Save a Horse!
I make trips to the Bakersfield Animal Shelter about every week. I talk to the KCAC crew, I make the rounds with the dogs, and I come home with a few four-legged friends. Behind the shelter is a make-shift horse stable that seemed to be increasing in size every week. Why were there so many horses accumulating at a dog/cat shelter? Officer Julie Sugg (a pal since I began Marley’s Mutts) and another staff member named Jessica explained to me the plight of these horses. Some were abandoned, some stray and several were seized from animal abuse cases. Their pasts were different but they shared a very abysmal and probable future. If the horses didn’t go to rescue or get adopted in the next week, the county had no choice but to send them to auction. Kern County Animal Control is fighting an underfunded and excruciating battle just to keep up with the dog problem and these horses cost thousands of dollars a weeks to care for. There was no other option but to send to send them to auction.
Horse rescue is not something that we, as a dog rescue, go out of our way to pursue. This operation came to be out of pure necessity: if someone didn’t act, these horses were going to auction which, all to often means slaughter. We undertook this endeavor because a handful of people knew it could be done, stepped up to the plate, and made it happen. We talked to our friends, made hundreds of phone calls, sent tons of emails and, before we knew it, we had a pretty darn good plan.
Kern County Animal Control lent all the support they could and were extremely accommodating. Friends and good Samaritans lent trailers, vehicles, harnesses and exerted blood, sweat and a few tears to make this happen. A week and a half into this effort we have liberated 15 horses and brought them up to the Tehachapi area. The horses are being kept at several locations and are being cared for by a solid (and growing) group of enthusiasts and supporters.
We still have a long way to go and with winter approaching (eventually), we will need to make sure that the horses have everything they need to be comfortable. You can help support the horses by donating time, money, feed or any of the other items that are on our “Wish List.” Thanks to the dozens of folks that made this happen and let’s keep on truckin’!!
Zach M. Skow
Click on Horse Rescue Page to see photos and bios of the rescued horses.
Donations can be dropped off at Bear Valley Equestrian Center, Tehachapi Pet Lodge, and Hemme Hay.
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Mission StatementOur mission is to use abused and/or neglected rescued horses in a therapeutic setting that cultivates the healing process and encourages the well-being, mental health, and physical development of foster children, at-risk youth, trauma victims, individuals battling addictions, or those with other special needs.
Bonding with a horse is a singularly uplifting experience that gives humans an outlet for their fears and anxieties while promoting leadership skills, developing responsibillity, and learning the values of trust, self-discipline, and hard work.
AdministratorsAnn Kline, President
Judy Stevens, Web Mgr.
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Tehachapi, CA 93561. 661-477-1070