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Archive for May, 2009
We have been asked to provide information on planned giving on our website, so today Jason and Tawnee tackled the project. An estate donation is what launched us from rescuing 50 horses a year to hundreds. Please click here to read the information and consider making NorCal Equine Rescue part of your financial plan in the future.
We would like to thank Judy H and Mad Hen Creations for their generous donations today. Please remember to check back this weekend for the Friday Rescue Story, next regular blog Sunday night! Have a great weekend.
Thanks to some generous donations, the auction fund is currently at $540. We really appreciate your gifts of life! The auction is coming right up in a few weeks, let us hope that there are not as many horses in need as there were this month. We would like to thank Lori H, Sara H, Cynthia B and Carolyn H for their generous donations today. The rescue cannot run without your support!
Bay Area Equestrian has posted the video that Jason co-starred in. Click here to watch the video. It was nicely done, and hopefully it will educate people on what happens if they dump their horse at an “easy out” option like a livestock auction or place a “free, 1st come 1st serve” type of add.
You are invited to join NorCal Equine Rescue at Cal-Skate in Chico, Ca. Come celebrate the horses that have been saved while enjoying a day of exciting fun for the whole family.
Admission is only $5 for adults, free for kids under 12. You can “sneak” in for free, but be prepared to be thrown in the fundraiser jail and you can’t get out until the jailer is satisfied you have raised enough bail donations by calling your friends for donation pledges! A plaque on the jail will keep track of the best jailbird.
There are also many games and entertainment planned for this day. It will be a fun filled day that the whole family will enjoy and remember! Keep an eye on this page as the activities are ironed out for updates. There will certainly be roller skating, miniature golf, and a silent auction. We are also planning a skating gymkhana, with skating Barrel Racing, skating Pole Bending, and more! If you are planning on being in the skating gymkhana, you will be able to sign up the day of the skating party. We would like to encourage you to bring a new or gently used item to be sold in the silent auction.
What: NER Skating Party – Skating for Horses
When: June 24th, 1:00-8:00 PM
Where: 2465 Carmichael Dr, Chico California
Many retailers, craftsmen, and other generous individuals have donated lovely items to be sold
at the silent auction during the Skating party. Below is a partial list of the items you will find at the silent auction.
Silent Auction Items:
14″ Hand-Crafted Crates Saddle Nice light weight barrel saddle. It has beautiful silver Conchos. It’s virtually new – only looks like it was ridden once. Donated by: Bare Hoof Trimming
Show Dressed Up Gift Certificate $125 gift certificate good towards the purchase of one of
their beautiful show shirts. Show Dressed Up’s items run from $19.99 to $125.00, so this gift certificate could get you a really amazing western show shirt. Click here to visit their website, and plan on coming to the skating party, bidding, dreaming, and getting your new show shirt. Donated by: Show Dressed Up
Equine Massage $80 gift certificate good towards an equine massage for your horse friend. Star Equine Massage is committed to the whole horse, body and mind while generating a
valuable life long horse and rider connection that produces measurable differences in the quality of life, health and performance ability.Donated by: Star Equine Massage
Gourd Art This is a beautiful gourd that has been stained and decorated. Has a Native American look to it. Donated by: Renate S.
Horse Book End This beautiful heavy book end (we believe) has a wonderful picture of a horse on it. Donated by: Adam L.
Handmade Necklace Jasper alternated with lamp work beads, carved bone dangle. Donated by: Kabbo Unique Jewalry
Handmade Necklace Rose quarts, shell dangle, sterling silver closure. Donated by: Kabbo Unique Jewalry
Handmade Necklace Glass Beads, silver dangle, sterling silver closure. Donated by: Kabbo Unique Jewalry
Handmade Necklace Aventurine green, beads alternated with crystals, sterling silver closure. Donated by: Kabbo Unique Jewalry
Handmade Necklace Bluish beads, heart dangle. Donated by: Kabbo Unique Jewalry
Bracelet This a beautiful bracelet with rose quarts and a whole lot more. Donated by: Ciao Bella
Pink Baseball Hat Show off your love of horses with this bright pink baseball hat! Donated by: Adam L.
Red Vest Duluth Trading Co. size small vest. Donated by: Adam L.
Black Horse Shirt Brand new Wrangler size medium vest. Donated by: Adam L.
Purple Vest Made by: Black Crater Clothing Co. Donated by: Adam L.
