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Colorado Wildlife Sanctuary Faces Closing - Possible Euthanasia December 12, 2005 12:22 PM

The following is a heart wrenching story of an animal sanctuary similar to Big Cat Rescue in Colorado facing closing and possible euthanasia of some or all of its animals.  Please read through the story, perhaps visit their web site - - and make a donation if you can.  As one of the volunteers has said, any little bit will help put a dent in their crisis.

“Wild Animal Sanctuary”

1946 WCR 53
Keenesburg, CO 80643

This place, like so many others, is where unwanted, abandoned and abused animals go.  One of these days people will learn to take responsibility for their actions and not try and make wild animals pets and then there won't be a need to cast them off so places like Pat Craig's RMWCC, Big Cat Rescue, Wild Cat Sanctuary, Tigers for Tomorrow, ASPCA and the Humane Society (to name just a few) have to clean up someone else's mess. 

Dec 5, 2005 3:07 pm US/Mountain

Wildlife Center To Close Due To Drop In Donations

(AP) KEENESBURG, Colo. With donations plummeting, officials at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Conservation Center predict they will have to close their shelter for more than 150 animals, including baby tigers, lions, bears, wolves and leopards.

"None of us like to say the word euthanasia around here, but nobody realizes how terrible things are for an animal that's going hungry," owner Pat Craig said. Craig has stopped taking calls from zoos and others looking for homes for big cats.

The center faces an estimated $150,000 deficit, Craig said. That means he may not be able to feed the animals, many of which eat up to 40 pounds of meat a day.

The WOLF sanctuary in Laporte has also seen donations drop, sanctuary founder Frank Wendland said.

Donations have dripped since a devastating tsunami hit Southeast Asia and hurricanes hit the Gulf Coast. It comes even as aid to domestic-pet rescue organizations have increased.

Craig said he hoped a TV segment on Animal Planet, focusing on the sanctuary's 1-year-old black leopard named Eddy, would help ease the cash crunch but the segment has not aired.

When Craig walks by Eddy's enclosure, the leopard makes a chirping noise -- a sound Craig says animals raised in the wild reserve for their mothers. He said he will try to find a way to spare Eddy as long as he can.

"That's something I ask myself, `Oh my God, how do I choose who goes first?"' Craig said.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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