Mindys Memory Primate Sanctuary was the recipient of a donation of around $200,000 according to Associated Press, from the former The Price Is Right host, who has a long history of donating to animal-welfare causes.
That money will be used to house five new rhesus monkeys from an unidentified research lab in California starting sometime late this month or early September, said Bob Ingersoll, president of the sanctuarys board of directors.
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to give a home to these monkeys from California, said Linda Barcklay, founder of Mindys Memory. Mr. Barker is one of the great champions for animals and their rights.
Mindys Memory provides a lifelong home to more than 100 monkeys, formerly pets and lab subjects, as well as a handful of other animals. The arrival of the new monkeys is the result of a joint effort between the research lab, Mindys Memory and the animal advocacy organization Stop Animal Exploitation Now.
What do you say to someone giving you a big pile of money? Im so tickled, Ingersoll said. I could not be happier. It is a huge, huge benefit to us in terms of our reputation in the animal welfare world.
Ingersoll said the donation is notable not just for the financial boost but also for the public commendation conferred by the Bob Barker seal of approval.
Were absolutely thrilled to have this kind of recognition, Ingersoll said. It gives people the assurance that theyre giving their money to a sanctu ary that has a really good track record so good that Bob Barker is willing to donate to us.
Ingersoll said he hopes the recognition leads prospective individual and corporate donors in Oklahoma to help support the sanctuary in their own backyard.
Pretty much weve stayed off the radar, but now were on the national and international radar, Ingersoll said. Were wanting to emphasize to our local community: Its about us. Its about Oklahoma City.
The McClain County sanctuary accepts donations on its website, mindysmem.org, or at P.O. Box 134, Newcastle, OK 73065, or call the sanctuary at 387-4354.