The Worst of Times. The Best of Humanity.

The call came in the middle of the night. The fire was approaching rapidly, the horses needed to get to safety, could she help and come with her truck and trailer? “Yes,” she said.

When she got to the farm she saw there were other volunteers there to move the horses but she knew that with the number of horses it would take many trips to get them all out. If the area came under a mandatory evacuation she might not be able to get back in again once she had taken out one trailer load of horses.  There were also two donkeys that needed to be evacuated. Did she say “No.I don’t take donkeys.” No she did not. She took every horse and every donkey she could and made trips back an forth until the dawn came up in the smoke filled sky.

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Photo from Brooke USA

The firefighter found the exhausted abandoned donkeys on the road. Did he say: “I’m here to help people. Donkeys don’t matter. ” No he did not. He stooped down to give them a bit of apple and helped to get them taken care of.

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When the shelters were full did the owners of those farms put up barricades and say “No! we don’t want any more. They will have to go back.”  No, they did not. They took them all in and called friends to help. The friends came. Others opened their farms to take in more horses.

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Photo by Gabrielle Canon for The Guardian

This morning a fellow blogger left a comment on my previous post about the fires in California and said that she hoped there would be some good news soon.

There is some good news amidst all this horror. The fires are now more contained. This will end.  And during all this humanity has shown its finest moments. No one said “No!” No one said: “Horses are  not worth it.” No one said:  “I don’t want donkeys. Let them burn.” No one said.  “We don’t want more horses here. Go away.”

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The firefighters, the police, the animal control workers and the hundreds of volunteers all came out and tirelessly worked to save as many horses, donkeys and other animals as they could.  In a world where the news is constantly filled with stories about children starving to death in war zones, people displaced because of persecution, politicians grasping for the spotlight with no regard for the welfare of the human beings they represent, it is hard to not become cynical. But these fires have shown humanity at its best. In the midst of this tragedy so many came to aid those in need. And they did it without question. They came out to help. None of them said “No.”

If you want to help with a donation the US Equestrian Disaster Relief Fund can take a donation here.  https://www.usef.org/donate

Or The Brooke is also accepting donations and will be helping in the long term with food and care for the displaced horses.  https://www.brookeusa.org/california

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Photo Michelle Ficarra on Facebook

 

 

 

29 Comments Add yours

  1. MSKGVT says:

    Kindness is indeed The best Hallmark of humanity !! 🙂

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  2. Again I don’t want to say you had made a lovely post as you always do that ma’am. Again we have learned how we have to be even in pleasant situation as any difficulties arrives we need only humans to help us. So far I thought only we humans need horses and donkeys to help us this post taught me even they need humans to help them. Thank you to all those lovely peoples who has given so hope on life.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for this comment Subbashini I always appreciate hearing from you!

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  3. In times of tragedy it is good to “look for the helpers” as it will give us all the spirit to proceed.

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  4. Your post feels powerful and full of kindness in the midst of all the sadness that is felt with the fire devastation.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for this comment. I am so glad you see the kindness in the midst of the devastation. That is just what I wanted to get across.

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  5. Joyful2bee says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I continue to be amazed and thankful for people like these! May I share this post?

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Please do share it. We need to applaud these people both professional and volunteers who have done so much.

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  6. It feels good knowing that there’re a lot of kind hearts out there.. ❤️❤️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It really does especially with all the bad news stories that assault us daily

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  7. geekkat says:

    It’s so awful what is happening in California…my heart goes out to them.

    “No one said, “No”” that says it all! People can be amazing!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      They are amazing and it is wonderful to see this as in the news things we often see the opposite. Thank you for commenting.

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  8. Emma Cownie says:

    I guess if you set out to help others, you help. regardless. I am so glad they did (especially for the donkeys). So very awful that there has been so much death and devastation.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It is awful Emma. I see so much in the news about people suffering from man’s inhumanity to mankind I wanted to give a spotlight to the people who risked their own lives to help others and especially those who helped the helpless animals.

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      1. Emma Cownie says:

        Thank you, I think we need some cheering stories. I listened to an account of the survivors on the radio yesterday and they were all surprisingly upbeat. I guess they are glad to be alive and the full enormity of their losses hasn’t hit them yet. They will need a lot of support.

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  9. sandyjwhite says:

    Good people always step forward to help in any crisis. There is reason to hope!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes Sandy! We do have reason to hope! Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Jeff Rab says:

    Awful fire! Wonderful story!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Jeff. I just needed to say something about those who have stepped in so fearlessly to help.

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      1. Jeff Rab says:

        You are so right too! It’s encouraging when out of the depths of pain, despair and loss, some people show the best of humanity!

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        1. anne leueen says:

          Thank you Jeff for commenting. I think it is encouraging that the worst can bring out the best .

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  11. “No one said ‘No!'”

    Wow…powerfully written, too!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for this comment Laura. I appreciate it very much.

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  12. So wonderful to read the kindness shown to the animals during these terrible fires.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. It has been shown by so many and to the humans affected by th fires as well.

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