Save Exotic Animals From Death

wolf by ForestWander

Target: Skagit County Commissioner Lisa Janicki

Goal: Save the lives of exotic animals.

Dave Colburn of Skagit County, Washington has been operating “Predators of the Heart,” his organization that educates the public about wildlife, for 14 years. He brings his animals, wolves and other exotic pets, to schools, churches, and fairs but now may have to euthanize them.

According to a local ordinance, he is breaking the law. It is illegal to have exotic pets such as wolves, cougars, and venomous snakes unless the party is a sanctuary.

While Colburn loves his animals, he can’t afford the $2,000 per day, per animal, fine that he will eventually be slapped with if he doesn’t comply. Colburn’s only option, other than killing the animals or finding zoos that will take them (which is difficult and expensive), is to become a sanctuary. However, he will have to make several changes to his property to do so and he doesn’t have that much time. Urge local authorities to extend his deadline to allow him time to become a sanctuary.


Dear Skagit County Commissioner Lisa Janicki,

Jeff Colburn has been running “Predators of the Heart,” an educational organization, for 14 years. Now he may have to kill his beautiful, innocent animals because he doesn’t comply with the local ordinance prohibiting exotic pets.

Colburn will either have to become a sanctuary or find zoos that will take the animals, but that is difficult and expensive and he doesn’t have much time.

We the undersigned urge you to extend his deadline to allow him time to get sanctuary status in order to save the lives of these animals.


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  1. Sydney M says:

    How the HELL is KILLING these precious, innocent animals even being considered as a solution to this problem? These animals have done nothing wrong. It isn’t their fault that they became the property of humans, nor is it their fault that any law has been broken. I’m sick and tired of hearing stories about animals being punished for something that humans did !!!!!!!!!

  2. This all sounds very suspicious. Not signing, because this guy should have ALREADY taken the proper steps to get an ACCREDITED “sanctuary” status, but he’s just been USING these animals instead, hauling them around to different venues for supposed ‘educative’ purposes. REAL sanctuaries do NO SUCH THING with the animals they take in and provide for, with the ANIMALS’ highest interests taking top priority, so not being put on display away from their enriched environments. This operation sounds like nothing more than a mobile “petting zoo.” And if he’s not ALREADY networking with other sanctuaries, he should have been. Fellow sanctuaries and rescue organizations will often work HARD together, to properly distribute any animals in peril amongst themselves.

  3. Edna Rodrigues Costa says:

    Concordo em gênero número e grau!

  4. KatWrangler says:

    Killing the animals is not the solution, and fining this man is not going to help – he can’t afford them now. Finding another place/sanctuary or allowing this man to have sanctuary status is the only thing to do.
    Who’s lined up to do the killing anyway?

  5. Cynthia dsouza says:

    Stop killing these beautiful animals

  6. This is not a sanctuary. The animals should be placed in a real sanctuary. The neighborhood is in danger of the animals getting loose – AGAIN! Nothing happened the first time, but next time it might.

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