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Bullitt County wildlife center to open educational building

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BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) It's an emergency room for wild animals injured around the area. Second Chances Wildlife Center hopes its latest project will not only educate the community, but secure its future.

It was once an old barn on 23 acres of land. What looks like any old construction sight serves as the blueprint to what Brigette Brouillard
was called to do.

"I'm not doing this for a job. This is my life," Brouillard said.

She opened Second Chances Wildlife Center in 2009. "I realized no one was offering these services. So, I wanted to change that."

She and her volunteer team moved into their new building in June after about a year's worth of work. "This was a foreclosure property in foreclosure condition."

They're at full capacity with 70 animals including their newest permanent residents Arnie the armadillo and Justin Beaver.

Most however, will be released back into the wild. "We probably take in about 200 animals each year."

With few grants available, the nonprofit runs on donations.

"I'm not going to lie to you. We run an extremely tight budget and there's some days that I am really really stressed on how we will continue."

She's hoping this building will be a win-win.

"More people will learn to understand the truths about wildlife. They will understand the benefits of wildlife and our education building, I can see being our lifeline to our sustainability. We do offer a nominal amount for educational programs which turn back around with the rehabilitation process of the animals."

A classroom and reception area will go in the new space. Using trees for the siding, stones from a nearby creek for flooring and light paint colors for energy efficiency, she's trying to fit it all into a $200,000 budget.

"Doing as much as we could with the most aggressive budget we had was the goal and I think we achieved that," says architect, David Mayo.

However, they had to replace water lines and had extensive termite damage. "And unfortunately the latest, very problematic issue that came about is we need an all new septic system."

It's a $20,000 expense, money they don't have. "What the plan of action is right now is to go ahead and complete the building, minus the bathrooms."

She's putting the finishing touches on her dream. "I'm just going to keep on pumping forward and saving more animals and educating more people."

The education center is expected to be finished by the end of August.

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