August 15, 2013
Volunteers Improve Bobcat Lives at Sanctuary
Varied skills put to good use to enhance animal lives at The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center
Volunteers are making a big difference in the lives of animals at The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center. They contribute a wide-range of technical expertise and skills that make it possible to initiate and complete projects that otherwise would not be conceivable without large financial cost and staff time.
The recent remodel of an enclosure for sanctuary bobcats is a perfect example of how valuable volunteers can be, no matter what their skill set. With an aging bobcat population at the center, it is important that staff can provide medical care with ease. A long time volunteer, John Morgen, designed and built the new shelter and dens that double as evacuation crates. A local welder, Gene Patten, created a mobile "tunnel" that will enable the bobcats to be treated or transferred to another location with minimal contact, stress, or risk to all involved.
A new medical chute made a new entrance to the enclosure necessary. So, The Humane Society of the United States board member Josh Reichert and facilities caretaker Glen Cutright made quick work of clearing and paving a sturdy entryway to the enclosure.
Several Eagle Scouts also contributed their own projects. Duncan Klug built hammocks that give the bobcats an area to relax with air circulating around them, for a cooling effect. For added climbing material, Williams Shimm built sturdy platforms. Then, to ensure that important information is displayed appropriately outside of the enclosure, Geoffrey Jasinski constructed several kiosks, like the kind you might find at a hiking trail head.
With finishing touches to the enclosure completed by volunteers Mike Cannon and Ballantyne Grading, a new bobcat enclosure has been achieved at very low cost to The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center, which allows more funds to be put towards the direct care and rehabilitation of even more animals.
In all, 12 sanctuary bobcats will benefit from the new enclosure. Although it will only house two bobcats at a time, all bobcats will rotate between the remodeled enclosure and others, in a form of enrichment and training for emergency evacuation. Meet our sanctuary bobcats here»