Lifesavers has more than 400 horses to feed and care for everyday. When we think of “feed and care” we usually think of hay, veterinary visits, and farrier trims. We don’t often think of “water” being an expense. But it is.
Our rescue, adoption, training and sanctuary operations are in southern California, which is still in a drought condition.
One hundred fifty of our rescues live at our Lancaster facility where public county water is supplied via pipeline coming from the main road. Even though we exercise water conservation, we still use more water than we are zoned and we pay a high price to keep our horses with fresh clean water, especially during these hot months.
Our sanctuary location is a different story…
At Wild Horse Canyon we keep 250 unadoptable rescued horses in a natural habitat where we have given them back a sense of freedom that was lost to them years ago. At this beautiful but remote mountainous wilderness location, water is pumped from wells 300 feet or more underground. Though we had a great rain year this past season, the previous drought years has caused the water table to drop drastically and now some of our wells are still suffering. They are in dire need of servicing by professional well contractors, but our budget is so tight that we cannot allocate any of our dwindling income to an expensive well fix. We are hoping things will turn around soon, but in the meantime we must haul water from one of our functioning wells to the ones that are not pumping enough to keep our wild horses healthy.
We have been blessed with a donated 500 gallon portable water tank which is great for a back up solution or fire emergency, but with 250 horses drinking 3750 gallons of water every day… you can imagine how timely and labor intensive hauling water 500 gallons at a time is, not to mention the fuel it takes to make several trips miles apart from each other. It is not just a wish that we could get our wells back up to speed, but a NEED.
We estimate that the cost of fixing both wells that have different problems will be in the neighborhood of $2500 each. One needs a serious clean out which means the well guys have to pull up several hundred feet of pipe and unclog it, then put it back down, flush out the whole thing, and hope that it is the resolve we need for that well. The other well might need a new pump altogether and those are expensive too.
Water is life, and because California is not out of the drought yet, water is as precious as gold.
Please help us with a donation that will allow us to have the wells fixed before summer hits hard. We have promised our rescued horses that they will never lack any of the basic comforts and needs. Water is the most basic need and life suffers, and dies, without it.
Thank you for your donation in any amount to help us with this most paramount project.