Monthly Archive for: ‘February, 2019’

Wyoming’s wild horses need your help … and more news!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

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Take Action for Wyoming’s Wild Horses

The BLM is accepting public comments on a Herd Management Area (HMA) and roundup plan for the Fifteen Mile HMA in Wyoming. The plan calls for removing over 300 horses to reduce the population to the low “Appropriate” Management Level (AML) of 70 horses, skewing the sex ratios in favor of males, and maintaining the population number in the future with more roundups and removals. 

The BLM plans to significantly reduce the existing horse population even though the agency acknowledges that the horses are healthy at their current population level of 404. Additionally, little active livestock grazing is occurring in this HMA so conflicts with ranchers are minimal. Instead of continuing the same failed approach to wild horse management, the BLM should maintain the Fifteen Mile wild horse population at a healthy number by implementing a robust fertility control program to humanely manage the population of wild horses in the wild. Tell the BLM to implement a humane and sustainable plan for the Fifteenmile horses – Take Action today!

 

Devil’s Garden Mustangs are Looking for Homes

Wild horses captured from the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in the Modoc National Forest near Alturas, California last fall are still in need of homes. These are the horses that the U.S. Forest Service wants to sell without limitation on slaughter, but our lawsuit has so far blocked this action. Currently 43 horses age 10 and over are for sale with limitation on slaughter, and 20 horses age 9 and under are available for adoption for $125. Meanwhile, our partner sanctuary, Montgomery Creek Ranch (MCR), has six halter trained two-yea- olds also from Devil’s Garden available for adoption. If these beautiful youngsters get adopted, MCR will be able to take in additional Devil’s Garden horses in need of homes. Learn more below.

 

New AWHC Urges ‘No Vote’ on NM Legislation

AWHC is fighting for New Mexico’s wild horses by opposing state legislation that would put the fate of non-federally protected wild horses in the hands of the New Mexico Livestock Board, which has a documented history of anti-wild horse actions and support for horse slaughter. Although the bill has been amended to prevent the Livestock Board from killing wild horses removed from the range, it allows the board to make decisions about removal of wild horses from public and private land, a situation that would spell the end for free-roaming wild horses in New Mexico. Read more below, and if you are from New Mexico, be sure to oppose the legislation here. 

 

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CHILLY PEPPER UPDATE – BABY SEASON IS BEGINNING…… CAN YOU HELP US TODAY?

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

My heart feels like it’s bleeding as I write this. Our beautiful baby, Star Fire, crashed again yesterday morning, and this time it was clear she was finished fighting to stay with us..

When we were at the vet in CA, it was clear that we could “end her fight” based on the cost, her chances etc. _It reminded me of the 907 horses we sorted in South Dakota and how some folks kept telling me to “euthanize”, (in my book “kill”) the ones that needed extra help, might not be easy and would take a lot of time and effort, _

However, that is not what we do. One look in her eyes and I knew that we had to keep fighting with her. As we were leaving, the vet gave us a 50/50 chance.

I made a promise when I started this. If God placed an animal in front of us, no matter what species, I would never fighting, because it was inconvenient, or might need some medical care. I promised to fight along side that critter as long as he or she wanted to fight.

(Sadly, I do realize that there are times when my job is simply to provide comfort, love, and round the clock care.)

This is one of the reasons we are asking for help today. We still had not covered the entire $2000 bill in CA. Add yesterday’s emergency call, and due to some of the kids up in WA being sick, we have had additional costs due to numerous vet visits and those are still an issue.

There were some wonderful folks who pledged generously and then for reasons I call “life”, were unable to send the funds. So that was a little bit of a shock, and now the budget is much tighter than is comfortable. Between the unexpected costs, we are about $5000 short of where we should be, and that leaves no extra for setting up for the babies.

We had to move the babies out of Mama Mel’s, because we have simply not had enough funds, or time, to properly set up the nursery. (This is supposed to be our off season.) Although Mama Mel was fabulous in caring for the 11 weanlings, the weather has been brutal, to the point where cattle in the area have been dropping like flies from the weather, and we could not provide enough shelter etc.

