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From: veganvet
Sent on: Monday, October 22, 2007 10:04 PM
Here is a reprint from Lorri Bauston's email on the situation with evacuation of animals from Gentle Barn, which is in a fire area. Help is still needed to care for the animals in this situation. Read below for more details.

Dear Friends of Animal Acres, We want to thank everyone for their calls and emails regarding our situation, and for your commitment to the safety of the sanctuary animals. Currently, we are not in a fire zone, however, we are assisting Gentle Barn, another farm animal sanctuary, with their evacuation and temporary animal placement needs due to the fires in the Agua Dulce/Santa Clarita area. Fortunately, because of the dedication of volunteers and individuals who helped us buy animal transport trailers, WE WERE ABLE TO SAFELY EVACUATE ALL OF THEIR ANIMALS, and the animals are now being cared for at Animal Acres.
Given the state of emergency in southern California, it is clear that additional fire evacuation areas need to be established for farm animals, and we are focusing all our efforts on this over the next two weeks. We DESPERATELY need YOU to help with this effort. PLEASE help by:
1. Coming to Animal Acres to help care for evacuated animals here. We need caregivers from 9 am. to 3 p.m. daily. No appointment is necessary. Directions may be found on our website.

2. Volunteering to help set up an emergency evacuation area for the Animal Acres animals. We need volunteers to help put up fencing and other jobs. The more volunteers who can pitch-in, the sooner we can have a site ready for evacuation needs. Volunteers are needed EVERY DAY from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call [masked]) or email if you can join us, and let us know what day(s) you will be joining us.

3. Donating for evacuation needs. We URGENTLY need funding for temporary housing sheds, evacuation site fencing and corrals, water troughs & water hoses - and we need to purchase one additional transport trailer to be able to evacuate all of the animals immediately. Your donation, in any amount, will means so much. Please click here to donate online. On behalf of ALL of us at Animal Acres, and the animals who need our assistance at this difficult time, THANK YOU. Lorri Bauston, President Animal Acres

Whew! Well, I just spoke with Susie at Animal Acres, and apparently, someone meant well, but the emergency was yesterday, and this message was just sent out this afternoon.

Another update:

All animals, including cows that were trapped yesterday, have been evacuated safely to Animal Acres. HOWEVER, Animal Acres and Gentle Barn will need help if a fire starts out by Animal Acres, OR when the time comes to return the animals to Gentle Barn.

ALSO: If interested in helping, please e-mail Susie at: [address removed] or call her at this number:[masked]

to volunteer and be notified any time there is an emergency.


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