Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

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September 1, 2011

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc. located in Jones, Oklahoma, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that strives to improve the lives of neglected, starved, and abused horses. We provide equine rescue regardless of age or disability. We promote and teach horse care and humane, natural methods of training horses. Our primary focus is Animal Cruelty Cases. We work closely with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office with their Equine related Animal Cruelty Cases. We also assist any other local/rural county sheriff’s office who request our assistance.

Rescues:

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue is seeing a increased amount of neglected horses. We are currently setting at an all time high of 122 horses in our rescue program. I am scared to see what the winter months will hold. With the extreme drought we are facing, the Hay shortage is affecting us all. We are currently paying more than we would have ever dreamed for hay, but our rescued horses have to have it. We have reserved 400 round bales of hay out of Topeka, Kansas. It is costing us $90.00 a bale with shipping. Double the price of hay, means double the monthly expenses.

We are asking you to please consider making a donation, as our continued rescue efforts greatly depend on your help! Just in the last 30 days, we have taken 14 severely neglected horses from Stephens County and just 1 week later, 12 severely neglected horses from Piedmont. We receive phone calls daily for assistance, and it breaks my heart to have to turn horses away. We are desperately asking for your assistance to purchase hay, grain, veterinary expenses, farrier expenses, etc.,

If you are seeking to add a horse to your family, please come visit our rescued horses. So many of the wonderful horses are seeking their forever, loving home. They want nothing more than to be loved and cared for. They will provide you with so much more in return, than you could ask for. Please consider adopting a rescued horse today.


Meet Collier. Collier came into our rescue program with 13 other horses from Stephens County Sheriff‘s Office. 14 horses were severely neglected and malnourished in Marlow, Oklahoma. He is a beautiful, Sorrel/White, Paint Stud. This sweet boy is estimated to be 7 years of age. He is emaciated, a body score of a 1, infested with internal/external parasites and has a fractured elbow. This sweet boy, truly needs surgery for his fracture, but due to his emaciated state, he isn’t able to undergo surgery. We are keeping him comfortable and limiting the amount of movement he can have, and praying that the fracture will heal without further damage. He is such a sweet boy and has a long road of recovery ahead of him. Please consider making a donation towards Collier’s Rehabilitation.

Meet Hank. Hank came into our rescue program from Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division, He is a beautiful, Chestnut, Thoroughbred, Gelding. This sweet boy is estimated to be 4 years of age. He is emaciated, a body score of a 1, infested with internal/external parasites and has a major infected wound on his withers. It appears that someone was riding this horse, and continued to do so while his withers were being rubbed raw and opened up and became infected. Our Veterinarian drained several liters of puss from this wound. This poor boy, despite all the poking, cleaning and prodding he has been through, he remains such a sweet and polite boy. Hank has a long road of recovery ahead of him. Please consider making a donation towards Hank’s Rehabilitation.

Collier and Hank are only 2 of the horses in our rescue program that need your support. We have so many wonderful horses in our program, and so many with needs that ask for your assistance. Whether you make a monetary donation, adopt a horse, or simply say a prayer for Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, we truly appreciate your support.


Because of YOU and your heartfelt generosity, we are able to save these horses and many others from an uncertain death. We ask for your assistance as we have so many more horses in our program that need your help. Our average monthly expenses total $7000.00. If you can please help us, continue to save rescued horses, please make a donation to:

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue
17667 Markita Drive
Jones, Oklahoma 73049

or you can donate on-line through paypal @
www.blazesequinerescue.com
We are currently caring for 122 horses in our rescue program. We have many wonderful horses that are seeking their forever, loving homes. I hope that you will consider adopting a rescued horse. Whether you are able to make a donation or adopt a rescued horse, both help us tremendously.
The Elvis Fund

I know many of you follow us on face book, but for those that don’t, I want to take a moment to introduce you to The Elvis Fund. On May 24th, 2011, The day that forever changed our lives. On this horrible day a EF5 Tornado tore through much of Canadian County. This devastating Tornado directly hit one of our own. Our Value Board Members Desiree & Brian Walling took a direct hit in Calumet, Oklahoma loosing everything. This family had cared for many of Blaze’s horses. They had 21 horses in their care, 11 of them being Blaze’s horses that they fostered and the remaining 10 were the Wallings personal horses that they had adopted from Blaze’s over the last several years. I will never forget the moment that I heard from the Walling family and knew that they were safe. My biggest fear was for Brian and Desiree Walling, along with their 2 foster children. I knew moments before the Tornado hit that they were in their storm cellar, but waiting to hear that they were safe, felt like an eternity, in reality, it was only minutes. Brian Walling called to let us know that they were safe, trapped in the storm cellar and that they had lost everything. I immediately Thanked God for their safety, but my heart was broken for their loss. I told them that I would head their way immediately and do whatever I could to help. I felt so much pain and heart ache that day. I didn’t ask about the horses initially because I knew deep down, that they probably couldn’t have survived an EF5. We prepared to head to Calumet, we hooked up the 4 horse trailer and all I could hope for, was that we would be able to put horses in it. I couldn’t prepare myself for what we would see arriving in Calumet. The destruction was unbelievable. We found 3 surviving horses this dreadful evening! Thank God The Walling Family survived!!

