" We're able to keep all our animals and they'll now have a future home for the rest of their lives", said Roberta Kirshner. Those are words Roberta Kirshner is finally able to say. The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation has been racing against time, trying to beat a county imposed deadline to relocate the facility from it's previous location in Durham to it's new location in Butte Valley and the process hasn't been easy. " It was overwhelming, financially this couldn't be a worse time, we're
we still struggling", said Kirshner.
But the struggles and hard work have finally paid off. The foundation has been inspected by the Butte County Planning Department and received the okay to open the gates to the public as soon as Saturday. A few finishing touches still have to be done, but Kirshner says because of the massive support and help she's been given, she knows it will be finished on time. " It's been an effort from everyone, not just one person and it's really a dream come true", said Kirshner. And the best part of it all is that rescued animals like 10 week old Tom the grizzly bear have a brand new home on 19 acres of green grass and rolling hills.
Everything from lions and tigers, to bears and lemurs call the sanctuary home. And without it, many would have no where else to go. " Most of our animals have challenges and there's very few places that will take them", said Kirshner.
And Kirshner says there aren't enough thank yous in the world for all those who have helped make the foundation what it is today. " Thanks isn't enough to show the people how we all feel and how I feel for what they've done for all the animals", said Kirshner.