Snow Damages Roof Of Wildcat Sanctuary In C. MN

By | April 22, 2013 at 11:01 pm | No comments | TWS in the News

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

SANDSTONE, Minn. (WCCO) – The heavy snow that fell overnight caused the roofs of the enclosures at the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minn., to collapse.

Holly Henry said it’s never happened before.

“Never in our 13-year history have we seen damage to any of our enclosures,” Henry said.

She said the damaged outdoor enclosures did exactly what they were supposed to do when compromised.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports

“The enclosures are designed to concave when damaged,” she said. “And that is exactly what happened. All the cats were snuggled safely in their buildings and dens, avoiding the elements.”

All of the big cats were also tucked away in their heated buildings made of concrete and steel during the storm. There was no damage to their enclosures.

Susie Jones

Reporting Susie Jones

April 19, 2013 5:33 PM

Storm update:  Thanks to countless staff and volunteer hours, we were able to salvage many of the enclosures by jacking up the ceilings, adding additional supports and patching holes.  In the end, only one enclosure was a total loss.  This quick response from so many saved us from having to demolish and rebuild which was our initial assessment and would have been devastating to us financially.

Thank you to our staff, volunteers and all of you who supported us through this recovery!  It is so much appreciated.  Your gifts will continue to help the cats and their daily care!

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