Dozens Of Horses Rescued From California Wildfires

In Southern California, just outside Los Angeles, the Woolsey Fire was 91 percent contained after burning 96,949 acres and killing three people, at the time of this article posting.

As the state begins the long journey towards recovering from the tragic California wildfires, we’re taking a look at the honorable efforts of a group of amazing volunteers in the successful rescue of dozens of horses.

Two barns located in Thousand Oaks were home to dozens of horses, and were inconveniently located directly between the two raging fires that were attacking California. The facility, known as Ride On, was home to a non-profit therapeutic and rehabilitative program for individuals with physical and mental disabilities.

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Terrified volunteers quickly got to work to load the horses into the trailers, taking extra caution and making a collective effort to remain as calm as possible while handling the horses, despite the impending danger and ashes falling from the sky as they did so. It was crucial that they remain calm to avoid alarming the horses; any sort of mishap with an agitated or frightened horse had the potential to lengthen the loading process and throw a wrench into the entire situation. Thankfully, due to the efforts made by the dedicated volunteers, all of the horses in the two barns were successfully rescued.

All across California, amazing individuals, celebrities and citizens alike, risked their lives and made a collective effort to rescue confused and frightened horses. Actress Sandra Bullock donated a sum of $100,000 to the Humane Society of Ventura County to aid in the rescue of both wildlife and animals kept as pets and livestock. Bullock stated on Facebook that she wanted to “contribute to those on the front line rescuing animals in peril and hope others will choose to do the same”. It is in times like this that it becomes clear that there is a dedicated community of animal lovers that will always come together to help defenseless animals, no matter the situation.

The Humane Society of Ventura County

Based in Ojai, Calif., The Humane Society of Ventura County does not receive any funding from the city, county or state. “ONE HUNDRED percent of your donations stay right here to benefit directly the animals in our community,” the nonprofit wrote in a Facebook post.

The Humane Society of Ventura County is just one of several organizations helping animals affected by the California fires. 

Click here to find out how you can help. 

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About Irene Michaels

Over the past 25 years I have taken on the roles of a producer, publisher, insider journalist and fundraiser. My artistic interests began early in my teens working as a model and a dancer throughout the U.S. I formed my first modeling agency before I was twenty. While modeling I secured a re-occurring role in the popular daytime TV series General Hospital. Read more...