Snow, ice damage wildcat center

By | April 22, 2013 at 11:03 pm | No comments | TWS in the News

Several enclosures that held domestic cats at the Wildcat Sanctuary near Sandstone were damaged early Friday after nearly two feet of ice and snow built up on their roofs.

 

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The roof of a domestic cat pen caves to the weight of snow at the Wildcat Sanctuary near Sandstone. Submitted photo

Several enclosures that held domestic cats at the Wildcat Sanctuary near Sandstone were damaged early Friday after nearly two feet of ice and snow built up on their roofs.

Executive Director Tammy Thies said no animals were hurt or escaped, but she said the cost of repairs will be high.

“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 also were denned in their concrete-and-steel, heated buildings during the storm, and there was no damage to their enclosures. The Wildcat Sanctuary is a 501c3 non-profit, no-kill big cat rescue facility that provides a natural sanctuary to wild cats in need. It is funded solely by private donations.

Published April 21, 2013, 12:00 AM

By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/264903/

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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