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ISPMB HORSE EMERGENCY ADOPTION CAMPAIGN OVERVIEW and HOW TO ADOPT
This campaign’s purpose is to help facilitate the adoption (and discount transporting if needed) of wild horses that belong to the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros in Lantry, SD, and whose care is currently being managed by SD State Attorney Steve Aberle and the Sheriffs of the two counties in which the sanctuary is located, as the result of a Court order. I am coordinating this adoption effort at the request of Mr. Aberle, and am in contact with Karen Sussman as needed. I am not being paid, nor accepting donations for my assistance in this mission.
The deadline for available horses to be placed is November 30, 2016.
There are many horses available for adoption, and unless the Court orders otherwise, those not adopted by Nov. 30 will be sold at public auction soon after December 1, with the most likely market at that point being kill buyers.
There are horses available in almost every age range and size. Many of the mares have foals at their sides, and most of the mares that currently have foals are also in foal. As occurs in the wild, some mares have young foals and also an older youngster still at their sides. We would prefer these family groups be adopted together.
Many of the horses at the sanctuary are in good condition. Most or all of the horses will need hooves trimmed and managed to good condition as soon as possible. Some of the horses are underweight, and some have special needs such as advanced age, blindness, or lameness. Most of the extremely underweight horses are of the advanced ages of 20-30+ years old.
A concerned person made it possible for two photographers to travel to SD to take individual photos of as many of the horses being offered for adoption as possible. We are posting many of those photos on this page. Those photos need to be seen primarily as examples of horses available, as it is difficult- and often impossible, to ‘fill orders’ of specific horses due to the logistical challenges at the facility. Large open pastures with no corral or gathering systems often makes selecting, gathering, sorting, and loading specific horse a big challenge.
I will be asking anyone who is interested in adopting to apply for at least two horses so that each horse will go to a new home with a horse it already knows. Adopters are asked to refrain from requesting horses from different herds if possible. There will be exceptions, of course.
We’re trying to facilitate the adoptions of as many horses as possible, so we are encouraging people to be open to accepting horses chosen for them when possible, as that will speed up the adoption process for Karen. If you will describe on your adoption application what age, type, and color horses you’d like to have, Karen Sussman will select horses for you that fit your request as closely as possible.
HOW TO ADOPT
The ISPMB adoption application is found at www.ISPMB.org on the Adopt page, and must be filled out by every potential adopter.
(Direct link to Adoption Application: http://www.ispmb.org/dow…/Adoption%20application%20ISPMB.pdf .) Please send completed applications to ISPMB@LakotaNetwork.com, and also to me at HoldYourHorses@aol.com. Adoption contract agreement terms are negotiable, so line through any terms that you feel are unacceptable and initial those lines. THE AGREEMENT TO PROTECT THE HORSES FROM SLAUGHTER IS NON-NEGOTIABLE. Your applications will be reviewed ASAP, and we’ll be in touch with you regarding schedules, transport assistance – if needed, etc.
At this time, there is no adoption fee for most of the horses. Health certificates, brand inspections, and an express Coggins test can all be arranged for at veterinary clinics in the area, with Coggins certificate, health certificate, and brand inspection available within approx. two hours.
For information on adoption approval status and for details on specific horses, please contact Barbara Rasmussen, the Fleet of Angels representative who’s on site it the ISPMB location. https://www.facebook.com/barbara.murphyrasmussen?fref=ts
I’m also working on possible adoption opportunities for large groups of horses, and am exploring the adoption of whole herds by some parties who are interested in taking them to large properties so the herds can live out their lives together.
TRANSPORTATION FOR ADOPTED HORSES
Fleet of Angels transporters will assist when possible. All FOA transporters assist with Fleet of Angels missions for discount rates. Some trips may be networked into groups going to common areas for the benefit of both transporters and adopters. Those efforts will take place on the Fleet of Angels networking page, and will be up to adopters and transporters to work out together. ALL adopters seeking transportation through Fleet of Angels will be required to submit a Request for Assistance form on Fleet of Angels’ website (below). Most answers to questions about Fleet of Angels and how we work can be found on our website.