So we also have a bill for the babies being picked up and transported to where they are being boarded. Once again weather is an issue, but Matt will be heading back up in a couple days.

The 2019 BABY SEASON is nearly upon us, and we simply are not ready. We need more shelter, pens and to start purchasing the milk, medicine and supplies that we will need. There is a huge chance that this year is going to be especially brutal. Folks are seeing the horses starving to death, as there has been so much snow. Pregnant moms are starving while carrying their foals. It is a big mess, and NOW IS THE TIME to get ready.

Thank you for being there and for making it possible to save so many lives. As always, YOU are the reason we keep doing what we do. So please help us get caught up, and get ready for these precious babies.

Please help us “git ‘er done”!

You can go to gofundmel

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if you would like to help these horses.

                                                                                  ->You can donate via check at:

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang,

PO Box # 190

Golconda, NV 89414

You can also donate via credit card by calling Palomino at 530-339-1458.

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR HOW SMALL – WE SAVE THEM ALL!

SAVING GOD’S CRITTERS – FOUR FEET AT A TIME

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, WIN Project – Rescue & Rehab

We are now part of the WIN Organization

WIN (WILD HORSES IN NEED) is a 501c3 IRS EIN 55-0882407_

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Our Hearts Are Heavy, Again…and Again

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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Calico Girl!

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt. Strength, courage, and confidence defined Calico Girl.  This brave filly stood strong one last time after suffering a catastrophic injury late yesterday afternoon. Although we’re not sure how it happened, the herd had been frolicking in the pasture, and we’re guessing she took an awkward fall on slippery ground.  She fractured the head of her right femur beyond repair.  There were no options for her but to ease her pain.
Calico Girl came to AAE with her mom, Gypsy, in April 2018.  They traveled the road from She was just weeks old. She was an incredibly confident and proud little gal.  Her every move was bold and brave.  Calico Girl protected her mom from the fierce humans at AAE in the cutest way.  She’d stand tall and proud, the half-pint she was, and give a look that said “Stay back Mom, I got this”.  Really, it took her a long time to trust humans, even though she met them very early on.  She wanted, but resisted in such a sassy way.
Really, she was a clone of her mom.  She looked, she acted, she oozed of Gypsy.  Ironically, Calico Girl came to AAE DreamCatchers Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary for safety from the harsh winter elements.  These things aren’t supposed to happen here, and not to such a young life. Calico Girl has so much love and life to give.

Only recently was she really letting go and proudly enjoying human interaction.  Today, we’ll all grieve for what could have been, an exceptional, athletic, bold and brave life…that will never be.  How?  Why?  We’ll never know.  We only know this sweet girl was loved by many and will be missed by more.

Many of you know our horses that arrive without a name are given Country artist inspired names.  Calico Girl’s name didn’t follow that tradition.  There’s a reason.  Cali’s mom, Gypsy, was adopted from the Broken Arrow (aka Indian Lakes) holding facility in Fallon, Nevada, in May of 2010 and placed at DreamCatchers to live out her life as a mustang.  Gypsy had lived in Warm Springs Canyon, one of five Herd Management Areas in the Calico Mountains of Nevada, collectivey called the Calico Complex.  In late 2009/early 2019,  BLM captured 1,922 horses in “the Calico Gather”.  Because we learned of Gypsy’s history (thank you, Maya), and she had to leave DreamCatchers, we wanted baby’s name to be special.  Gypsy’s adopter, Elyse, decided “her name is “Calico Girl” in honor of, and to help us all/her future people all know and remember the wild horses. She is a proud descendant of hearty, lovely horses.”
Run free, bold and beautiful girl. You weren’t supposed to leave us so soon!
We’ll miss you, Cali Girl.  You will be remembered in our hearts, youngest one.

Another special friend to remember!

Many of you have followed our version of “Where’s Waldo?”.  Cupcake was AAE’s version of where ever you are, there she was.  Cupcake came to AAE back in 2008, before AAE was AAE…before horses…before just about anything else.  She was about 3 or 4, and one of three goats that brought life to a dead pasture and new life to a once shuttered barn.
 
