Little Bear Sanctuary

About Us

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Germany 1930s
About our name

About our name
"Little Bear"

The sanctuary’s story begins in the 1930s on a small farm in Kassel, Germany. A farm where the farmer and his wife had thirteen children and one nicked named Little Bear. Her name is Ursula, and she was a happy farm girl who loved her animal cousins. Some say she could even talk to the animals, and they spoke to her. 

She and her twelve brothers and sisters grew up during a turbulent time in Germany; they lived through the darkest days of World War II and saw first-hand what hatred and intolerance look like.  

Her family was dark-haired, not blond, and they were nearly sent to a concentration camp because they looked different. Ursula’s family didn’t hate anyone. Like some families in Germany, they provided a safe place for Jewish people hiding from the Nazis. Ursula witnessed intolerance first-hand and learned the meaning of love, respect, and acceptance from her mother.

After the war, Ursula married an American soldier, and they moved to the United States. She and her husband had a son named Christopher, who, like Ursula, he learned the meaning of love, respect, and acceptance from his mother.  

Inspired by his mother’s love for animals, Chris and his partner Randy decided to start a sanctuary to provide a safe place for animals from abusive situations. Like his mother and grandmother before him, Chris carries on the family tradition of selflessness and gives a safe forever home to his animal cousin with no home.  When deciding on names for the organization, Randy suggested naming it after Chris’s mom, Ursula. They chose to use the nickname she was called on that little farm in Germany – Little Bear.

There are no bears at the sanctuary, just lots of happy and safe animals living their best lives. 

Awesomeness

Animals are
Awesome.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” –Anatole France

We live on a planet that is part of a massive solar system. There are approximately 7.9 Billion Humans who live on this planet. There are Trillions of other known and unknown species living here too. I have heard that humans are the smartest of all species; however, some humans treat animals poorly; some humans abuse and torture our animals. It is for this reason that sanctuaries like Little Bear exist. We care for those animals that have been abandoned, abused, and those with special needs.
If you ever are close enough to look into a Donkey’s eyes, you might realize how privileged we are to live with such extraordinary creatures. You might even feel a sense of awakening.

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Accreditation and Transparency

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries is a non-profit group which provides certification for animal sanctuaries, rescue centers, and rehabilitation centers through verification and accreditation. The group was founded in 2007 and is located in Washington D.C.

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Testimonials

What People
Say About Us

This place is a little gem! Our day was filled with joy and friendly pigs, donkeys, cows and goats. the staff is amazing Kelly gave us a tour and we felt so blessed to donate to this sanctuary by bringing a little bit of Christmas to this beautiful place. Very informative, inviting and they have a heart for the animals that they care for and it shows. Worth a tour and please consider a donation to this great cause…

Gina Rossetti, Guest

I am overwhelmed by the selflessness of these individuals who dedicate themselves to such an outstanding mission saving and loving God's beautiful little creatures! It is with great honor and pleasure that I am blessed to be able to contribute toward making these precious animals lives better. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your caring community!

Cheryl Duva, Guest

What an amazing peaceful place! The animals are so friendly and happy. This is a very special home and the residents know they are loved.

Bob Waun, Guest
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