Caring for all animals

Our Story

Predators of the Heart is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

This is our story

Because We Matter began in 1998 as Predators of the Heart, captivating and educating audiences as one of the largest traveling exhibitors in the Northwest. We have now transitioned to virtual education programs from our forested sanctuary, enabling our animals to become ambassadors for their species without the stress of travel.

Because We Matter wildlife sanctuary is located in Anacortes, WA on a 10-acre parcel that houses wolves, cougars, bobcats, birds of prey, many different species of reptiles and small mammals. We are insured and licensed by the USDA, which ensures the safe keeping, proper care, and humane exhibition of our animals in the comfort of their forever homes.

We are dedicated to saving animals and educating about the importance each species plays in the web of life.


Our Goal

Our goal is to educate children and adults about wildlife; not only to teach the facts about the animals, but to use an approach that leads to an appreciation, affection, compassion and respect for these living creatures – to make it clear that an animal’s value is not determined by its similarity or services to humans. 


Our Purpose

Through our animal rescue operations and wolf conservation program, we aim to develop caring and concern for wildlife. We want to open the eyes and hearts of people to see that all nature is interconnected and realize that apart from it we cannot survive. Our sanctuary cares for animals that cannot be reintroduced to the wild and need a safe and healthy environment to live out the remainder of their lives.