It was about time for our annual USDA inspection of our facility and today was the lucky day! In order to keep certain animals and offer educational presentations to the public there are certain permits that have to be obtained. We are regulated by the federal government through the USDA and the state authorities through MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Both require inspections of the facility, animals, and records. The USDA is mainly concerned with the welfare of the animals kept in our care. They look at cleanliness, proper housing, vet care, diet, and overall health and happiness of the animals. The MT FWP is mainly concerned with the safety of the public and local environment when animals are introduced into the area. They want to make sure the animal's enclosures are secure and no animals can escape and reek havoc on the native environment or inflict injury on anyone or anything.
So the USDA inspector came and inspected Animal Wonders this morning, and we have been given a clean report. We discussed improvements that can be made as well. We are constantly trying to find ways to improve the care for the animals, and we will never stop trying to make their lives as happy as they can be. We appreciate that there are legal regulations that require a certain level of care for animals. It's important to make sure the animals are never neglected and that's what Animal Wonders is all about. We take in those that need a fresh start on life and provide the environment in which they can strive. But there are also improvements that can and will be made. For example: We will soon be replacing the current flooring with a new flooring that will make it easier to clean. We will also be moving our Food Prep and Food Storage areas to a new location that is easier to organize. Expansion is happening all the time and we are working on ways to make the daily cleaning, food prep, and general animal care easier in our progression toward volunteers in the future. As we take in more animals the facility morphs to accommodate them. We see a bright future coming soon and we get excited as every improvement moves us closer to that goal. Until then, we will continue to give the best to our animals and constantly research the newest methods of care.
And we give ourselves a pat on the back for another good report from the powers that be.
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