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Safe Haven Rescue Zoo participating in NevadaGives Thursday



SHRZ logoNevadaGives is a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness of, and increasing charitable giving in Nevada. Every year they host an online giving day to really spur charitable donations. This year the event is being held on April 25th 2013 from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm.

Safe Haven is participating for the second year and we need your help! Our goals are two-fold. We want to raise $13,500 toward building Isabelle the coyote a permanent enclosure. We also want to increase our donor pool by at least 100 people. We want as many people as possible to know about and donate to Safe Haven.

In 2012 we accepted 11 new animals for placement. That’s a lot of growth! Coyote Isabelle arrived in April as a malnourished young pup abandoned by her mother. Siberian tigers Gage and Sybre joined us in June when their previous home at an Ohio sanctuary was forced to close.

African servals Roy, Myra, Tanzi, Ricky and Simba came in September. Previously owned as pets, their owner could no longer care for them when she became ill.

And last but not least Mandy, Petey and Gidget, three adorable young bobcats, became part of the Safe Haven family in November. Rescued from the wild in Arizona by a well-meaning person, they were kept for too long and became habituated to humans, making them non-releasable.

While Safe Haven strives to take as many needy animals as possible, we only have so many enclosures built at one time. Building new ones takes not only a lot of sweat and hard dirty work but also a lot of money. Of the 11 animals that came last year, the bobcats and Isabelle are still in temporary enclosures. While the enclosures are secure and adequate, the animals need more space to run, play, climb and be young. We are hoping that by participating in the Big Give this year, our supporters and friends can help us raise the money needed to get all of our animals into permanent homes.

We appreciate donations every day of the year but right now we really encourage people to donate on April 25th. On the day of the Big Give, your donation means even more to us. You are helping us toward a goal as well as helping us potentially win prizes.

This year NevadaGives is awarding the three non-profits with the most individual donors. You can help get us to this prize by not only donating, but telling your friends and family about us. If every person who donates can inspire at least two other people to donate as well, we can reach our goal in no time! The second prize is called the Golden Ticket. Throughout the day random donors will be selected and if Safe Haven was your last donation we win! It’s super easy.

We are also holding a promotion to encourage everyone to donate! If you schedule a tour for Sunday, April 21- Saturday, April 27, and make a donation toward Safe Haven to be used on April 25 you will be entered in a drawing for a free animal painting!

To stay updated about current Safe Haven news find us on Facebook and check out our website safehavenwildlife.com. For more information on NV Big Give, visit their Razoo page at http://nvbiggive.razoo.com/giving_events/nv13/home.

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