Ayla's Acres No- Animal Rescue needs YOUR help.
On December 19, we suffered a terrible loss when fire raged through and destroyed the home for our small animals and caretakers at our animal sanctuary property in Greenville, FL.
Ayla's Acres is a St. Augustine, FL based non-profit organization and has property in Madison County that is home to approximately 150 injured, ill, and unadoptable domestic and farm animals. Our 45-acre farm has full-time caretakers who live on the property where they provide for cats, dogs, horses, donkeys, goats, birds, etc. The smaller dogs, birds, and many of the cats live with property managers Nedra and Chuck, so they can get the loving attention they need as many of the dogs are elderly and need special care.
What happened? Just a few days before Christmas, the fire broke out at 10:30 p.m. from a heat lamp for our tortoise (he and his goat companion are safe). As the fire raged on, Nedra and Chuck were able to save many of the animals, before the fire completely consumed the house. Sadly, 11 animals were lost to the fire. Four cats suffered injuries - - our beloved George was humanely euthanized after a few days of treatment, two others are still hospitalized. Three cats are still missing. Thankfully, Nedra suffered only minor injuries, and Chuck’s broken bones and burns (from saving animals) are manageable.
The veterinary expenses are expected to climb as care for the injured cats continues.
Most important is that we need to rebuild the small animal home as quickly as possible.
We’ve worked out a plan to put up a modular home in a different location than the current home, as we would need to wait to tear down that building … and the animals' needs just can’t wait. Nedra, along with a number of dogs and cats are currently living in a shed. Chuck is living in a small RV with several dogs.
The new location will require some customizations for the safety and comfort of the animals such as a new septic tank may be needed, electrical needs to be extended (just a tiny bit) to the new location, outside fencing needs to be put up, flooring will need to accommodate the incontinence of some of the animals, etc.
We are very grateful for the outpouring of love and kindness we have already received via social media! We have had incredible support from the community in the last few days since the fire. This GoFundMe campaign is an additional fund-raising option so that those not active in social media can help out as well.
We need continued support as we move forward. Monetary donations are a priority in order to cover emergency vet care and to begin the process of building the new home for the small animals and caretakers.
We still need to raise at least $50,000, so that we can commit to a new home for the small animals and the property caretakers.
We’re assessing needs which is taking a lot of time away from our usual activities for Ayla’s Acres …. We’re still digging through the ruins of the fire for anything salvageable, determining how to get a new small animal home up and functional right away. There’s never a “good time” for a fire, and this timing couldn’t be worse as we have our biggest fund-raiser of the year at the beginning of February and we’re in the middle of a life-changing capital campaign to impact the animals in St. John’s County, Florida with our new Peter’s Friends facility.
Ayla's Acres relies solely on the generosity of donations from supporters and volunteers, and receives no government funding.
HOW YOU CAN HELP ~
1. Make a donation of any size, everything helps (although please don’t redirect any donations you might have made to another small group)
2. Share and ask people to donate
3. Commit to getting “x” number of people to donate, or raise a specific amount
IF YOU LIVE IN THE LOCAL AREA ~
4. We currently have 43 cats in foster care and now can’t spend as much time on adoptions as we usually do (every animal which leaves foster care means more space for another animal needing help)
5. We have a number of medium to large-sized dogs needing adoption
6. We have 10 or so seniors needing adoption
8. Become a foster home
9. Become a volunteer
If we are so fortunate as to raise any monies beyond the direct needs for the impact of the fire, it will be used for general sanctuary needs and/or our Peter’s Friends facility.
The holiday season has been a very somber time for all of those at the sanctuary. Please consider helping by making a donation, or in any way you can. We sincerely thank you, and know that with the financial support of people like you who care about animals … we can rebuild even stronger than before and continue serving the animals in NE Florida.
More information is available at aylasacres.org.