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We can’t thank each and every one of you that donated to help geld the jack donkeys. Thanks to your generous support, the thermometer is full and they will get be getting gelded soon.

After feeding and watering the horses at the rescue, along with all the other chores, Jason hooked up the trailer and headed out once again.

At his destination, Diva was waiting to be picked up along with her friend Cherokee. Their owner loved them greatly, but unfortunately was unable to keep boarding them any longer. Diva is a 24 year old sweet girl who has some lameness issues with her back legs.
She is so sweet and friendly, she was wishing someone would give her some more carrots.
Cherokee is a 14 year old National Show Horse, a cross between Arabian and American Saddlebred. She seems really sweet too.
They said she is a hard keeper, she has been on grass / alfalfa hay fed 3x daily.
After picking up Diva and Cherokee, Jason stopped at Tractor Supply on his way back to the rescue.
They had a couple 16′ panels that were slightly damaged for only $45 a panel. Can’t possibly beat that price!
Soon the panels were on the trailer…
…and were all tied up on the side of the trailer.
Upon arriving back at the rescue, Jason was absolutely horrified to find that the well was no longer pumping water from the solar panels. He hooked it up to the generator, and it still didn’t pump water. This was an absolute emergency, so he got on the phone and had Alex come out to help him pull the pump.
It was decided that the wiring was bad so they rushed to Tractor Supply in Oroville about 10 minutes before they closed at 8:00.
They arrived back at the rescue right around dark, and with the truck headlights they were able to rewire the pump and send it back down the well. They kept their fingers crossed, started the generator and waited for the water to come out. They were so relieved to see water come rushing out of the pipe. Unfortunately it was too dark to take any pictures.
Many thanks to anonymous, Glennis R., Ann Mari and Nancy for their very generous donations!
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7-29-10

We can’t thank each and every one of you that donated to help geld the jack donkeys. Thanks to your generous support, the thermometer is full and they will get be getting gelded soon.

After feeding and watering the horses at the rescue, along with all the other chores, Jason hooked up the trailer and headed out once again.

At his destination, Diva was waiting to be picked up along with her friend Cherokee. Their owner loved them greatly, but unfortunately was unable to keep boarding them any longer. Diva is a 24 year old sweet girl who has some lameness issues with her back legs.
She is so sweet and friendly, she was wishing someone would give her some more carrots.
Cherokee is a 14 year old National Show Horse, a cross between Arabian and American Saddlebred. She seems really sweet too.
They said she is a hard keeper, she has been on grass / alfalfa hay fed 3x daily.
After picking up Diva and Cherokee, Jason stopped at Tractor Supply on his way back to the rescue.
They had a couple 16′ panels that were slightly damaged for only $45 a panel. Can’t possibly beat that price!
Soon the panels were on the trailer…
…and were all tied up on the side of the trailer.
Upon arriving back at the rescue, Jason was absolutely horrified to find that the well was no longer pumping water from the solar panels. He hooked it up to the generator, and it still didn’t pump water. This was an absolute emergency, so he got on the phone and had Alex come out to help him pull the pump.
It was decided that the wiring was bad so they rushed to Tractor Supply in Oroville about 10 minutes before they closed at 8:00.
They arrived back at the rescue right around dark, and with the truck headlights they were able to rewire the pump and send it back down the well. They kept their fingers crossed, started the generator and waited for the water to come out. They were so relieved to see water come rushing out of the pipe. Unfortunately it was too dark to take any pictures.
Many thanks to anonymous, Glennis R., Ann Mari and Nancy for their very generous donations!

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7-29-10

We can’t thank each and every one of you that donated to help geld the jack donkeys. Thanks to your generous support, the thermometer is full and they will get be getting gelded soon.

After feeding and watering the horses at the rescue, along with all the other chores, Jason hooked up the trailer and headed out once again.

