A Series of Very Unfortunate Events
Where do we start with this letter…….
I guess we start by saying that it is very hard to find the right words to try not to make enemies, be accurate, and still get across the urgency at which this letter comes to you. We will attempt to do that and hope that the urgency of this situation is very clear when you read this letter.
Very recently, someone who lives near MHWF passed away unexpectedly, which set off a chain of events that require our help immediately. At a farm very near MHWF, there is a situation where 13 horses have been left behind. The home and farm are now uninhabited, and it has fallen on MHWF to deal with this very difficult situation. This all happened within the past few days and we have been struggling to figure out how to deal with it and how to write this letter. This is going to be the toughest and most trying project MHWF has probably ever taken on, but with it being in our own neighborhood, we did not feel as though we had any choice but to make sure this is done, is done right, and to ensure a good future for these horses without killing ourselves and MHWF trying to do it.
We do not wish to point fingers, assign blame and will not share personal information that is not relevant to what we need to accomplish. Our only goal is to ensure the futures of the horses in this case. So here goes….
As stated earlier in this letter, there are 13 horses on a nearby farm that have been left behind. The property is now uninhabited, and it has been left to us to pick up the pieces. Before they left, we did permission from the owners to deal with this situation. There is nobody else at the farm to make sure the horses are cared for on a daily basis. Starting tonight, MHWF has taken on the responsibility to make sure those horses will have feed and water and are safe, so we will be popping in to top off water tanks and feed as often as is needed until all the horses are taken off the property. There is nobody there to do it and no hay or grain on the property.
Of the 13 horses, 4 of them are stallions, none of the 13 horses have had much or any training, and all of them need to be vaccinated, de-wormed, Coggins tested, trimmed and will need their teeth floated. They will all need to be trained as well. This is what makes this situation such a difficult one. All the horses look good and are healthy, but we need to get all this done before their condition deteriorates and that will happen fast without some major intervention.
We will share info, photos and updates on all the horses very soon.
After a lot of planning, problem solving, phone calls and emails, this is our plan:
1. Make sure all the horses have fresh water and pasture or hay to eat, until they can be removed from the property.
2. Get all 13 horses vaccinated, de-wormed, trimmed, Coggins tested and dental work done before removing them from the property.
3. Get all 4 stallions gelded and find them foster care.
4. Find foster homes for as many of these horses as we can ASAP.
As you can see, this is going to be a ton of work and is going to cost a small fortune. Not only that, but with these horses not having any training, it is not going to be a quick process either. Add to it that until this is all completed, MHWF will probably not be able to take in many, if any other new horses, which truly scares us since this was not how we planned our busy season. The simple fact is that we cannot turn our backs on these horses and with your help and support, we do not plan to leave them to fate.
When does this process start and what do we need?
Our plan begins tonight by not only going there to check on the horses, but by sharing this letter with as many people as we can as well. How fast we can get these horses some help in the way of shots, de-wormers, Coggins, etc. is 100% dependent upon how quickly we can raise the funds we need to begin. We are going to put our biggest efforts into trying to raise the money we need, first and foremost, so that we can get all the shots, Coggins, dental work, gelds, wormers, etc. done right away. These horses cannot be taken from the property and put into a safe place until this is done, so other than making sure they all have food and water, fundraising for their immediate care is our first and biggest goal and we are starting that right now, with this letter. We hope our supporters and fellow animal lovers will come to the rescue in this case will not only make this monumental task possible, but also less stressful and difficult by making their donations ASAP so we can move forward on this immense project immediately.
What do we need immediately?
- Hay (donations of small bales or large rounds)
- Monetary donations for vaccinations and boosters for 13 horses (13 x 2)
- Monetary donations to pay for vet to geld all 4 stallions
- Monetary donations to pay vets for dental work on all 13 horses
- De-wormers and follow up de-worming (13 x 3)
- Four separate foster homes for the stallions once they are gelded * See Below
- Foster homes for the remaining horses (some will almost certainly come to MHWF as well). * See Below
- Monetary donations for large amounts of sedation drugs and the tools to administer them
- Monetary donations to cover the cost of vets and sedation to get Coggins done
- Monetary donations to send as many of these horses in for training as we can. All 13 horses will need extensive training to make them adoptable.
How Can You Help Right Now!
The need for help in this case is huge and to get the funds raised quickly is as urgent as anything we have ever asked for in the past, and probably more so. Very few situations frighten us like this situation does, but we cannot let our fear deter us from doing the right thing for these horses. Over the years, we have been able to rely on our donors, supporters, animal lovers, and caring people to help make these projects go smoothly. While this is probably the biggest undertaking we have ever been involved with, we have faith that once again you will be there to come through for us and these horses, like you always have been. We cannot fail and with your help, we will not fail.
What we ask for today, is for anyone who can help, to help, by making a small donation or a large donation today. If you have a little extra hay you can spare and bring to us, we need that ASAP as well. If you have some pasture space and can manage another mouth to feed for a while and have a little time to work on the basics like tying, leading and standing for the farrier, we need your help there also. As we learn more about what we might need, we will post updates and will share all of this, each step of the way, with all our readers.
To make arrangements to drop off hay, please email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
To make a monetary donation today, simply click on any of the “Donate” buttons on our website. Those donate buttons allow you to make a donation with a debit or credit card or directly from your PayPal account.
If you cannot make a donation online, please feel free to send your donation to:
Lucky 13 Horses
10990 State Hwy. 73
Pittsville, WI 54466
Thank you in advance for your time, help and understanding! We could not do this without each and every one of you. That is a fact, and we appreciate every donation, large or small.
If we can raise the funds in time, we can get much needed hay and grain to the farm immediately, and we can begin the vet work as early as this weekend. Once the vet work is done, and only after the vet work is done, can we start to get these horses out of harm’s way and into foster homes. Eventually, we will need help from volunteers to catch, handle, load, and haul these horses as well. Stay tuned for updates on the need for volunteers!
Anyone interested in fostering one of these horses should be aware that none of these horses will leave their current location until the horses have been vaccinated, de-wormed, Coggins tested and hopefully all dental work is done. Stallions will be gelded before leaving the property as well.
Anyone interested in fostering must be willing and able to work with their fostered horse to make it more adoptable, by working on the basics such as catching, leading, tying, and picking up its feet for the farrier.
Fostering is temporary and while MHWF will help with as much as we can, the immediate needs and care of the fostered horse is the responsibility of the person fostering the horse.
Anyone fostering one of these horses will be given the opportunity to keep the horse permanently and with no adoption fee once it has been established that it is in a good home and getting proper care.
Foster homes must fill out and submit a short form that we will make available (http://www.equineadoption.com/foster.pdf) so that we have names, addresses, etc. in hard copy and on file for every horse and its foster home.
Thank you for your consideration, your time and your support!