Socks Socklady solmate socks. Mismatched with care in Vermont! 80% Cotton, 19% Nylon, 1% Lycra. Made in USA, size small. Donated by: Adam L.
Purple and white slinky show shirt Almost brand new, very nice. Should catch anyone’s eye! Donated by: Tawnee
Lion Chair Portable folding lion chair. Kid size. Fun animal design, opens and folds in seconds. Durable weather resistant fabric. Strong powder coated steel frame. Lock and spacers for safety. Comes with a matching carry case. Donated by: Kim P.
Elephant Chair Portable folding elephant chair. Kid size. Fun animal design, opens and folds in seconds. Durable weather resistant fabric. Strong powder coated steel frame. Lock and spacers for safety. Comes with a matching carry case. Donated by: Kim P.
Cinnamon Mug Mat Place a hot mug or dish on this trivet to release the fragrance! Donated by: Adam L.
Orange Mug Mat Place a hot mug or dish on this trivet to release the fragrance! Donated by: Adam L.
Multitool Hawk 15 function stainless steel multitool with carrying case. Donated by: Adam L.
Red Purse Kathy Van Zeeland purse. Brand new. Style: “Tomato, quilt to my heart, medium stitch.” Price tag says $89.00 Donated by: Donna R.
Ivory Purse Kathy Van Zeeland purse. Brand new. Style: “Bone, quilt to my heart, fold over.” Price tag says $99.00 Donated by: Donna R.
Decorative Handbag “The Sak, Pink Label” with leather trim. Brand new. Donated by: Donna R.
Black Purse “Dooney and Bourke, All Weather Leather.” Very nice handbag. Donated by: Donna R.
Ariat Cowboy Boots Size 9 1/2, brand new. Never worn. Sand and Green color. Price tag says $149.99 Donated by: Kim P.
Riding Boots Ariat lace up riding boots. Brand new in box, size 13. Donate by: California Vaquero
There is still time, if you would like to donate items for the Skating Party and are unable to bring them the day of the event, we would love for you to mail them in. Gift certificates are a great way to show your support. Our mailing address is: NorCal Equine Rescue, P O Box 6108, Oroville Ca 95966.
Thanks to some generous people who donated to help save lives, the auction fund is currently at $50. Thank you so much!
Today was an office day for the most part, there is a lot of planning that is going into the Western States Horse Expo booth, and quite a bit of it got done today. 2500 business cards and 2500 brochures were designed and ordered. Is that enough? We don’t know either, it is our first time attending the Horse Expo. The staff shirts are on the way, it will all get pulled together in time!
This afternoon a horse was brought early for the euthanasia clinic. His previous owner had exhausted all financial capabilities trying to help him, and she called us as a last effort.
We have a lot of updates today.
Mr Watson’s adoptive family wrote us: “It’s been a while since you guys have seen Mr. Watson so I thought I’d send a photo. Yesterday my hubby and I went for a ride and the three handsome guys posed for a photo for me… “
Being Memorial day, it was nice to have an afternoon for the staff to take off. A rare treat indeed!
We would like to thank Jean S, Sonya Z, and Yvonne W for your donations today! Thank you very very much.
Our current needs have been updated for June. The Euthanasia Clinic is starting with $1,200 for the June clinic. The auction fund is starting at $0 as all the funds were used in rescuing 26 horses. The Auction goal is $2,500.
The May Hay Days will continue into June. We have not yet gotten enough donations to purchase hay in the quantity we need to get it really cheap. Thanks to generous donations, it went over the $2,000 mark today! There is still a long ways to go, but it will get there with your help.
We would like to thank Cindy M, Tina S, Tamra Y and Debra B for your generous donations! It is donations like yours that enable us to continue rescuing horses in need.
Today’s story comes from a friend in Australia. It is sad to realize that other countries suffer from the same legal red tape that Animal Control’s so seem to be plagued with in this country when it comes to horses suffering. She wrote:
“I do not claim to be an expert about horses, I do not claim to have every single fact of every single side of this story…I just felt the need to tell Alla’s story to the world.
“I first met Alla in Warrnambool the first date to be exact was the 8th of January 2003. I was 13 years old. I have been mad about horses since grade 2 and I had been staying at my Auntie’s I decided to use some of my money for a trail ride with my sister. Originally Alla was called Ella there but I assume as time went on the pronunciation of her name changed. The trail ride went well and I really thought nothing more of it.
