Monday, March 30, 2020

Construction event temporarily postponed....

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We had tentatively scheduled our joint work project here at the rescue for this coming Friday and Saturday and hoped that things might be better with C19 by this time, but that is not the case.
With President Trump moving the guidelines to limit travel and social distancing till 4-30-20, we have moved the date of water and electric construction project till May 1st & 2nd, and later if deemed necessary.
Closed temporarily
We want to remind everyone that the rescue is located on our private ranch and not a store front like many dog and cat shelters. As such we are limiting those who come to the property to any volunteers who have been at the ranch for feedings, worked events, or other special projects....those who already know our safety rules and don't need supervision.
Any of you who fit that criteria are still welcome to come groom, scoop poop, tend the garden, help with needed repairs, etc. Just contact me to schedule a time.
We will also be doing limited adoptions and remain available for intake of equines needing rescue....again by appointment.
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Buddie and all the horses, donkeys and minis want to thank you for seeing us through this uncertain time and hanging in there with these changes we have had to make.
We appreciate all of you so much and will continue our updates via email, our blog and Facebook. We want everyone to be safe and stay healthy.
Sending love!!!!!
Thank you so much!
(Call or Text)

Your support is so greatly appreciated, we simply can't thank you enough!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Can you help our Emergency Food Fund?

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In these uncertain times we know that there will be families in great need of financial assistance to feed their horses, donkeys and minis. Funds for many will be tight and with folks primary concern their families we don't want animals to starve because funds are so tight and the future unknown.
Emergency Food Fund 2020 Flyer

In 2017 we started Hope's Legacy Equine Emergency Food Fund after the starvation deaths of 2 local horses. Through donations from local businesses so far the fund has assisted 80 equine (and a few goats/piglets) from 32 families for a total of $3412.40.
A small portion of those funds were used to assist 3 equines whose health required humane euthanasia and the families wanted to do the right thing but needed financial assistance. In an effort to be sure those equines didn't suffer a day longer than necessary we assisted with limited funds.

Tractor Supply Co., a sponsor of A Home For Every Horse program which we have been a member of for many years, has helped us in many ways especially in difficult times like the exceptional drought in 2018.
TSC logoOur local Show Low and Holbrook, AZ managers, John and Meggan have once again agreed to help us. They are posting flyers letting customers know the funds are available and allowing us to order hay or feed with discounts as available from them and having the grantee pick it up at the store.  We would welcome other feed stores to do the same.
This will be a huge help to us and the families in need since both stores are centrally located and will have good stock of needed items. Their continued support of our efforts over the years has been extraordinary and working together we can make a difference in the health and wellbeing of many horses, donkeys and minis here on the mountain.
This will be a one time grant for feed or hay. Applicants must fill out a form stating their need and other pertinent information, it will be reviewed and a site check done when warranted and one of our volunteers will follow up afterwards. People can contact us for an application via our FB page, Website or call/text 760-703-4860.
We will ask volunteers to post the flyer on area bulletin boards and we will post on social media and CraigsList to get the word out.

It is our goal to raise an additional $3000 to help feed those equines in need. If you would consider a small donation, I know I am asking a lot in the current crisis, but we can make all the difference to those animals who still need to eat regardless of what is going on in the world.
No dollar amount is too small, combined donations can feed so many. $5, $20, $50 and more all adds up and can save lives. We don't want to see any horses, donkeys or minis starving if we are here and can do something about it. If we pull together we can do this!!!
We are guided by our purpose in every way. Rimson, Buddie and all of us thank you so very much for all you do to help.

Your support is so greatly appreciated, we simply can't thank you enough!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Waylon & Willie, now just Willie. We are so sad!

