Videos of our animals are featured on the Tiger and Lion pages.
SPRING FUNDRAISER—MAY 17
Safe Haven's 7th Annual Spring Dinner & Auction will take place on May 17 at the Winnemucca Convention Center. Please join us there for an unforgettable evening!
Cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by dinner, Safe Haven presentations, and live and silent auctions. Auction items include Safe Haven merchandise, wildlife art, electronics, and much more.
Table sponsorships, with seating for eight, are $350. The sponsorship includes gifts, a special raffle and inclusion on all related media and signage. Individual tickets are $35 each. You may purchase your tickets by phone (775-538-7093) or e-mail. To ensure availability, please be sure to purchase your tickets in advance. Also ask us about scheduling a tour on your way to or from the event! You may download the flyer to learn more.
We are looking for a volunteer(s) who would consider donating their time to do some body work on a 1978 El Camino. The car was donated for our auction by Jim Shirley, Pershing County District Attorney. If you or anyone you know can help, please contact us (775-538-7093). We will acknowledge the business or person(s) who help with the body work in all of our event advertising.
The May 17 event will be our largest fundraiser of the year, and all proceeds directly support Safe Haven’s rescue efforts. We look forward to seeing you there!
Sponsors to date: The Gloria & Douglas Rumberger Foundation ($3,000 Driver Level Sponsor), Fidelity Investments ($500 Cart Sponsor), Tigers in America ($500 Welcome Bag Sponsor).
ARTIST FEATURES SAFE HAVEN RESIDENTS
Safe Haven has an exciting partnership with wildlife and landscape artist Taylor Nichczynski of Henderson, NV. She has created and sold several portraits of Safe Haven's animals, with 40% of the purchase price donated for the care of our resident wildlife.
Two new paintings are now available. A Shy Face (right) is a portrait of Siberian tiger Christopher. This is a framed oil on linen, size 24x12 inches, and the price is $240. The portrait of African serval Jasper (left) is 12x16 inches, and the price is $200. As always, 40% of the proceeds are donated to Safe Haven.
We are delighted that this noteworthy young artist has taken such an interest in our animals. For more information, see Taylor's biography and artist statement and her Facebook page. You may contact Taylor for more information about her Safe Haven paintings.
GOLF OUTING—OCTOBER 17
We are already looking forward to October 17 and our first golf outing at Wolf Run Golf Club. There will be a 1:30 p.m. scramble start, and dinner and an auction will follow. Please contact us if you would like to know more about sponsorships and golfing at this event. The registration form and sponsorship form are now available to download.
GRANTS AWARDED FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION
Safe Haven has received a grant of $8,000 from the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. Barrick Mining has donated the required matching of funds of $8,000. In addition, Newmont Mining has granted us $5,000. These funds will support the construction of a pavilion and handicap-accessible restrooms for participants in our education programs.
Our school field trips and presentations to church groups, senior groups, visitors with physical and mental challenges, and others have become very popular. We lack sufficient seating for lunches, lectures, and other activities, and the pavilion will fulfill this need.
As you may imagine, it is difficult to host large groups—as many as eighty children, teachers, and parents—with only one restroom on site. To make matters even more challenging, the only rest area close to our location on I-80 was closed for the summer! The addition of a restroom with four commercial toilets will improve the tour experience for our visitors.
With the rapid growth of our programs—we hosted 2,250 visitors in 2013, compared with just over 1,000 in 2011—the need for these facilities has become critical. This is a very expensive project, and we are continuing to seek funding.
The total cost of the project is over $60,000, so additional donations are welcome. Please visit our Donations page to donate via PayPal, Razoo, or mail. Safe Haven is a 501(c)3 organization, and all donations are tax-deductible. For more information please e-mail our Executive Director, Lynda Sugasa.
TIGER HOODIE & 2014 CALENDAR ON SALE
New Safe Haven merchandise is now available. Our black hooded sweatshirts with tiger Sybre's picture are available for $30 (plus shipping) each in sizes S, M, L and XL.
Our 2014 calendars, featuring beautiful portrats of our resident wildlife, are only $15 each. The price includes shipping, and a gift card will be included if requested.
To order, please call 775-538-7093 or e-mail email@example.com
SAFE HAVEN EARNS PRESTIGIOUS GFAS VERIFICATION
The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Safe Haven on April 15.
Verification means that Safe Haven meets the criteria of a true sanctuary and is providing humane and responsible care of the animals. To be awarded Verified status, an organization must meet GFAS's rigorous and peer-reviewed animal care standards which are confirmed by a site visit and they must also adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles.
"Safe Haven Rescue Zoo is an important sanctuary," said Patty Finch, GFAS Director. "There simply aren’t enough legitimate, safe and humane sanctuaries for the kinds of species housed there, including tigers and African lions. Safe Haven Rescue Zoo thankfully has put in place financial planning for the future, so that these animals have a permanent and, indeed, safe haven for the rest of their lives."
See the complete press release here.
SAFE HAVEN IN THE MEDIA
Safe Haven is featured in the July/August 2013 issue of Nevada Magazine, with a beautiful cover photo of our Siberian tiger Gage. See the complete story here.
Nevada Magazine visited Safe Haven for the first time on July 28, 2012. The resulting article appeared in the front editorial section of the September/October 2013 issue. The magazine has also posted a YouTube video with footage from their visit.
In other recent news:
Last spring Safe Haven's director, Lynda Sugasa, testified before the State Senate Natural Resources Committee on a bill that would put stricter regulations on the ownership of "dangerous animals" in Nevada. See the coverage on KTVN Channel 2 News.
Erin Breen of KTVN also featured Safe Haven on March 25 and April 1. See the story and video here.
Amanda Sanchez of KOLO-TV8 also interviewed Ms. Sugasa, in February. See the interview here.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT SAFE HAVEN
To learn about our three-month and six-month internships, see the job listing posted by the American Association of Zoo Keepers.
Safe Haven Rescue Zoo
P.O. Box 184
Imlay, NV 89418
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