The following was shared by Valley of the Kings Sanctuary from Sharon, WI: On Monday, February 22 at approximately 1:15 p.m., the weight of the snow caused the entire roof to collapse on the pole barn. Three pot belly pigs, a blind horse and 3 goats were trapped inside; thankfully none were injured other than a few scrapes. The remainder of the barn residents, 3 llamas, 2 ponies, 5 cows, 2 emus, were outside.
The pigs and goats have been moved to enclosures inside the main barn. Our volunteer construction crew will be able to build emergency shelters for Canela, our blind horse, the cows and the llamas. The animals are doing well and enjoying the warmer temperatures. NO exotics were involved in the disaster.
The barn is not insured, due to age of the structure and because we are an exotic animal facility.
We have set up several fundraisers to help raise the approximate $75,000 needed to replace the barn. Please look for our pages, Valley of the Kings Sanctuary & Retreat on Facebook, GoFundMe.com/f/votkbigcats, Associated Bank- VOTK Construction account and Paypal.me/VOTK. VOTK is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
A MAJOR Thank you to the Sharon & Darien Fire Departments for getting our animals safely out of the pole barn. Our vet has checked the animals and all are in good health, just some minor scrapes.
The workers had just finished their chores in the barn. A blessing that no workers were inside.
Thank you all for your prayers and support.
From their website Valley of the Kings Sanctuary and Retreat provides a home for abused, abandoned, retired and injured large felids, exotics, and domestic non-human animals. We give the best available diet, housing, veterinary care and positive human interaction. Valley of the Kings educates the general public concerning the bond between human and non-human animals in the natural world. We teach that private or commercial ownership, hunting for profit or sport and the destruction of natural habitat will mean eventual extinction for these creatures. Lastly, we believe that when we remove animals from the wild, we take their freedom and wildness, the essence of their being.