A horrible thing happened at Ark Animal Sanctuary in Maine. Very early in the morning recently, a border patrol agent saw a fire burning at the facility. He called the fire department, who rushed to the scene. The firefighting humans worked very hard to put out the fire, but they were not able to put the fire out before 16 cats had perished.
The cat rescue group had recently renovated the building, and the improved facilities had only been open for a few months. And because of the extensive damage that was caused by the fire, the cause of the fire may never be known.
According to the fire chief of the Houlton Fire Department, who spent two hours fighting the fire, the fire could have been started by the wood pellet stove, the oil furnace, or it could have been electrical. The only thing they knew is that when the fire was reported, it was burning in the center of the building.
Ark Animal Sanctuary is a wonderful cat rescue group that focuses on felines that are considered unadoptable, with FIV positive cats their specialty. Beyond that, they helped with cat rescues and adopted animals when they could. They may have lost their facilities, and sadly lost the 16 felines they were caring for. But they have not lost their passion for helping animals.
Furiends, we can help these wonderful humans rebuild. We can help them help other felines who would not have homes. This cat rescue organization has been around since 2009, and it would be horrible if they were not able to get back on their feet to help my fellow special needs felines.
Another cat rescue group, Imagine Home, has stepped in to set up a fundraising campaign to help Ark Animal Sanctuary. I know that green paper things are hard to come by. But if you can send some to help them rebuild, please do. And if you can’t, please share their story so that others can.