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The McCarthys Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization licensed to provide care for sick, injured and orphaned native Florida wildlife. Our primary goal is to return healthy, rehabilitated animals to their natural habitat as soon as possible. As well as providing homes for abandoned, abused, or unwanted exotic animals from the pet trade that owners no longer want or are capable of providing care for. Unreleaseable animals are sometimes used as ambassadors for their species in our public education programs promoting tolerance and appreciation of wildlife. And to spark interest into the conservaton and protection of the wildlife that we so admire.
This year, McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary has treated hundreds of native animals that were sick or injured. Everything from foxes to bobcats, Sandhill Cranes to pelicans, hawks, owls, and many others have received veterinarian care by our staff and then were released back into the wild. Without the support of our volunteers and members, it would be impossible to continue the work for this valuable cause.
Many of the exotic animals have been donated to us by wildlife officers who confiscated these innocent creatures from the previous owners because of neglect, abuse, or illegal possession. Some were pets that owners could no longer care for and felt McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary would provide the animals a safe haven.
With over one hundred permanent resident animals at the sanctuary, the cost of housing these magnificent creatures is staggering. Twenty-two of the animals are large cats and being carnivores, they consume one thousand pounds of meat each week.
All of our funding comes from the community and, in return, we provide an excellent educational program that is thrilling and informative.
- Marc McCarthy
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