Issue 55, July 20, 2010
IEAS is working to replace some of the animals' houses throughout our facility. We will be starting with Samson's house, as his house needs it the most. We are trying to raise $3,500 to complete this project.
Samson came to IEAS when his owners were not able to spend the time required to properly care for him. Samson is a very affectionate lion. His character is that of a loveable teddy bear with those he likes. He moans loudly as he approaches a friend, and one can see the joy and happiness on his face as he lies down as close as possible to his visitor. Samson's prized possession is his tire. He is never far from where it's laying. If someone gets too close to the tire, he will go over and guard it. At night, Samson will bring his tire into his house with him and sleep with it next to him.
We are proud of achieving animal care excellence in a number of ways. We maintain spacious, naturalistic habitats, nutritious diets and regular veterinary care for the animals. We also provide the animals with an insulated house that offers them warm protection in the winter and a cool haven in the summer. The houses also provide a safe and efficient way to feed the animals and clean their habitats. Each house has a sliding gate that can be lowered and raised with a counterweight and pulley system. Over the years, wear and tear has taken its toll on Samson's house. Inclement weather and weekly cleanings have caused the walls to become warped, allowing the insulation to begin falling out. As a result, the exposed metal framing for the house is beginning to rust and deteriorate. Building a new house will enable us to provide Samson with a safe and comfortable living environment that meets our standards. This new house will have added safety features such as steel pins that reinforce the locks for the doors on the outside of the house and a window on the door so the keepers can better see inside the house and locate Samson when he is in his house. The new house will also be larger in order to give Samson space to stretch out and relax with his tire next to him. We have also altered the construction process of our new houses in order to extend the longevity of the house. The metal framing will now be protected so that no rust and deterioration can occur.
We thank you for caring about Samson and all of the amazing animals who call IEAS home. Any donation, large or small, will help to improve Samson's quality of life by allowing us to build him a new, spacious house. You can also help by donating materials. We will need 10 sheets of 3/4" plywood, tan sheet metal, 2x2 square tubing, concrete, Rust Stop Leather Brown paint, and screws. We thank you for your generous support!
International Exotic Animal Sanctuary