As his condition worsened and the medications seemed to have less and less effect, staff member Katie Conway went above and beyond by working through several iterations of a cart that Prairie could use to move around. He and Katie tried their best, and there were some successes - but, in the end, the disease was too much and we let him spend his last days with Lovergirl, a friendly female he knew from his days in the colony. Away from humans and with a familiar friend, Prairie seemed to relax. He spent his last days outside in the shade until the time arrived for us to set him "free."
Every animal lives a life important to him or her and is deserving of our compassion and respect. We're honored to have had the privilege to call Prairie "family."
In 2012, we established Prairie's Fund to help us feed and care for the dozens of feral cats people have dropped off (uninvited!) at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary property over the years at www.bornfreeusa.org/prairiesfund.
When Born Free USA acquired the sanctuary property in 2007, we sterilized all of the feral cats on the property and built a large, safe enclosure for them. It now encompasses approximately a quarter-acre that is filled with vegetation for play, as well as shelters for privacy and protection from inclement weather - all of which requires ongoing maintenance and repairs.