Putting Our Faith in You
An astonishing outpouring of good will continues for the at-risk horses from Lantry, S.D., but at least 125 adoptive homes and lifesaving donations are needed for approximately 250 horses to complete the largest horse rescue in U.S. history.
The 313 horses relocated from South Dakota to a new and well equipped staging area in Colorado, were the remaining horses from 900 that the State of South Dakota found neglected last October.
In a final push to complete this rescue mission by April 30, The Griffen-Soffel Equine Rescue Foundation and Victoria McCullough have pledged a $50,000 matching fund. They will match all donations, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, in order to raise the $100,000 total needed to wrap up the rescue by the end of this month and ensure that no horse be left behind.
About 250 horses still need approved adoptive homes and transport. Many of the horses are strong and beautiful despite all they have endured. About 25 suffer from full or partial blindness, the cause of which remains unknown. If you can provide a suitable home for two or more horses, enabling bonded horses to stay together, please click here.
The task ahead remains daunting, but we believe it can and will be accomplished.
Recently, an inspiring thing happened: The 550-person, self-described cowboy community of Faith, S.D., 30 minutes west of Lantry, came together for these horses in need.
With rescuers facing a March 27 deadline to remove the horses off the property managed by The International Society for the Preservation of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB), the townspeople of Faith stepped forward. The deadline was part of a legal agreement between ISPMB and state’s attorneys,
Ranchers opened their gates, giving every horse a temporary place to stay so equine-rescue Fleet of Angels readied the animals for transport. Local veterinarian Tammy Winger labored through 10-hour nights to ensure the horses were vetted, with proper paperwork and microchips, so that they could travel over state lines.
The horses have since arrived at a well-equipped staging area in Ft. Collins, Colo., which is serving as the new adoption hub.
Now, we need your financial contribution to complete this unprecedented effort.
It is imperative that the Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary Alliance continue to raise funds to cover feed and labor until all the horses reach new homes.
Once more, horse lovers like from across the country must rally — like the people of Faith, S.D., did – so that we can complete this rescue by April 30. You can help with a generous donation and /or sharing tis with friends and colleagues. Everything helps — we are almost there!
We want to thank EVERYONE who has contributed to this big effort- everyone has made an impact on this rescue mission!
A special shout out to:
The Griffin-Soffel Equine Rescue Foundation
The Humane Society of The United States
Return to Freedom
Habitat For Horses
Lifesavers, Wild Horse Rescue
The Unwanted Horse Coalition
Red Horse Nation
HOW YOU CAN HELP THE ISPMB HORSES
Feed and Care Fund: The public can support the wild horses while adoptions continue by donating to a special fund created for feed, veterinary care, and all other costs related the life-saving mission for the ISPMP horses by the Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary Alliance).
Adopt: More than 200 people have applied to adopt two or more of these special horses. However, Fleet of Angels and partners are hoping to get more of the horses adopted in family bands, larger groups, and herds. Anyone who is interested in adopting some of these horses in larger bonded groups please contact: Fleet of Angels at HoldYourHorses@aol.com or via the ISPMB Horses / Emergency Adoption Mission page on Facebook.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ISPMB HORSE PLIGHT