About Annie’s rescues:
Many of the horses that come to Fire and Ice horse farm are malnourished, which is what comes to mind with “rescue”. However, helping underfed and neglected horses is only a small part of what Fire & Ice horse farm does. Malnourished and starving horses receive proper nutrition and care to bring them back a healthy state. Then the real work begins.
Almost every horse requires training or retraining. For those of you familiar with dog rescue, one of the main reasons that dogs are relinquished or abandoned is for behavioral issues. In other words, lack of training. The same is true in horses, only more so. When many people have a 1000 pound animal that they cannot control, they get rid of it or let it sit out in a field. Because the horse is not trained, it is not useful or enjoyable for the owner. These horses get passed around from owner to owner, ending up neglected or worse. Training is a central part of the rehabilitation for horses that come to Fire & Ice horse farm. All have been mishandled, physically abused, or in many cases, have never received any training whatsoever.
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WHAT IS THE TRUE PURPOSE OF A RESCUE
When someone sees a brutally abused, tortured and/or starved animal left to suffer until it dies, one cannot help but pour out their heart and wallet to help that animal. It is human nature. That is why we see so many horribly injured animals being rescued and people being asked to contribute toward their medical bills. With all that money being spent on the suffering animal in hopes that he or she will someday be pain free again, it makes us feel like heroes. But do we ever think what other good that massive amount of money would have done for feeding, spaying and neutering the less “less” fortunate or as we say, those animals that are not injured but are going to die because no one wants them. Feeding the masses is not heart wrenching but it is of great importance.
When I first started to rescue large animals in big numbers back in the early 80’s, I was told by a very well respected Veterinarian that I could not save them all and I must be practical with what I was attempting to do. I did not follow his instructions at the beginning but a little down the road I realized that easing the suffering of an animal is the best thing you can do for that animal. They live in the “now” and do not think about the time when they will be free of pain and suffering, all they know is that they are in agony today.
After taking many severely injured track horses and trying to nurse them back to painlessness; I found that relieving their weeks and months of suffering and stopping them from being herded into slaughter trucks and stuck in pens, barely able to stand, was all I could do to alleviate their pain but it was enough for that horse. I was fortunate to have acreage and heavy equipment at my disposal along with that wonderful Veterinarian. I am not saying that I still did not rescue the healthier animals and happily give them a new life but I adjusted my priorities to do both.
Not having to be “out for the money” made my thought process a bit easier after I fully understood what my Vet meant. It is all about quality of life. Those words are spoken frequently but when you really think about it, they mean everything.
People feel better about themselves when they donate to help a severely injured animal, more so than when they donate food to a shelter or farm; but actually they are doing more good in the long run by donating the food.
My heart also goes out to those animals in the news who get picked out as the “cause” animal. Whose wouldn’t? But if you look at it logically, a rescue is supposed to care for the masses and alleviate as much pain as possible along the way.
This is a thankless job from the get go. People always tell you that you haven’t done enough; that you are not doing it right; and that they would do it a better way; but the fact is “They are not doing it, the rescues are.” I have spent thirty years putting my brain back in the right place time after time. Crying when alone and looking tough when in public. Making split second life or death decisions and trying not to look back and say “what if ”….
If I should ever win the lottery, I would start as many free and low cost spay/neuter clinics as money would allow. Also, I would open an assisted living facility for people with pets. Nothing is more heartbreaking than seeing a frightened older pet huddled in a cage in animal control, because there was no one who would take the elderly person’s animal when they had to give up their home. Maybe someone who has already won many millions will read this do just that. Maddie’s Fund is a wonderful program but does not cover the globe. Of course no one could ever do enough good to help the whole planet, but every little bit does help. Overpopulation is the number one cause of starvation, abuse and neglect. If pets were harder to come by people would take better care of them.
It all boils down to this: you don’t have to make a big splash to do some good. Just giving five dollars to help buy food is a wonderful thing. You don’t need the picture of a specific animal and a medical goal of $5,000 or $18,000 as incentive.
Please find a rescue in your area that you trust who is “feeding the masses” and give them a hand.