At his destination, Diva was waiting to be picked up along with her friend Cherokee. Their owner loved them greatly, but unfortunately was unable to keep boarding them any longer. Diva is a mid 20’s sweet girl who has some lameness issues with her back legs.
She is so sweet and friendly, she was wishing someone would give her some more carrots.
Cherokee is a 14 year old National Show Horse, a cross between Arabian and American Saddlebred. He seems really sweet too.
They said he is a hard keeper, he has been on grass / alfalfa hay fed 3x daily.
After picking up Diva and Cherokee, Jason stopped at Tractor Supply on his way back to the rescue.
They had a couple 16′ panels that were slightly damaged for only $45 a panel. Can’t possibly beat that price!
Soon the panels were on the trailer…
…and were all tied up on the side of the trailer.
Upon arriving back at the rescue, Jason was absolutely horrified to find that the well was no longer pumping water from the solar panels. He hooked it up to the generator, and it still didn’t pump water. This was an absolute emergency, so he got on the phone and had Alex come out to help him pull the pump.
It was decided that the wiring was bad so they rushed to Tractor Supply in Oroville about 10 minutes before they closed at 8:00.
They arrived back at the rescue right around dark, and with the truck headlights they were able to rewire the pump and send it back down the well. They kept their fingers crossed, started the generator and waited for the water to come out. They were so relieved to see water come rushing out of the pipe. Unfortunately it was too dark to take any pictures.
Many thanks to anonymous, Glennis R., Ann Mari and Nancy for their very generous donations!

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7-28-10

In the spring of this year we were contacted about a horse that needed help. This horse is about 6 hours from us and we have been unable to go see this horse. Pictures have been sent to us by a concerned individual. Below are pictures and details on the situation.
“I’ve called animal control [the SPCA] and all they say is that the horse is old. It was hard to get pictures and I zoomed in as much as my camera would. I think the horse looks thinner than what these pictures show.”

In our experience, white horses always look fatter in pictures than darker colors as the white blends together, making it hard to define the true condition of the horse.

It is easy to tell that this horse is emaciated and needs help. At the time this picture was taken, the other horses seemed ok from the pictures, leading us to believe that this horse needs to be separated from the herd, given a dental, and may need to be fed a mash or other special weight gaining diet.
“I don’t know what to do about these poor horses!!! They are starving and the SPCA won’t even listen to me when I call. The last several times that I tried to call, they won’t even answer their phone. It’s long distance for us and all of the times I was on hold for over 1/2 hour waiting for a human to answer.”
“The owner has no hay and one of the other horses is losing a lot of weight now too. All I can do now is sit back and watch them suffer and slowly die.”
This is a more recent photo, as you can see, the horse is not improving and if anything, is still declining in health as it scavenges for food.

The person who contacted us sent letters to the following media contacts with the photos, trying to get help for this horse: “After repeated calls to the SPCA, that have been ignored, I am sending this letter and photo to the media in hopes that someone will help this poor horse.

The SPCA employee who claims to have checked on this horse and then ignored all future phone calls needs to be fired and replaced with someone who will appreciate having a job and will do what they are being paid to do!

This horse is in Horrible condition! It needs a veterinarian to float its teeth (file) and de-worm it. It needs to be separated from the other horses and free fed Equine Senior and pellets. No matter what the age is, of this horse, there is no excuse for it being in this Horrible condition!

This horse lives at: 37312 Fox Creek Lane, Tollhouse, CA. 93667″

Tawnee has spent a lot of time trying to get an answer from the SPCA as to why nothing has been done for this horse. She has called multiple times and spent over an hour waiting for a person to speak to. Once a live person was available they said “Yes, we have an ongoing investigation.” When is it ok to let an emaciated horse sit for 3 months while this “ongoing investigation” is taking place? Older horses often have problems with their teethe, and he could need a simple dental, or a mash would really help him out. Instead they are letting him starve, month after month.

This is the Central California SPCA mission statement from their website. Apparently they need to follow their mission statement.

