Sunday, September 1, 2013 Selects Center for Great Apes as Girlfriends Films’September Charity, Donates Additional $5,000

The Center for Great Apes is Girlfriends Films’ September charity, as selected by popular VOD (video-on-demand) website The Center is a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees rescued or retired from the entertainment industry or research purposes, as well as ones no longer wanted as pets. In addition to receiving $1,000 from Girlfriends Films in the name of, the organization will receive an additional $5,000 from the socially and environmentally conscious adult site.

Per its mission statement, lifetime care is provided to great apes with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment at the Center, located in Wauchula, Florida. Many people are unaware of the rampant abuse older chimpanzees and orangutans face. They see young, friendly, cuddly animals in movies, the circus, and other places, however, when these animals mature to 7-years-old, they often become too big and strong for these uses. Many are then confined to small cages for many years because owners no longer have use for them.

“The stories of what happens to many of these apes are heartbreaking,” states a representative. “I visited this sanctuary about nine years ago and could not believe the wonderful work they do. They have grown immensely over the years because of the help from many kind people. The Center has updated and expanded its facility and now houses many more residents than when I visited.”