IfawandfriendKovuThis is what you can make happen with a grant of $1,000 to $10,000 toward our program services. Our current funding priorities include:


1. Emergency wildlife enclosure


2. Emergency rescues and veterinary care—We particularly need funding to transport to rescued animals from locations in other parts of the country. Often the rescue calls originate from the Midwest, and we are responsible for providing staff, transporation, and rescue services. Many of our wildlife residents come from horrendous conditions and are in need of veterinary services. Our geriatric residents also require ongoing medical care and medications.


3. Funding to support our on-site and off-site Educational Outreach programs for schools, youth groups, and other groups—We host school field trips from as far away as Battle Mountain, about 90 miles from Safe Haven. Our educational programs reach four counties with over 15,000 students in grades 1-12, many of them in underserved communities where schools are struggling with budget cuts. Over 14% of the children in our own Pershing County live below the poverty line. Our interactive, multimedia presentations incorporate zoology, biology, ecology, and geography. The small, under-funded schools in our area have limited funds for curriculum enhancement, and programs such as ours are a vital part of the educational experience that these schools offer. We also provide programs for senior centers and for mentally- and physically-challenged groups who visit Safe haven once a week to volunteer and to enjoy visiting our wonderful wildlife.


Please call or e-mail Executive Director Lynda Sugasa (775-538-7093) to talk with her about these exciting grant opportunities and other funding needs at Safe Haven. You may also request a video with more information.


To make a grant from your Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund, call Tracy Turner at 775-333-5499 or go to

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ChoiHuandboomerball1Safe Haven was founded in 2000 in Marengo, IL, to serve the needs of wildlife displaced by habitat loss due to urbanization. To accommodate an increased need for placement space, we moved in November 2006 to a 160-acre property in Imlay, Nevada .


The move to a larger facility enables us to offer permanent placement for more animals confiscated from the illegal pet trade and other critical situations in which they have been abused or neglected.


Our primary goals are:

  • To provide lifelong care for as many animals as we can accommodate, decreasing the number that are euthanized in the U.S. each year simply because there is insufficient space in sanctuaries such as ours. We assist with emergency rescues nationwide.
  • To rescue and rehabilitate indigenous animals that can be returned to the wild.
  • To provide education and outreach services to youth groups, adult groups, and schools in underserved communities in northern Nevada.
  • To develop a "green" solar-powered facility that makes environmentally-responsible use of energy and other resources

The move to a much larger property has enabled us to construct more buildings and enclosures that comply with sanctuary accrediting standards. Our facility now includes a main house, clinic and admissions building, an isolated rehabilitation enclosure for orphaned bear cubs, and state-of-the-art enclosures for our permanent placement residents, including Siberian tigers, African lions, cougars, bobcats, and foxes. We hope eventually to expand to 320 acres.

We are proud of our strong community and corporate support and the fiscally responsible strategies that have enabled Safe Haven to grow and thrive in a challenging economic climate. In 2010 we rescued two lions and a tiger from a large, well-known Texas sanctuary that was forced to close because they no longer had the funds to care for their animals.

Please explore our website to learn more about us.