It hasn't even been a month since we picked up these two sweet mini donkeys up on 2-17-20 and whom we named Waylon & Willie on the right.
Difficult family circumstance created the need for a new home and health issues of Waylon, limited who could actually help...he had cancer. Set up to help with medical cases we offered them a home.
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You can see the tumor behind his right front leg. Last October he had the tumor removed and biopsy was submitted to Texas A & M University for results.
Initial findings, not definitive, said it was a fibrosarcoma and a 'malignant neoplasm likely to be locally infiltrative. The neoplasm extends to the specimen boarder."
Fibrosarcoma's are very different from a sarcoid cancer which is very common and usually easily treatable in equine. By February of 2020, this aggressive tumor had grown back.
The vet had recommended another surgery with follow up chemo therapy, but the family didn't have the funds and they could not find anyone who were interested in both the boys with one having cancer.
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I spoke to the treating vet in Gilbert, AZ, a wonderful practice called Herd Health Management, Dr. Brownlee. She said he would do much better if he had surgery under general anesthesia so a larger area could be removed with wider margins hopefully getting the entire tumor and surrounding cells. She forwarded the information to AZ Equine Medical & Surgical Center and I spoke with Dr. Taylor there. After reviewing the medical records he explained the surgery that would be needed, follow-up chemo and let me know there was a 50/50% chance it could return.
We decided to get the boys and bring them to the rescue so Dr. Helzer and I could see first hand what we were dealing with. I had heard good things about Continental Animal Wellness Center (CAWC) in Flagstaff and specifically, Dr. Bruchman specializes in oncology so we contacted her to discuss Waylon's situation. On 2/25/20, my friend Patty came to help me bundle and load the boys in the trailer for the trip to Flagstaff.
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When the boys first arrived, I shaved the area of the tumor, cleaned off the dirt and debris and covered it to help prevent infection. With the hair shaved we could use a very sticky medical tape called Elastikon which helped adhere a telfa pad to the area, then we covered that with a 6" wide and very long ace bandage to protect the area and we covered that with a XXXL t-shirt so there would be less movement of the ace bandage and hopefully keep the telfa pad in place. I also shaved his neck so we could administer IV pain meds as needed and we started him on Excede antibiotic hopefully to prevent any infection brewing from the tumor being exposed to the elements. We also used a topical antibiotic as well.
All of the care already done made things go smoother when we arrived at CAWC . Dr. Bruchman had consulted a local equine vet that specializes in donkeys and had also contacted the pathologist prior to my arrival. With input from all we decided to get another biopsy and send to TX A&M University to confirm the prior findings which would help us determine the appropriate treatment, surgery and/or chemotherapy.
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We have had some very cold days, even snow so keeping Waylon bundled up while we continued his nursing care and daily wound care. We did our best to keep him comfortable. He was hard to handle when he first arrived and needed to be sedated just to clean the area, it didn't take long before he allowed me to gently do our daily routine without sedation even though he really didn't like it.
Over the years I have learned to listen to the equines when they talk to me. They talk through their actions, demeanor, movements and mood. Waylon's mood was declining and he started quivering every time we did our daily routine. Even with pain meds, it hurt. While we waited for the biopsy results, it was clear that not only was Waylon in pain, but the tumor continued to grow.
One of the concerns we all had about surgery was the aftercare. Not that I couldn't do it, but rather how painful a huge incision could be to heal and how long it could take. Now that Waylon and Willie had been here a few weeks, it was clear to me that follow-up care would be more intensive than what I was already doing.....and Waylon disliked it at best.
Our goal to at the rescue is to consider all aspects of their wellbeing, not just the physical or medical, but also quality of life. His quality of life was greatly diminishing and with an aggressive tumor that could very well return we decided to release Waylon from his pain.
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Waylon and Willie have been together for over a decade. Bonded equines can suffer depression when separated. Knowing that, and Waylon's condition, we have had the boys next to and in with Carmen and Cumari since arrival. Willie's wellbeing is just as important as Waylons so much consideration was given to the entire situation in anticipation of all outcomes.
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This morning when I went out to see the boys I captured this beautiful picture of Waylon with a ray of sun shining on him from heaven. Some of his former family drove up from the valley to say their good-byes and helped us when Dr. Helzer arrived. Waylon passed very peacefully and though tears were being shed we all knew that any further pain, it would only be selfish to keep him alive.
After he passed we brought Willie to visit him so he could see for himself that Waylon was gone. Equines recognize death and can deal with the loss better when allowed to see for themselves the one that has passed, and not wonder what happened to their friend. Willie has been in with the girls ever since.
When the decision to let Waylon go was made after several sleepless nights earlier this week, I let Dr. Bruchman know our decision and she said while such a difficult decision, she felt is was a wise one. When I returned from burying our sweet little Waylon, there was an email from Dr. B. The biopsy results arrived and showed that Waylon had a rare cancer called "sarcoidosis". "While still rare, equine sarcoidosis—not to be confused with sarcoid tumors, an unrelated skin condition—can appear in even the healthiest of equines", and statistics show that the majority who have sarcoidosis need to be euthanized.
I am in tears while I write this because it is never easy to let them go and the decision is never made lightly without research and prayer. He has educated us all, even the vets, about this rare cancer and he humbly tolerated the pain while we went through this process. He is a little hero to me and I will miss him so much. As I cry I am also happy that he can run in heaven with a complete body and has no pain. I know that he will watch over Willie and help him adjust to his new life. What a blessing Waylon is.
If you would like to make a donation to help with Waylon's final expenses, to help care for Willie or any of the 24 equines at the rescue we would be honored by your donation which will help us to carry on our mission to provide loving rehabilitation, nursing and hospice care for equines with medical needs and finding homes or sanctuary for others at risk.     Click this link:  Donate Now to the Rescue
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Goodbye kisses from Waylon.
We only had you a little time, but long enough to fall in love,
to feel your love,
and to know you have blessed our lives.
Run In Paradise Waylon!!!!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Mark your Calendars!!! Check out our upcoming events.

