Cat Haven Plans To Reopen To The Public Following Fatal Lion Attack

Dale Anderson, founder of Cat Haven, checks in on one of the many big cats that the nonprofit organization houses.

Project Survival Cat Haven will reopen to the public on Sunday, the organization announced today.

The nonprofit organization that operates out of Dunlap, about 40 miles east of Fresno, closed its doors to the public temporarily after 24-year-old Dianna Hansen was killed in a lion attack.

In a press release, the organization said that it plans to "continue its education programs and courses and its dedication to the worldwide preservation of threatened and endangered species of wild cats."

"During this very sad and difficult time, we have also had to turn our attention to our remaining 29 cats in our facility," said Dale Anderson, founder of Cat Haven. "It is important that we attend to their health and well-being, and we believe returning to a state of normal operations is a part of that process."

The announcement comes on the heels of Hansen's family starting a memorial fund for the woman who had been interning at Cat Haven for a little more than two months before Wednesday's attack.

The fund will benefit six charities that influenced Hansen, said Sonia Sanchez of JP Marketing, who is handling relations for Cat Haven. Those charities include: Project Survival's Cat Haven, Soysambu Conservancy, AKRE Tiger Sanctuary, Snow Leopard Trust, Tembo Trading Company and Seattle PAWS Animal Shelter.