It was all hands on deck at Walden's Puddle as volunteers scrambled to save hundreds of animals after an early morning fire Monday.
The center in Joelton provides care and treatment to sick, injured and orphaned native Tennessee wildlife.
Officials with Walden's Puddle said they were told the fire started in a laundry room of the building around 3 a.m. The fire was quickly extinguished, thanks in part to the organization recently installing fire alarms.
The fire resulted in 75 animals have died.
Lane Brody, Walden's Puddle Chairman/CEO, said there were hundreds of animals being housed at the facility and several of them died.
"It's a tragedy. We're a mess. It's a mess in there," Brody said.
She says that despite the fire department's quick response, the smoke was just too much.
"We don't know how much they're going to suffer as a result of that damage, if they're going to start dying on us now because they were exposed," Brody said.
Volunteer Amanda Holloway dropped everything when she got the call around 5 a.m., driving more than an hour to help set up tents and makeshift shelters to shield the animals from the hot morning sun.
"We're setting up, making sure all the babies are fed, making sure everybody has water, everybody has the necessities, so we don't have any more casualties," she said.
While most of the building is still in tact, smoke destroyed a lot of the equipment.
For now, the animals will stay in an old storage shed on the property while crews clean up.
"Something from every species passed in this fire, but we have to be grateful for the ones that survived," Brody said.
Brody says they desperately need gallons of spring water, fresh fruit and vegetables and monetary donations. For more information on how to help, call (615) 714-4002.
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