Mark the date! We have many upcoming volunteer work projects and our 2nd Open House is in the planning stages, so we wanted to bring you up to date with many of the awesome things happening at the rescue.
We are so excited to announce two fabulous grants we have received that will help improve the facilities and make the rescue safer, more functional for our volunteers and allow us to finally complete the office.
20200207 Home Depot team with Griffins

At last years open house we were asked if there were things we needed for the rescue and I told a lovely couple about getting pneumonia the winter of 2018-19 because I was out in sub-zero weather dragging hoses through the snow to fill the water troughs and keeping numerous extension cords connected so we could plug in water trough heaters so the water wouldn’t freeze, then having to empty the 150 feet of hose so I could bring it in the house overnight so it wouldn’t freeze. My dream I told them was to bring water and electric lines from the residence to the barn so we install water lines and electric outlets to each water trough thus eliminating the need for long hoses or extension cords. Also to run electric to the office, hay barn and machine shed so we would have lighting inside and out and the office electricity for a computer and printer so volunteers could help with administrative work.
Our dream came true when we recently met with Preston Hammond, the Show Low Home Depot store manager, Justin the assistant store manager and John the floor manager where we learned that by special request from Preston the Home Depot Foundation is covering the substantial cost of all the equipment and supplies needed to complete all of those projects.
In addition to us having volunteers to do the work the Show Low Home Depot will also have some employees who want to help too. This will be a 3-day project and we are hoping to get volunteers to help us. Project date is tentatively set for March 29th and all are welcome to help, especially veterans and retired military which the Home Depot Foundation loves to support. More information will be sent out for the project. MANY HUGE THANKS to everyone who helped with this wonderful grant.
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Many times we submit grant applications and they take months before you hear if they even get back to you. Just a week ago we received an email from the Arizona Horse Lovers Foundation that we had been approved for a $3000 grant to purchase cinder sand and dirt to create proper footing in our round pen, barn and quarantine stalls. This will be fabulous because we can do more ground training work with the equines safely in the round pen and for the barn stall create level floors to fill in the erosion caused by water running through the barn prior to the Griffin’s purchasing the property. A few years ago we filled them in with sand, but with high winds, the fill sand all blew away.
We would like to do the first phase of the footing work in the round pen this coming weekend we have our first delivery scheduled for Friday. The interior stall need a little more hands on work. If you are interested, we need help disconnecting some pipe panels and moving the cinders from the tractor to inside the stall with wheelbarrows on Saturday Feb. 29th, just reply to this email and we can get you the details.
Huge thanks to Judi Wallis for all her work submitting the grant request and to Mari Lenton for calling all the vendors to see who would give us the best price for the cinder sand needed for this project.
Amy, in her 20's loves her blanket

