Many people who follow or have visited the Sanctuary have one particular animal that they immediately fall in love with. Sometimes, adopting this animal might not be a feasible option for you. If this is the case, we've got something else that might just be perfect for you!
For just $40, you can be named a Friend of a Feline, Buddy of a Bear, or a Companion of a Coati! With the purchase of an Animal Packet, you will receive an 8 x 10 picture of your newly chosen friend, their personal story, a certificate, and - the best part - one pass for a ONE-ON-ONE visit with your animal!
This visit will take place from OUTSIDE the habitat. There will be no contact with the animal, but believe us when we say, you don't need contact for this interaction to be an amazing one! Did you know that by visiting your animal, you are providing for them with Emotional Enrichment
? There aren't many people who can say they spent part of their day with a tiger, grizzly bear, or coati, and simply having the privilege to visit with and observe one of these incredible animals can definitely be a once in a lifetime experience!
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Animal Packets:
Do I get to touch the animal?
As stated above, the visit includes absolutely no contact with the animal. You will be outside the habitat for the entirety of the visit.
What if the animal doesn't come over to me?
It is possible that the animal won't be in the mood for a visit on the day of your choice. At IEAS, we do not and will not force an animal to do anything it doesn't want to do. We are here for their happiness, comfort, and safety and nothing will be done at their expense. If your chosen animal decides not to make an appearance, you will be given the choice of coming back another day or visiting with another animal at the Sanctuary.
Can I bring someone else with me?
Yes, but no more than three people total can visit with the animal. This means you and two additional people.
When can I come?
Almost any day. However, we prefer you don't show up unannounced, and your visit must be over by 3:00 PM. Also, earlier in the day, particularly during the summer, would be beneficial. You can call our office (940-433-5091) for the best times to come on particular days.