On Saturday 17 August 2013, Wet Nose suffered a massive loss. A fire that was started three plots away to burn rubbish, was swept out of control by the August winds, despite all our fire breaks, and devastated all of Wet Nose’s land, and in so doing, destroyed all our grazing.The whole community came out to help us fight the fire, but to no avail, we lost it all! Our staff was so brave and our kennel supervisor even ran through the flames to rescue the donkeys that had been trapped by the fire and did not know where to go. Fortunately none of our animals or staff were injured and we just had a little bit of singed hair on a few donkeys, but nothing serious.
As the fire approached our dog runs and kennels, brave volunteers together with staff members ran into the smoke that had become so thick, you could not see a thing in front of you. Coughing and gagging, they came running out of the smoke with the dogs on leads and started tying them to trees and poles away from the smoke, as we had no more kennels. Horses, sheep, and baby goats were being walked around the offices away from the smoke as they could not breathe in their camps.
Every time we thought we had won the battle, the wind swept hot cinders into another section of grass and it all started again. The fire that started at 8.am was finally burned out by 4pm. Our lungs were burning, our eyes were red and swollen and our muscles were aching, and although we lost all our grazing, we did not lose a single animal.
Our challenge now is to feed the thirty five rescue horses and donkeys currently being looked after at Wet Nose. It is typically at this time of year that we have so many rescues, and they are often skinny and need serious fattening up. This is because people think that they can own a horse or donkey and it must just survive on a patch of veld grass and nothing else. It is towards the end of winter that we are usually inundated with rescue horses and donkeys, and this year has been no exception.
We usually spend around R12 000 per month on horse feed, concentrate and bales, but now we are looking at around R90 000 per month. We desperately need your help until our grazing is restored. Please help us as these animals have been through so much in their lives already, and deserve their second chance.
How you can help:
1. Donate horse food, bales etc.
2. Donate cash for us to buy food
Wet Nose Animal Rescue Centre
ABSA Bank Cheque Acc No 407 6499 150
Branch Code: 632005
3. Help us find good homes for horses and donkeys
4. We need help transporting donated bales to Wet Nose
5. Spread the word that we desperately need help
6. Support Homeless Animals Day on 28 September 2013, our biggest fund raiser of the year
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT TAX CERTIFICATES FOR DONATIONS CAN BE ISSUED IF REQUESTED.
Thank you to each and every person that has already made donations and for all the kind messages of support. With all of your help, we can and will pull through this!