Last week I got a phone call from Amanda at A Home For Every Horse, a national program for qualified rescues that we have been members of for many years. They were instrumental in helping us get a corporate grant from Tractor Supply Company, one of their main sponsors, during the drought so we could purchase water troughs for the horses in the forests in both the Lakeside Ranger District of the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest and the White Mountain Apache Tribal forest.
As a follow up they are sending a film crew to learn more about us and what we do to service the White Mountains, Arizona and throughout the country. We are so humbled and excited to be chosen a featured rescue for their organization.
In preparation we will need some clean up and organizing assistance the first part of March. They will be spending the day at the rescue on March 19th. It is too early to plant the garden, but it could be pruned, and we could put silk ones in temporarily. If you are interested in helping with this project, please respond to this email and we can get you more details.
Turning Point Donkey Rescue

In a continuation of our assistance efforts with fellow rescue, Turning Pointe Donkey Rescue in Michigan, we are planning to bring another load of mini and standard donkeys to the rescue so we can find them wonderful adoptive homes. Since the AZ Burro Cross event that we participated in last October in Superior AZ the request for donkeys has increased and may of our adopters have friends who now want donkeys too. Once again, we will be using Paul with Hidden Brook Equine Transport and Fleet of Angels ( in hopes to bring 12-16 sweet longears to the rescue tentatively mid-April. More details about that as we get closer.
Auction time

The end of April we will do our Facebook online FUNdraiser and we have over 150 items for people to bid on. Artwork of Rimson and Buddie, jewelry, household items, tack and saddles, and much more. This is so much fun because people all over the country can bid and win items that have been graciously donated by so many individuals and businesses alike. This is such a fun event because people all over the world can participate and help the rescue at the same time.
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Mark your calendars for our Rimson and Buddie Open House on Sunday, May 31st from 11am -2pm. Again, this year we will open the rescue to the public to visit the boys and the rest of the equines at the rescue. We will also have a silent auction with awesome prizes, and we will be selling mug, hats and note cards with Buddie, Rimson and the other equine too. Funds raised during the open house help us provide feed, hay, health care needs, training for those at the rescue and to help others in need. More details on this fun event as we get closer. If you would like to volunteer, please respond to this email and mention volunteering for the open house.

As you can see we have a very busy spring planned and all of this is in addition to or normal rescue activities (we have brought 2 horses and 2 mini donkeys to the rescue already this year). Though a little overwhelming, we could not be happier that we have been blessed with the grants to do the much needed projects making things easier for the volunteers and better for the fur babies.
I feel like saying, “pinch me so I know this is not just a dream.”
If you would like to volunteer at any of these events or help the rescue with regular feeding and care of all the fur babies, just reply to this email and let us know what you are interested in doing. Likewise if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. As a 100% volunteer run organization with many hands we can make light work. Everyone's efforts a appreciated so very much.
Thank you!!!!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Rimson & Buddie say GOODBYE to 2019

