Pretty Prairie Animal Rescue barn destroyed after storm

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If you're traveling to Storm Creek Animal Rescue in Pretty Prairie, you can bet on being welcome with a smile from Lisa Loyd and a group of dogs, ready to be your best friend.

"We have taken in everything from ball pythons and guinea pigs to chickens that no longer lay. We have a three-legged cow, we've got an elderly donkey," says Lisa Loyd. 

Loyd and her family have been rescuing abused and neglected animals for almost 13 years.

"Everything that we do is wrapped up in this. We're immersed in this," says Loyd.

"It's all I've ever known," says her son, Cody.

After a storm rolled through Pretty Prairie Monday, their work is now in Jeopardy.

"The wind was so loud that I didn't hear it tearing my barn apart," says Loyd.

Loyd says the barn was the animals' main source of shelter and a vital piece of their operation.

"I just balled. I bawled for about two hours. I cried all the way through milking and feeding all the bottle babies," says Loyd.

Loyd has been working to piece the barn together for 12 years. She says it has to be rebuilt, but she isn't sure how.

"We're not going to be able to afford putting this building back together on our own," says Loyd.

Storm Creek also offers trail rides and horse riding lessons to keep the farm afloat, but because of the extra work, it's too expensive for the family to insure the farm, meaning there isn't any money to rebuild the barn.

"If we don't do the lessons and the trail rides, we can't afford to rescue anymore," says Loyd.

Even through the stress, Loyd and her family are holding out hope the money and the help will come through.

"We'll make it. We always have," says her son, Cody.

If you'd like to help Storm Creek Animal Rescue, the link to the GoFundMe can be found here.

The family is also asking for help in tearing the barn down to rebuild Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at this address:

10518 W Boundary Rd

Pretty Prairie, Kansas

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