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U.S. Sanctuaries

The Foundation operates an animal sanctuary in Central California, providing a haven for rescued animals. The staff focuses on the care of the many animals, and of habitat management and restoration.

The refuge is symbolic of the whole "sanctuary movement" worldwide. Millions of other animals will never enjoy a safe refuge from the turmoil and hazards of this world and their exploitation by humankind. The underlying philosophy guiding DSF’s efforts is the restoration of healthy lives for the animals in our charge, but also that of the vulnerable supporting ecosystems. The reality of finite carrying capacity at the DSF preserves has mandated a Foundation policy of maintaining a sustainable population of various animal groups, which precludes taking on additional residents.

The DSF Sanctuary team comprise managers, caregivers, and maintenance staff.

The many hundreds of acres owned by DSF provide sanctuary solely for the benefit, solace, peace and quiet of the resident species. The sanctuary is not open to the public.

In addition, the Foundation collaborates intensively with a large sanctuary in the U.S. Southwest.