COMPASSION ADOPTIONS (Pending)
THIS IS ONLY A POSSIBILITY. NO DEFINITE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED.
I am in discussions with the State Attorney Aberle regarding the horses that may prove to be unadoptable during the small time frame that’s been allowed by the Court. There is a chance that they may be euthanized humanely, rather than sold for slaughter. To achieve that change from selling at auction (undoubtedly to kill buyers) as is stipulated in the current court order, a compassion adoption fee of $100-150 would have to be paid for each horse that is to be euthanized. The reason for this is that the two involved counties are two of the poorest in the nation, and are spending a significant amount of their budget on hay for the ISPMB horses, personnel, equipment, etc. They anticipate receiving some reimbursement of their outlay by selling the un-adoptable horses at auction. If you are interested in assisting with the funding of compassion adoptions, please email me at HoldYourHorses@aol.com with your name and the amount you’re willing to contribute, so I can compile names and amounts to show the Attorney that advocates for the horses want to see this happen. I have no more information about this option at this time. Please don’t write me with questions unless you’re planning to contribute to the fund. I won’t be able to answer.
All that matters right now is getting the horses into good homes where they can be well cared for, for the rest of their lives. Thank you SO much to all the people who are willing to step up and work in positive ways on behalf of the ISPMB mustangs. Any negative, hostile, or threatening messages that include personal attacks against Karen Sussman, the State’s Attorney, the Sheriffs, ISPMB employees, ex-employees, me, or my team members will be deleted. Please refrain from commentary about this situation, what occurred, or how. There is considerable information that has not been made public, so the opinions of onlookers are made absent of all the facts and therefore not at all helpful to this effort.
Please work as independently as you can, find answers to your questions on ISPMB and FOA websites, fill out the proper forms, and network with each other as much as possible. My Fb friend list is at maximum number, so I’m sorry, but I can’t ‘friend’ everyone who is sending requests. I will try to check the Message Request box for non-friend messages frequently. If you have any new, factual information about this ongoing case, please contact Steve Aberle, the State’s Attorney. He probably will not be able to respond, unless he has questions.
Each horse will have to have a current Coggins, health certificate, and brand inspection to leave SD. It is not usually possible to get those while the horse is at ISPMB. Below are two vets- one in each direction of ISPMB, that can help you inexpensively and promptly. Takes about two hours to get express Coggins, which are available at both of these vet clinics:
(Two known providers of Express Coggins service in SD. There may be others.)
EAST BOUND FROM ISPMB
Howard Veterinary Clinic (Approx. 230 miles)
William Howard, DVM
Watertown, SD 57201
Phone: (605) 882-4188
Express Coggins, $40.00 per horse
Health Certificate: $35.00 (per destination)
Make appointment for no later than 4:00 pm for two horses, no later than 3:00 pm for four horses per trailer
Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
WEST BOUND FROM ISPMB
Northern Hills Veterinary Clinic (Approx. 130 miles)
751 Pine View Dr
Sturgis, SD 57785
Express Coggins: $50.00
Health Certificate: $25.00
Make appointments no later than 3:00 if possible. Let front desk know how many horses when making appointment.
Mon: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1.30 PM – 6:00 PM
Tues: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thurs-Fri: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
SD BRAND INSPECTORS:
Link to listing of SD brand inspectors:
SD brand inspection laws:
Donations for hay are VERY important, since the main reason for the short window of opportunity for adopters is based on the counties anticipated hay costs. The more funds that are donated, the longer we may be given to find homes for these horses.
Donations for hay are being accepted by Dewey County, and by ISPMB.
Please do not send donations to Fleet of Angels for this campaign.
Dewey County ISPMB Horse Fund donations information:
Checks are to be made payable to ‘Dewey County’ and write ‘ISPMB Horse Fund’ in memo line.
Dewey County Auditor
PO Box 277
Timber Lake, SD 57656-0277
To pay by credit card (a fee will be charged):
Call Dewey County Treasurer’s Office
Questions? Call Dewey County Auditor:
Fleet of Angels (Transportation network for at-risk equines)
Attorney for State of South Dakota
Dewey County Sheriff
Please be positive, proactive, and adopt horses ASAP if you can!
Thank you, everyone!