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    BEN ARRIVES AT NEW HOME
    Ben, a black bear, arrived in his new home on October 10, 2007 and immediately settled into his new freedom. Read Ben's story and learn more about how a black bear lives. Ben is just one of the thousands of animals Pat Craig, Executive Director of the Wild Animal Sanctuary has helped wild and exotic animals who find themselves trapped in domesticated lives. He rescues these living creatues in hopes to provide them with some element of freedom and to bring awareness to the increasing problems and dangers of individuals buying exotic and wild animals, keeping them in captivity as pets.

    Follow Ben's journey with us as we watch Ben settle into his new habitat surrounded by furry friends. Learn how you can help Ben and other animals like him. You can also help RVAS animals who have special needs.

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    UPDATE:
    05/01/09
      BEN'S FRIENDSHIPS TIGHTEN IN HIS FOREVER HOME IN COLORADO
     

    Ben is all settled in and life is normal for this declawed black bear, who spent the first 5 years of it's life in a small cage in Linden, Iowa. Amongst friends, Ben enjoys feasting on two of his favorites: pumpkins and fish! Ben costs the Sanctuary about $8,000.00 a month to feed, shelter and to insure his safety at the sanctuary. His story is one of many tragedies of people domesticating wild animals, most of which wind up in sanctuaries, with minimal freedom instead of the wild where they belong.

    Join the "Feed Ben" campaign, which gives Ben $360.00 a year to live on.

    Ben hangs with friends. .
     

    UPDATE: 8/26/08
      BEN'S FIRST SUMMER OF FREEDOM
    Ben, the Bear  

    Direct from The Wild Animal Sanctuary:
    “Summer is here, and Ben couldn’t be enjoying the summer foods and sunshine more.  Ben loves to indulge himself in the grand buffet of produce, deli and baked goods provided to him and his friends. While he waits for his tasty treats, he likes to romp around in the tall green grass growing throughout the habitat, and sit outside his den with a few of the other black bears. This summer, the members of the Colorado Bow Fishing Association donated their fish caught during their tournaments...Ben loved the 'catch of the day'!”

    Ben hangs with friends. .
     

    UPDATE: 11/1/07
      BEN BEGINS HIS HIBERNATION FOR WINTER
    Ben & Dog   Ben settled into his winter routine and has begun hibernation. On November 15, Channel 7 News in Denver featured Pat Craig, Director of The Wild Animal Sanctuary sharing the documentary that his rescue team did on their own during their trip to Iowa to pick up Ben.This story brings to life, the reality of how these animals suffer, when people with good intentions interfere with the natural order of life. The news story clearly states the tragedy of Ben's captivity, as it shows his curiosity when he meets another bear. Being purchsed at 2 months, Ben was never exposed to another Bear or any other type of wildlife.

    Canine Patrol greets Ben
     

    UPDATE: 10/18/07
      BEN SETTLES INTO NEW HOME WITH NEW FRIENDS.
    Ben Black Bear   Ben arrived in his new habitat on October 10, 2007. Pat Craig, Director, Wild Animal Sanctuary: "Ben is doing great. He was neutered a few days ago, and was released into the habitat yesterday. He felt very comfortable, as he went swimming in one of the tanks right away, and then proceeded to go up to the far dens where all the boys hang out and played with Rusty (one of our brown bears). He also played with a pumpkin for a while, then proceeded to eat it. and then took a nap in one of the dens. He was sleeping in one of the dens with other bears this morning and seems totally at home. I'll attach pictures for you to use..."
     

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    10/9/07
      BEN LEAVES IOWA FOR NEW HOME IN COLORADO

    Ben Black BearSponsor Ben Here

      After five years in captivity in a roadside zoo, Ben heads to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado. In 2004, RVAS was asked by law enforcement to assist them in a welfare check, coordinating an extensive rescue task force to get Ben in a wildlife sanctuary where he can live a full life in a natural habitat. But the owner renigged on his decision, causing Ben to remain in captivity three more years. In May, 2007, Iowa's laws changed, and Ben's owner could no longer afford the new license and insurance fees to keep the bear. RVAS once again, assisted in Ben's rescue where Ben can live among others of his kind. Learn more about the increasing problem of individuals owning exotic and wild animals as pets.
     

    Wild Animal Sanctuary BE A SPONSOR FOR BEN AT THE SANCTUARY:
    Ben's rescue efforts cost $1,500.00 alone. The Sanctuary will spend approximately $8,000.00 a month to provide Ben the shelter, food, medical care, and insurance that he needs. You can help by being a sponsor. Simply click on the link to the left, select "A Bear Of My Choice" from the drop-down menu, and type in "Ben's" name in the box. Exotic and Wild animals, like Ben, need our help too!
       
    Miu BE A SPONSOR FOR AN RVAS COMPANION:
    Raccoon Valley handles hundreds of cases of animals in need, just like Ben. Whether it is a canine, feline, bunny and even wildlife, animals need our help in living a quality life. You can join us in our efforts to offer every animal the quality of life they deserve by contributing to one of our "special needs" companions.
     

    BEN'S SPONSORS
    Below are people and organizations who are working together with RVAS to help bring awareness to the increasing problem of wild and exotic animals being held in captivity by individuals for roadside zoos and pets. We thank you for your support in helping our partners change the way the world views and treats our animals.

    Linda R. Blakely
    The Dobbins

    Chris, Julie & Paige Masimore
    Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary & Rescue
    Joseph S. Pundzak

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