“The CC/SPCA has operated continuously and vigorously for the protection of animals. For 40 years the CC/SPCA has remained faithful to the objective implicit in its name: the prevention of cruelty to animals.”

There is no Animal Control in that area as it is contracted to the CC/SPCA so they are the responsible party in this situation. From their website: “The CC/SPCA also assumes responsibility by contract to perform the Animal Control and Leash Law services for the City and County of Fresno dating back to September 1951.”

Even though the CC SPCA has a horse in their logo, does not mean they care about horses. If this was a dog starving in someones yard for over 3 months, they would have surely done something by now. We are still waiting, they said they would have one of their officers call us to give us more information on the case, but so far nothing. This has gone on far too long, it is time for action.

(559) 233-SPCA

We are asking you, our followers, fans and supporters, to call the Central California SPCA and tell them to put the tax dollars they are given to work and get the horse on 37312 Fox Creek Lane, Tollhouse the help it needs.

Also let the media know that you can’t believe what they (the CC SPCA) is allowing to go on in their county. The story must be told, this horse must be helped.

KSEE 24

5035 E. MCKINNLEY AVE.

FRESNO, CA. 93727


KMPH FOX 26

5111 E. MCKINNLEY AVE.

FRESNO, CA. 93727


KFSN 30

1777 G STREET

FRESNO, CA. 93706


KGPE 47

4880 N. FIRST STREET

FRESNO, CA. 93726


THE FRESNO BEE

1526 E STREET

FRESNO, CA. 93786


MOUNTAIN PRESS

33171 AUBERRY RD., #B

AUBERRY, CA. 93602

SPCA

ATTN: SUPERVISOR

103 S. HUGHS AVE.

FRESNO, CA. 93607

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7-27-10

We would like to thank all of you who have donated so generously to get the two cute jack donkeys gelded. So far $488 has been donated, leaving only $212 left to raise. We are almost there, they are shaking in their hooves that the funds will be donated and they will be given brain surgery. Let’s make it happen, click here.

This morning Jason unpackaged the solar panels and hooked them up to the well. His heart was beating fast when the final connection was made. Would it work? Would water really come out of the well from just sun power?

Soon the faucet was blasting water out at 10 gallons per minute. With more solar panels this well would put out up to 30 gallons per minute, but for now we are so excited that we have a renewable green energy well! Our first step in making this a green facility.
After the well was done Jason started unloading the hay from the medium trailer so the trailer could be used. It seems Jason can’t get away from bucking hay these days.
Soon it was all out and looking oh so pretty.
Then it was off to pick up 4 horses that were being surrendered. The horses belonged to this lady’s parents, and when they died they sold the absolutely gorgeous 600+ acre ranch and the horses could not stay.
Soon the horses were loaded up like true champs.
The drive in and out of the ranch was so beautiful. This pond was so breath taking that Jason just had to stop and take a picture.
The road was narrow but paved, it was so neat driving through the tall trees.
Meet Lanty’s Pennet, One Smart Cookie, Nichole (the sorrel) and Recup. They were soon settled in and waiting for Jason to throw them some food.
The sun was setting by the time Jason drove away from the rescue. It was a beautiful ending to another day.
Another project that was done today was the security system was installed. It’s always nice having eyes on the place.
Many thanks to Betty S., Caroline R., Anne G., Show Dressed Up, Sheri B., Ruthann C., Catherine G., Martin O., Gail G., Margarette G. for their extremely generous donations.

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7-26-10

We would like to ask for your support. We recently took in 2 jack donkeys, and as it is more expensive to geld jacks, we are asking for your help. The reason it is more expensive to geld adult jacks versus horses is because they must be sewed shut and they need IV fluids. Donkeys are heavy bleeders during surgery, which makes the surgery more complicated, longer and costly. Initially we set the fundraising goal for $1,000, but after talking it over with our vet, she agreed to geld both donkeys for only $700. We have already raised $135 towards the goal, leaving only $535 left to go. Please help if you can, click here.

