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Local animal sanctuary needs a boost to keep the animals warm

Big Sky Ranch is overwhelmed with heat and hydro bills this winter.
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The Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary is looking for a little help during the deep freeze. 

The ranch is home to more than 110 animals including dogs, cats, horses, goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas, pot bellied pigs and even emus. 

Keeping all those animals warm during freezing temperature is a big challenge. 

Founder Andy Parent explained to 1310 NEWS that the cost to heat the barn is very high. 

"It's very hard. Our hydro bills are about $1,500 - $1,600 a month and our propane bills are about $1,400 - $1,500," he said. 

Parent said he understands that times are tight, especially at this time of year. 

"We just had Christmas and now January all the card bills are coming in, from Mastercard and everything," said Parent. "Of course everyone has to pay the bills, which is understandable. But, I think what has really hit us, is that a lot of people in the last year have lost their jobs, there are a lot of people in buyouts." 

He also cited issues with the Phoenix Pay system and the government's United Way campaign. 

The Big Sky Ranch is looking for cash donations to help purchase grain and keep the heat on for their animals. 

For more information or to make a donation, click here

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