Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Ways to Give - We need Your Support!

Taken from Kathy Zaffore: A dozen things to reduce taxes

You can use your credit card as long as the date processed is in 2008 (even if you don’t pay until January or even later). Or mail checks early because the charity may process your contribution on the date received rather than the date of post mark. For a gift over $250 at one time – you MUST get a receipt!!!! Your cancelled check is not good enough.

To give on line, simply go to your favorite charity’s web site –almost all allow you to make a contribution on line with a credit card. Otherwise, try www.guidestar.com .

For your friend who has everything, make a contribution in his/her name to his/her favorite charity. It is deductible to YOU.

To assure that your contribution is deductible – DOCUMENT it.
Take photos, make a list of items along with their original purchase price and their current thrift store value. BE REALISTIC. You can use www.itsdeductible.com as a guide, but remember that the IRS does NOT sanction that web site’s valuations. You are now required to have receipts to prove the purchase price. Just be aware of that. Get a signed and dated
receipt if your gift exceeds $250 per trip. Be sure to give us your lists to use in preparation of your tax return.

Pick up an “angel” ornament in almost any store or mall and buy a gift for someone who really needs a smile. Keep the receipt – it is deductible.

If you give a car to charity before the end of the year, you could get a big deduction. Here are the rules, briefly. If the charity sells the car at auction, your deduction is the amount the car sold for and the charity will supply you (and the IRS)
with a 1099. If the charity will use the car in its mission or gift the car to a needy person, you will get a fair market value deduction and the charity will give you a letter indicating that it will indeed make use of the car itself. Big difference. Shop
around to find a charity that can use your car. If it isn’t running, how about a school for mechanics?? ☺

If you drive your car to do volunteer work…your mileage is deductible. Pull together your log showing date, reason, and miles. Don’t overlook this deduction! If you drive thousands of miles, have the organization give you a letter thanking you for
driving A LOT (have them use your specific amount from your well maintained log). For 2008, the deduction is 14 cents per mile – which doesn’t sound like much, but if you drive 1,000 miles (a mere 20 miles a week) driving seniors to doctor appointments (for example), you will have a $140 deduction.

For a nondeductible, but ongoing gift, to your favorite charity, look at www.goodsearch.com. Goodsearch will give money to your charity EVERY TIME you do an on line search through Goodsearch. It works! Try it!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Santa Photos This Sunday the 21st!

Don't Miss Santa and his elves this Sunday, December 21st at PetSmart in Fort Collins from 11 am to 4 pm. PetSmart is located at the corner of Harmony and College in Fort Collins.

This is the best Santa EVER! Individuals are also encouraged to make a contribution on behalf of the animals at Denkai Animal Sanctuary. Become a sponsor, make a difference today, don't delay, the animals deserve a Happy Holiday season this year!

Daisy's Surgery A Success!

After only two weeks of waiting and fund raising, Daisy, the three year old rottweiler who survived the California Wildfires last fall has successfully undergone her TPLO surgery and is recovering nicely in her foster home.

A huge thank you goes out to Dr. Kerrihard, Kristin Des Marais, Colorado's Helping Hands Foundation, and our many caring and supportive individual contributors. Together with your help, $1,500.00 was raised!

Daisy was at her wit's end trying to walk on her ailing leg. You cared and came to her rescue. Thank you!

We will continue to keep you updated as to Daisy's progress. Thank you for giving her a very Happy Holiday!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Meet the Birds of Denkai!

Denkai Houses Many Turkeys, Chickens and Ducks. View the below videos for a sneak peak. Please excuse the background noise, we were unloading hay and this video camera picks up everything!

Give the Gift of Life this Holiday Season!

This year, Denkai Animal Sanctuary has given assistance to hundreds of domestic, farm animals and mustang horses throughout Colorado and the United States. We operate through contributions from kind and caring individuals such as yourself.

Make a contribution in the name of your family or friends this holiday season by sponsoring one of our many special animals who would otherwise have been homeless without your support. For a mere $25.00 per month, you can help to save a life!

