Massive wildfires are continuing to rage throughout California. It has been so devastating and disheartening to see the posts and videos on social media showing the impact that the fires have made on California. Within minutes of the fire starting, it was already roaring over the mountains. However, amidst the devastation and tragedy, we do see hope through the many stories being shared.
Many people and animals have been affected, including horses. Some owners are facing the decision to set their horses free to escape from the fires, not knowing if they are going to survive or not. 500 horses were stabled at the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center and most of them were set free to run from the flames. From that training center more than 46 racehorses were killed by the flames or smoke inhalation. Trying to save six horses, a horse trainer was also seriously injured, suffering from third-degree burns, and is currently in a coma at the UC-San Diego Medical Center. Some horses are being found and treated while others are still lost and possibly starving.
This is only one story, but there are hundreds of horses all over California that are affected as well as owners and trainers who have lost horses and are trying to recover from the tragedy. Not only are they losing their horses, but some have lost their property, tack, and machines. Imagine setting your horse free and not knowing if he or she was going to live or die. I would definitely be very scared, and I am sure you would be as well.
Here are a few images I wanted to share with you of what we are seeing in California right now:
You can help these horses and owners by donating through a couple websites. Below are some of my recommended websites that you can donate to help the horses and owners affected by the California Wildfires.
1. California Wildfires Relief Fund: https://www.globalanimal.org/donate-to-global-animal-foundation/
2. LA County Animals Donation: https://lacountyanimals.org/give/
You can make a difference today. Thank you so much for reading this post and to everyone affected by the fires, our thoughts and prayers are with you, your families, and all of your animals. Until next time… don’t forget to hug your horse!