Group Of Albertans Are Delivering Hay To Horses Affected By Californias Wildfires
A group of Albertans have taken it upon themselves to pack up a trailer with 14,000 pounds of hay and deliver it to the horses that were misplaced during the wildfires in Paradise, California.
The group was started and led by a retired rancher from Olds, Alta, named Darrell Glover, who also started up a facebook page called ‘Help Alberta Wildies’.
Glover explained that he felt he had to help the victims of the devastating wildfires and how they affected not only the people but the animals too.
Glover started fundraising in order to buy hay cubes for the animals. People from all over the province and Canada helped the organisation by chipping in. Some donations came all the way from Germany.
“We’re horse people. The people who made donations are horse people. We had emotional moments when we thought of people leaving their horses and if they would ever see them again,” Glover said.
“They’re taking in about 200 horses. The owners of the horses had to let them go. When they evacuated and left them to fend for themselves,” he said.
Lynne Bell was a volunteer who helped with loading the trailer on Thursday, she said the small gesture was a way they could help their friends who are south of the border.
“It’s the Canadian way. Even if our neighbours are in another country, we still see them as neighbours,” Belle said.
There are 300 bags of hay that the horses can feed on. These will be delivered to Camelot Equestrian Park in Oroville.
Glover said he will be leaving Olds on Monday at dusk to personally deliver the horse feed down to Paradise.