On May 25th, 2011 We received a miracle in Calumet. We originally reported that we had 3 surviving horses out of 21. As we ended that devastating night, we had 3 horses that were unaccounted for, we had to humanely euthanize 3 of the horses that sustained serious injuries, we had 3 survivors that went to the veterinary clinic, and found 12 of the horses confirmed deceased.

The next morning, Brian was approached by the Search and Rescue team about an injured horse that needed to be euthanized. Our initial thought was that it was one of the 3 missing horses. Brian immediately went to attend to the horse, and much to his and our surprise, it was Elvis, who was euthanized the night before. Elvis had sustained multiple severe injuries throughout his body, including a major head injury, leaving his skull exposed and his right ear severed from the ear canal and currently hanging by the skin of his neck. Completely amazed and stunned, Brian finds Elvis walking around and grazing on the pasture. It was truly a miracle and we feel that Elvis is not ready to “leave the building”. Elvis has experienced so much trauma in his life time, coming to us as an animal cruelty case, extremely emaciated, with a dislocated pelvis and injury to his withers. Once rehabilitated, he had experienced a loving home with his foster family in Calumet, Oklahoma. Elvis has been enjoying a comfortable, relaxing life with the Wallings for the past 3 years. Now, for Elvis to survive a horrific Tornado and euthanasia, we feel that we have to do everything humanely possible to save Elvis’ life. I know many of you are thinking, how in the world did Elvis survive being euthanized? Elvis was pronounced dead, had no vital signs and had taken his last breath. On an extremely rare occasion, horses that have experienced extreme trauma and are in shock, produce so much adrenaline that their body does not accept the euthanasia. Basically, it slows the heart rate so much that it is undetectable. Elvis is in extremely good spirits considering his injuries. He is eating and drinking! We ask for your prayers and support to help pull Elvis through this extremely difficult time. He is not out of the woods yet, and is still in critical condition. We strongly believe in the power of prayer and ask everyone to please pray for Elvis’ survival.

We were blessed with another miracle that morning after finding Elvis alive. We still had the 3 missing to find. Brian was walking around the property looking for the missing horses, when he approached what used to be the barn, he saw something white and moving. He went in for further investigation and found Fiona standing in the middle of rubble and debris, with the steel rafters and tin from the barn draped over her and protecting her. She barely had enough space to move forward or sideways, and did sustain a few injuries, but thankfully, she was alive and once she heard Brian, she nickered. Brian had to get help removing and cutting away debris to get her out. Brian had to use cutting torches and a bulldozer to get her out. Fiona was great and remained extremely calm and comfortable. Fiona and Elvis are together at the Veterinarians. Fiona is doing amazing!! Elvis is doing great despite everything and we pray that he will survive. Sadly, Jackie, which was one of the 3 survivors initially found, has passed away. We now have 4 survivors.

Of the surviving horses, Catori and Moonstruck, whom have also suffered a great deal in their life are true survivors and have survived this horrific tornado with barely a scratch! We are so thankful to have Catori, Moonstruck, Fiona and Elvis still with us. As the Wallings have lost everything, they are truly holding on to these horses and praying for their speedy recovery and looking forward to bringing them home soon.

On May 27th, 2011 I write this update with a heavy heart! Sadly, Elvis lost his fight this afternoon. We had such an amazing evening and morning with Elvis and we all just knew that he was going to pull through. Within an hour, everything had changed. Elvis started showing signs of going Toxic, his Total Protein level had dropped to 4. Our wonderful Veterinarian started additional anti toxins to help him, plus calcium and protein. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough and he went very quickly and peacefully. I find myself asking, Why? Why, did we receive these 2 additional days with Elvis, only to loose him? Our hearts are truly broken and the loss of Elvis is devastating, not only for myself, but for every single person that rallied to save his life.

