SAFE HAVEN & Animal Adventures

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Exotic Animal Rescue Open House

Public invited

June 20, 2019 - 6:45 pm
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For over 10 years, the Upstate has had an organization that rescues native and exotic animals.  This Saturday, June 22, Safe Haven plans to open its doors to the public.  The organization holds this event twice a year so that the public can meet the animals that live there and learn about their care. 

SAFE HAVEN & Animal Adventures
“This is always a great event for all ages as they are able to be in such close proximity to the animals, watch training demonstrations, and pet some of the animals,” said Kim Chiswell, co-founder and director of education at Safe Haven & Educational Adventures.

Even though admission is free to the event, the open house is actually a fundraiser, too, as you can pay to be able to touch some of the animals. 

Safe Haven exotic animals
Image with permission from Safe Haven

Some of the animals you’ll meet at Safe Haven include a kinkajou, lizards, snakes, a bobcat, chinchillas, multiple bird species, large African tortoises, goats, ferrets and marmosets which are small long-tailed monkeys native to South America.

These animals all come from a variety of unfortunate circumstances. Some are brought to the rescue because their owners could no longer meet their exotic pet’s unique care needs. Some were abandoned and brought in through the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) or police officials.  Some animals had to be removed from unsafe environments. 

In addition to its two open-house fundraising events, Safe Haven staff, board members, and volunteers bring animal centered educational outreach programs to schools, libraries, and community events. Topics range from pet care and training to the unique adaptations of exotic species.  Safe Haven also helps to educate the public about why it's not a good idea to get exotic pets.

“We encourage all to come out and have some fun with us. It’s great to meet the animals, play games on site, and even pick up a raffle item or two – all to support the care needs for these, our two and four legged friends as well as those with wings and scales,” said Safe Haven board member Glenda Lofink. 

Safe Haven's Adventure Day is Saturday, June 22, from 10am-5pm at their facility in Easley.  The address for the event will be posted Saturday on their Adventure Day page.  Directions: Hwy 183 into Easley to Thomas Mill Road (by the Spinx) then follow signs to SAFE HAVEN & EDUCATIONAL ADVENTURES.  For information, you may call 864-246-2245.

Also, check out Safe Haven's Facebook page and a welcome video on YouTube.

Safe Haven exotic animals
Image: Safe Haven
Safe Haven exotic animals
Image: Safe Haven
Safe Haven exotic animals
Image: Safe Haven

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