Wild & Domestic Horse Rescue: helping save those in need.
We want to thank EVERYONE for being a part of helping
White Phantoms Wild Horse Rescue save lives in need.
We are open and transparent to all.
We are a registered 501c3 Non Profit with all volunteers, no one gets a salary or paid for anything.
For the year of 2021 our incoming donations/funds were $21,121.93
Expenses were as follows:
REPLACEMENT GATE: $800
REFUNDS $550 (gelding & adoption fee)
BANK FEES $20.00
All end of the year funds are currently in the rescue account and we are raising funds for hay that we will need to start restocking again.
Horses brought in to the rescue for the year 2021 were as follows
Domestics surrendered: 9
This count does NOT include any foals born after their arrival.
We want to give HUGE thanks to all who donated privately to our vet: Tonasket Vet Services, where we have a special account just for the rescue, to those who always help us with our fundraisers, events, donated items... to North 40 for a huge donation of grain which helped keep our costs way down....So many more...
You will notice that there are no fuel costs and other expenses?
Trailers, trucks, fuel, more hay, farrier fees, delivery people, etc.....They all volunteered or were all donated/paid for directly by people because our funds are clearly very tight for the amount of horses we try to help and we've had to put a limit on due to costs of feed and medical. That's one of the hardest parts of rescue: having to pick and choose and say ‘no’ in order to provide properly for any that do come in the rescue.
The number of calls we field are amazing!
Beginning in 2022: there are 2 surrendered domestic horses at the rescue, we are feeding 2 owner surrenders at another residence until they can be transported (due to weather), 3 wilds scheduled to come in and we are feeding 5 starving local wild/feral horses in dire need.
We don't take in sanctuary horses, we will refer those to a sanctuary, everything here is brought in, assessed, cared for and put up for adoption to approved homes with applications on file.
We rely on donations, fundraising and all ideas are welcomed to help us in the new year and years to come to help cover hay, supplements, equipment and vet expense bills.
One of a herd of feral horses we are taking in.
We have all the supplies to treat her wounds, worm her and plenty of food in front of her and water thanks to our many donors who care so much about these forgotten horses!
These are the things we do here at the rescue for the incoming horses in need.
This is WHY we rescue. This is one of MANY wild/feral horses that are killed often by people. This particular yearling was gut shot and suffered for days before he died.
These wounds were completely flushed out until all maggots were gone, medications are being given for all her special needs.
Working with them to get the proper nutrients. Sometimes it takes alot of time for their fur to come back in when they blow their coats: not enough nutrition can make for a lengthy "catching up"
Luckily they are making good progress as the days go on, they have medicines, food and much needed care.
Wounds are healing, needs weight gain and such a nice gentle horse. None of us can ever understand how a human can do this to so many loving animals!
Many others don't survive....
We are trying very hard to help the horses we have here and all the new ones needing special care that have arrived & expecting to keep arriving.
We are an all volunteer recognized 501c3 Non Profit, every penny goes the the horses' and their needs, their feed, supplements, vet care & all medical supplies.
WHY WE RESCUE
I woke up this morning with this weighing heavily in my heart and felt it was time share her story.
This is a true story I hope everyone reads all they way through.
Rescue is about saving lives, loving for and caring for animals (in our case special needs Great Danes and wild pregnant mares bound for horrible deaths)
Sometimes, things happen differently and this is a story about *Saving a life*
We were called into the mountains, many know about the famous Artie starved horse who made a miraculous recovery but few know the story of his partner and friend up in the high mountains with him.
When we arrived to look at the "starving loose horse" we were originally told it was one and did not know if it was a wild or domestic. Upon arrival, we were told a second horse had been "found" but one of the people said it was injured and they could not go over and see it again, too horrific. Most times very graphic injuries can heal so we went over to her.
We've seen alot, we've saved ALOT that were given a death sentence but this was different.
PLEASE PICTURE THIS IN YOUR MIND:
Here stood this incredible beautiful emaciated mare, she tucked her hind legs a couple inches forward and her left front leg inches forward, but the right front leg was stuck in place: why? She had been attacked by likely a cougar, from her should down to her knee the skin, tendons and muscles had been torn away and she stood there on a stump of just a bone. This sweet angel did NOT understand WHY that leg wouldn't move with her to greet us.
She nickered and we shook our heads at each other, her colour was pale, she'd been going in circles fending off predators for God knows how long, the ground soaked into a bloody worn dust bowl and she wasn't going to make it another night.
I gently pet her and whispered, "maybe..........." she was so very sweet but I knew and my partner in rescue knew the truth of her fate: he gently stroked her forehead, she placed her head into his chest and he loved on her, rubbing her ears and neck, but it was getting dark: her fate was sealed. She was in incredible pain, her eyes begged for an end to her incorrigible suffering.
He backed up, brushed her forelock away with one last loving gentle touch, the sun set, the hunter handed him the rifle and he whispered to her "I am so sorry you special lady, you deserved better in life."
The shot rang out and she went down instantly. My friend gently pet her and moved her head kindly saying he was "so sorry" and "Goodbye"
THIS WAS A RESCUE - a dying horse with pleading eyes that would have been eaten alive by predators over night, but these are the stories no one talks about.
I wrote down the notes from that night and put them away. It took me many months to write this, it still makes us cry to think what happened to her and knowing there was no way to save her life but to let her go to Rainbow Bridge, gifting her freedom.
I thank God for the people who found her and notified us, took us to her. I thank God she didn't suffer any longer... but our hearts will always hurt, she is forever a part of what we do and WHY WE RESCUE.
We later found out, she was Artie's sidekick for many years.
WE NEED YOU!
For less than a latte for the day you can donate $5 to help feed the rescues.
Every dollar helps. If you've donated, THANK YOU, please share, every share gets the word out to everyone about these incredible horses!
All are available for adoption.
We are working so very hard to have fundraisers for hay we desperately need. We are trying to raise the awareness of our fundraisers to help these incredible horses we have and help cover the hay we still need ongoing to keep saving so many lives.
ALL our donations go directly to hay only .... please if you can donate or share our fundraiser, everything will help us in some possible way....
Become a part of our village saving the lives of Pregnant mares bound for slaughter and worse fates....
You can click the donate button at the bottom of this page.
You can also donate via paypal to our wild horse's hay fundraiser to WPWHR.email@example.com
If you wish to donate to our vet directly for all the rescue horse's needs:
Tonasket Veterinary Service
31648 Highway 97
Tonasket, WA 98855
Their phone number is 509 486 2166
We have a couple rescue pages on FB and a FB group if you want to like/join and follow our progress with all the pregnant mares and rescues this village helps and be a part of our village:
Each one of us specializes in many different aspects, which brings our rescue together in a special way to help each individual horse and foal that enters our program.
PLEASE NO STRAIGHT LOAD TRAILERS. Thank you.
We rescue and rehabilitate as many wild or abandoned horses, domestic horses as well as the needs arise; assess their physical and training needs; rehabilitate and provide care and training as appropriate; evaluate their placement attributes; and place them into appropriate permanent homes.
Education will be considered a high priority. Informational literature will be dispensed to all applicants, interested parties, and the general public through rescue events, feed stores, and other appropriate places and events, to showcase available horses, their plight in the wild, and ongoing rescue efforts.