Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Rimson & Buddie say GOODBYE to 2019

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20190707 Lary carrying the foal

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
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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.
EqWBR 2019 family small pix

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!

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