Water for Elephants in California

Two California Water Tank Companies & One Non-Profit Team Up to help drought-stricken Animal Sanctuaries across California


elephantNicolas—PAWS Resident

National Storage Tank is the West Coast’s largest purveyor of water tanks, and sees the effects of the California drought first hand;

“We see the effect of the drought on Californians every day. All across California, the demand for water used in agriculture and fire protection has increased tenfold, to point where water storage is the only option. But when my Director of Development who is a long time animal rescuer told me the troubles animal sanctuaries and rescues were facing in regards to the water I had no idea. We decided we had to do something to help”

Nicole Oblad – CEO National Storage Tank.

National Storage Tank contacted Jeff Helton, one of their friends and suppliers at Bushman Tanks to see if they couldn’t join forces and do something to help.

“Bushman makes poly (plastic) storage tanks from 60 up to 5050 gallons, and when Nation-al Storage Tank came to me and asked what we could do to help them I knew right away.”
Jeff Helton – Bushman Tanks
National Sales Director

delivering-tanksNational Storage Tank delivering a 5050 Gallon Water Tank to PAWS

Bushman is a manufacturer of poly (plastic) water tanks and has very high standards in terms of their production, but sometimes tanks come out a little off-color or the plastic is slightly out of shape. Previously those tanks were cut up and sold for scrap, but now they are enjoying a new life, helping animals in need.

“Bushman agreed to give National Storage Tank these “factory seconds” tanks for Animal Rescues. Once I knew we had a supply, I immediately called GFAS; the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries”
Gregory Slugocki—Director of Development National Storage Tank

GFAS- the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries is a Non-Profit International Accreditation Body that ensures high caliber care and proper housing for the residents of animal sanctuaries all over the world, protecting animals from unscrupulous organizations and individual hoarders, and assisting the public in making wise choices when donating funds to a rescue or sanctuary.

global-federation“National Storage Tank called us and asked us to put the word out to our California Members (Accredited Sanctuaries) that they had water tanks to donate on a semi-regular basis starting with a 5050 Gallon Bushman tank. We let our members know, and in less than 12 hours one of our members in need contacted them.”
Kellie Heckman—Executive Director of Global Federation of Animal

animal-society“At PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society), we have eight Asian and African Elephants, and they each consume about 150 gallons every day of the year. We are a non-profit organization and operate a 2,300-acre facility that provides lifetime sanctuary for rescued and retired elephants as well as lions, tigers, bears, and other animals. When GFAS told us someone had a new tank to donate we were very grateful to add storage capacity to our existing water system for the elephants and other animals.”
Kim Gardner— Director of Programs PAWS

Within a week the tank that Bushman had donated was delivered to the PAWS facility in San Andreas, California from Santa Rosa, California some 150 miles away, all with donated time and labor from the National Storage Tank staff.

“Typically in the animal welfare world, it takes ages for something like this to happen. When a business has a heart and decides to do the right thing as Nicole & Jeff did, amazing things happen and animals in need get the help they might have died waiting for.”
Gregory Slugocki – Director of Development-National Storage Tank

“The speed at which this all happened was amazing, unheard of really, and it’s incredible what can happen when business and non-profit work together.”
Kellie Heckman—Executive Director of Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

There is now a waiting list for tanks that become available, and this program is a permanent one for Bushman Tanks, National Storage Tank, and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

“It is the easiest thing in the world to help, we already have two different horse rescues asking for tanks, so we are now starting a program where people can donate funds for tanks for rescues who come to us from GFAS. So, if anyone wants to help please contact us”
Nicole Oblad – CEO of National Storage Tank

“Doing the right thing was easy, and Bushman was proud to help animals in need and those that care for them, those people are the real heroes and deserve all the credit.”
Jeff Helton – Bushman Tanks National Sales.

This was an unprecedented combination of the private sector and animal welfare non-profits coming together to help animals during the drought, animals who had already suffered a great deal in their lives.

And the Elephants… were grateful.


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