sanctuary for animals

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion, you have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men"

- St Francis of Assisi

Those who care for the animals at Clearwater have the extraordinary experience of understanding the depth of awareness and appreciation that other species possess. Clearwater has treated most every species native to Louisiana, including migratory birds and endangered species. Beaver, river otter, raccoons, opossum, mink, bobcat, deer, wild boar, all varieties of hawks, owls, songbirds and waterbirds, have been among our honored guests.

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Daily we monitor hundreds of animals that roam our sanctuary, caring for them as needed in their reestablishment to the wild. As the space arises, we accept new admissions from rehabilitators, veterinarians and animal shelters for release into the wild on our protected sanctuary grounds.

By appointment, we are currently admitting the most under-served population; the animals that fall between the cracks of classification, regarded as neither wild nor domestic. These forgotten animals include, but are not limited to, species of ducks, geese, swans, peacocks, sparrows, doves and pigeons.

For admission information please contact us.


Companion Animal Orphanage

"The greatness of a nation, and its moral progress, can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

- Gandhi

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Our companion animal orphanage has been home to hundreds of orphaned dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, turtles and birds. Each new resident is accepted on a case by case basis. Some are adopted into private homes in our network, others remain at the sanctuary. There is plenty of love to go around here. For admission information please contact us.


Companion Animal Trust

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened"

- Anatole France

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Additionally, our Companion Animal Trust cares for pets after their owners have passed away. We are sensitive to the grieving process of companion animals, and we try to offer them the comfort and love found in their former homes. It is particularly helpful if arrangements and visits are planned in advance. It eases the transition for the companion animal and offers peace of mind to their human family. For admission information please contact us.


BP Oil Spill

"The assumption that animals are without rights and that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality

- Arthur Schopenhauer

When the devastating BP Deepwater Horizon well explosion occurred in 2010, Clearwater Sanctuary served a vital role in wildlife recovery and rehabilitation. The president of Clearwater Sanctuary, Nancy Torcson, served as Director of Oil Spill Response for the Louisiana Association of Wildlife Rehabilitator's, vetting and coordinating all licensed rehabilitators applying to work at the rehab center staged to clean oiled wildlife. Over 50 Clearwater staff members worked at the various Gulf outlets receiving, triaging and treating animals. Clearwater also received animals from BP which needed long term care after they were cleaned of oil. At the request of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Clearwater trained an additional 50 volunteers to rotate into the BP staged wildlife facility so that first responder rehabilitators, many of whom left their families and jobs to care for wildlife, could return to their homes.


P.O. Box 2334 Covington, La. 70434


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