I wish I could write every single person individually but there wouldn't be anything left of my fingers!
This year, in light of all the natural disasters and manmade tragedy, we decided not to send out a large scale appeal for end of year donations. Instead, I am sending you all a thank you letter, an "I love you all" letter, an I appreciate you letter and I am wishing for each and every one of you a fantastic New Year full of hope, love and light.
Each and every one of our supporters is so important not only to this organization, but to me...personally. There are personal friends here, cyber friends and even some whom I dont know at all who contribute in one way or another to the success of this rescue, this foster home and myself. We simply could not be who we are without each and every one of you.
This year we took in 19 horses, a few less than average but, we can't and won't take in more than we can afford. Four of these horses are now permanent residents due to soundness or age issues. We have assisted in the gelding of four horses this year preventing them from potentially becoming rescues, we assisted in sling rescue of three horses in desperate need, and we assisted countless horse owners in need with hay, feed, blankets, and advice. We also rescued four senior dogs this year, two who went on to forever homes, one has crossed over and one who is sleeping soundly through the rain and cold right now with me...wrapped in an alpaca fur blanket that was donated to her, thanks to Michelle. One run-in and the fencing in the senior pasture is now complete, we hope with your help that we will be able to complete the second shelter as planned this spring.
It has been a great year. Ups and downs, gains and losses, good and bad, it all equals progress and success. The people in my life, those who breathe life into this farm have made it so. I can appreciate the baby steps and all the people who have made this possible. So, once again, you all have become someone to me and this rescue, not just anyone...but someone special. Thank you for being a part of my life and enriching it. I could not ask for more.
Lori and the Sunkissed Gang.
After a summer full of heat, drought and rising hay and grain costs, we sure are glad to see fall arrive here at Sunkissed Acres! While hay prices remain astronomical at least there are reports that grain prices may drop a bit, such good news with budgets stretched to the limits.
One thing we wont have to worry about is shelter for our sanctuary horses, and that is because you have helped us raise nearly $6300 for our shelters and fencing. One shelter is almost fully complete, and the other is just waiting for the completion of our GlobalGiving.org project goal. I can tell you this...it feels so good knowing that these amazing horses have a clean, dry and warm place to go when the winds, rain and snow begin to fall here in the mountains of northern Georgia. It will be easier for them to maintain their weight too, which is vital for senior and special needs horses.
Remember Ivanessa? Take a look at the photos of her now, she is indeed in foal...not what we had hoped for! But she is now in good health and we are hopeful that her foaling will be quick, easy and that mom and baby will be just fine.
Recently there was Bailey, as you can see from his photo he was in very poor condition. Bailey blossomed with love, care and an ample supply of good hay. Even better...he was adopted!
Your continued support of our GlobalGiving.org project makes it possible for us to provide refuge and rehabilitation to horses like Ivanessa, Bailey, and the hundreds of others who have entered this farm over the past decade. We cannot do this important work without you, and we appreciate your generosity each and every day when we look outside and see healthy, happy horses who nicker back at us!
It has been a very busy few weeks since the Spring Challenge ended!
As you know, the south has been hard hit with extreme heat and drought. One of our main goals for our project was to be able to provide cool and comfortable shelters for our sanctuary horses. Because of your generous support we have been able to do our primary fencing and one new run-in shelter is nearly completion!
I was hoping to have photographs for you, but in the midst of all the building and fencing our program director also moved next door. While the move might only have been 300 yards it has not been without a series of construction, power and water issues. I hope to have some photos soon and we will send them to you in a project report next month.
While you wait, I would like you to meet Mike and Ike. These two horses were rescued this winter, they were horribly malnourished, injured and had lost most hope. Because of your kindness and support for Sunkissed Acres, these two will never again be separated and can live out their lives in peace.
Until next month, THANK YOU!
The Sunkissed Acres Team
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