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Help us continue to provide
award-winning, life-saving care to our planet's most vulnerable members.
ANSWER THE CALL OF THE WILD
Helping Nature Win Since the 1970s
before & after
decades of dedication
Additionally, in 1985, the late Dr. Richard Evans, D.V.M., a Vietnam Veteran who made countless contributions to the world of veterinary medicine, co-founded the Pacific Wildlife Project with his wife, Linda Mcleod, a rehabilitation expert.
Their adjacent efforts collided in recent years to form Southern California's only all-inclusive animal sanctuary - providing home, healing, and restoration to exotic, domestic, and wild species.
With unpredictable weather and human development on the rise, our efforts are needed more than ever.
Pacific Wildlife Project co-founder,
Linda Mcleod providing care to a pelican
Our roots stretch back to Laguna Beach in the 70s, when Kris, a student of Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) founder, John Cunningham, began the development of what would become the Emerald Sanctuary.
"No other shelter in Orange County services the
same wide range of species" - LA TIMES
Our services are recognized by ...
U.S. Department of the Interior USFWS Special Recognition Award
Disneyland Community Service Environmental Award
Disneyland Orange County Community Service Award
Los Angeles S.P.C.A. Special Achievement Award
L.I.F.E. Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association Lifetime Achievement Award
Nautical Heritage Society Award of Ancient Mariner
Orange County Animal Services Special Recognition
Pet Place Special Recognition
Thomas F. Riley, O.C. Board of Supervisors Certificate of Appreciation
O.C. Volunteer Center California Award
CA Department of Fish & Game Certificate of Appreciation
One of our proudest but most challenging moments came when we successfully responded to the 7-year botulism outbreak that threatened the extinction of California's brown spotted pelicans.
Donate to help expand our facility so we can continue to provide award-winning, life-saving care to our planet's most vulnerable members. Independent animal sanctuaries are a MUST to help stop the eco-crisis and prevent extinctions before they happen.
"I have had the pleasure of working with Pacific Wildlife Project and Kris on a couple of occasions. There have been birds that have gotten strung up badly with fishing line where I live.
I reached out to the organization and was always called back instantly and met by Kris who has gone above and beyond in order to help and protect our wildlife. Without Kris they would have sustained long term injuries if not a loss of life due to careless human actions.
Kris and his sanctuary are a priceless and necessary asset of our community, county, state and to the countless animals he helps on a daily basis. There needs to be a place and there need to be people who counter-act the damage caused by man. To have a gem of a safe haven for the conservation and protection of all the creatures we share our planet with is of the utmost importance.
I couldn’t imagine, like many others; not having The Pacific Wildlife Project to call upon during times of need.
Thank you so much for everything you guys do."
Lake Forest, CA
A Priceless & Necessary Asset of Our Community
"The Emerald Sanctuary is one of a kind. I have transported sea birds lost and injured in the Eastern Sierra to Kris. He has rehabbed and released at least several of the birds. This is a gem and treasure that the community and county should be supporting."
Gem & Treasure
"I am a friend of Kris and have witnessed the devotional love and care he provides these animals first hand. The attention to detail is mind-blowing. He even custom-made each enclosure with tree-shaped doors and beautiful colors.
He has a connection with each and every animal - providing a sanctuary and rehabilitation for creatures that would otherwise be forgotten or neglected. [...]
Projects like this are what represent the original spirit of Laguna Beach and it needs the city's support now. "
Original Spirit of Laguna Beach
"I first met Kris 33 years ago when he visited our family-run wildlife refuge in Queensland, Australia. His compassion and genuineness shone through about the welfare of animals and was eager to learn all he could about caring for our wildlife.
Even Mother Teresa recognized his love and compassion and invited him to work alongside her for several months.
This is the man who takes in the unloved, the hurt and vulnerable, the orphaned and the ugly animals when other people turn a blind eye to their plight. It is vitally important to save these animals and refuge.
The big question is “Where else and who else will take on these animals?”
Certainly not the authorities! Their solution is euthanasia.
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."
Small Things with Great Love
"Hello, I am a French citizen and I had the chance to visit Emerald Sanctuary for the first time when I was around 7, so approximately 20 years ago.
For me, as a child, it was my first experience with learning the logistics of caring for an animal other than a cat.
That is was a real duty and what could happen when people did not take responsibility anymore. Apart from the joy and novelty of discovering different animals, it was a life lesson on care, responsibility and selflessness. [...]
I wish for many more children and adults to learn all this and more. I wish for many more animals to find a safe place like this one. "
Than you Kris for lighting up my childhood,
Lighting Up My Childhood
Educate the Next Generation
This sanctuary and community are the types of efforts that make Laguna Beach special. We care about animals that don’t have anywhere else to go and allow them to live a comfortable life out in nature as intended. This sanctuary was helped by John Cunningham, who started PMMC - another great animal rescue. Please help preserve this park and keep it available for these animals and the Laguna Beach community.
How beautiful would it be to bring my five years old here to see these worldly animals just as he has visited PMMC to see how we can care for sick sea animals, rehab them, and send them back to the ocean. I want to educate my child and the next generation to care for animals - old, sick or healthy.
Laguna Beach Native
We believe prevention is the best solution to problems - and prevention comes from an educated public.
Our current programs include workshops for;
+ Non-toxic and sustainable living
+ Eco-conscious building solutions
+ Restoring habitats
+ Fostering native, fire-resistant, food forest & pollinator gardens
+ Beach clean-ups
+ Easy ways to reduce everyday impact on the environment.