Tawnee spends a lot of time on the phone, and recently we got the stats on that. So far this year through June she has spent 14,459 minutes on the phone. That comes from 4,666 calls. If you do the math that is 30, 8 hour days. So she has spent a month solid on the phone so far this year. She hears a lot of really sad situations, like the calls you can hear by clicking here. Some phone calls want to make her cry, others want to make her roll her eyes. We got one of those eye rolling ridiculous phone calls Monday.
You have got to hear this one, it is crazy. Click here.
You can see all the raw statistics from the phone calls below. This is not counting Larry’s phone calls and the cell phones, this is just through the 282-5565 phone number.
January 758 Calls – 2,376 minutes
February 661 Calls – 2,429 Minutes
March 1078 Calls – 3,276 minutes
April 656 Calls – 2,059 minutes
May 675 Calls – 1,624 minutes
June 838 calls – 2,695 minutes
4,666 Calls – 14,459 minutes – 30, 8hr days / 10, 24 hour days
So now we hope you understand why the phone calls are not answered promptly and Tawnee sometimes doesn’t remember who you are even if you called recently. Quite literally the phone is swamped. Tawnee would love it if you would sponsor the hiring of a secretary, she really can’t keep up with all the phone calls anymore. It’s just too much.
Monday morning Jason went to get the last of the donated hay. There were still 57 bales so he knew they would fit in the medium sized stock trailer.
He carefully backed up to the pile and started loading them. In almost no time at all they were all in the trailer and he was down the road. It was thankfully not as hot as the last time he picked up the donated hay. We cannot thank Dennis enough for donating the hay, we really appreciated it!
Back at the rescue Jason discovered a new phenomenon. Most of the horses out in 15 acre pasture had bird poop on their backs. We’re not sure why, but the horses don’t seem to mind. We’re guessing a tired flock of birds came along and took a nap on their backs. Whatever the case, there sure was enough evidence of birds left behind.
A very good package came by Conway truck. We had ordered a couple solar panels and they arrived safely.
A very wonderful horse stock was donated. We would like to thank Amee and Cathy for donating this, although it is sad they are donating it. They have been great volunteers but are moving out of state and can’t take this with them. We will surely miss them!
Jason headed down to Loomis to meet with the group that is trying to get a branch rescue facility started in that area.
He toured a variety of locations that may work, unfortunately the bank was unwilling to lease the property for horse rescue purposes on the original site.
This property was offered as a potential site, it has a 36×98 barn on it, which could hold lots of hay.
This is another view of the property that has the barn on it. It is about 9 acres with a house that could potentially be used for staff housing. This is a very interesting potential for a branch facility right next to Sacramento.
A huge “Thank you” to Norma C., Verna F., Christina S. for your generous donations to help the jack donkeys. We couldn’t get them gelded without your support!

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7-25-10

Thursday was a day off for the staff and volunteers (other than the necessary chores) which gave Jason a chance to head out at 7:30 am with the big stock trailer to pick up some hay that was donated.

Bale by bale, row after row.

