After a 2 day cross country trip, Mija has made it back to the ranch where she will live the rest of her life out. We have a couple young ladies who will possibly use her for their 4H horse, and she will be active with our Sheriff Posse.
We unloaded her into our holding area for the night so she could acclimate and get her feet under her. She has a super sweet, easy going personality, so we moved her to the front 10 acres with our blind gelding, Jenkins, and our 2 oldest mustang mares. As you can see, she has settled in nicely. Thank you to everyone who donated and helped this happen. You are why we can continue doing what we do!!!
Welcome Home, Mija.
The hardest goodbye yet...
This past Saturday evening (December 3rd) I had to say goodbye to a man that meant the world to me, my daddy. He was the pillar of our family. He taught me how to ride, instilled the passion of horses in my life, taught me to be strong and stand up for myself. He believed in everything I did, and when I strayed he was stern but loving in guiding me back on the right path. He shared all my joys and sorrows with me, and encouraged me to be the best I could be. He was proud of his family and made us his priority. There were days he’d have us all saddle up and go for a long ride to a hole in the wall some two hours away on horseback. We’d tether the horses, have lunch, and then ride back home. If I got bucked off breaking one of the new horses he’d make me get up and right back on. There was no giving up. This is how he lived his life to the very end. There aren’t enough words to describe how wonderful a father he was. He loved the ranch and the horses here, and said when he died, this was where he wanted to be. It was a privilege and honor to have been his daughter, and my honor and blessing to have been his nurse in his final months. I’m grateful to still have my wonderful mother with us, and an unbelievable husband God blessed me with who walked through this chapter right by my side, loving and taking care of my father with me every step of the way. But, the bond between a father and daughter is immeasurable and the void and emptiness too real. I know this is only a temporary separation and we will all celebrate together in Heaven one day. So, for now, I have to be excited for my dad as he reunited with my sister, my son, my daughter, my brother, his parents & all those who have gone before. What a party they must be having. Party on, dad. It’s your celebration time. Thank you for all you gave…
UPDATE: Denver (aka Yoda) has found a forever home. We are currently raising funds and have transport secured for the end of October. We are so excited that he is going to a loving home where he will be a spoiled indoor cat.
We found this itty bitty kitty huddled next to our outbuilding, scared and injured on a Sunday evening. He had been bitten by a rattlesnake and his head looked like a pumpkin. We attempted to call our vet, but he was out of town. So, I took a warm bucket of water and cloth and soaked his face until the bite area opened and drained. He was rushed to the vet early the next morning, and rather than give up and recommend he be put to sleep, our wonderful vet accepted the challenge to save him. Thanks to a gracious donor all expenses were covered so we could focus on giving him a 2nd chance at life. On his follow up visit, 10 days later, the vet was excited about the progress and said that not only would Denver make a full recovery, but he would have full eyesight in the eye closes to the bite that we thought would be permanently damaged. This itty bitty was our first big challenge in the cat world. We are so excited at his progress. He will be coming up for adoption as soon as the rest of the wound heals. We are slowly taking him outside to meet the other kittens, but will need to be an indoor cat because of some special needs.
We are so happy to have been able to relocate our rescue horses to a better climate that is more suitable for our Seniors and disabled horses. Jenkins, our completely blind mustang gelding that was saved at the 11th hour from going to slaughter, has quickly adapted and can maneuver the 63 acres confidently. The herds still break down into their own bands, but all stick to grazing in the same areas together.
With enough stalls and run in's to care for all the horses, new routines have been easy to adapt to. But, my favorite time is evening feeding. All we have to do is holler "dinner" and it's a race. We have been blessed beyond all expectation to be able to give our precious souls a better life.
We are a long term retirement sanctuary for both wild and domestic horses. Many of our equine residents are senior citizens that range from early 20's to nearly 35 years of age. Others have disabilities that prevent them from being ridden and deemed unplaceable. Quite a few are mustangs that have been turned out and are allowed to roam in as natural a setting as possible. These horses have come from abused, neglected, abandoned, seized, slaughter-bound, and owner surrendered situations. It is our mission to allow them to live their lives out in a safe and peaceful environment, euthanizing only when quality of life no longer exists.
We believe that every animal has a right to life so we do not euthanize to control but allow these horses to roam freely and live out their lives in a safe and peaceful environment. It is our mission to help as many as we can, and although we may not have room at the ranch, we continue to network and work with several other organizations in rescuing, placing, fostering, and transporting both dogs & horses. We believe that working together with other rescues and rescue organizations opens up more possibilities to assure animals are given a better chance to that wonderful life.
Additionally, we believe that America’s wild horses have a right to remain wild and free. However, each year thousands of wild horses continue to be removed from their indigenous environment and relocated off public lands with nowhere to go in the private sector. Whispering Winds Animal Sanctuary maintains that, whenever possible, bonded horses will be allowed to stay together. We believe this will allow them the ability to live out their lives roaming free on the sanctuary and allow them to carry on their heritage.
We rely solely on donations to run this sanctuary and are not government funded in any way. We have no administration or board member fees or costs as volunteers supply this help. All donations go directly to the horses!
Funding - We are ever so grateful for one time donations, scheduled monthly donations or the sponsorship of a specific horse. Donations may be made on our "Make A Donation!" page through Pay Pal or a credit card. You may also mail checks to our address:
Whispering Winds Animal Sanctuary
PO Box 187, Roby, TX 79543.
- Volunteering - We need people (skilled and unskilled in horse care) who can assist in the care of horses and the upkeep of their facilities.
- Donating supplies - We have an ongoing need for good quality hay, supplements, Equine Senior, medical supplies, etc
There's several ways to donate to help us continue our work. Use one of the links below, or visit our "Ways To Help" link above.
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Trails End - a program implemented to deter horse owners from sending old, sick, crippled, or dangerous horses to auction where they end up sold for slaughter and to offer financial assistance to owners who need to euthanize their horses (or other equines). A 50% reimbursement* is provided for humane euthanasia as well as 50% reimbursement for hauling fee, if applicable.
Stop the Backyard Breeder - initiated in 2002, this unique program offers a partial reimbursement* (approximately 30%) for castration of stud colts and stallions. This program is available to anyone (individual or rescue) across the United States and applies to horses, donkey and burros.
Whispering Winds Animal Sanctuary * PO Box 187, Roby, TX 79543 (541) 530-0417