by Lavanya Sunkara for USA TODAY 10Best

10 amazing animal sanctuaries in the U.S.

From adorable baby goats to majestic elephants, and chimps to donkeys, here are 10 amazing sanctuaries all across the country dedicated to helping and healing animals in need.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary - Utah

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Sprawled across 3,700 acres in red rock country near Kanab in Utah is America’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary for companion animals. These animals, after rehabilitation, are adopted out to eligible homes.

The Elephant Sanctuary - Tennessee

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This sanctuary is currently home to 10 elephants retired from zoos and circuses. Elephants suffering from long-term health and behavioral issues (due to having spent their lives in captivity) now get to enjoy life in peace.

Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary - Georgia

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Founder Melanie Sue Bowles has been rescuing abused and neglected horses for the past 30 years, saving more than 300 horses, along with donkeys, dogs, pigs and cats.

Farm Sanctuary - New York

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Nestled in the Finger Lakes region, the Farm Sanctuary is home to more than 800 rescued cows, pigs, goats, turkeys and more.

Chimp Haven - Louisiana

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Dedicated to caring for retired chimpanzees that have been used for biomedical research, Chimp Haven, true to its name, provides blissful grounds for chimps to spend their days.

Goats of Anarchy - New Jersey

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This New Jersey 30-acre farm for special needs goats (along with other animals) is not open to the public to avoid distressing the animals, but you can certainly follow their heartwarming stories on Instagram.

Skylands Animal Sanctuary - New Jersey

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This 232-acre sanctuary is home to animals Mike Stura saved from slaughterhouses and situations of neglect. There are currently 238 animals under his care, each with its own name and personalized care.

Home for Life - Wisconsin

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Surrendered old dogs, retired working dogs and animals with special needs get to live life as they would have in a loving home, with companionship, good food, exercise, vet care and grooming.

Howling Woods Wolfdog Rescue - New Jersey

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Howling Woods Farm is dedicated to dispelling myths about wolfdogs. Situated on a 10-acre pinewoods forest, the organization rescues and re-homes domesticated, abandoned and surrendered wolfdogs.

Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue - Texas

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Peaceful Valley has facilities all across the U.S. and is dedicated to improving the lives of abused or abandoned donkeys, and the lives of wild burros under threat.

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