I am sitting here extremely frustrated and simply cannot believe how evil people can be. There are so many scams out there - When is "TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE" a message from God that your faith is being answered, and when is it just a big scam?
Our whole rescue is based on Faith and the belief that God wants us to do what we do. That is proven to us with each and every donation we receive, and every time He leads us to another miracle, Honey Bandit being a prime example. How many times have we come to pick up a foal with barely or not enough funds to go over and pick them up and get back home. (I have been chastised for picking up foals when we don't have a lot of cash flow, but we always have the "start up" meds and food at home, or know that we are getting help with food when we get the foal). But I read somewhere, and actually had printed out the message, "YOU KNOW A DREAM IS FROM GOD IF IT IS TOO BIG TO DO BY YOURSELF - FOR IT REQUIRES FAITH, AND GOD WANTS YOU TO HAVE FAITH". I truly believe this. That is why we will always answer the calls to come and get the critically ill or orphaned babies, because I know that is what God wants and ya'll always prove this by your support.
It is so wonderful that it is TOGETHER, THAT WE SAVE THESE BABIES, or at the very least, make them as comfortable as possible in their last few hours of life if they cannot be saved.
Not too long ago, we were pretty much out of hay. Matt was heading up north and planning on picking up hay on the way back. We received the completely unexpected news that our hay supply had ended. We did not have enough money to purchase hay at California prices, and I was pretty much crushed. I started to wonder, am I supposed to keep doing this? Is it really a mission from God or from my own self. So I looked up, tears running down my face and just prayed. I asked God to make it clear what He wanted. Because I cannot do this alone. Not even with the fabulous family that I have and all their endless work. It takes all of US, and I MEAN YOU AS PART OF US, and there were simply not enough funds to do what we needed to do. I swear that it wasn't twenty minutes later that the phone rang, and I was once again standing there with tears rolling down my face. The call was a friend of ours and she was asking if I wanted some free hay for the rescue. A wonderful gentlemen in Shingletown wanted to donate. ONCE AGAIN, GOD MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT THIS IS WHAT HE WANTS ME TO DO!
Although fund raising is my very least favorite part of this, it is a neccessity sometimes, but in that case, God had already answered our prayers. Now this leads me to our latest frustration. We have been looking for a "rolling foal hospital", so we are properly set up to give the foals that we pick up every possible advantage. We are pretty much open to anything that will work, and I do know that eventually the perfect little "roller hospital" will show up. But as I was looking on the internet for the "perfect roller", we found an amazing slant load trailer with living quarters that would be perfect for what we do. Here comes the "TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE", but I was excited, thinking it might be another deal like the hay showing up right when we needed it. However, it that is clearly not the case. They want us to send money, which would be held somewhere etc. etc. Sometimes I just don't know whether I have too much faith or am just naive. In any case, I wanted to bring attention to these scams as I know that there are other people out there who believe in what they are doing and might be just as naive as I can be some times. So beware of these great internet deals, (and I know that most of you are probably way smarter and wouldn't even dream of believing them), but for people like me who live on faith and see the "Too Good To Be True" happen, well, we need to take care.
Just wanted to share this. Please keep your eyes open for any legitimate possibilities for us. We appreciate any and all your help in finding us the perfect rolling foal hospital. Keep up all your good work and stay safe. Thank you again for all the ongoing support you give the horses and the rest of the critters. You make the world a better place, and make it "ok" even though there are people out there trying to take advantage.
I also wanted to make sure that I said THANK YOU AGAIN for all the help and support for Rocky and all the others. Once again I am behind on my "thank you's". It was a beautiful and heartbreaking month I spent with my mom up in Washington. Getting to be there with her for the last few weeks of her life was truly a blessing. But I do feel badly that I haven't sent out proper thank you's. So Thank You! for not only your help but for your patience.
God bless and thanks for being part of the family!