The Story of PJ
PJ in her Current Enclosure
PJ, a 27 year old capuchin female, has been living in the offices of a dentist in
Seattle, on and off, for the past twenty years. She is living in a small
plexi-glass cage in the office, with an additional larger room outside of the office,
and she has exhibited behaviors which indicate the immediate need for rescue.
Since 1997, when animal activist Nancy Pennington discovered her, several dozen
organizations have been calling, writing and otherwise taking direct action in an
attempt to encourage Dr. Fleege to donate PJ to a sanctuary where she might
live with fellow capuchins in a larger enclosure complete with enrichment and
proper food. Until PCWS became involved in 2000, Dr. Fleege had backed out
of or refused to consider any possible plans for PJ's future welfare.
Since January 2000 PCWS has had direct access to PJ on an at-will basis, and we
have had numerous discussions with Dr. Fleege regarding her care and well-being.
As a direct result of our efforts, PJ's day-to-day care has improved, and she
has received additional enrichment in her enclosures. Although these are small
steps, they are important because they have had an immediate effect on PJ's
welfare. Additionally, because Dr. Fleege has yet to consent to sending PJ
to sanctuary, anything which improves her daily life is something we look
upon as a good thing.
However, we do not believe that PJ is living in an
ideal or even moderately adequate situation. She deserves to live in a
large, appropriate enclosure with, if possible, other capuchin monkeys.
Thus, PCWS has decided to establish our proposed primate sanctuary in Washington.
We believe that Dr. Fleege will be in a very poor position to debate PJ's longterm
housing should spacious and peaceful housing be provided for her here, in this state.
To that end we are asking you, our members, visitors and supporters to assist us
in our plans for a primate sanctuary. Please consider
adopting an acre. Please
consider making a tax-deductible donation of stock, bonds or
consider leaving PCWS a bequest.
All of these methods of support will help us purchase land in Washington - land
where PJ and primates like her will live in peace.