SANDSTONE – The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone was still recovering Sunday, from damage from Thursday night’s snow storm.
Several small-cat enclosures collapsed from the weight of the ice and heavy snow.
Luckily, no animals were hurt.
“The design of the facility worked. When mother nature decided to take control, any damage that happened, concaved the fencing, and all the animals were secure,” Tammy Thies, executive director of the Wildcat Sanctuary, said.
Officials are still assessing the damage, but Thies said total damage will be upwards of $100,000.
“Our biggest thing is looking at the future and the fundraising we are going to need to do rebuild about five habitats from scratch,” Thies said.
As of now, they are looking to build five new habitats and repair nine others.
And at no time were any big cat enclosures compromised.
“I’m so thankful for all those who came and responded immediately, we had volunteers throughout the day yesterday, shoveling us out and helping with repairs,” Thies said.
To donate visit wildcatsanctuary.org or their Facebook page.
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!