The future looks bright from here! See what’s ahead for 2017.
Each year, with your help, we accomplish the impossible for the cats! It’s easy to forget we’re a very small staff in a very rural area. But with your generosity, the sweat and man power of volunteers, hardworking interns and a dedicated staff, we continue to move the Sanctuary into the future and remain a leader in this industry.
Join us in 2017 to make more dreams possible:
- Plan and redesign of Wildcat Pines section of the sanctuary, to be constructed in 2018. Wildcat Pines was the first area built when we moved to the site in 2006 and includes 10 habitats. It currently utilizes insulated and heated den boxes for native species such as bobcats, lynx and young cougars. The new design will include roofed habitats with more vertical space, no shared walls to allow more flexibility for non-socialized cats, and access to permanent, heated indoor areas.
- Reconfigure Hybrid Haven to accommodate cats that want to live alone. We’ve accepted more and more hybrids into the program that do not want to share space with other cats. We want to provide them their own indoor and outdoor areas so they can thrive, too.
- Upgrade indoor quarantine enclosures to allow for more vertical space to accommodate larger cats. Install permanent walls to aid in sanitation and drainage.
- Plan and design of Animal Care Center to be constructed over the next 5 years. This will expand our hospital for better use of space and safe viewing areas that can be used for veterinary training. The new hospital will include digital X-ray equipment that can also be used in the field. This building will also host our animal care staff, overnight staff, volunteer area, and provide more education and training opportunities. Moving the hospital to this new building will allow us to expand our food preparation and animal supply storage.
- Investment in much-needed equipment to continue the best of care to our residents. Replacing older UTV’s will allow for more efficient feeding and maintenance. A large, new rescue vehicle is needed with lower miles for reliability on cross-country rescues, as well as the ability to pull rescue trailers. Other equipment procurement needed includes commercials mowers, back-up generator for new Feline Meadows Building and additional transport cat crates.
- Construction of multi-level platforms to replace aging perches in several habitats. Refurbish caves in Cougar Cove and Wild Woodlands sections of the sanctuary to maintain their integrity. These are favorite lounging areas for cougars Raja and Liberty and lioness Shanti Deva.
- If funding permits, install two permanent pools in Wild Woodlands area of the sanctuary for tigresses Ekaterina and Nikita.
- Expand educational and advocacy opportunities to public, volunteers and donors through presentations and programs. Continue to collaborate with other sanctuaries and advocacy groups to decrease private breeding and exhibition of big cats.
- Invest in our team with continuing education and ongoing training to maintain the best animal care in the industry, as well as emergency preparedness.
I invite you to join in building our future for rescued wild cats!
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