issues (due to having spent their lives in captivity) now get to enjoy life in peace. The sanctuary provides them with individualized care and companionship of a herd. In addition, it is dedicated to educating the public about the plight of elephants in the wild, as well as the needs of those in captivity.

Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary | Georgia

Located in Lincolnton, Ga., Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary is the longest running horse sanctuary in the country. Founder Melanie Sue Bowles has been rescuing abused and neglected horses for the past 30 years, saving more than 300 horses, along with donkeys, dogs, pigs and cats. Today, a total of 37 horses roam unimpeded on 175 acres as part of a herd. Read about Melanie’s horse rescue

Farm Sanctuary | New York

The rolling green pastures of the Farm Sanctuary of New York are dotted with happy farm animals. Nestled in the Finger Lakes region, the Farm Sanctuary is home to more than 800 rescued cows, pigs, goats, turkeys and more. On an educational and eye-opening visit, you can tour the shelters, learn about the realities that animals raised for food face in factory farms, and hear inspiring stories about the current residents who have survived unimaginable suffering. Onsite, stop by the Visitor Center filled with information, displays and cruelty-free items for sale.

Chimp Haven | Louisiana

Dedicated to caring for retired chimpanzees that have been used for biomedical research, Chimp Haven, true to its name, provides blissful grounds for chimps to spend their days. There are sleeping nests, climbing trees and room to roam on the 200-acre property. The animals live in large bonded social groups, eating fruit, running around, playing and exploring their enriching environment. You can visit the forested sanctuary and the 300 resident chimps on Chimpanzee Discovery Day, happening three times a year. Chimpanzees vary in age from two to 59 years old.

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