Intimately involved in every aspect of our organization, volunteers see first-hand the dirty cages lining our back hallways… as many as 30-40 a day! Not only is it a huge ‘cold-prickly’, it’s a potential source of disease transmission.
Each cage must be manually scrubbed with soapy water, rinsed, sprayed with disinfectant, and then rinsed again. The problems are many: 1) cages are washed in the same room where pets’ meals are prepared, 2) dirty and clean cages line the same hallway, 3) there is no drain in the kitchen floor and so water must be mopped up continuously, 4) averaging 3-5 minutes per cage, staff and volunteers are spending over 3 hours a day cleaning cages, and 5) it is a safety hazard to have so many cages lining the hallway at all times.
Our “We Need Clean!” campaign is a matching gift challenge to help us complete the funding required to purchase and install a Steris Basil 4700 Cage and Rack Washer that will modernize the cage washing process and greatly impact efficiency of the shelter. The total cost including site prep and installation is $165,891. We’ve already raised $94,000 and donor Tony Wells has promised the final $31,000 once we hit $134,891; but not unless we get there!
Please join us – and please spread the word!