Forest Animal Rescue


The action never stops!

Where do the animals come from?

and what do we do with them?
meeting the lifetime needs of wild animals in dire situations

Since 1998, Forest Animal Rescue (formerly known as Peace River Refuge & Ranch) has provided rescued wild animals with the space and peace that they need to heal and thrive. They are given the best in veterinary care, a healthy diet and playmates of their own kind as appropriate. Animals rescued from captive situations regain confidence as their bodies gain strength, and they learn to appreciate the humans who have come to their aid. As a true sanctuary, the animals we rescue are never bred, sold or exploited in any way. They are not asked to do anything except be who they are and learn to thrive under the warmth and compassion of our caring staff.

  • Rescuing Captive Wildlife from Abuse or Negect

    Our permanent residents have have been confiscated by authorities, used in research, abandoned to starve or have been attempted pets that failed because of their wild nature

  • Rehabilitation and Release of Wild Black Bears

    Orphaned or injured wild bear cubs are nurtured and rehabilitated with minimal human interaction so that they learn to thrive on their own and can be released back into the wild.

  • Education

    We are not open to the public as an attraction or zoo; the only visitors allowed are through guided tours, offered only twice monthly. We have strong volunteer and internship programs to educate others on the issues facing wild animals in captivity and the plight of their wild counterparts

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Would you like to help the animals?

we love our interns and volunteers!
Part Time Local Volunteers

Do you live close enough to volunteer a day at a time? The animals need you!


Learn about our internship program and download an application

Full Time Residential Volunteers

Full time volunteers stay in our lodging and work alongside our interns every day

Alternative Break Groups

We host ASB groups throughout the year, contact us to learn more


What our volunteers and supporters have to say

Forest Animal Rescue is internationally recognized. Fully accredited by the American Sanctuary Association, licensed and inspected by State and Federal authorities, the sanctuary has earned a well respected place in the sanctuary community. The sanctuary is entirely supported through tax-deductible donations, will you help today?

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