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Zuma’s Ranch serves and an advocate to both Children and Horses in Need…… Moving forward we need some help from our community!
If you have a passion for children with a bleak outlook or horses recklessly over-bred and abandon Please consider joining Zuma’s Mission!
- Mentors, We need mentors to serve our kiddos Monday Evenings and Saturday Mornings
- Finance People to develop Zuma’s Endowment Fund
- Sales People to sell Zuma’s Endowment Fund
- Writers to create Zuma’s News Letter
- Writers to contribute to Zuma’s Blog
- Horse Trainers to halter break our 4 new rescues
- Lab technicians to perform our fecal parasite tests
- Fiscal Contributions
- Ranch Hands to help us build fencing
- Horse Experts to Help with Nightly cleaning and feeding of the 43 residents at Zuma’s
If you possess any of these skills, please consider sharing your talents with the Kids and Horses at Zuma’s. This is a huge mission and it needs your assistance to continue the great work.
Calico Lawsuit Secured Reprieve For Wild Horses; Now Plaintiffs Move To Rescue Horses From Lifelong, Zoo-Like Holding
WASHINGTON, D.C. March 31, 2010 – In a final brief filed today, wild horse advocates are asking a federal court to order the government to return to the Nevada range approximately 1800 wild horses who, after being rounded up earlier this year, await their fate at government holding pens located approximately 200 miles from their home range in Nevada’s Calico Mountain Complex. The international law firm of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, on behalf of plaintiffs In Defense of Animals (IDA), ecologist Craig Downer and author Terri Farley, highlighted the Honorable Judge Paul L. Friedman’s preliminary analysis that long-term holding of wild horses in the Midwest is likely illegal when asking for the court to order defendants Department of Interior (DOI) and Secretary Ken Salazar to find room for the captured Calico horses on the more than 30 million acres of public lands designated as wild horse herd areas.
Early in the case, Plaintiffs secured a reprieve for the captured horses ensuring that no horses would be moved to long-term holding and that no stallions would be gelded (castrated) until Judge Friedman issued a final ruling. This ensures that the horses remain in suitable condition to be reintroduced to the wild.
“It’s time for Interior Secretary Salazar to acknowledge that warehousing wild horses in Midwestern holding facilities is illegal and that new approaches to wild horse management are urgently needed,” said William J. Spriggs, lead counsel on the pending wild horse lawsuit filed pro bono by Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney. “The place to start is with the return of the Calico horses to the wild Nevada rangelands where they belong. Next, the Interior Department must shift its resources toward minimally feasible on-the-range management of our wild horses, as Congress intended when it passed the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act.
To date at least 79 horses have died as a result of the Calico roundup and more than 40 heavily pregnant mares have spontaneously aborted. In addition, an unknown number of Calico horses at the holding pens have been reported to have “Pigeon Fever,” a highly contagious bacteria-based disease which is known to be spread by flies. The bacteria lives and multiplies in dry soil and manure.
Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for April 30. A final ruling in the case is expected by May 26.
The Calico Mountain Complex roundup of 1,922 wild horses is one of the largest roundups in recent years. The BLM removed at least 80-90 percent of the Calico wild horse population, leaving behind an “estimated” 600 horses on the 550,000 acre (or 859 square mile) Complex in northwest Nevada. The roundup ended on February 4, 2010, 500 horses short of its target for removal. The roundup proceeded despite a ruling by Judge Friedman in the lawsuit brought by Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney questioning the legality of the BLM’s long-term holding facilities and suggesting that the BLM postpone the Calico roundup.
Wild horses comprise a small fraction of grazing animals on public lands, where they are outnumbered by livestock nearly 50 to 1. The BLM has recently increased cattle grazing allotments in areas where wild horses are being removed. Currently the BLM manages more than 256 million acres of public lands of which cattle grazing is allowed on 160 million acres; wild horses are only allowed on 26.6 million acres this land, which must be shared with cattle. The Obama Administration plans to remove nearly 12,000 wild horses and burros from public lands by October 2010.
There are currently more than 36,000 wild horses warehoused in government holding facilities and only 33,000 wild horses free on the range.
Love without wisdom has a tendency to be blind, easily misled, foolish in its actions. Wisdom without love may be harsh and cold, unfeeling in its activity. … It is love that looks past appearances to behold the Truth of being. It is love that enables us to live in harmony with all our universe. It is love that heal…s, prospers, attracts, holds and makes real the good ideas.
Zuma’s Has a Great Idea…..
All are created equal, all are capable of Love…… Love without fear and Live without Fear.
Zuma’s Experiential Learning Center will be holding Summer Horse Camps. Contact Maura for details.
