We moved 138 animals safely in 4 days.
The move was necessary, but we decided to also make the experience meaningful to other animals in the future. It was structured as an exercise to train disaster responders how to safely handle a large-scale movement of potentially dangerous animals. The exercise was called “The Evacuation of a Sanctuary.”
48 volunteers gathered from all directions, including highly trained animal disaster responders from seven emergency response groups, seasoned volunteers and excellent medical and veterinary personnel….
Although we work with 13 veterinarians on a routine basis, the training exercise was led by our own lead veterinarian and advisor to our board, Barry Kellogg.
The move wasn’t without its challenges, but with our careful advance planning, we were able to make adjustments to the schedule and accomplished the move without any animal mishaps or injuries.
Here is the first newspaper article about the move from the Ocala Star Banner
What an amazing team….pictures speak louder than words….more photos to come, please check back!