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Steers are in tears at Lake Country animal sanctuary due to hay shortage

A fundraiser is being held for Alex and Luca until Oct. 7
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Alex and Luca at Warren Peace Bunny Sanctuary. (Facebook)

The hay shortage caused by drought and wildfires in the province has hit an all-time high.

In Lake Country, the Warren Peace Bunny Sanctuary is also struggling to source hay and feed.

While closed to the public due to Avian Flu, the sanctuary is still providing care for animals, such as two seers named Alex and Luca.

The sanctuary started a fundraiser in August to help fund money for hay, however, the fundraiser was put on hold due to the Grouse Complex Wildfire, as many area residents were evacuated from their homes.

While the sanctuary was not on evacuation alert, it chose to take action and evacuated 200 bunnies because roads were being closed and if the situation changed quickly and the fire worsened, it would not be able to safely evacuate all of the critters properly at a moment’s notice.

Now with all the animals back in place, the aptly named Steers in Tears fundraiser has started back up.

The sanctuary has found a deal of $80 per round and needs 40 rounds to feed Alex and Luca for the next 12 months.

“Before the fires started we raised exactly half but still need to purchase 20 rounds to complete the year’s supply. If you can help, a donation of $100 will cover the cost of an entire 800 pound round plus the $20 per bale transport cost,” wrote the sanctuary on Facebook.

The fundraiser for what the sanctuary calls its Jersey Boys will run until midnight on Oct. 7.

Donations can be made to annie.warrenpeace@gmail.com and all donations will receive a tax receipt.

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Jen Zielinski

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Graduated from the broadcast journalism program at BCIT. Also holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and sociology from Thompson Rivers University.
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