Who we are
Animazonia’s Board of Directors and long-time volunteers encompass a wide spectrum of people who have extensive experience with animals.

How it started
In 1986, we saw an ad in the popular Recycler that read “Idaho Cougar, 6 weeks, male, $600.”  It hit us hard.

Where it happens
In early 1987, Babu, our first rescue animal, was quickly outgrowing the space he lived in and we needed a facility to board him.

The animals rescued by AWF have all been bred and born right here in the United States where the exotic pet, especially the exotic cat trade, is a huge business. Too many dangerous animals are bred and sold in the United States.  Private ownership presents a danger to the public and is cruel and unfair to the animals.  Our dream is that the powerful desire for up close and personal experiences with exotic cats can be fulfilled through visiting and volunteering at sanctuaries like AWF.

Caring for these rescued animals takes a great deal of energy and resources. We have accepted the responsibility for their lifelong care, so we limit the number of cats we take in. We are aware of what we can do well and do not exceed that limit. Each animal has the best physical, emotional and mental care possible. 

Exotic cats come to sanctuaries for a variety of reasons. Some have been confiscated by the authorities from roadside zoos, or were acting animals that have outgrown their usefulness. Many were bought by people who were convinced that if they raised them from babies with love and kindness they would become good pets.  It never takes long before they realize that their adorable “pet” is destroying their home and is becoming dangerous.  Very often the person doesn’t know where to turn. 

The result is that these magnificent animals end up sick, neglected, abused or abandoned and only the lucky ones are rescued by sanctuaries like AWF.  

Through legislation and education, we believe the breeding and selling of exotic animals for private use can be diminished or stopped and the horrible suffering of people and animals will be eliminated.


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