10/19/17: WILD FIRES: After having to evacuate 10 days ago, we are eager to head home soon!
Dear SERRA supporters,
We want to give you an update on our status during the fires here in Sonoma County. A week ago on Monday morning, in the face of a fire moving straight toward the ranch on Crane Canyon Road in Santa Rosa, we had to evacuate our SERRA horses and 21 boarded horses. Thanks to the courage, commitment, and teamwork of a group of SERRA volunteers, Crane Canyon Equestrian Center personnel, horse owners, and wonderful caring friends who hastily assembled at 2:00 am, we were able to quickly and smoothly get all the horses off the property to a safe temporary staging area. (Thank goodness for all that trailer loading practice!) And, thank goodness for a change in wind at 4:30 am that redirected the fire as it got close to the ranch. Later that morning, our horses were divided into groups and hauled out to five different stables. They have all been doing well in their temporary spaces. Over this past week, we have consolidated our herd into two stables as we await notification of when we can return to the ranch. Recent reports on the fire containment and air quality have indicated that is in the next day or two.
We have received many calls and emails from residents who have stables and pastures available for displaced horses. Fortunately we have been able to connect them with people needing safe havens for their horses. There are still thousands of horses and farm animals displaced by the fires and we will continue to match evacuated animals with temporary or forever homes as needed. Please let us know if you have property available or know of someone in need.
When we move our herd back to our ranch, the SERRA barn will be full. However, many of our horses are healthy and trained and ready to be adopted to their forever homes. These adoptions would open up space for new rescue horses from the fires that are in need. If you are interested in adopting, please click here to visit our website adoption page.
After evacuating, because of the fires and road closures, we were unable to get back to the barn for our feed and supplies. We have had to purchase additional hay, supplements, medications and supplies. We have also had unanticipated expenses associated with the evacuation and relocation. We are asking for donations to help offset our recent expenses and vet bills. If you would like to make a donation, we would be very grateful. Please click here to make a one time or recurring donation.
We are welcoming new volunteers to help with all aspects of our horses’ medical needs, rehabilitation, training and overall well-being. Our volunteers enjoy a great environment, the excitement of working with the horses, and the opportunity to learn about equine rehabilitation and natural horsemanship. Come join our team! Click here for more information.
The fires over the last week have caused SERRA some challenges to be sure, and several of our team members have been evacuated from their homes, but we have been very blessed compared to what could have been and compared to those who have suffered devastating losses and unimaginable grief. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the fires. We know this is an extremely difficult time for everyone near and far. We would like to take this opportunity to express some much-deserved recognition: to our SERRA volunteers for their bravery, flexibility and extra love and care for our horses during this time (we couldn’t do it without you!); to the team at Crane Canyon Equestrian Center for your consistent dedication to the well-being of all the horses; to our extended SERRA family for your emails of concern and support, and to the firemen and first responders for their continued work day and night to control the fires and keep us safe. We are amazed by and very grateful for all those who have volunteered during this disaster; including the members of our SERRA team who have been out helping evacuate and haul other horses and farm animals to safety and volunteering in local shelters and fairgrounds. It takes all of us, together, to overcome adversity and start the healing process. A special thank you to San Antonio Stables, Dianne Sommerfeld, Martha & Jerry Shuck, Jinifer Price and TracyEngelen for taking our beloved horses onto their property and helping care for them this past week. We are very grateful to all!
Again, thank you all for your calls, help, courage and incredible energy. To continue our important work over the coming months, we encourage you to become a SERRA volunteer or donor. We call upon your financial support to help us continue our mission of Saving One Horse at a Time.
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Thank you all so much!
Cathy Spratling, Marjorie McCoy and the entire SERRA team!
SERRA - Sonoma Equine Rescue Rehab & Adoption