Our February Bucket Fund went to aid Bella, the baby donkey who had the frost bitten back leg that needed to be amputated.
We were going to support her medical fees but instead, we were asked to help pay for her prosthetic leg from Hanger.
We raised $2215 and the prosthetic fee was $2500… So, we did well!
*I hear that Bella’s new limb should be ready this week… I will keep you updated!
UPDATE ON THE MARCH BUCKET FUND BACHELOR BAND OF 9!
Many of you have expressed concern for these poor boys – thinking that if we didn’t raise enough money, they would go to slaughter.
In this case, that will NOT happen. The townspeople are all over this situation and have raised enough money to buy the 9 new geldings. Yay! This is terrific news and I will bring you all the details when the deal has been struck and the horses are safe.
The Bucket Fund has assisted in guaranteeing food for these boys!
When I apologized for having a low donation number this month, they shushed me and said that “any amount is a lovely gift and over $800 is huge!” Eight hundred dollars of food for 9 horses is a great start and a much needed relief.
So we did good, even though many of you expressed concern. It is all good.
WHY FUND RAISING WAS DIFFICULT FOR THEM…
This was one of the more difficult fund-raising Bucket Funds because we couldn’t get any pictures or stories about these guys. While they were in jail (Dept. of Ag property), no one could get to them.
We had no idea of their condition (but expect them to be fine) and have learned very little about them.
Except… we did hear that the lone stallion was rounded up while he was running with cows. And now we have been told by someone in the inner circle, that he acts like a cow! It is as if he doesn’t know he is a horse! In fact, the rumor is that he is such a character, he may have an adopter already – but this isn’t certain.
Anyway, my point is that photos and stories are what draws us all in… photos and stories link us to the personality and the souls of these animals. We become vested. And, we help.
In this case this month for these 9 horses, we had neither photos or stories. And, that didn’t help.
When I can only provide photos of these guys looking fat and happy – and I have no personal or touching stories – people don’t feel compelled to give.
WHAT NEXT FOR THIS BACHELOR BAND?
Well, as soon as these boys are safe (I don’t know when they will be rescued), I will receive photos. Finally!
At that time, I’ll show you everything I have and tell you all the stories from the group who physically went there to save them.
So, I guess it will be more of a retro-bucket fund. We’ll learn about them after the fact.
In the meantime, feel good that we’ve helped a band of needy strangers – both human and equine.
If you’d like to donate to add a drop to their food pile, please click here or the photo below.