It's been hot here at the ranch for the past couple of weeks, so some of the horses are taking advantage of their lake to cool off. Not all go swimming, some will just wade. But, Carson and Loki like doing laps.
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