International Society for the Protection on Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB)

The oldest wild horse and burro organization in the United States managing rare and endangered wild horse herds for future generations to enjoy

EPONA – Equine Protection of North America‘s insight:

URGENT!!!! Many, many horses are at risk and need help, either donate, or share this repeatedly, as they are in dire need of help. 

CRITICAL SITUATION AT SOUTH DAKOTA WILD HORSE SANCTUARY AND RESEARCH CENTER DUE TO BLIZZARD- AND MORE STORM COMING! CAN YOU HELP?? 

The International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros in SOUTH DAKOTA has almost 500 horses now at great risk for the winter. Their 50 foals were all killed in the storm, as were their elderly horses. Their tractor, which is critical for getting hay to the horses in winter, broke down while they were using it to transport the carcasses to the burial pit. The cost of repairs was over $7000. The funds for that repair had to be taken out of their hay budget. Now, having enough funds for hay for the surviving horses is a major concern. They’re in an area where NO local funds are available (Indian reservation), the government shut-down prevents any federal assistance (Besides, wild horses aren’t considered ‘livestock’ when emergency funds for livestock are awarded by the gov’t.), and the prices of hay have tripled because of the Colorado flood and the SD blizzard creating such big losses of hay and demand for what remains. 

The small staff is working almost around the clock, disposing of bodies, and preparing for another big storm heading their way- with the expectation that it will be very similar to the storm last week. There has has been no time to put any notices or requests about their crisis on their web site. 
IMO, this would be a very worthy cause to donate to. Karen Sussman (Dir.) said that any amount will help. She is devastated, exhausted, and terrified about the future of these horses, who are the center of a longtime study about wild horse genetics and sustainability of genetic purity of these ancient Spanish lines. (Princeton Univ/Nat’l Geographic Society).

See on www.ispmb.org

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