Contributions are tax deductible within the means of the IRS 501(c)3 code. Visit www.denkaisanctuary.org and click on any donation icon to contribute towards the animal of your choice.

Read below about some of our special animals and their special needs!

Meet The Fonz!
This 300lb goat roamed the streets of Fort Collins for about two weeks creating a flood of calls to the Larimer Humane Society. They were unable to apprehend this large escapee, so it was Denkai to the rescue! Fonzie has a very happy go lucky personality and has quickly become a favorite here at the Sanctuary!

Meet Babs!
Babs is one of our senior residents here at the Sanctuary. She was taken in when another farmed animal Sanctuary closed its doors. Babs resides here along with two other ewes all are near 14 years of age!

Say Hello to My Little Friend! Chico is a polish rooster. He was one of many purchased at a feed store and since he did not turn out a hen, he was unwanted. Chico is very sweet, loves to roost on his little house and would love to meet his sponsor this holiday season!


Charlotte is brand new to our Sanctuary. She was picked up as a stray in the streets of Loveland by Larimer Humane Society. They quickly discovered her escapee potential after chasing her a few times and when nobody claimed her, she was passed on to our Sanctuary. This little lady is around a year old and has a lot of growing to do! This is one pig that will never see a holiday dinner from the plate! She will live her life out here at our Sanctuary! We would like to thank Cache La Poudre Feeds in Fort Collins for supplying her with plenty of feed for the next few weeks!

Sweet Pea!

Sweet Pea is a favorite to anybody who has visited Denkai Animal Sanctuary.
She was the victim of severe neglect which left her crippled, but still able to walk. We have maintained her for the last few years and are finding that she now needs a cart to help ease the strain on her front legs, shoulders and her back. We are working round the clock to raise a very needed $1,000.00 for her cart: www.doggon.com A contribution on her behalf would change her life!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Max the Potbellied Pig finds a home!

I had the pleasure of driving Max the potbellied pig who came to our Sanctuary from Denver Dumb Friends League to his new home in Grand Junction, CO with Lynn and her furry family of birds, dogs and horses. Lynn does and incredible job maintaining and caring for her animals and Max fit right in.

Upon arrival, Lynn had a nice comfy futon bed with blankets ready for Max who has his very own room. He contentedly allowed Lynn to give him a much needed belly rub, gently closed his eyes and even smiled! He wasted no time in settling in, curling up, pulling his new blankie over him and taking a nap.

He met new doggie friends, two older Dobermans, very kind and gentle along with two bird friends, both macaws. He walked on his leash like a pro when Lynn took him out for bathroom duty too.

We would like to thank Lisa for finding Lynn and introducing us to her and Lynn for taking Max in after losing her potbellied pig of 16 years.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Save a life, Sponsor a Mustang

Caution, the following video is Graphic. This shows the failed BLM roundup and adoption processes. It flows from the actual round up with helicopters to Tripping rodeos (mustangs are roped by the leg and brought down) to bucking strings and then to the slaughter plant. Thank you to Cindy and the SacredIntent Channel for putting this together.

Here at Denkai Animal Sanctuary, we currently house 5 mustang horses on a permanent basis. Please read below for their photos and stories and find it in your heart to help us in keeping them safe!

To Sponsor Any of these mustangs, please visit our website at: http://www.denkaisanctuary.org/sponsor.htm

These mustangs are not listed on our website sponsor page yet, but you can sponsor them by clicking on any donation button, just specify which mustang you would like to support. For a mere $150.00 per month, you are helping us to house and care for these special one of a kind horses that would have otherwise perished in a slaughter house.

Dakota is a 7 year old Mustang Gelding. He was dropped at a local kill sale before being rescued. He has a bad stifle on his hind leg, but is not terribly lame. Dakota is handleable and would love a visit from a special sponsor

Hope (R) and Faith (L) are two 11 year old mustang mares originally from a New Mexico Herd. They were adopted out by the BLM and used for breeding until the adopter decided that she no longer wanted to care for them and was going to shoot these two mares with two 5 day old babies at their sides. Another failed adoption by the BLM.

