The past week has brought an unprecedented level of stress and worry while we contended with a blanket of thick smoke and warily watched a wildfire scorch hundreds of acres of Chehalem Mountain a couple miles north of our sanctuary. But along with the stress and worry, we’ve felt an unprecedented outpouring of support from our community — support that not only bolstered us through the strain but provided life-saving help to other area sanctuaries when they were forced to evacuate their animals. People reached out, asking what we needed and offering trucks and trailers in the event of evacuation. As often happens in times of crisis, we got to see the heart of our community and the generosity and concern of so many people. We are thankful.
It’s Time for Trailers!
With climate change, wildfires are going to be an ever-present concern and we feel an urgent need to equip ourselves to respond quickly and efficiently when every minute counts. The most time-consuming part of evacuating large animals is getting them loaded into trailers. If we have several trailers at the ready, we can start loading animals so they’re ready to roll the moment help arrives. We’ll also have greater ability to help other sanctuaries in emergencies. This will add an extra level of safety, efficiency, and important peace of mind.
We’ve started a fund to help us secure two more trailers in addition to the one large and one small trailer we have now. We’ve set a budget for $10,000, and we’re asking our community to help us reach our goal. The safety of our animals is always our primary concern, and if the next wildfire comes closer to our sanctuary, these additional trailers will allow us to quickly load up this precious cargo and send them to safety.
If you would like to donate directly to the Trailer Fund, check “I would like this donation to go to a specific fund” on the form and select “Trailer Fundraiser” on the dropdown.