Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary

We are a non-profit, wildlife rehabilitative center providing permanent placement for animals in need.

Our Mission

Provide lifelong care and rehabilitation for animals unable to be placed back into the wild.

Rescue and rehabilitate indigenous wildlife that are eligible for rerelease back into their natural habitat.

Provide education, outreach services to youth and adults, including students from underserved communities in Nevada.

Operate a solar-powered, “green” facility that is a working example of innovative energy solutions for the community and beyond.

Our Residents

Safe Haven primarily receives placement requests from local, state and federal agencies, law enforcement services, veterinarians and citizens. We provide lifelong care to animals rescued from deplorable living conditions, such as backyards, basements, barns and more. All of our services are provided at no cost to the referring individuals and agencies.

Safe Haven History

Safe Haven was founded in 2000 for the purpose of aiding wildlife displaced by habitat lost due to increased urbanization in rural, northern Illinois. In the beginning, we worked toward the goal of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing orphaned and injured animals back into the wild. At the same time, we also housed and provided lifelong care animals that were unable to be rereleased.

In November 2006, we moved to a much larger, 160-acre, property in Imlay, Nev., two hours outside of Reno. The move was necessary in order to respond to the exponentially increasing demand for rehabilitative services and sanctuary placement.

As we continue to grow in numbers, so too does the size of our property. We’ve recently purchased an adjoining 160-acre parcel of land, thereby expanding our sanctuary’s available space to 320 acres total. This continued growth is an exciting prospect for both current and future residents alike.

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Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary
P.O. Box 184
Imlay, NV 89418

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Our Location

Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary is located two hours Northeast of Reno, in Imlay, Nev.


Over time, we have seen a significant increase in the number of exotic “pets” needing rescue and permanent placement.

But what is causing this to happen?

  1. Many state’s recent implementation of bans, as well as the development of new regulation, regarding private exotic “pet” ownership.
  2. The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act (HR – S 138) has been introduced to end all breeding, selling and private possession of big cat rescue and permanent placement.

As a result of changing legislation, more and more private owners are being forced to give up their animals. Although these changes are significant milestones in the face of exotic “pet” ownership, there is still a lot of room for improvement.

Some states, such as Nevada, do not currently have across-the-board bans or legislation restricting exotic “pet” ownership.

Stay up-to-date on the status of Nevada’s exotic “pet” ownership legislation through our newsfeed or by subscribing to newsletter today.

Ways to support

Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. We are a charitable organization and rely completely on the generosity of public donations and support. We do not receive assistance from any state or federal agencies.

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