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A Safe Haven in Nevada

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It is nearly lunchtime at the Safe Haven Rescue near Imlay, Nevada and Lynda Sugasa is supervising lunch. Raw meat is the mainstay. 600 pounds of it each week goes to feeding the 26 animals that call Safe Haven home.

"It is a lot of meat," she says. "But it's what they need." She's talking about African lions, Siberian tigers, Canadian linx, and African servals who have all been rescued from terrible situations.

"You see Ifaw over there?" Sugasa says. "Look at his tail. He was improperly housed in a roadside zoo in the Midwest and another big cat chewed his tail off. And Sybre that Siberian tiger, he was given up when a couple who thought they wanted a tiger divorced and no one took him. They are all here because people took them out of ego and then when they got too big no one knew how to take care of them."

Along with the big cats, Safe Haven takes in coyotes and foxes too. This animal rescue is part of a network of sanctuaries across the country that work together to find placements for animals in need.

Safe Haven prides itself on taking geriatrics and animals that aren't perfect, but need a place to live their lives. The 106-acre sanctuary is under constant development with the help of mining companies in that area and the support of the community. Originally Safe Haven was licensed for 20 permanent placements. Their track record is so good, that placement number has been upped to 70.

To learn more about the operation and how you can help keep it going, visit www.safehavenwildlife.com

Written by Erin Breen

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