Sponsor a Kid for Horse Camp, give children a once in a life time experience. Equine Assisted Experiential Learning, make a real difference in a childs’ life, give them a memory
Wines Of The Pines
French Wine Tour Charity Event
Please join the Castle Pines Chamber and Wines of the Pines at
The Ridge at Castle Pines North
Great French wines and tasty hors d’oeuvres
Friday, April 9th – 5:00 to 7:00 pm
The Ridge at Castle Pines North
Included in the French Wine Tour:
A selection of French wines Hors d’oeuvres paired with each wine
Music by Michael Kotik Opportunity to help others
Ticket Price: $35.00
Tickets must be purchased by Monday, April 5th, 2010
. Charities . Women’s Crisis and Family Outreach Center – Douglas
County Veterans Monument - Zumas Rescue Ranch
. Sponsors . Insurance Solutions Inc. – Shelley Hawthorne BYG Promotions – Yolanda and Greg Bruce
Independent Business Management Services Inc. – Jim Hawthorne RE/MAX Elite – Mary Anne DeYoung – Elizabeth Owens Mark Robertson Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services Stuart and Rhonda Van Kooten Renovations Landscaping, Inc. – Dan Farley
For ticket information contact the
Castle Pines Chamber 303-688-3359
or Jim Hawthorne winesofthepinesinc.com or email@example.com
Zuma’s operates with a skeleton crew supplemented by its cherished volunteers. Volunteers are the backbone of Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, as they are of any non-profit organization–especially any program that involves animals. Programs like ours never rest: there are no days off when caring for heartbeats.
Volunteer opportunities at the ranch are fun, varied, outdoor learning experiences; a chance to get out of the office, out of the house and outdoors. Most of our volunteers would rather clean a barn than their own homes, and for that we love them.
The Ranch has no prerequisites to become part of our volunteer family, just a love for children and/or horses and the outdoors. You need not have horse experience. We can teach you everything you need to know to care for them, a lesson well worth learning.
Volunteer Training : Every 1st and 4th Saturday from 9:00 am-12:00 pm, volunteers can come and learn the ropes. Once you have successfully completed the volunteer training, we offer flexibility in volunteer opportunity scheduling.
Volunteers who have completed the training session are always needed for help with the following:
- Early morning feeding crew (7:30 am)
- Late morning pasture and stall cleaners (9-10 am)
- Lunch time feeding crew (12-1 pm)
- Early evening feeding crew (4-5 pm)
- Early evening pasture and stall cleaning crew (3-5 pm)
- Any time of day for the following; horse groomers, riders, mane pullers, body clippers.
Electricians, plumbers, framers, handy men, excavators & roofers are always needed for projects.
We are always looking for groups that need corporate work days. We have the work and need the help.
Please contact our volunteer coordinator for opportunities:firstname.lastname@example.org
Fellow Zuma’s Volunteers, Spring is in the air and there is a lot happening at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch to share with you all.
In January we commenced our first Experiential Learning Program. The program involves engaging children in thought provoking activities designed to bring out potential negative behaviors allowing these behaviors to be guided by the trained staff and mentors. Out Next ELP session begins March 1st from 5:00pm-7:30 pm and we need mentors for this session and our Saturday session from 10:00am-12:30pm. If you are interested in mentoring for six we eks, please contact Maura at Maura2010@zumasrescueranch.com. There is no experience necessary to become a mentor and we provide the necessary training on Saturday February 27th at 1:00 pm.
We have a booth at the upcoming Rock Mountain Horse Show at the National Western Complex in Denver on March 12th-14th and we are looking for volunteers to help. We will have Zuma’s goods to sell (coffee, hats, notepads etc.) and flyers to hand out regarding our Experiential Learning program, volunteering at Zuma’s and upcoming events. If you are able to assist at the show please email Amanda Lane at email@example.com with the date and times available to assist. Last but not least, we are updating our records for 2010 and capturing some new information about our volunteers and have created a new volunteer application form. We would greatly appreciate your help with completing the attached form and either mailing or faxing it to the ranch. 7745 N. Moore Rd., Littleton, CO 80125 or fax: 303.389.7331
Thank you so much for your support! We couldn’t do all these things to help the horses and children without our wonderful dedicated volunteers. Amanda LaneVolunteer Coordinator303.949.8240
Let’s define poseur- “a person who habitually pretends to be something he is not.” This seems to be a trend with people seeking positions on the board of directors. Well we have to thank my last board member for opening our eyes to this so that going forward we will prevent wasting time with a poseur.
2010 will be poseur free at Zuma’s. We will affiliate with folks interested in the welfare of at-risk youth and the plight of our country’s horses. These people will have big hearts and big ideas that they will follow through with. No more of the big talk and non action types in 2010.
Look out, Zuma’s has put on the combat boots to tackle this huge issues facing at risk youth and horses. 2010 will be a huge year for Zuma’s, for we have already received three requests for full proposal from funders. We are arming our mission with engaged backers that want the plight for kids and horses to rise to the top.
