Allow Exotic Animals to be Rehomed

Wild Animal Sanctuary, Keenesburg, CO

Target: Lisa Janicki, County Commissioner

Goal: Relocate animals to zoos and sanctuaries instead of killing them.

It has recently become illegal to own wild animals in Mount Vernon, Washington. As a result, several animals will soon be killed if county commissioners cannot be convinced that rehoming them is the better option.

Authorities are currently doing whatever possible to confiscate several types of exotic animals from resident Dave Colburn. While Colburn has owned these animals for years, he rescued all of them. Furthermore, he has used them specifically for educational purposes, having spent his time teaching people how they can better help other animals still living in the wild. Despite this, all of the animals living on Colburn’s 10-acre sanctuary may soon be killed, since it is no longer legal for citizens to own these animals.

While it is true that Colburn should likely not be allowed to keep these animals for his own safety, these animals never had a choice as to where their homes should be in the first place. They simply do not deserve to be killed when it is a viable option to rehome them, instead. Sign the petition below to urge county commissioners to grant Colburn more time to find the animals new homes.


Dear Commissioner Janicki,

A new law has recently made it illegal to own exotic animals in Mount Vernon, Washington. Sadly, the county may also decide to kill all confiscated exotic animals instead of rehoming them.

Dave Colburn has owned a rescue sanctuary in Mount Vernon for years. He has not only spent time educating people about these animals and their habitats, but he has also spent a good deal of time teaching people about what they can do in order to hopefully increase these animals’ numbers in the wild. Since Colburn took the time to rescue these animals, is providing them with 10 acres of land to roam, and has used them only for educational purposes, his dedication to their well-being should be looked upon favorably.

While keeping them is no longer an option, Colburn should be given the time needed to find them suitable homes in authorized zoos and sanctuaries. It is obvious from his actions that he truly cares about what happens to each of them, as well as to what happens to wild animals that are hurt by things like human encroachment. More so, the animals living at his sanctuary never had any choice as to where they should reside. Yet, they are the ones that would be punished.

For all of these reasons, I urge you to allow Dave Colburn the needed time to rehome his animals. Since he cared enough to rescue them, his efforts should be rewarded rather than penalized. No animal ever deserves to be put to death, due to either laws or politics.


[Your Name Here]

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