People need a lot of help during this time. However, animals need some extra love as well. Little Ray’s, Canada’s largest exotic animal rescue, is asking for assistance right now, so that they can keep their critters fed and healthy.
Little Ray's Nature Center, which has locations in Hamilton and Ottawa, has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money during these challenging times.
According to their page, 70% of the company's annual revenue is earned between March and September, but it has been almost completely cut off this year.
“We can assure you that our animals are receiving the same level of care throughout this pandemic,” organizer Shane McConnell explained on GoFundMe.
“And our veterinary team are still coming every 2 weeks to work with our hard working, dedicated animal care staff,” he added.
However, while Little Ray’s has received some financial government assistance, they're asking for additional help with the placement of seized exotic animals.
Since its founding in 1995, the animal rescue has helped thousands of animals find a new home. They've worked with the SPCA and Humane Societies, as well as municipal, provincial, and federal authorities.
The fundraising goal is $50,000. Since the campaign was created on May 7, over $35,000 has already been raised!
Some of the people who donated to the campaign also left positive messages about their experience at Little Ray’s.
“Little Ray’s is awesome. They made my 40th birthday party epic and I always enjoy taking visitors to see the animals. The staff are friendly and the programming is educational,” wrote Jenny Greig.
The Toronto Zoo started a similar campaign in April. They were looking to raise $100,000 in order to help feed all of their animals while they were closed to the public.
Fortunately, the animal park is reopening this week, but the experience is going to be a little different!
Animals have been getting more comfortable thanks to humans staying inside more often.
Some Ontario Police even had to spend a weekend helping out ducks and geese, who had accidentally wandered into the city!