East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue, Fairfield

Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park

In the pre-dawn hours of May 17, 2014, the main building of East Coast Exotic Animal Shelter (ECEAR) burned to the ground when a wireless router caught fire. Two cats perished; a volunteer caretaker who lived upstairs, alerted to the blaze by a recently rescued dog, was able to jump down and save twenty three parrots and three monkeys. However, all supplies, equipment and the building itself were a total loss.

ECEAR needs emergency funding to rebuild, purchase equipment, and operate in the interim. All donations are tax deductible; the use of grant funding will be managed, tracked and reported according to grantor requirements. Estimated funding requirements are enumerated below; the total amount of need is $219,400.


• Total estimated rebuilding cost is $200,000 – insurance will provide $90,000 of that leaving a shortfall of $110,000

• Dumpster rental -- $7,800

• Shed -- $2,800

• Labor will be donated by the Adams County Adult Detention Center


• Washer and dryer -- $2,000

• Parrot cages -- $6,000

• Two chest freezers for meat -- $4000 ($2,000 each)

• Two large capacity refrigerators for produce -- $4000 ($2,000 each)

• Dog and cat beds for monkeys --$400

• Amish barn -- $7,000

• Fencing for barn -- $1,000

• Tablet PC for payment processing -- $600

• Cell phone --$400

• Laptop for recordkeeping, communications and QuickBooks -- $1,000


• Operating costs of about $400 per day for approximately 6 months of rebuilding are inflated because of the need to replace lost inventory and supplies (food, ice, equipment, trash bags, cleaning supplies, paper goods) and use workarounds such as laundromats

We are a non-profit organization in the Appalachian foothills near Fairfield, Pennsylvania.

This unique sanctuary is home to more than 40 species of exotic animals. For all of them, the rescue provides a lasting refuge where they can live their days in peace and safety.

The rescue's goals include:

1)Provide a safe haven for these magnificent animals, many of whom have experienced a lifetime of displacement from their natural habitat and, in some cases, horrible mistreatments.

2)Offer education to the public about the special needs of captive exotic animals who are unable to help themselves.

3)Fundraise to keep the rescue operational.

Working with a supportive and involved board of directors and a few highly dedicated volunteers at the rescue, we are here not to promote these animals as pets, but rather to provide clear examples of the consequences of human self-interest and interference in the animals' lives.

The survival rate among animals who are trapped, transported, and sold in pet stores is terribly low. In many cases, only one out of ten "pets" survives the trip from jungle to human home. We humans have the ability to make choices, a power that the animals we serve do not have. Their choices were made for them, usually at the animals' expense.
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  • Very nice rescue facility that gives the animals a good place for their final years. The staff was very friendly and answered my questions. It is not zoo but you can see some interesting animals...  more »
  • Friendly informative staff well taken care of grounds and beautiful animals. They make you feel welcome from the verry second you walk in the door. It's a great place to burn a few hrs on the weekends with the kids
  • This place is awesome. They give a home to wild animals that can not be released into the wild. These animals are cared for just like family. Every time We go it's like seeing old friends and making new ones too. Then the volunteers are like family to us. Come out and experience the wild animals.

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