The animals are all at the new location, safe and sound. We had 4 weeks to run back and forth to take down fencing and caging material before the new owners took possession. In the end, we wound up short of help and ran out of time….
It seems a shame that with as many fantastic volunteers as we had to help us prepare for the move and then to accomplish the move itself, too many people had family emergencies at one time. We ran out of time and the new owners were completely inflexible about allowing us an extension of time to get our things.
[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]We lost $50,000 in caging and fencing, a huge amount of building materials, most of the animals’ toys and heaters, a storage shed, many of our yard tools, and an RV and a 34′ yacht that we were selling to help buy more materials.[/pullquote]
Two regular volunteers had deaths in their families, two others had family medical emergencies. To make it worse, the sanctuary’s co-founder, Kurt, suddenly had heart problems and wound up in the emergency room three times during the first three weeks. He was unable to make the drive to go down and collect materials, and he was the primary organizer for that effort. (he is much better now)
Now, instead of having the materials on hand to immediately expand the animal habitats to the acreage sized they have grown accustomed to, we need to purchase new materials and start over.
In addition to the caging and fencing we need to buy, we need to build their platforms and dens again, buy new toys and heaters and find a shed to store things in before everything is ruined by rain.
We can do this! We are already well into the construction and although we don’t receive funding from the government, we have learned that animal lovers stick together. We have faith in our new community and all of our supporters; we know this will work out like everything else has.
For now, the animals are in secure but comparatively small habitats. These habitats are still larger than they had before they were rescued, but nothing near the acreage they had grown accustomed to at our old location.
It won’t be long and they will have the space they deserve. Once they are comfortable again, we will be able to rescue more animals and give guided tours of the sanctuary to our supporters, but the comfort of the animals in our care needs to come first.
There are many ways you can help us reach our goal:
– Donate an item from our wish list
– Make a monetary gift to help pay for special-order materials
– Volunteer your time (18 and older only)
– Help spread the word to others
If we all stick together, we can show the stingy new owners of our old property that we didn’t miss a beat. The animals will have their comfortable homes again with plenty of gifts from all of their friends.
Will you help us?