Today was sponsored by Shauna and Jake Holliday for their beloved dog, Taylor:
“In loving memory of our English Bulldog Taylor who we recently lost. She would have been 10 on this day. We showered this tender hearted girl with love and care for her entire life and we would like to share with the chimpanzees on her special day.”
Shauna and Jake, thank you so much for allowing the chimpanzees to share in such a special day for you. We are so very sorry for the loss of your beloved friend and family member. We are sending all the good thoughts to you today, hoping that Taylor’s legacy brings you comfort and joy, as you all have helped bring the chimpanzees.
Joan O’Flaherty graciously sponsors this day each year in loving memory of her parents, Ned and Noreen O’Flaherty:
“This is my parents’ wedding anniversary. They loved animals and supported conservation and would be glad that the chimpanzees enjoy this special day.”
Joan, we so appreciate your continued support and love for the chimpanzees as you celebrate your parents and their lovely legacy. Thank you so much for the difference you make in the chimpanzees’ lives. We’ll be thinking of Ned and Noreen today and wish you all the good that comes with memories of loved ones.
Negra and Annie:
Annie and Missy:
Burrito and Jody:
Jamie and Foxie:
Today’s day of sanctuary was sponsored by Caroline Hero in honor of her sister, Kathy Hero! Caroline shared this incredibly touching message about today:
“This day is in honour of my sister Kathy (Hero) who was born on this day, June 28, let’s just say, a number of years ago. Ever since she saw Jane Goodall on the cover of National Geographic for the first time she was hooked on Chimpanzees for life. So in her honour I would like to sponsor a day for your troop of extraordinary rescues to make her Birthday this year an extra special one indeed. She follows the Cle Elum Seven on a daily basis and loves them all, and what your team is doing to give them a better life. My sisters and I care for our Mother, who suffers from dementia, and this day will truly brighten her dwindling spirit. One day I hope to be able to afford a trip for us down there to see the Sanctuary and the lives you have enriched. Happy Birthday to you dear sister, and I love you very much.”
Caroline, we are so moved by your generous and compassionate gift for Kathy and the chimpanzees. Thank you for thinking of the chimpanzees as you and your family celebrate Kathy today!
Kathy, may your special day fill your heart with the lightness and joy, comfort and ease, that you help provide the chimpanzees’ hearts with. Happiest of birthdays from all of the primates here at the sanctuary!
Dylan Most sponsored this beautiful day in celebration of the summer solstice (or winter as the case may be 🙂 )!
Dylan, thank you so much for helping the chimpanzees welcome this lovely time of year at the sanctuary! We love these glorious days of chimpanzees hidden in the wilds of Young’s Hill amid the tall, green grass, afternoons spent lounging in the sun-filled greenhouse and air filled with birdsong and flowers.
Whether your summer or winter, we hope all of you enjoy the particular beauty found in the season just as you make possible for the chimpanzees:
Mr. and Ms. Bluebird:
Dear friend to all the primates (and bovines) at the sanctuary, Kathleen Corby, also sponsored this extra special day of celebration! Woot! Or rather, Hoot! Kathleen shared this beautiful, heartfelt message about her gift today:
“Happy Birthday Negra! For eleven years you have been blossoming into your true self and during this time you have shown us what a brave and beautiful chimp woman you truly are. It is an extraordinary pleasure to witness the small, consistent transformations you have made over this short period of time. The love in my heart that I hold for you expands each and every year so I sponsor today to celebrate you on your honorary birthday. Much love to you from me. XOXO And I celebrate eleven (11!!!) years of Sanctuary. Happy Anniversary to all! Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, like Negra, is always growing, expanding, transforming — especially now with your Bring Them Home Campaign. You are one of the finest animal welfare organizations, every thought is filled with compassion and care for the Cle Elum Seven and the new Bovine Gang. Best of everything to you in your 11th year of Hope. Love. Home. Sanctuary…. 7 (Seven amazing chimpanzee people). 11 (Your eleventh anniversary). 13 (the lucky day the Cle Elum Seven came to their new sanctuary home) Forever Lucky Numbers now!!!”
Kathleen, we are so grateful for the abundance of love and compassion that flows from your heart. The lives of so many beings are enriched by your presence here on earth. So much gratitude to you for helping us celebrate this special day!
And of course, we also celebrate Betsy, Honey, Meredith, and Nutmeg, the bovine members of our sanctuary family:
Today was sponsored by Jessica Mayhew in honor of her mother, Dr. Barbara Lopez-Mayhew!
Jessica plays several valued roles within our chimpanzee family. In addition to being an Assistant Professor in Anthropology and Director of the Primate Behavior and Ecology Program at Central Washington University where she works alongside the many student interns and volunteers who help us care for the chimps and their home, she also generously gives her time as one of our Board members and a volunteer caregiver. She adds to the chimps’ lives in countless ways and today we’re so lucky to celebrate her mother, Barbara with her. Jessica shared this really beautiful message about her mother:
“This day is in celebration of my amazing mother and her birthday. She has always led by example, and from an early age taught me critical life lessons about tolerance, celebrating diversity, standing my ground in the face of a challenge, and about speaking up for the things I believe in. She has been my biggest champion, and I credit much of my success to her teachings. She is so loved!”
Jessica, thank you so much for sponsoring this day of sanctuary! We can’t thank you enough for everything you bring to the lives of all the primates here at CSNW! We’re so lucky to call you part of our family and are honored that you would choose to celebrate your mother this way.
Happy Birthday, Barbara! We’re so happy to share in your special day with you and your family and all of us wish you the happiest of birthdays yet!
And in even more exciting birthday news, you are now pals with the Queen herself, Negra:
Today we have a lovely day of sanctuary sponsored by long-time friend of the chimps, Donna Dinsmore! Donna shared this note about her wonderful gift:
“This is my birthday and I would love to have the chimps celebrate it with me!”
Donna, thank you so much for sharing your special day with the chimpanzees! What a generous thing to do! Your support over the years has made a lasting difference in the chimps’ lives and we’re so happy to celebrate with you. Have a beautiful, chimp-style day!
Foxie and Jody: