Animal Guardians Horse Rescue wins Natural Horsemanship education grant
Animal Guardians Horse Rescue is excited to announce that we have won a Natural Horsemanship Education Grant from the Parelli Foundation in Scottsdale, AZ, on May 20, 2018! We are proud to be affiliated with this premier horse training and public education program, and are thrilled and excited about the new and exciting programming and equipment we will purchase with this grant fund to train our horses, horse caregivers, and volunteers! 2018 is proving to be a fantastic year for AGHR so far!
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First AGHR Canine rescue finds her forever home
We are happy to announce that our beautiful sweet rescue dog Lullaby has found her forever loving home. We are thrilled about this adoption and wanted to thank all of our supporters in this special rescue endeavor. As you know, we are an Adoptions Partner with L.A. County Dept. of Animal Care & Control, and normally only accept equines on euthanasia deadline. But when Lullaby was announced for euthanasia 48 hour notice, we could not let her die. She had been through so much, with starvation, flea infestation, cough, ear infection, and bladder stones surgery. She had pups and was spayed, and we decided this was NOT the end of her life. Lullaby DESERVED a fighting chance. And in just a few months, our amazing foster caregiver, Bonnie, got her rehabilitated and well, ready for adoption.
Lullaby has found her forever match with her new buddy dog, Robin, also a rescued pit pull, and she will have a loving, safe, fantastic home in a family who loves her. We are very grateful to Bonnie for all of her help with this dog. We are also very grateful to Paula Maxwell, with LAAnimal.com, for helping us with some great photography to showcase our beautiful Lullaby.
Most of all, we are very grateful to our public supporters, who donated towards this cause, and helped us give this sweet dog the medical care, refeeding nutrition, and love she needed to heal her and make her whole again. With your support, Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc. was able to do their first inter-species successful rehabilitation and adoption! We are EVER GRATEFUL and very pleased with this outcome! Thank you ALL for supporting our cause and helping us save MORE lives daily!
an update on snow and sugar
"Thank you so much for sharing the wonderful news about Snow and Sugar doing great with their recent hoof trims and shots. They have definitely lucked out to be able to live the rest of their lives with you! We are so very appreciative of all that you do for them and every horse and animal that you care for. Your rescue is a blessing for sure!" —Equine Outreach Rescue, Oregon
In honor of a beautiful soul, sienna
Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc. is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our sweet angel Sienna, who lost her battle to a tragic colon twist colic emergency on March 25, 2018. To end her suffering, AGHR had no other option than to humanely euthanize this beautiful 28-year-old Morgan mare. She will forever live in our hearts as a playful, loving, youthful soul, with tons of love to give and joy in her being. We have created this memorial fund campaign to help recover the $1900 spent on Sienna's emergency vet bill, humane euthanasia and cremation. Please help us make a donation so we can sustain our funds for our other beautiful senior horses in the sanctuary and for Lullaby, our precious hardship case pit bull. We need help from the public to regain and recover, both emotionally, and financially, from this very traumatic and difficult loss of a beautiful life. Donors and rescue family members will be invited to attend a memorial ceremony by the ocean in a few weeks, when we say our last goodbye and throw a white flower into the ocean to show our respects and prayers for this beautiful horse who has given us so much joy. She will forever run in greener pastures, pain free, and mane flowing in the wind. We will also celebrate Texas, our sweet ranch horse who crossed the rainbow bridge in October 2017.
You can make a tax-deductible contribution towards Sienna's Memorial Fund in two ways
Wall of Love Giving Grid:
Click on a heart and make a tax-deductible donation, and then send the link to all of your friends and correspondences online, encouraging them to participate as well.
Thank you for your kindhearted and generous support.
giving from the heart grid fundraiser for february 2018
Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc. sends gratitude and big horsey hugs to the wonderful dedicated donors who gave generously to our Valentines Day "Giving From The Heart" Giving Grid Fundraiser:
Your generous donations have earned us an additional $800 to spend on our precious 33-year-old eldest senior angel, Dakota. This came very close to meeting our $1,000 fundraising goal. We sincerely appreciate your generous donations and your efforts in spreading the word about our fundraiser to other concerned citizens to participate from around the country. Our hearts are full of joy and Dakota is the direct beneficiary of all of this love. We encourage you all to stay connected with our rescue organization and join us for some wonderful community educational outreach events, and future fundraiser activities later this spring and summer. With your continued help and support, we are better able to continue caring for our equine senior angels with the greatest possible level of love.
A Volunteer contribution by angel campbell
It is often said "to give is its greatest reward." Being part of Animal Guardians Horse Rescue has been that for me. My horse died in Oct of 2017. He was an old cantankerous guy who had lived an adventurous life from race track, to backyard project, to dressage school horse, to ranch trail, to finally retired pasture buddy. Not all of his life was pleasant, but his last 14 years were filled with love and attention. When he passed, I promised him that I would find an organization that valued older horses in their twilight years and volunteer. I wanted to be sure other horses had as sweet and loving final years as he had had. I have found such an organization in Animal Guardians Horse Rescue. The older horses thrive from love and attention the many volunteers bestow on them. Each volunteer has so many gifts to share not only with the horses, but with each other as well. Some of us are new to the horse world, and some are experienced horse people but all share in the belief to make these horses have a better life. As diverse as our volunteers are is how diverse the horses are. We have horses who have had little positive human contact and lack the awareness as to space and trust. They need slow and consistent interactions. AGHR provides training to work with these horses in a consistent, safe manner. There are also horses that are so loving and sweet you could put them in your back pocket. The joy of having a previously distrusting horse walk towards you with bent head and seek your touch is truly satisfying. To have an old "friend" greet you with nickers can only be described as rapturous. Through giving my time to these amazing horses and this organization, my life has been enriched ten fold. I encourage anyone interested in horses to become a part of this wonderful organization because to give is its greatest reward. You never know what blessings await you.
We want you to become AGHR family
We are looking for like-minded, dedicated, professional people to serve on our Board of Directors. We have the following positions open for people who wish to serve a one year term: Treasurer, Director of Development, Volunteer Coordinator, Community Outreach Director, Fundraiser Committee Chair. Please contact us through our website with interest in serving as one of these Chair positions for 2018. These are voluntary pro-bono, non-salary, positions and require a minimum of 10 hours per month service time with our organization. Candidates must be qualified and over the age of 18, living within a one hour drive of Simi Valley, CA. only. Thank you for joining our team and keeping us driving forward strong this year!
Membership drive and board meetings
Happy winter holidays! And happy new year to all of our rescue family members and member supporters! We are happy and excited to start our new year with some new friendly faces joining us in 2018. Along with seven brand new Direct Horse Care Volunteers, we also have two brand new Board Members, joining our organization. This year is going to be exciting, transformational, and successful for sure. We need everyone's continued support, but we also need new sponsors and donors to help us support our increasing herd with the addition of two new horses, Snow and Sugar, from Oregon. Please help us kick off our 2018 year by joining our organization as a Golden Horseshoe Level Member today! And please consider becoming a Golden Wings Sponsor for one of these lovely ladies this year. Stay tuned for some fun and educational community outreach events coming this spring. We hope to see everyone there!
Southern California fire update
Some of you are really struggling with the fire situations in Southern California right now. This has been a challenging situation for everyone. Please rest assured that Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc. is working hard at ensuring that Inclement Weather and Fire Evacuation Procedures are in place and property owners / facility owners are figuring out the best way to manage a potential threat from the fires. Despite freeway closures and poor air quality in some areas, there has been no immanent threat to the Simi Valley area at this time and no announcement has been made to plan for evacuation. But we are preparing for that if it happens.
The latest news updates have stated that the Ventura County Fairgrounds is where all large animals are being taken in case of evacuation. However, we have heard from neighbors who are assisting with hauling that the facility there is full. So we are looking for alternate temporary housing options.
One of our fosters who lives and used to board in Oak View, was evacuated from Rancho Arnaz. She is in temporary shelter now and her horses are located in the Humane Society of Ventura County in Ojai, which we also heard was burning. Though it is not burning, the air quality is bad there. We are in touch with her regarding her situation. So far, her horses and she are ok.
One of our hay sponsors was also evacuated from Oak View and is staying temporarily with a friend in Oxnard. So far, her family is ok.
Our ranch horse, Baby, is in training and boarding in Sun Valley, which is being threatened by the Shadow Hills fire. The air quality is poor, but there have been no evacuations from her facility so far, so we are monitoring that closely. Another horse that we placed with Tierra Del Sol Foundation in Sunland is in a fire threat zone, but again, no evacuations have been called there. So we are monitoring Copper's well-being there.
This has been a challenging situation for everyone. Although my daughters are going back to school today, LAUSD has mandated that all Teachers who work in the West and East San Fernando Valley do not go to the schools today. 265 schools have closed due to poor air quality and potential evacuation of the areas near the fires in Chatsworth, Granada Hills, Sylmar, and surrounding areas in between. Therefore, I am home today and tomorrow, monitoring and preparing for any further action we may need to take.
The safety of our horses and our people caring for them are of utmost importance. We will take every step necessary to try to protect lives, property, and keep everyone safe. There has been a lot of "panic" on the social media and news channels recently, and it is our understanding that all of the Ventura County fires are 5% contained, but the wind is picking up again and it has been a struggle. There are also Los Angeles City fires which are very strong and active. They are 0% contained.
We ask that everyone stay where they are, do not move our horses without notifying us first. And try to remain calm. Prepare for power outages and evacuation procedures. And wait for emergency response personnel to notify us of what we need to do. Thank you to everyone who has expressed concerns and who is helping in this situation. Your support is very appreciated and valuable.
With Much Love & Gratitude,