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It is hard to believe that tomorrow, on 1-1-2020 Buddie and Rimson will both be six months old. It seems like it was just yesterday when Lary was carrying Rimson on July 7, 2019 into the barn after having been attacked by a cougar at only a week old and at the same time it seems like forever ago.
We didn't know if he would survive the night and he not only survived, but is now thriving with his best friend Buddie who came to the rescue on October 5, 2019 with health care needs of his own. Buddie is not 100% yet, but he is getting so close. Only a week or two apart in age they have become best friends, an important factor in their mental health recovery after both having a very rough start to life.
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Amy, in her 20's loves her blanket

While this has certainly been the year of Rimson and Buddie we have helped so many more. In fact in 2019 we brought 44 horses, donkeys or minis into the rescue who needed help in one form or another. Most recently the Sweet 16 minis from Michigan who all but 2 are in their new homes with loving families. The 2 remaining sweet little mini donkeys will be with us for a while they put on some much needed weight. Carmen (light) and Cumari (dark) are mother and daughter and just as sweet as can be.
We started 2019 with 33 here at the rescue and as of today have found homes for 50 with 22 of those being adopted since November 1, 2019. It has been a very busy year. In fact as we close out this decade and reflect on all we have done, including moving the rescue from Ramona, CA to Snowflake, AZ in 2013, our numbers show we have assisted the lives of over 500 horses, donkeys, mules and minis which is hard for me to fathom as I sit here writing to you now. Going into the new year we still have 22 in our care here at the rescue.
It is through your friendship and support that we have been able to help any at all. Your donations have made the difference in the many lives that came in to the rescue and even more that we have helped off-site.
EqWBR Hopes Legacy Food Fund Flyer

Since its inception in January of 2017, our Hope's Legacy Equine Emergency Food Fund has paid out $3144.99 to help 75 equines in the Arizona White Mountains with an urgent need. Whether it was a loss of income, cancer or other illness of the owner, loss of home due to fire, or several other circumstances we have been able to provide food and hay to allow the family to keep their animals during the urgent time of need and in a few cases we brought the equines to the rescue or helped them find homes if the need were more long-term. A special way to support our community.
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Our memory wall shows plaques from 40 beloved equines and one sheep that have crossed the rainbow bridge since we started in 2006, but does not include those beloveds that passed this year.
Two who were only with us for a few hours, rescued and taken straight to the veterinarian, Midnight and Cody were in such severe condition that immediate euthanasia was the only humane thing to do which broke our hearts. The two others rescued from that same neglect case have recovered. Rocky is with his new family and Kix will remain here at the rescue to live out his days.
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We also said tearful goodbyes to our Tennessee Walking Horses, Gwen who had been with us since 2007 and Generators 44 Magnum who has been with us since 2014. TWH's are near and dear to our hearts. Princess was our oldest horse at age 29 she had been with us since 2015. All of them wonderful horses that touched many lives over the years. Nell the older sheep rescued last year pasted away late this summer. The loss of 5 equines and a sheep brought all of us sadness.
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As an organization run completely by volunteers we have no one on salary or being paid wages which means the items and funds donated go to the care and needs of the horses, donkeys and minis we help. Everyone who volunteers is so appreciated because we could not function without such help. Whether it is for a special project, one day event, feeding, mucking stalls, grooming or other chores, administrative help, grant writing and more, the many hands make lighter work and a difference to each animal here.
None of what we have accomplished this year, this decade, could have been done without your friendship and generous support. Every dollar is put to such good use and spent very frugally so that more equines can be helped as needed. So we can say, "Yes, we are on our way." when we get a call to help a little life like Rimson who would have died without everyone's support and assistance.
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As we head into a new year, a new decade we want you to know how much you are appreciated. Volunteer, donor, prayer warrior or moral support, you all help in your own way and it makes a huge difference in the lives of so many horses, donkeys and minis, and people too. There are so many wonderful charities to support and your support is so meaningful and heartfelt.
We hope to continue helping equines in need long into the future!
Happy New Year! Happy New Decade!

Your support is so greatly appreciated, we simply can't thank you enough!