Cupcake had her castle in “The Farm”.  She’d sit upon her throne, with a vision of a tilted crown on her head.  She was royalty around AAE.  She had a sore under her tail that persisted, and back in late 2017, it was biopsied.  Sadly, it was a squamous cell carcinoma.  It was between her rectum and vulva, in an area it could not easily be removed.  It was likely to progress rapidly.  Cupcake was not phased by the big “C”.  She was happy, healthy, and had a never ending appetite.  Right about this time, she became an escape artist.  She loved people.  She loved food.  She loved to visit the barn at feeding time and eat everyone’s food.  Since her days were numbered, the only thing to do was to name her Queen of the barn and give her authority to do anything and everything she wanted, without limits.
Well, maybe a few. Cupcake quickly became a curiosity.  She was dog-like.  She loved grooming.  She loved people.  She loved people food.  What could it hurt?
You’d think a big belly ache would follow a bucket like that, right?  Funny girl.  She grazed, she tasted, she was satisfied.  Cupcake was as sweet as her name, and she would eat anything, even cupcakes.  Day went by.  Weeks went by.  Months went by.  The “sore” grew, and grew, and time passed.   As the sore grew, the question of the day, often silent and often spoken, was “How is Cupcake today?”  Quality of life was number one.  As long as she was happy, otherwise healthy, with a good appetite….for food and life, all was good.  As long as she visited the at feeding time (am and pm), all was good.

Cupcake was everywhere, and she’d help herself to whatever was served to her….or she looked like it was served for her, good or bad.  In time, she’d wander down to the barn and join a circle of friends as if she was participating in the conversation.  Over the last few months she forged a special friendship with a new volunteer, Marina.  It started with just a “bite”, and became a routine, it seemed a daily offering, not only from Marina, but from all the volunteers.  Popcorn, Doritos, Sun Chips….all kinds of human foods, bought specially for Cupcake.  Bags of chips had her name.

This sore became an eyesore.  It was ugly, it was all “C”.  Yet, this gal remained unphased for nearly a year.  It grew, as did our love for her, this amazing lil’ goat.  She ate, she wandered, she visited the barn regularly.  She never missed a meal.  Sadly, the day came a few weeks ago when she pottied and she strained.  Damn!  A few days later, it happened again.  Quality of life was number one.  The day had come.  The dreaded call was made, and “the” appointment was set with several days for everyone to say good bye to this special girl, with the promise we’d make a special trip to ease any pain.
Cupcake never skipped a beat until that very day.  On her day, she was ready.  She didn’t visit the barn.  How blessed could we be that she chose the same day.
Wander and eat to your hearts content, sweetest one.
You’re brush is here any time you’d like to visit.
We’ll miss you, Cali Girl.  You will be remembered in our hearts, youngest one.

 

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Employers Match Donations, Does Yours?

Hey volunteers!
Did you know YOU could earn grant money for AAE from your employer just by volunteering?
Many Employers offer money when their employees volunteer.  Here are a few examples:
  • Intel

    provides a $10 grant to a nonprofit per every volunteer hour by an employee, and matches funds dollar for dollar up to $5,000 per employee or retiree.

  • Microsoft provides a $17 grant to a nonprofit per every hour volunteered by an employee.
  • Apple provides a $25 grant to a nonprofit per every volunteer hour by an employee, and matches funds dollar for dollar up to $10,000 per employee.
  • Verizon provides a $750 grant to a nonprofit when an employee volunteers for 50+ hours.
  • State Farm provides a $500 grant nonprofit when an employee volunteers for+ 40 hours.
  • Others top 20 matching gift and/or volunteer grant companies include
    • Starbucks 
    • CarMax
    • Home Depot 
    • JP Morgan
    • Chevron
    • Soros Fund Management 
    • BP (British Petroleum)
    • Gap Corporation
    • State Street Corporation 
    • ExxonMobil
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Boeing
    • Disney
    • Google
    • Merck
    • Aetna
    • Dell
    • Outerwall (CoinStar and RedBox) 
    • ConocoPhillips
    • RealNetworks
    • Time Warner and subsidiaries
    • AllState
    • and more
Check with your employer.  You could help purchase our next load of hay!

