Even with the threat of COVID-19, the volunteers at Elmira's Wildlife Sanctuary are still coming on a daily basis to feed and clean up after the animals in our care. Elmira's is the permanent home to 11 big cats, 4 bears, 5 lemurs, 4 wolf hybrids, and a plethora of birds and other small animals. We use approx. 175 lbs. of fresh meat, 20 lbs. of fresh produce, plus dog food, bird seed and animal medications on a daily basis.
Due to the run on fresh meat, our weekly meat donation has gone from 500 lbs. to almost 0. We also purchase meat regularly in order to have enough. With the current problems at meat packing houses, it does not look the the situation will improve anytime soon. In addition, we need to protect our volunteers as much as possible.
Purchasing masks, hand sanitizer, bleach, disinfecting wipes and other necessary items has become impossible or prohibitively expensive. We must also be able to purchase required medications and supplements for the animals, many of whom are aging.
We are shut down to the public so our tour income is gone. Our donations are way down, despite valiant efforts by the volunteers to raise money and supplies both online and off. We are surviving but it's a struggle. We are trying to raise $5000 to help cover the purchase of supplies to protect our volunteers plus food and medications for the animals for 2 months.
We don't know when we'll be able to open for tours to begin generating income again. Since we don't allow unescorted visitors, our tours do not lend themselves to social distancing. Elmira's has no paid staff so you can rest assured all donations go directly to the care of the animals.