MASSILLON, Ohio - An animal rescue facility working to comply with Ohio's new exotic animal law.
It's been one year since the tragic exotic animal incident in Zanesville.
More than 80 big cats, bears, and primates had to be destroyed after they were released by their owner. Ohio passed and implimented a new law, clamping down on exotic animal facilities.
Stump Hill Farm, located in Massillon, has been trying to comply with the new law by becoming a Zoological Association of America accredited facility.
What that takes is money.
Owner Cyndi Huntsman has been holding open houses all summer to raise revenue and even found a creative way to raise money for this 501c3 non-profit.
"We've taken out a bingo license. It doesn't generate a lot of money, but we're thankful for what we get."
Bingo nights areMondays and Thursdays at Springwood Lake park on Sheppler-Church Road.
Huntsman also says any volunteer workers will gladly be welcomed to help rebuild several enclosures.
Huntsman says,"One of the criteria on the ZAA isour bear enclosure needs to have a pond,so we'll need to rebuild that."
Her most pressing need right now is to get funds to pay for microchipping her animals.
She has over 50 that need to be "chipped," including lions, tigers, bears, primates, wolves, alligators, and many more.
Huntsman says "The chips alone will cost $1200. That doesn't include the vet bills." The figure she estimates to get the upgrades completed is $30,000.
To learn more about Stump Hill Farm, you can check them out on Facebook, or go directly to their website through the link provided.
They are having a Big Bingo Night fundraiser on October 27. Details for that are also on their website.