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Children’s Nature Retreat in Alpine in need of help

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The Children’s Nature Retreat has been hit onerous by the pandemic and diminished earnings from much less guests.

ALPINE, Calif. — The Children’s Nature Retreat in Alpine is dwelling to a variety of rescued animals.

“I love those piglets,” mentioned proprietor Agnes Barrelet as she identified a gaggle of piglets huddling collectively in their pen. “They are so cute.”

The new piglets are solely per week previous. Their mom and father have been taken in a month in the past after being deserted on Japatul Road. But sadly, the piglets would be the final animals taken in for some time.

“Right now, we cannot take anymore animals because we cannot keep increasing our expenses,” mentioned Agnes.

She says her animal sanctuary has been hit onerous by the pandemic and diminished earnings from much less guests. Costing about $1,500 a day or $45,000 a month to cowl bills, she says they’re going through a troublesome monetary state of affairs.

“It’s scary because I promised those animals to stay here, and they will remain here all their life. It is their last home,” mentioned Agnes. “That’s why I created this place. To give them the best home for the rest of their life and I will not disappoint them. And I’m doing everything I can to turn this thing around.”

The sanctuary is open to the general public Thursday by Sunday, and he or she hopes to get the phrase out about how nice this place is to go to.

“It’s great for families,” mentioned Agnes. “It’s unique. There is no other places in San Diego where you can get so close to the camels, the zebras, and the horses and the bison. You can feed an ostrich.” Donations have been trickling in on their web site, however up to now, they’re solely assembly about half of what they need to proceed working.

“Not paying myself,” mentioned Agnes. “Not reimbursing the loans. But paying the staff, the food, vet care, and maintenance.”

With so many desirable animals right here, Agnes and workers need extra individuals to find out about this place as a result of it’s particular.

“This place is a healing place,” mentioned Agnes. “It’s a healing place for adults, even for kids. It’s very serene.”