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San Diego’s big cat and exotic animal sanctuary celebrates global animal welfare event with educational visits and blessing of animals

East County News Service 

October 3, 2018 (Alpine) -- San Diego’s world renowned, non-profit big cat and exotic animal sanctuary, Lions Tigers & Bears is celebrating World Animal Day with a unique Blessing of the Animals and special promotion for visitors as part of an international effort to raise awareness and education about animal welfare. 

Father Jason Samuels of Christ the King Episcopal Church in Alpine will deliver a blessing to all the rescued animals at the sanctuary including lions, tigers, bears, bobcats, leopards, a mountain lion and more on Thursday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m.

 A special 20% discount on all “member for a day” Educational Visits will also be offered, with all funds benefitting rescued animals. 

RSVP:  Reservations are required for the visit and Blessing of the Animals. Book online with code: LTBANIMAL, or call (619) 659-8078 ext. 4.  The facility is located at 24402 Martin Way in Alpine.


Unable to celebrate in person? Support Word Animal Day virtually.  Lions Tigers & Bears has kicked off an online giving campaign for World Animal Day on to help raise critical support for its Veterinary Care Fund. The Fund provides routine veterinary care treatments and supplies for all of the rescued animals of the sanctuary.  The sanctuary will also feature the Blessing of the Lions Tigers & Bears on its Facebook page.

WHY:   Traditionally celebrated each year on October 4, coinciding with the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, World Animal Day is an international day of action to raise awareness and education about animal welfare issues.

A visit to Lions Tigers & Bears is informative and inspirational. Bears once confined in concrete pits, lions previously prodded to perform tricks, and baby tigers torn from their mothers to be drugged, chained and posed for photo ops – all now have lifelong refuge and care.  Rescued from squalid conditions, these animals enjoy expansive habitats with green grass, refreshing ponds, nutritionally-appropriate diets, veterinary care, behavioral enrichment, and clean air, under sunny blue skies.

Lions Tigers & Bears is a federally and state licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue facility dedicated to providing a safe haven to abused and abandoned exotic animals while inspiring an educational forum to end the exotic animal trade. Lions Tigers & Bears is a NO KILL, NO BREED and NO SELL facility that allows the animals in its care the opportunity to live out their lives with dignity in a caring and safe environment. Lions Tigers & Bears is one of the few sanctuaries in the United States with the highest level of accreditation from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and the American Sanctuary Association.