We've had quite a few adoptions, but of course as usual we have had more incoming than outgoing. Currently we are expecting to take in 4 young mini/pony mares, pregnant, and 2 of them with foals at side. We plan to pick them up early next week. We recently had a few returns, including Hope and Bonny who were adopted out in 2008, Kokanee who was just recently adopted but didn't fit in well at his new home, and Cider who was adopted out in 2007. This week we are also expecting back Sugar and Disco, as their owners are moving to the Yukon. Additional intakes include 2 nice Quarter Horses, Fawn and Ziggy; another Quarter Horse, Charger, who came in with Hope and Bonny; Zippity, a mini paint stallion (already adopted!) and 2 cute weanling fillies, Autumn#2 and Zendaya; a donkey, Zebity, at foster with the mini-mules and Eeyore; and 2 more rabbits and some chickens. Adopted out were Tawny, Django, Twix, Rigby, Chex, Zippity, Juanita, and foster fails Yuma, Zaz and Romeo!
We are so glad that the weather held out and we were able to pasture a lot of the horses until well into October and November. The last 33 horses were brought home by Mike and one of our wonderful volunteers, Barrie, at the end of November, all looking very fat and happy. All the horses were so good to load and haul. Of the 21 we brought home from the one pasture, of the 4 or 5 loads to bring them home, it wasn't until the last 4 horses that any of them even needed to be haltered - and this was loading them loose on a quarter section without even corrals! I have to say I am glad to have them home, even though it means having to feed LOTS of hay. It is so nice to be able to see them and interact with them on a daily basis.
There was a great volunteer day in October with thanks to the employees of Deloitte Touche. Lots of fencing/painting/clean-up got done! Thank you to Mike's brother Andy for coming out and helping to supervise.
Thank you Bob for the donation of 100 round bales of hay!
Thank you Ken Chapman and Catalyst Changers for the donation of $10,000!!
We had the online auction on facebook in September in 2 parts that raised, drum roll please... $7,482!! A huge shout-out to Mary Ellen for all her hard work in organizing and running the auction, and thank you to everyone who donated items!
With Halloween we received LOTS of pumpkins for the pigs. Thanks to everyone who collected pumpkins and brought them out to the Rescue (special thanks to Amy from Red Deer Humane, that's her in the pic) from Mountain View Dodge, Olds College, AARCS, Red Deer Humane Society, and more !
Thorncliffe Venturer Scouts volunteered a day at the Rescue in November - building a fence, hanging some gates, etc. Thank you Scouts!
Thank you so much Pets For Life Society for the donation to cover our October and November vet bills.
Today we had another group out, the .... class from Red Deer College, to help finish the seniors' shelter. It looks fantastic!!