BENEFITING: Mindys Memory Primate Sanctuary, Inc.
WHO WE ARE
Mindy’s Memory Primate Sanctuary is a non-profit organization located in Newcastle, Oklahoma. Mindy’s Memory is a refuge for monkeys rescued from biomedical research laboratories, the pet trade, and roadside zoos.
Mindy’s Memory is dedicated to providing quality, compassionate, lifetime care to monkeys in need.
The monkeys at Mindy’s Memory come from various backgrounds. Many were born into, and lived in biomedical research labs, often in small cages, in windowless rooms. They’ve experienced stress and discomfort on a daily basis as unwilling participants in medical research. Some ended up as pets, after being taken from their natural monkey mothers to be outfitted in silly clothes and diapers, often becoming “unmanageable” when reaching adulthood. Other monkeys at Mindy’s Memory were rescued from deplorable conditions at unaccredited roadside zoos.
WHAT THESE MONKEYS NEED
We are committed to providing the best care possible to our residents. In order to do so, we need to provide them with food, water, clean and well maintained enclosures, and expert veterinary care. Diets of fresh fruit and vegetables need to be prepared twice daily and distributed. Particular residents also have special diets that need to be met. But it’s not enough to simply give them food and water. As emotionally complex beings, they need mental stimulation every day, and therefore we also need to provide them with environmental enrichment (special food treats, toys, foraging devices, etc). Likewise, many of our residents are getting older and come down with afflictions that often need to be treated by medications. In the future, we have the possibility to expand and provide sanctuary to even more monkeys. There are hundreds of thousands of monkeys used in medical research each year. Only a small percentage are lucky to make it to a sanctuary. Currently, sanctuaries, including ours, are at near full capacity and we’ve unfortunately had turn animals away. Being able to become financially sustainable will allow us to realize a dream to give sanctuary to more monkeys that deserve retirement.
WHY THEY DESERVE IT
As humans, we have a moral obligation to ensure that these monkeys, who have given their lives to humans, unwillingly, are treated with compassion and kindness. Giving them a home where they can interact with other monkeys in an environment created with their needs in mind, is the right thing to do. They deserve our help.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can make a difference in these monkeys’ lives right now. Please make a donation of any size, because it all matters. All of your tax-deductible donations will go immediately towards the monkeys’ care. Thank you!