Primate Rescue Center
2515 Bethel Rd
Nicholasville KY 40356-8199
Contact Information
Nonprofit Primate Rescue Center
Address 2515 Bethel Rd
Nicholasville, KY 40356 8199
Phone (859) 858-4866
Fax 859 858-0044
Contact Name Eileen Dunnington
Web and Social Media
Toby is a former pet from Las Vegas who was surrendered to the PRC in 1995
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1999
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
We use a wide variety of supplies and equipment to help us provide our residents with quality care and enrichment. Please consider making a donation of some of the items we are most in need of  by reviewing the Wish List on our website:
We can also accept vehicle (auto, motorcycle, RV & boat) donations. Details can be found at:
If you wish to help us person, we offer both internship and volunteer opportunities.
The hard work and dedication of our volunteer team is critical to ensure that our residents get the high quality care they deserve 365 days a year. Our volunteers appreciate that our residents are not pets, are not used for invasive research, are not for sale or adoption, and do not benefit from exposure to the general public. Volunteer help is welcome year round! The Volunteer section of our website provide more information on how to apply:
The PRC is proud to offer a short term, twelve week internship program. Please check out the Internship page of our website for more information:
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
The mission of the Primate Rescue Center is to alleviate the suffering of primates wherever it occurs by:
  • Providing sanctuary or referral to appropriate facilities
  • Working to end the trade in primates both in the United States and abroad
  • Educating the public to the plight of primates caught in the breeder/dealer cycle
  • Assisting researchers and zoo personnel in finding appropriate placement for surplus primates
  • Encouraging compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws and animal welfare statutes
Background Statement
The Primate Rescue Center has roots dating back to the late 1980s, when Clay Miller purchased a macaque from an animal dealer and presented him to April Truitt, his future wife, thinking the young monkey would be a perfect addition to their collection of household pets. The couple later adopted an aging companion for their young macaque, and in the process discovered a large population of once-beloved pet monkeys who had outgrown their welcome as they got older, stronger, and more unpredictable. So they built more cages for some of those unwanted primates, and before long they also agreed to provide homes for retired laboratory animals, a monkey who had injured its owner, and some illegally owned pets who had been confiscated by authorities. From those accidental beginnings the PRC has grown into a nationally respected sanctuary, with Truitt volunteering her time as executive director.
The Primate Rescue Center occupies some 30 acres in central Kentucky, with buildings and grounds designed to afford the sanctuary’s animals a quiet, sheltered place to spend their lives. The centerpiece of the operation is a state-of-the-art chimpanzee enclosure that was completed in the summer of 2007. In addition, the PRC features 10 custom indoor/outdoor enclosures with heated houses; the social groups of monkeys occupying these spacious enclosures are free to choose where they wish to spend their time, and most spend at least part of the day outdoors. 
Impact Statement We are proud to be a founding member of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance. The PRC has been designated a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity, which assures our commitment to accountability and ethical charitable practices. In addition, we are one of fewer than 2,000 nonprofit organizations (of more than 1 million operating today) granted the Seal of Excellence by the Independent Charities of America—a distinction only awarded to those able to demonstrate the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and transparency. Starting in 2013, we have continually been voted a Great Nonprofits Top-Rated Nonprofit. Finally, the U.S. Government has accredited us to participate in the Combined Federal Campaign, deemed to be the world’s most exclusive fund drive.
Needs Statement Our most pressing needs are for unrestricted funding and grants to underwrite general operating expenses: utilities, feed, equipment repair, etc. Compelling? Perhaps not, but very necessary to fulfill our committment to the long-lived monkeys and apes in our care.
CEO/Executive Director Statement April D. Truitt is one of two founders of the Primate Rescue Center. She looks forward to the day when exotic pet ownership will no longer be commonplace, and sanctuaries housing unwanted exotic animals will no longer be necessary.
