Animal Advocates & Community Help Wildlife Sanctuary & Its Founder Rebuild After Devastating Fire In Florida

Support continues to grow for a kind-hearted man that suffered a tremendous loss earlier this week when his home and wildlife sanctuary perished in a devastating fire in Orange County, Florida.

The tragedy took place early Monday morning when Second Chance Animal Sanctuary founder Jim Bronzo responded to the screams of his resident peacocks alerting him to the fire.

While Bronzo and some of the animals were able to escape with their lives, tragically, many did not.

“Baby raccoon, Camille, survived the fire, though singed. She emerged from the rubble,” noted an update on the twitter page of first responders OC Fire Rescue. “Two llamas at-large just spotted by #PIO grazing the neighborhood. 41 animals are still unaccounted for.”

Tragically, it has since been reported that the 41 missing animals did not survive.

Described on the page of a GoFundMe account that was created to help him rebuild, Bronzo was a compassionate man that dedicated his life to saving animals, including those no one else would take.

As per its website, Second Chance Wildlife Sanctuary housed and cared for exotic and abandoned wildlife that for whatever reason could not be released into the wild.” At times, the sanctuary was reportedly home to between 200 to 300 animals.

“He is blessed to have gotten out alive while trying to save his dogs and cats. Dozens of animals perished. The entire structure is gone,” noted the message on the page of the fundraising site, further explaining that Bronzo, who had given so much of himself for 40 years and called the sanctuary his “life’s work,” was not able to maintain insurance on the contents of the property.

As of yesterday, the GoFundMe page had raised close to half of its $200,000 goal. Help is still urgently needed.

GoFundMe is taking the standard 2.9% processing fee as this fundraiser is for the individual and the sanctuary. People can donate to both HERE!

People who want to contribute only to the Second Chance Wildlife Sanctuary are encouraged to donate on their website HERE!

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