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
Cory was rescued in 1996 from a biomedical research lab and now enjoys the gift of sanctuary at the Primate Rescue Center where his quality lifetime care is our highest priority.
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 partner with referral programs where a portion of your purchase goes to benefit the Primate Rescue Center. These opportunities include: Amazon Smile, Kroger Community Rewards, and iGive.
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 facilitiesWorking to end the trade in primates both in the United States and abroadEducating the public to the plight of primates caught in the breeder/dealer cycleAssisting researchers and zoo personnel in finding appropriate placement for surplus primatesEncouraging compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws and animal welfare statutes
Background Statement
The Primate Rescue Center is nestled on 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 updated 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. 
We provide lifetime care to 9 chimpanzees and nearly 40 monkeys who are rescued from the pet trade and biomedical research. Our sanctuary provides these amazing primates with an environment solely focused on their rehabilitation and recovery. By providing proper nutrition, medical care, enrichment, and species appropriate socialization, we can give them a second chance at life.  
Impact Statement
The Primate Rescue Center has provided lifetime care to primates in need rescued from across the United States from the pet trade and biomedical research for over 30 years. Our highest priority is to meet each individual's unique medical, nutritional, social and intellectual needs and create an environment where these amazing primates recover and thrive.  
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, including our animal care program, medical program, enrichment program and other operating expenses that afford the primates with a comfortable and safe home. We care for these individuals for the rest of their lives, which can be up to 60 years depending on the species. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement Eileen Dunnington is the Executive Director of the Primate Rescue Center. Eileen has spent the last 15 years caring for rescued primates and works to educate others about their plight in the pet trade, biomedical research, and the entertainment industry. Without sanctuaries like the Primate Rescue Center, individuals are left to suffer in unnatural and unsuitable environments. We need you to help us save as many as we can and provide them with the gift of sanctuary! 
Board Chair Statement Co-Founders, Clay Miller (Board Chair) and April Truitt have dedicated decades of their lives to helping primates in need. They urge others to join them in making a meaningful difference in the lives of the primates living at the Primate Rescue Center while also looking 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
J. Clayton MillerLTI, Inc.Voting
Leslie Wyn MorrisRetired Business OwnerVoting
Lynn OsborneM&E Specialty ContractingVoting
April D. TruittPrimate Rescue CenterVoting
Dr. Margaret UpchurchTransylvania UniversityVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
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. Eileen R Dunnington
Term Start Sept 2017
Experience Graduated with a psychology degree from the University of Kentucky. She cemented her passion for primates and career goals during the completion of an internship at the PRC. Eileen has overseen the care of the apes and monkeys at the Primate Rescue Center for over a decade. In 2004, she began working as a caregiver at the sanctuary, and since that time she has served as Animal Care and Staff Supervisor, Sanctuary Manager, and Assistant Director. Eileen assumed the role of Executive Director when PRC founder, April Truitt, retired in September 2017.
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 35
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
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
Former CEOs
Ms. April D Truitt1995 - Sept 2017
Senior Staff
Title Caregiver & Volunteer Coordinator
  • Over 12 years of primate care experience
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.
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, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $498,000.00
Projected Expenses $498,000.00
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$391,925$416,928$362,995
Investment Income, Net of Losses$27$3--
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$380,879$368,087$384,791
Administration Expense$30,437$28,247$28,382
Fundraising Expense$8,545$6,152$6,129
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.070.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%91%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$674,498$696,294$665,533
Current Assets$127,672$127,296$64,697
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$15,303$23,176$21,093
Total Net Assets$659,193$673,118$644,440
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. Eileen R Dunnington
Board Chair J. Clayton Miller
Board Chair Company Affiliation LTI, INC.