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A Sanctuary for Animals

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Shrieks from roosters ride the whistling wind as grunting pigs saunter by. A family of ducks splash in a pool of water by the barn as thunderous roars echo through forest off in the distance. This can mean only one thing: you’ve reached Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary in Spearfish, South Dakota, a home for over 360 animals of 40 different species including bears, African lions, tigers, dogs, cats, parrots, horses, and farm animals.

 

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Since it was established in 1999, the Sanctuary has grown to become one of the most diverse animal rescues in the nation. Operating on professionally trained volunteer help, donations, and admission fees, the Sanctuary is a non-breeding animal charity dedicated to providing a peaceful lifelong home for rescued, surrendered, retired, and orphaned animals from private owners, breeding facilities, and the entertainment industry. Licensure by the South Dakota Animal Industry Board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure high standards of veterinary care, animal containment, and facility security.

 

Although our captive-raised animals will never know their wild homes, Spirit of the Hills is committed to giving them the next best thing: a nurturing, peaceful life. The sanctuary's mission statement is as follows:


 To provide a lifelong home for abused, neglected or abandoned animals; to find permanent and loving homes for them when possible and appropriate; and to promote responsible stewardship of the environment and all that live in it through education and advocacy.

 

Stop by and meet the animals on one of our educational tours. From Siberian tigers to mountain lions, from horses to chickens, they’re all here for you to learn about as you progress through our sanctuary’s rustic Black Hills terrain. Your admission money and generous donations make it possible for these animals to live out their lives in dignity.