Tidying up the sanctuary grounds after the winter’s wind and rain is always a bit of a chore, but this year Mother Nature dealt us a double-whammy. Dual ice storms first weakened and then struck down tree limbs left and right, smashing everything in their path: buildings, fences, and our reliable old Ranger pickup—but fortunately no animals or people.
The cleanup process is still continuing, more than five weeks after the worst of it. Still, we continue to see progress day by day. And this progress is due not only to our hardworking staff and volunteers—but also to our fabulously generous supporters!
Because of the extent of the damage, not only have we been stuck with the expense of numerous unexpected repairs, we have also had to hire extra help (a roofer, an arborist, etc.) for special tasks. And, of course, we needed to find a new pickup truck to replace the one that was totaled.
We sent out an emergency e-blast on Valentine’s Day, soon followed by a direct mail appeal—and the response so far has been heartwarming. Not only that, our wonderful allies and friends at the American Anti-Vivisection Society also asked their members to contribute to our recovery, resulting in a surprising (but very welcome!) addition to our income.
We are all grateful to everyone who has responded so generously to our urgent appeals for emergency financial help!
To bring you up to date, here are a few more photos of the progress so far: