Sometimes you just really need some wheels.
September 2020 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. We and the animals lived with an eerie, hot haze and several sleepless nights, but firefighters got the fire under control before we had to evacuate all 100 of Wildwood’s animal residents.
Here’s what we all know: climate change means wildfires will be an ever-present concern. Our board reviewed our emergency evacuation plans and decided we need more capacity for loading and moving animals when minutes count.
We need a second trailer to help us quickly load animals and prepare them to move to a safer place.
We hope to locate a livestock trailer as soon as possible, so our large animals have the opportunity to become acquainted with trailers and create positive associations with them. This will facilitate a smooth and safe evacuation if it ever becomes necessary.
We also need medical transport.
Our wonderful friend Billy Blue Eyes, one of the most senior goats at the sanctuary, suffered a serious leg injury this spring. Billy’s veterinarian came to the barn to assess the injury and put it in a splint, but because of his age and the location of the fracture, we soon realized Billy needed more extensive treatment, which requires a trip to the Oregon State University Veterinary Hospital in Corvallis. It’s about an hour’s drive.
We rented a van to safely transport our sweet Billy to the hospital, where he stayed for nearly a week and ultimately had surgery to remove the damaged leg. We rented another van to drive him home.
Billy is learning awesome tripod tricks and thriving now, but he’s one of multiple aging animals here who may need occasional trips to the vet. Goats, sheep, and alpacas ride best in an enclosed van, as do some of our larger birds. While small chickens and ducks can travel safely in the back of a station wagon, a larger geese or an expansive peacock who’s sporting several feet of colorful features need the space and safety of a van.
The safety of our animals is always our primary concern, and these new wheels will greatly increase our ability to move them around safely and efficiently, either for medical care or an emergency evacuation.
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