Volunteers walk nearly an hour in ice storm to care for animals at Renton sanctuary

The Sammamish Animal Sanctuary caters to abandoned, homeless or abandoned animals in need of a permanent home.

RENTON, Wash. — Several dedicated volunteers walked for nearly an hour to care for animals amid Friday’s ice storm.

Road closures, flight cancellations and power outages complicate a busy holiday week. While many people stayed out of the streets, two volunteers in Renton decided they simply couldn’t stay home because of the animals in need.

After 20 years, the Sammamish Animal Sanctuary moved to a new location on May Valley Road in Renton this year. Non-profit organization that serves abandoned, homeless and abandoned animals in need of a permanent life.

Founder Diane Gockel said the animal’s quality of life and safety were a top priority. Friday’s icy conditions prevented many volunteers from reaching, but some dedicated people walked more than an hour to make sure the animals had everything they needed.

Volunteer Janine Hoff said: “The missions call for it, animals need to be fed and we want to make sure everyone is dressed warmly.

Janine walks with her son Nate and spends hours cleaning stalls, feeding animals and bringing lovely warmth to the rabbit cage.

“Buzzling is definitely a privilege!” Janine laughed.

Pigs and chickens have cages and lamps for heating, horses and donkeys are covered with blankets to keep warm. The llamas and llamas are built to withstand the cold, but the variety of animals that live on the property means a lot of work has to be done to ensure the animals are safe and comfortable. .

Some local families are fostering animals like rabbits in colder weather, but volunteers say they are committed despite the elements to taking care of all animals.

https://www.king5.com/article/life/animals/volunteers-walk-in-ice-storm-care-for-animals-sammamish-sanctuary/281-aaa69ecf-9b3f-4c27-8806-a22e84e7d942 Volunteers walk nearly an hour in ice storm to care for animals at Renton sanctuary

Edmund DeMarche

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