In just one year, Drifter's Hearts of Hope has rescued 37 unwanted, slaughter-bound horses. Most of the horses who have made their way to the Funny Farm (DHOH headquarters) have required a great deal of rehabilitation and compassion. We're happy to report that as of today, Drifter's Hearts of Hope has re-homed 19 of these 37 precious lives, and very soon that number will go up to 20.
Limitless, is lucky #20. He is the big grey gelding pictured below. With his adoption currently pending, Limitless is a reminder to all of us that even a small horse community can make a huge impact and save a life. The children at DHOH have worked very hard to raise funds and care for their rescues, and the efforts of volunteers, friends, neighbors, and community have yielded the many success stories. Each person involved, has contributed in their own way. Whether it be through fostering, donating, hauling, providing care, and the list goes on, these horses have been saved by a wonderful community. DHOH is truly grateful for the overwhelming support to rescue and re-home these beautiful horses.
Currently, DHOH would like to SHARE with the horse community the 7 wonderful horses who are ready for forever loving homes. We're networking to spread the word about these awesome horses. In the coming months, the remaining 9 horses who are in quarantine/foster will be evaluated and placed for adoption within the rescue, so keep an eye out for them as well!
Drifter’s Hearts of Hope lifts everything it touches. As we are rescuing horses from horrific situations, we also lift teens with special needs to reach potentials nobody imagined!
This May, DHOH member, Bella, was honored to receive Legend High School’s “Achievement Award.” This award is given to an underclassman that demonstrates inspiration and life achievement. Bella’s inspiration came from her meaningful work earning resources for, and working with DHOH rescues. In addition, to her own passion, she was able to share this work and its reward with her peers. Bella has brought the work of DHOH to her high school, lifting not just horses, not just herself, but also all of her peers at school.
This work has provided Bella and other kids a perfect balance of play, passion and purpose!
Check out the video of Bella receiving her award here!
The most recent rescues known as the "Casper 3" have been in their new home at DHOH for nearly a week. The horses are doing well, all things considered and have started the rehabilitation process. Veterinary care, and farrier work are among the top priorities for these horses due to the extreme neglect they sustained in Wyoming.
The Casper 3 are mostly unhandled, but are reportedly willing and gentle natured. Their lack of handling didn't deter their hoof care today. They are learning quickly. A few of the DHOH supporters helped trim the hooves of all three horses. Given the condition of the horses' hooves, this has been a significant first step in the recovery of each horse which ultimately will lead to their placement in forever loving homes.
DHOH has provided a specific list of items that are needed at this time to care for and rehab the Casper 3. Items include:
-Feed - Equine Senior Grain, Equipride
-Panacur Power Pacs (wormers)
Farrier Care - donations
Veterinary Care - donations
**Please know that donations in kind such as feed, hay, supplements, etc may be dropped off at multiple locations for your convenience. ** Drop off locations include:
- The Funny Farm DHOH headquarters in Elizabeth, CO
- Lakewood, Colorado (2 locations)
- Denver, Colorado (1 location)
- More drop-off locations will be posted soon.
To coordinate a donation drop-off please complete a DHOH web form.
Due to the condition of the three horses--Freedom, River, and Prairie Fire, DHOH would like to secure individual Sponsorships for them. Sponsoring one of these horses means ensuring their future health and well-being. It is a great way to contribute for individuals who want to help, but do not have the time to volunteer. Sponsoring Freedom, River, or Prairie Fire will provide them with a stable monthly donation, that will be utilized specifically for their rehabilitation. DHOH sponsorships are strictly voluntary, so a sponsor may cease donations at any time.
To sponsor Freedom, click here.
To sponsor River, click here.
To sponsor Prairie Fire, click here.
Experienced volunteers are requested at this time to help with the handling and care of the horses at their location in Elizabeth, CO.
To volunteer please contact Jacqui Avis at 303.521.5726.
Drifter's Hearts of Hope is an accredited 501c3 not for profit organization and thanks you for your support.
Last weekend, the Colorado Horse Rescue Network was contacted regarding an emergency animal neglect case located in Casper, Wyoming. Drifter's Hearts of Hope immediately responded alongside other horse rescuers. CHRN made the drive up to Wyoming, not knowing what they would discover, and in hopes that they could bring 13 horses to safety.
"There were dead horses amongst 13 survivors." said DHOH founder, Jacqui Avis. "There are pregnant mares. These animals will be surrendered by the owner to CHRN, with 3 to be taken in by DHOH. Transport, feed, vet care, farrier care, is going to be costly. We would greatly appreciate any assistance possible, whether it be feed, hay donations, donations directly to our vet or farrier, or monetary donations. Let's help these poor horses!"
When the DHOH and CRHN crews arrived to the scene in Casper, they found the horses extremely emaciated, with some having evidence of founder, or no hoof care for what appeared to be years. The neglect of these animals was unbelievable. But not everything was doom and gloom for the 13 survivors. They were alive, and had just enough spirit left in them to get loaded into trailers and headed to safety in Colorado. These horses now have a chance....at a new start.
The rescues from Casper have a long road ahead of them, but thanks to the good work of CHRN, and the supporters and volunteers of DHOH, all of the horses have a chance.
DHOH has officially named all three of their rescues from the Casper situation as of today. The grey is now DHOH "Freedom", the bay is "River" and the paint is "Prairie Fire". All are doing well. What a difference just a few days makes.
So what is the significance of the number 34? DHOH was able to rescue horse #34, "Mikah". 34 is the typical number of horses that are loaded into one trailer when heading to slaughter.
It is a week of celebration at DHOH, as 13 lives were saved, and none of these horses will be shipping out to slaughter.
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We are in need of volunteers like you this spring and summer to help with the daily operations of Drifter's Hearts of Hope. Your time and efforts will contribute to the care of and ultimately the re-homing of the rescue horses. We'd love for you to come work with us and greatly appreciate your support!
We are in search of more volunteers for help with evening chores...feeding, mucking, grooming and general handling of horses... Please let us know if anyone is interested! Also, we need to do some fence work when it dries out and will be in search of a few strong men!:)
Currently volunteers are needed for:
To volunteer for one or more of the above duties, please contact us by completing our contact form here, or by visiting our Facebook page at facebook.com/Driftersheartsofhope.
Cabo and soon to be foal are doing very well. Bella and Jean went to pay them a visit and waited for the baby to kick. We are so excited to have a little one joining the DHOH rescue herd soon!
The DHOH members hosted a tack sale in April at Big R in Elizabeth that had a fantastic turn out! Our many thanks to the supporters and friends of DHOH who came out to help these kids raise some money for their rescue horses and save more precious lives!
She's back. With great anticipation, many of our supporters have been awaiting the stunning Island's Angel to be evaluated for adoption. Island is doing great under saddle, and we believe her to be an excellent hunter-jumper candidate. She's been added to the adoption gallery. Check back often as her status will be updated soon when she's ready for a forever home! (Below: Island's before photo at the feedlot. We can't believe how far this horse has come!)
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