Geographic Areas Served
Throughout the United States
The Primate Rescue Center provides rescue and relocation services nationwide, as well as supporting sanctuaries and primate conservation efforts worldwide.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. The PRC's main responsibility lies in providing enriched lifetime care to the 50+ nonhuman primate residents at our sanctuary. We continue to assist in the rescues and transports of needy animals, and thus it is important that we remain active advocates against the usage of primates in entertainment, laboratory research, and the pet trade. These are the industries in which primates are exploited, and it is due to these industries that they eventually come to us. Quite frankly, we look forward to the day when primate sanctuaries are no longer needed!
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? The PRC is a well-known source of information regarding the ethical treatment of nonhuman primates. As a founding member of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA), we have joined up with other primate sanctuaries throughout the continent so that our unified voices may have a stronger impact. We remain active members of NAPSA but also do much on our own. As experts in the field of primate care, we are often working with the media and with legislators to continue improving the way primates are treated in this country. Although we are pleased with our broader reach, the PRC stays active in our local community. Throughout the year, staff members can be seen speaking at area schools and libraries to educate future generations on how to make the world a better one for all primates - human and nonhuman.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? Although we care for many animals, the PRC is a lean organization, with a staff of less than 10 people. We are happy to have a group of volunteers and interns who help us on a daily basis. As a nonprofit organization, the scope of our work can be limited by the amount of funding we are able to procure. Additionally, in the next five years the sanctuary director (who is also the PRC's co-founder and who has held this position since the organization's inception), will be retiring and leadership is being gradually transitioned to a new person. The PRC is determined to continue its lifesaving work during the transition period, and beyond. As always, what will guarantee the organziation's success is funding and manpower.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? In the decades since its founding, the PRC has seen great progress come about, both in terms of a shift in public opinion as well as solid legal changes for captive primates and their treatment. The PRC has been a part of these changes and we will remain active on this front. As we follow this trajectory, we will know we have reached ultimate success when captive primates no longer need sanctuary. We will no longer be needed. This is the goal to which we strive.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? The PRC is proud to have provided sanctuary to many, many more primates than the 50+ currently in our care. As always, our ability to help more primates is limited by funding. As the public continues to support our work and reject the exploitation of primates in entertainment, laboratory research, and the exotic pet trade, we will be happy to continue rescuing and providing lifetime care to primates in need.
Board Chair
Board Chair J. Clayton Miller
Company Affiliation LTI, INC.
Board Members
Dr. Jack Furlong RetiredVoting
J. Clayton Miller LTI, Inc.Voting
Lynn Osborne M&E Specialty ContractingVoting
April D. Truitt Primate Rescue CenterVoting
Meg Upchurch Transylvania UniversityVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. April D Truitt
Term Start Jan 1995
  • 20 years as a security professional
  • 5 years as Exec. Director of Safe & Vault Technicians Association
  • Co-founder of the Primate Rescue Center
  • Founding member of North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (2010-onward) 
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 25
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 85%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Sanctuary Manager
Experience/Biography Over a decade caring for non-human primates in a sanctuary setting
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description The Primate Rescue Center operates a USDA-licensed sanctuary on 25 acres in Central Kentucky offering temporary or permanent housing for non-human primates in need. We also assist other sanctuaries with rescue, security and transportation services.
Population Served , ,
Program Long term Success Secured additional revenue to enable the expansion of the administrative staff.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization2007
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2006
Independent Charities of America2005
External Assessments and Accreditations
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance2007
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $375,000.00
Projected Expenses $375,000.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$416,928$362,995$396,316
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3--$0
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events----$0
Revenue In-Kind----$69,773
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$368,087$384,791$394,104
Administration Expense$28,247$28,382$21,285
Fundraising Expense$6,152$6,129$6,649
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.070.910.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%92%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%2%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$696,294$665,533$701,357
Current Assets$127,296$64,697$49,592
Long-Term Liabilities----$0
Current Liabilities$23,176$21,093$17,277
Total Net Assets$673,118$644,440$684,080
Form 990s
2016 990 2016
2015 FORM 990
2014 Form 990
2013 Form 990
2012 Form 990
2011 Form 990
2010 Form 990
2009 Form 990
2008 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address 2515 Bethel Rd
Nicholasville, KY 403568199
Primary Phone 859 858-4866
CEO/Executive Director Ms. April D Truitt
Board Chair J. Clayton Miller
Board Chair Company Affiliation LTI, INC.