Near the end of the loading Jason says his arms felt like they may have been a little bit longer from picking up so much hay. In all he loaded about 105 bales in the trailer single handedly.
Jason is very thankful that the kind people donated the hay, it is something we use every day, and the supply has to keep up with the demand. He was very hot and sweaty by the end of the loading, and his shirt was dripping sweat because it was too soaked to hold any more.
After taking the hay back to the rescue, Jason switched to the little trailer and headed out into the mountains to pick up 4 donkeys. Along the way he crossed over ‘Li’ll Hoover Dam.’ It’s a concrete dam that looks just like Hoover Dam.
At the donkey’s home the trailer was backed up to a bank to make it easier to load the donkey’s. Donkey’s are notoriously stubborn when it comes time to load, but if they don’t have to step up, it sure makes it easier.
This little girl is a jenny. Their owner had died and left them without a home.
This is a jack donkey. He is going to be gelded and will no longer be known as a jack.
After pulling, coaxing, convincing, begging and pleading, all 4 donkey’s were in the trailer.
Two of the donkey’s are jacks, so from their home Jason took them directly to the vet. By this time it was around 9:00 pm
It is almost always easier to unload a donkey than to load a donkey. These two boys were no exception and were more than happy to hop out of the trailer.
The dark donkey is a gelding and the grey in the back is the jenny. Jason took them back to the rescue were an empty pen was waiting for them, but by that time it was past 10:00 pm and far too dark to get any pictures. So much for Jason’s day off!
Friday morning Jason headed down towards Sacramento to pick up a 2 horse trailer that was donated.
It is a very cute trailer and will be very useful. It is nice to have a trailer for the wee ones at the rescue.
The trip back to the rescue was completely uneventful and soon the little trailer was parked next to the big brother trailers.
Sunday morning Jason and Tawnee were back to work full swing. The first thing they did was go check on Gato’s progress in recovery. Gato is visibly gaining weight now and is on his path to recovery. He scarfs down every bit of food the vet feeds him. When a horse is this emaciated you cannot just start free-feeding them immediately.
Just 10 days ago Gato came to us. He was dehydrated and definitely experiencing a lack of food.
Now with only 10 days of care his sides are starting to fill in.
He has a new look to his eyes.
The two jacks are unable to be at the rescue as we have no room for jacks at the rescue. We are hoping that we can raise the funds soon to have them gelded.
When Jason and Tawnee arrived at the rescue, the first surrender of the day was already waiting.
The Angels Rescuing Kittens brought in a 32 year old TB mare who is experiencing extremely poor health due to her age. ARK has a lot of cats right now that need loving homes, especially seniors that are waiting for a home to spend their days. Click here to view their kitties waiting for homes.
Ivy is a 2 year old Mustang mare who recently came in. She looked on with wonder as…
…Whinny, her buddy, was being evaluated for her riding abilities.
She is trained to ride, but it has been awhile. She is a sweet mare in her teens and would make a nice youth horse for going along on trail rides with a little tuneup. She is kind of short and very stocky.
At this time another surrender was being unloaded.
Meet Al, a 21 year old QH gelding. He is trained to ride but has arthritis and is looking for a loving home where he can sit back and give a kid an occasional ride.
Next Tawnee evaluated Forest, one of the geldings rescued from the auction last Monday.
He is trained to ride, neck reigns nicely and moves off your legs. He is about 10 years old. He seems as if he has been worked hard and is worried about pleasing his rider. He needs some time to hang out and go on leisurely trail rides with someone that will let him know he won’t be hurt if he makes a simple mistake. He is very nice and will make a very lucky someone a very wonderful horse.
After closing time Rose and Dobbin, the gelded donkey rescued on Thursday, were loaded up into the trailer. They were going home! Home at Last had been wanting Rose for quite some time, and we knew that Dobbin would have another donkey friend at Home at Last that would be his best buddy.
Rose was so happy to finally be home.
Dobbin showed absolutely no signs of emotion, he just started wandering around eating. He is such a sweet old boy.
This is Jonathan, he was rescued earlier in the year. He is in his 30’s and doing great now! We knew we had to get Dobbin up there so Dobbin and Jonathan could spend their days basking in the sun together, sharing stories from the good ol’ days.
Soon they were off and down the road towards the rescue.
We would like to ask for a little help with gelding the two jack donkeys. Older donkeys are much harder to geld, and the gelding cost can run up to $500 per jack. We are going to put a thermometer on our homepage for $1,000 to cover the cost of gelding these two sweet boys and for initial care after surgery. Please help if you can! Click here.
If you wondered where Tawnee was in the middle part of last week, she had to have a couple teeth yanked out and was quite under the weather.
Many thanks to: Carla G. – Janice M. -Peg G. In memory of my $30.00 rescued horse Rusty – Sara H. – Constance W. Your Support really dose help a lot!

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