“Years later I saw Alla again at an old friend’s place and her new owners were agisting [boarding] her on their paddock. She was a little flighty and didn’t come over for a pat. Apparently the riding school had closed down and the horses had been sold off. I only figured out it was the same horse by a photo and uncanny identical markings. Then they moved to a paddock out the back of my place. The paddock isn’t ours and it’s often the closest I can get to horses. I recognised a grey mare from that old friends place and soon with rummaging through old photo’s found that once again the bay mare in the paddock was Alla…only she wasn’t so well.
“Life had been hard on her and I’m still not quite sure who really owned her but the other owner of the grey mare discovered her rug [blanket] was cutting into her chest on the 18th of June 2006. The kind young girl treated the wound and eventually took off her heavy rug to find she was barely more than skin and bones. She was horribly emaciated and because of the commotion the previous day about her cut chest I came out and chatted with the owner of the grey pony. Looking at her with her head bigger than her shrunken body was horrible and my first concern was what happened if she went down and couldn’t get up?
“On the 20th June 2006 my worst fears were realised when she went down. When the owner of the grey mare turned up I entered the paddock. She didn’t even try getting up as we approached. We called the RSPCA out to be advised on what could be done. They needed to get her up. She was drenched with sugar and water. Alla tried to get up twice. She collapsed back to the ground which was heart breaking to watch. By now the whole neighbourhood had heard the news and even my mother was calling the ranger to see what could be done. Since we didn’t have any officials here then the RSPCA couldn’t legally confiscate the horse and instead they contacted the owners and asked them about what was going to happen. I remember at around 4 or 5:30 on that same day the owners decided the knackery was where she would go. She had been down since early that morning.
“At first I admit I unrealistically thought if she was given enough attention she’d be able to pull through and I was shattered by the lack of caring her owners showed…to just dispose of her. When it finally dawned that she wasn’t getting up, that she had severe infections and her organs were most likely shutting down I resigned myself to the fact that no matter how much I didn’t like it that she was going to be killed no matter what. The knackery seemed so final and torturous…I don’t like horses going there but I don’t like them starving to death either…
“The neighbourhood offered to buy a needle for her, to end her life with some dignity…to even get people in to dig a hole and bury her….the owner refused. The knackery was late…very late. All the while we tried making Alla’s final moments as peaceful as possible bringing things to her that she couldn’t reach herself. We patted her and we knew by now her legs would be numb and her attempts to rise had ceased. She still sat up and she watched us with patient eyes, trusting us.
“Numerous calls throughout the day were futile…the rangers hands were tied, the RSPCA couldn’t go beyond what the owner had said and by the time some high authority figure turned up Alla would be dead. Three of us stayed with her as the sun went down and the knackery still hadn’t arrived. I was finally driven in by the cold with the woman closest to the paddock promising to check her hourly in hope that she’d pass away during the night. Alla was a fighter…she didn’t know the fight would end in death either way.
“I got up early the next morning to find people out with her again. She’d thrashed during the night and dug out a circle around herself. She could no longer sit up in resting position. She no longer wanted to eat. She looked horrible –trust me you don’t want details. My parents and the whole neighbourhood were horrified that she was still alive by nearing to 12 the next day and she’d been down for over 24 hours….the RSPCA were called again, the ranger was called and eventually because of all the commotion even the cops arrived. Neighbours were outraged by her condition and all the red tape we were being faced with. We hadn’t been able to save her, we couldn’t end her life in a respectful manner and she was suffering badly.
“Finally one of the policemen got the okay to shoot her. I didn’t stay to watch….but I stayed to listen when I couldn’t see her. At exactly 12:45pm on the 21st of June 2006 Alla died. That shot…and I felt relief. She was no longer suffering. She wouldn’t have to wait any longer numb and suffering for the knackery man to finally turn up. I was sad that there was nothing I could have done to prevent her death in the first place. She was an innocent caught up in neglect and confusion. It’s been several years since her death now…I keep photos as a reminder, that some people shouldn’t own horses if they can’t provide what they need to survive. When I first met Alla, as I have met many horses but never owned them, I never thought I’d cross paths with her again…but I followed her life and I was there on the day she died. I remember her because I don’t want to forget her and discard her like her owner did and I write this story as a tribute to her life so she didn’t die in vain.”
This person wrote this story in hopes that Alla’s death would not be in vain. If you see a horse that is suffering, contact the proper authorities, media, rescues, whatever it takes to help the horse before it is too late. Hundreds of horses die from neglect every year, let us all be vigilant to put an end to needless suffering!