What the spending bill means for wild horses … and more news

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

Photo by Michael Alfuso

Congress Passes Spending Bill for Department of Interior

In what might be considered a Valentine’s Day miracle, the House passed a spending package last night which included funding for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Department of the Interior, completing Congressional action to avert a government shutdown with barely a day to spare. So what does this mean for wild horses and burros? Click below for more information.

 

Horse escaping the trapsite after chaos ensued in corrals. Photo by Michael Alfuso

Pine Nut Roundup Continues in Nevada

On February 7, the BLM began the roundup and removal of wild horses from the Pine Nut Herd Management Area (HMA) in Nevada. The BLM intends to round up 575 of the wild horses and burros from their home on our public lands in this area. So far 316 horses have been captured, and inclement weather has postponed the operation for the last three days. Read our field observers’ reports from the roundup below.

 

Photo by Steve Paige

Navy Plans Expansion Putting Wild Horses at Risk 

On February 14, 2019, AWHC submitted comments on the Navy’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed project to expand the Fallon Range Training Complex in Nevada. There are 24 Herd Areas, totaling approximately 1.5 million acres, and 24 Herd Management Areas, totaling approximately 2.4 million acres that are within the project’s region of influence. AWHC has asked the Navy to further explain any management plans it has for the wild horses and burros within the zone of influence for its proposed project. Click below for more information.

 

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ARTIE IS SAFE AND READY TO START HIS LIFE – MEANWHILE – NO TIME TO REST! – NURSERY 911 AND A TRIP BACK EAST?

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

YOU saved Artie!!!! Artie is with me in Shingletown and hopefully headed to NV soon.

Sadly, we are currently in a “Nursery 911”. Baby season is fast approaching, and although we have started to set up the nursery in Toppenish, we are devastatingly far behind. We need more shelter, more panels, Foal Lac Powder, Foal Lac Pellets, grain, medical supplies, shavings, hay for the babies, and the list is endless.When that phone rings, it is go time, and we won’t have time to do anything but provide critical care.

This year has been a nightmare of non-stop emergencies in the middle of another emergency. We need your help right away to get this nursery ready, and we need to fence in more space for the Devil’s Garden horses we have to “babysit” in NV.

We are praying a local rescue will step up to at least help with the Yakima foals.

For now it is Chilly Pepper – Mama Mel’s Urgent Care Nursery and the folks we work with to help place the babies. We cannot do this alone. It is way too much, and we are being called for more and more babies in NV.

Matt and I will be delivering 12 of the Devil’s Garden horses to the east coast. This was Matts gig, but we simply cannot mix newly gelded studs, with very pregnant mares. I don’t mind doing the work, but we need to raise funds for fuel, travel etc.

These are the wild horses being sold for $1 each – YES, ONE DOLLAR EACH and sold in lots of 34 horses? Hmmmm, sounds like a slaughter truck load to me.

So between delivering the kids that are being adopted in Idaho, bringing home the 11 that are still at Mama Mel’s, and getting the nursery ready in WA, we will be picking up the 12, then babysitting them until they can be transported back east, and doing our general baby season prep. SO FAR THERE IS ZERO FUNDING FOR my truck and trailer to get back East, expand the fencing, and to hire someone to take care of the ranch while we are gone.

We need more panels to put up appropriate fencing for the Devil’s Garden kids, so they can hang out at Chilly Pepper until we can safely transport them. We also need funds to feed the 12, and remember, 6 of them are heavily pregnant mares, and really enjoy their feed lol.

Artie is safe. He definitely has a long way to go though. His lil hoofers are horrible, and he needs to be gelded immediately. He is an 11 year old stallion who was much loved, spoiled rotten and knows basically nothing except that he wants his own way. He kicks and bites if asked to do something he doesn’t like or understand, but underneath it all, I believe he has heart of gold. I, of course, am madly in love with him :)

Sweetheart and Star Fire are hanging in there. Star Fire is still barely here, but we are hopeful that day by day she will improve and she will be able to have a wonderful life. Her spine is still all jacked up, so we are going day by day with lots of prayers. Back in Golconda, two more horses left for their new homes. I am so grateful to have folks who can do whatever it is that needs done!

