|Enjoying the summer range at DreamCatcher Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary, Leo and Orion |
are inseparable friends who've been through a war together, enjoying peace and security now
threatened by the imminent sale of their new home. Will they get to stay?
Do you remember these horses? Read the quick recap below, or my blogs from June 2011 might help (you can click on the link above or on blog "Archives" over to the right).
L to R: Onyx and Cortez (socks) in Michigan
foster care gaining strength for the trip home.
See their full transformation below.
Starving in Michigan, these proud wild horses, icons of the American west, had been rounded up from Twin Peaks in northern California by the Bureau of Land Management and sold to a Michigan woman whose plans to sell them fell through, and they were literally starving in her old hog barn. Two horses died in Michigan. The local Michigan District Attorney refused to act on law enforcement's recommendation for 16 counts of animal cruelty. People across the country were outraged.
When DreamCatcher Wild Horse Sanctuary heard about it, Director Barbara Clarke went into high gear to bring these horses home. Only 20 miles from their Twin Peaks wild habitat, DreamCatcher's 2,000-acre, natural habitat sanctuary was the perfect refuge for these traumatized horses.
In any case, DreamCatcher has this opportunity to truly secure this land. It is an amazing opportunity. It is also a crisis: I have just learned that they may only have days. But here is an opportunity to help create an American legacy that will live on long after our generation.
Director Barbara Clarke explains:
I hope you enjoy the below photographs of the life-sustaining place that is DreamCatcher Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary.
DreamCatcher is a 501(c)(3), and all donations will be tax deductible. You can be a part of securing safe futures for many animals, even those yet to be, by helping this trustworthy sanctuary plant her roots and continue her healing work. On behalf of the Twin Peaks horses and the rest of the sanctuary residents (photos of some below), thank you.
former proud Twin Peaks band stallions, in the Michigan hog barn.
RIGHT: Duke at DreamCatcher in the hayfield, pursuing a mare from his new family.
In fall of 2011 the money was raised for these horses to come home (over $10,000 in just days). The horses you see here are now all safe at DreamCatcher Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary.
Will you please help DreamCatcher do it again so that these horses, and many others can stay safe in this magical, healing place? Have a look:
Onyx, Cortez, and Duke are back with families at DreamCatcher. Will they get to stay?
BELOW: Cortez at DreamCatcher BELOW: CORTEZ and family at DreamCatcher
Cortez looking mighty fine! You can see that Keeley and her baby are part of Cortez's little band in the photo on the right. These horses have been together through hell and back. Please help ensure that this is their forever home.
BELOW LEFT: The girls, hungry and
depressed in an old hog barn in Michigan.
RIGHT: The Shy black mare and her devoted look-alike filly enjoy DreamCatcher's summer range together.
BELOW: Onyx at DreamCatcher.
MORE ABOUT DREAMCATCHERDreamCatcher is committed to protecting the rights of wild horses and burros in the wild to stay in the wild in their legal Herd Management Areas. They are Plaintiffs in groundbreaking litigation defending these Twin Peaks horses, which is currently before the Ninth Circuit.
I first met DreamCatcher and Barbara Clarke when seeking a home for five wild mares from the deadly 2010 Calico roundup in Nevada, when I witnessed 1,922 horses chased from their mountain home. When Barbara granted these five girls sanctuary, I continued to visit, and my respect for the organization, its values, its hands-on practices with the animals, and its leadership grew as my knowledge of the work there deepened.
THE "CALICO" HORSES
Freedom crashes through barbed wire fence after jumping
the 6' fence separating him from his mountain home (see
photo below). Photo- Craig Downer
Two of Freedom's mares, the iconic black stallion who jumped a 6-foot fence and crashed the barbed wire to escape his capture, were in that group of five...
|Freedom escapes capture as his mare, who I call Dahlia, frantically runs to the fence, unable to follow.|
LEFT: Frightened and very wild here in the BLM pen, the displaced Dahlia was always hiding behind River, Freedom's lead mare also at DreamCatcher . . .
BELOW RIGHT: Meet the confident, relaxed Dahlia after living at DreamCatcher for two years.
All the horses here have dramatic "before" stories, but it's the horse-centered, day-to-day way of life here, made possible by this very place, that is so precious and what people should see...
...where horses get to live the way horses like to live...
DreamCatcher's Summer Range
Barbara Clarke checking water supply for the Summer Range horses. The sanctuary hauls water
several times a day if/when the ponds dry up.
several times a day if/when the ponds dry up.
BELOW: Moving horses to another part of the Summer Range
THE BIG GREEN BARN
The barn is a haven for horses with any medical issues, or horses who need some extra hands-on attention for whatever reason. DreamCatcher's beloved older horses are fed their Equine Senior in this comforting enclosure twice a day.
Help DreamCatcher purchase the Big Green Barn... and the land on which it sits.
The depth of thought that goes into decisions about the horses, the level of detail, and the underlying, ever-present dedication to the physical and mental wellbeing of the animals make DreamCatcher a glistening gem in the northern California high desert, a haven that I pray will stay as a beacon, a stronghold of safety in these challenging times.
|Barbara Clarke enveloped by some of her biggest supporters. That's wolfdog and alpha girl, Chloe, on her lap.|
L to R: Sparky, the energetic amazing rat terrier, Barbara and Chloe, the elegant wolfdog Nukka, and Trixie, old Collie mix and former outdoor ranch dog. These dogs are all unadoptable, and DreamCatcher is their forever home. They think that is just the greatest... (These dogs are featured in back issues of DreamCatcher's E-magazine, which you can find on the DreamCatcher Wild Horse Sanctuary Facebook page or Barbara Clarke's Facebook page.
You can drop send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will subscribe you so you will get all future editions.
You can click here to help DreamCatcher. No donation is too small or too large. The Sanctuary needs $65,000 to purchase the land. I will update this blog to share where things stand...
I was honored to began work for the sanctuary in June 2012 as Director of Public Education and Media, because DreamCatcher, too, remains,
For all the wild horses, captive and free, and their humble burro friends,
all who came before, and all those yet to be,
Our wolfdog girls, permanent residents.