By Bird Bouchard
Fearing she could soon be forced to close down, the Sanctuaire pour Animaux de Ferme de l’Estrie (SAFE) founder has reached out to the public for help to raise money and find volunteers.
According to Gagnieux, the sanctuary is now facing the most critical period in SAFE’s entire history.
“If it goes on for more than three months, then we are faced with having to close down and place these animals in different spaces,” she said. “We don’t want to come to that.”
The founder of the sanctuary estimates expenses amount to between $12,000 and $14,000 per month, not including veterinary and electricity costs.
Gagnieux described the SAFE as a shelter for farm and barnyard animals that are victims of abuse or exploitation. She explained the animals come to the shelter for different reasons.