I want to take this moment to Thank everyone that had a hand in Elvis’ survival! Our Wonderful Veterinarian Dr. Charlotte Kin ran to Calumet to tend to Elvis’ after hearing our call for help, finding him up from being euthanized the night before. Dr. Kin wasn’t able to respond the initial night of the Tornado, as she was helping so many other Tornado victims in Piedmont. Dr. Kin didn’t hesitate and arrived immediately on scene the next morning to assist Elvis and Fiona. Dr. Kin and her wonderful vet tech Ginger Williamson tended to them both with such love and dedication. Dr. Kin not only gave Elvis and Fiona her all as a dedicated Veterinarian, but she took care of them as they were her own, she had so much love and compassion and wanted to see Elvis survive as much as we did. She was truly amazing and did more for Elvis than I could have ever asked for. If he needed it, she gave it to him. She spent time with him and till the end she loved him as much as we did! It’s not everyday that your Veterinarian will put aside everything else and grieve right beside you. She is truly my hero and I will forever be grateful to Dr. Kin and her amazing staff Ginger Williamson, Megan Vanderslice and Ellen Orthwein for all the love, support, care, dedication, compassion and around the clock care they provided this special boy! We all had so much hope and sadly it was taken way from us in a blink of an eye. Elvis had a heart of gold and fought like a true champion to survive. He received a beautiful burial this afternoon, where he has so much beautiful land to see and enjoy. He was buried with a Champion Ribbon, as he certainly didn’t deserve anything less. We all love you so much Elvis! May you rest in peace our sweet boy! You will forever be in our heart and never forgotten! Run free in greener pastures and we will meet you someday at the rainbow bridge!

You can view Elvis’ Story and the Fund on our website, complete with pictures and detailed information at http://blazesequinerescue.com/THE%20ELVIS%20FUND%20–%20SECOND%20CHANCES.html. The Elvis Fund was started shortly after the Tornado and all the efforts that was made to save Elvis’ life. After fighting the battle of survival with Elvis and watching his remarkable courage and strength. I knew we needed to honor his life. We created the Elvis’ Fund to assist horses that may not have an opportunity for a second chance.
Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainer’s Challenge

We had a great time during our First Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainer’s Challenge. It was a fun, but very hot, filled day. All the Trainers did an amazing job and the amount of support and public appearance we received was wonderful. Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol did a wonderful job opening up our event. Many didn’t know that 2 of the horses that performed in the Mounted Patrol, are former Rescued Horses. I think that is a wonderful testament to the rescued horse. The Vanderveer Girls did an amazing job with singing the National Anthem! We simply can’t thank everyone enough for all their amazing help for this event. It was a huge success and we look forward to next years event. I believe we are aiming for the Spring next year. Most of the horses that were in the Trainers Challenge, did receive their wonderful forever homes. We are thrilled that these horses, some which have been with us for 2 years, are now with their forever, loving families and doing great. The Training these horses received, secured them the forever, loving home that they have been eagerly waiting for. Congratulations to our Champion Trainer Robert Hayes/Team Darcy. Coming in Second Place Jared Seely/Team Solid Gold and Third Place Terri Lindley/Team Nikki! Thank you to all the wonderful Trainers that gave us 100 days of your time, training, and dedication!
Volunteers needed for the Oklahoma State Fair

Its that time of the year again! We are seeking Volunteers to work concession at the Oklahoma State Fair. If you are interested in volunteering your time and having some fun! Please contact Desiree Walling at [email protected]. If you are one of our Volunteers, please send Desiree an email with your information, as she lost everyone’s information previously due to the Tornado.
Haunt for the Horses Benefit Trail Ride

I think it is safe to say, we are all ready for the fall weather and cooler temperatures. I hope that you will join us on October 29, 2011 at Bell Cow Lake in Chandler, Oklahoma for our Fall Haunt of the Horses Benefit Trail Ride. Registration will begin on September 3rd. Watch our website for additional information and details. In the meantime, mark your calendar for October 29th and plan to join us for a great day of friends, fun, and riding.
Foster Homes

Are you interested in being a foster home for a rescued horse. If so, please send me an email and we will get you an foster application. Due to the lack of adoptions and rising neglect, we will need to utilize more foster homes this year. We ask that you please be within a 60 mile radius of Jones, Oklahoma. If you are interested in applying to be a foster home, please email me at [email protected].

T-Shirts

We have new T-Shirts for sale. You can visit our website and order some of the Blaze’s merchandise available. http://blazesequinerescue.com/merchandise.html.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support!! We wouldn’t be here today, without each and every one of you!! Thank you on behalf of the entire Blaze’s Family! So many horses would be lost without you!

Over 740 horses saved in the last 10 years!!

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue
17667 Markita Dr. Jones, OK 73049
(405) 399-3084 or (405) 615-5267
[email protected] www.blazesequinerescue.com

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