We truly need your help to prep for baby season. The numbers have the potential to be astronomical, and we need a safe place, the right supplies and to be ready for these little ones. We have seen as many as 30 orphans from one catcher in a single day.

Please help us “git ‘er done”!

You can go to gofundmel

You can go to Paypal

if you would like to help these horses.

                                                                                  ->You can donate via check at:

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang,

PO Box # 190

Golconda, NV 89414

You can also donate via credit card by calling Palomino at 530-339-1458.

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR HOW SMALL – WE SAVE THEM ALL!

SAVING GOD’S CRITTERS – FOUR FEET AT A TIME

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, WIN Project – Rescue & Rehab

We are now part of the WIN Organization

WIN (WILD HORSES IN NEED) is a 501c3 IRS EIN 55-0882407_

Donate to Help

Help us end horse slaughter and other news

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

News & Alerts

Act Now: Help Us End Horse Slaughter in 2019

Last year, approximately 80,000 American horses were trucked to Canada and Mexico, where they were brutally slaughtered for human consumption in foreign countries. These horses suffer long journeys without adequate food, water or rest, to slaughter plants across the border, where they meet a terrifying end. It’s time to end this unspeakable cruelty in 2019. Support the SAFE Act to ban the slaughter of American horses by taking action today.

 

Sales for California Wild Horses Continue, Lawsuit Postponed Until Spring

Two months ago, the U.S. Forest Service completed its roundup and removal of 932 horses from the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory (DGWHT) in the Modoc National Forest near Alturas, CA. AWHC has teamed up with the Animal Legal Defense Fund to file suit to stop the sale for slaughter of these federally-protected horses for slaughter. We’re also sponsoring state legislation to strengthen slaughter protections for all California horses. Read the latest about the horses and our efforts to help them below.

 

BLM to Begin the Roundup of Pine Nut Wild Horses

The first roundup of 2019 is set to begin Thursday in the Pine Nut Herd Management Area (HMA) outside of Carson City, Nevada. The BLM is scheduled to remove approximately 575 wild horses from the 95,000-acre HMA. This roundup continues the BLM’s inhumane and fiscally unsound approach to wild horse management. AWHC will be onsite to document the roundup and will provide daily reports from the frontlines. Learn more about the HMA and the upcoming roundup.

 

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An Important Update on the Palomino Valley Legal Action

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

A lead stallion who eluded capture but lost his band and died of a broken heart. Photo by Maureen Daane

We have difficult news to report. The U.S. District Court in Nevada has issued a negative ruling in our lawsuit against the Paiute Pyramid Lake Tribe, the Nevada Department of Agriculture and Cattoor Livestock Roundups. At issue is the illegal roundup of at least 300 horses in the Palomino Valley area northeast of Reno.

The judge ruled that the Tribe and the State have sovereign immunity from lawsuits and that NDA employees and tribal members acting as agents of those entities are also immune from suit. The judge did keep the Temporary Restraining Order issued on January 17 in place prohibiting the slaughter of a privately owned horse named Lady, who was caught up in the roundup, pending an evidentiary hearing to be scheduled within 14 days.

While this ruling is disappointing, it does not change the facts of this case or our commitment to seeking justice for the residents who were traumatized by the surprise raid that was conducted by members of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and Cattoor Livestock Roundups on January 4 and 5, 2019, and for the horses who lost their freedom and their lives.

These include the grey stallion pictured above, admired in Palomino Valley for so many years, who somehow eluded capture but lost his band and wandered back to the land he called home, thin, alone and forlorn. Yesterday, he was found dead. The resident who found him, and knew his family, is convinced that he died of a broken heart.

Read more about this situation here.

We will keep you posted as this situation develops.

– The AWHC Team

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