"Give BIG for PAWS' Elephants"

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A nonprofit fundraiser supporting

Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Our goal is $450,000, the approximate cost of one year's care for PAWS' six elephants.


raised by 850 people

$450,000 goal

Elephants are the most expensive animals to care for at the Performing Animal Welfare Society's (PAWS) 2,300-acre ARK 2000 captive wildlife sanctuary in Northern California – and there are six of them, all rescued or retired from circuses and zoos.

How much does it cost to feed and care for ONE healthy elephant?


$75,000+ per year

$6,250+ per month

$1,440+ per week

$205+ per day


Our goal is to raise $450,000 – the cost of one year's care for PAWS' six elephants.

Elephants like Gypsy and Nicholas who were forced to perform in the circus, where elephants are typically immobilized in chains and controlled by pain and punishment. Or Prince, who was born in a zoo, torn away from his mother, and sold to the circus before he was two years old.

Today, Gypsy, Nicholas, Prince, and all of the elephants living at ARK 2000, roam expansive natural habitats filled with rolling hills, grass, trees, lakes and the quiet of nature - thanks to the generosity of people like you.

Your gift does so much for the elephants. You supply them with a wholesome diet, 24/7 expert care, veterinary treatments, specialized medications for the older elephants. . . and boundless love.

Please give BIG for the elephants at PAWS today!

About PAWS: 

Founded in 1984, the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) operates the 2,300-acre ARK 2000 natural habitat sanctuary in Northern California, that is home to a large variety of species including elephants, bears, big cats and other wild animals rescued or retired from circuses, zoos and the exotic pet trade.

PAWS is licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. It is accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), and is rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator and received an “A” rating from CharityWatch.

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