Founded in 1994 as a 501(c)3 non-profit, Bat World Sanctuary has become the world's largest rehabilitation/teaching sanctuary that is solely dedicated to bats. Over the past two decades, hundreds of bats from around the world have found permanent refuge, including those that have been used in research, retired from zoos, orphaned, permanently injured or confiscated from the exotic pet trade.
Great animal rescue organizations are judged not just by the scale of the work that they do, but by the impact that work has on the lives of the animals they seek to serve. Bat World is the only accredited sanctuary for bats on earth and we are a safe haven for orphaned, abused and wounded bats to heal, but our struggle continues. In 2012, our sanctuary urgently needed to expand in order to accept more bats in need. This mission was accomplished through aggressive online campaigning, where we were able to take a 1,900 Facebook fan base to over 100,000, and we placed twice in Crowdrise fundraising contests to secure the necessary funds to start construction on a new facility. We raised 40% of the needed funds and borrowed the remaining amount to build our 7,200 sq. ft. sanctuary for bats in need. And although we are now deeply in debt because of this loan, we saved dozens of lives in the process - priceless lives that we may have been otherwise forced to turn away due to lack of space.
Now that we have accomplished this monumental goal of building a new facility, we desperately need to continue the forward motion we have attained of accepting all bats at risk by becoming debt free and thereby financially secure. This will literally mean the difference between whether or not we can remain the beacon of hope for bats who are still waiting to be rescued. Please help us make that difference by donating now.