Photo Courtesy Robyn Beck
Today the dream, Zuma’s Rescue Ranch exists largely due to the two dedicated founders Jodi and Paul Messenich.The couple have dedicated their once profitable multi- million dollar equestrian center to serve the needs of at risk youth and horses. This heart job comes with a substantial price tag, every year the pair spend close to $200,00 of their retirement to fund as well as work 7 days per week to keep the mission at Zuma’s alive.
Zuma’s is designed to prevent at risk youth from slipping through the cracks of society, while simultaneously saving horses destined for slaughter.
According to the National Social Services Organization, roughly 80% of the worlds current prison inmates were former foster children. This is a clear sign that the current system is not working.
Add to that, a country that turns a blind eye to and estimated 450,000 horses sent to foreign Countries to be brutally slaughtered. Something is terribly wrong with this picture.
Zuma’s rescues those horses from slaughter and pairs them with at risk children in a therapeutic setting designed to heal both mind and spirit of horse and child.
Our system is having dramatic effects on the children’s lives fortunate enough to partake in our programs.
In 2009 Zuma’s helped more than 30 families and rescued 20+ horses. We would like to do more in 2010 but we need your help.
Zuma’s needs funding to further our mission.
The bottom line at Zuma’s is hitting a low point and if something doesn’t change drastically soon, the funds bolstering the operation will run out. It has been such a great first year at Zuma’s that the belief is funding is just around the corner….2009 brought in nearly $45,000 in donations which is excellent for a first year non-profit, we hope to double that in 2010 as well as make a big dent in the four million dollar endowment necessary for sustainable funding.
If you have ties to some of the following needs listed below please contact Zuma’s and make the connections: 303-346-7493
- Endowment Funds from folks needing a great tax deduction $500.00-$100,000 levels available
- Monthly fiscal commitments from community members – sustainable funding source Example, I will donate $25.00 per month to Zuma’s
- Consistent labor donations- Example, I will help out at Zuma’s every Monday 7-10am
- Event Venue Donations- Auditoriums, concert venues, Donated spaces for fund-raising events
- Program Sponsors Example, I will sponsor a new child’s six-week therapy program ($220 each session)
- Horse Sponsor, Example I will provide funds and care for one rescue horse for the year ($2,500)
As you can see from our $200,000 annual operating expense at Zuma’s, we would only need $547.00 per day in donations. That is only 700 people to commit to .83c donation per day, or $25.00 a month charitable contribution to Zuma’s.
Won’t you recruit 10 people to commit .83 cents per day to Zuma’s mission? If we all recruit 10 people to set up an auto pay to Zuma’s for $25.00 per month ($300) per year, the operation funds are met and countless children and their families will have access to the wonderful effective experiential therapy.
Please start your recruiting today:
My commitment to Zuma’s
I ____________________________ commit to drafting 10 friends and family to support at $25.00 per month to the mission at Zuma’s.
Here are my 10 recruits
Print today’s blog and send in your commitment to: fax 720-344-8971 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Donate to Zuma’s!
Help us change the lives of those once destine for despair.
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch couldn’t survive without our wonderful and dedicated volunteers. They come from a variety of backgrounds and bring with them their own style and expertise. They are the heart and soul of our organization.
Below is the founder of Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, Jodi Messenich with one of our youngest volunteers Drew, cleaning up a paddock while enjoying a little exercise and camaraderie.
Photo courtesy of Michael “Spydr” Wren
No experience is required to volunteer at Zuma’s. Just a passion to help make a difference in horses and kids lives.
So why would you volunteer at Zuma’s?
- To help horses and kids in need.
- To heal yourself as you help heal others.
- To experience the joy of making a difference.
- To meet others who share similar interests.
- To expand your knowledge of horses and horse care.
- To enhance your skills and build your resume.
- To earn community service hours needed for graduation.
- To be a leader working to prevent neglect and abuse of horses within your community.
- Because you love animals.
- Because you have free time.
- Because you have knowledge and talents to share.
- Because you want to teach your children the value of giving.
Photo courtesy of Michael “Spydr” Wren
Zuma’s offers volunteer training ever Saturday from 9AM – Noon.
So during this season of giving, please think about the many horses and kids in need and open your heart and do what you can to help. Even one hour spent on cleaning paddocks or grooming horses is a tremendous help.
Thank you for supporting the horses, kids, and families who gravitate to Zuma’s and the people who give their time, money and love to make this special healing space available.
Despite the snow and cold weather expected to hit again this weekend, the work at Zuma’s is never done. There are always hungry horses to be fed and stalls to be cleaned and Zuma’s ALWAYS appreciates a helping hand. The Saturday Volunteer Training will be held – sun, rain or snow, so bundle up and bring your thermos full of hot cocoa! Please drive safely if you plan on joining us this weekend!
Here are some pictures from our last snow storm, courtesy of Maura Stack-Oden.