Liberty is now 12 years old. He was rounded up at the age of 7 by the BLM from a Nevada mustang herd. Liberty was then adopted by a Fort Collins area dude ranch that planned to use him as a trail horse with no previous training. When this backfired the owner ran Liberty through a local kill sale. Liberty has been safe with our Sanctuary for the last 5 years.

Cutter is a 5 year old mustang gelding. He has had no handling other than round up, branding and castration by the BLM. We do not have his complete history and he has a ton of potential for training still. Cutter has a long way to go in trusting people.

Friday, November 14, 2008

First Snow, Winter Needs!

This is a video of our first snow last night. This is a very minor glimpse into what we are in for this winter here at the Sanctuary. We still need your help to stockpile feed for the animals and in getting functional equipment. The areas that you see drifting in this video will be 5 times that size when winter really does hit and we need your help to be prepared.

Items needed include:

60 more tons of hay. We have access to this, we need help gaining the funding in the amount of $7,000 to accomplish this. We are able to get this hay hauled into us from South Dakota for $120 per ton including delivery. To buy locally, the cost would be $180 to $200 or more per ton, that doesn't include delivery. We save a lot of money this way and your contribution stretches farther. Hay is our largest and most urgent need.

To contribute: donate online at: www.denkaisanctuary.org, click any donation button or mail donations to: Denkai Animal Sanctuary 36710 WCR 126 Grover, CO 80729

We need a skid steer with tracks, these work really well in getting over deep snow drifts, digging out of them and keeping the animals fed in the worst of conditions. If you can help out with this need, please contact us: (970) 217-1457 or info@denkaisanctuary.org.

We are working to stockpile feed for pigs, chickens and grain for horses. To contribute towards any of these items, please contact Cache la Poudre Feeds at: (970) 482-5092 or J&T Feeds in Greeley at (970) 378-0240. Any amount contributed will help. We can pick up donated items.

Thank you for caring, these animals would have been much less fortunate without your help!

Monday, November 10, 2008

2 Pit bulls Scheduled for Execution Need Help!

Urgent! Two very sweet black and white male pitbulls are awaiting their
execution in Gunnison, CO. These two, one year old pit bulls are set to be
executed for killing a rabbit. The county they are located in is not
pitbull friendly and would rather kill these two dogs than give them
another chance.

They did not attack a person, they have never threatened a child or any
other animals and they are absolute lovers.

You can help. In order to save them,they need to be transfered out of the
county that they are in. These two boys will need to be neutered.

1. Does anybody have room to take one or both of them in?

2. Can anybody help to sponsor them in order to cover transport costs,
neutering, vaccinations (we assume they are not up to date, but will know
more), and possible boarding costs if we can not find a home or rescue
facility that has openings? Cost would be around $400 per dog. Any amount
will help with them though.

These dogs only have two more days until they are executed. Please contact
Sara Hoffman for more information at: (970) 596-6594.

If Sara can not be reached, feel free to contact our Sanctuary at:
info@denkaisanctuary.org or (970) 217-1457.

For more information on the Pit Bull Breed, please visit our website at:

Thank you for Caring!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cortez Yearlings Finally Home!

Thanks to a very generous transporter, the Yearling horses rescued from an Ignacio Kill Buyer are now safe at Denkai Animal Sanctuary in Grover, CO. These little babies have remained healthy other than a few snotty noses and are doing very well. We will be looking for homes for these horses and will begin basic ground training with them in the next week or so. To make a contribution towards the care of these babies or for any other information, please contact Denkai Animal Sanctuary at: www.denkaisanctuary.org or info@denkaisanctuary.org. Thank you for Caring!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Video of Sorrel Mare, Cortez yearling Rescue

The Following is a video of a red roan yearling mare, she has an injury on her rear hoof. This mare is part of the Cortez kill lot rescue.

Cortez Horse Photos

These are some photos of the Cortez Yearlings. More to come. We are planning to move them to their temporary Cortez facility tomorrow. We ordered vaccinations from Mountain Veterinary Supply in Fort Collins, they are half the price of vaccinations here, so will accomplish that tomorrow along with de-worming.

Keep in mind these babies will need recovery time along with lots of food and TLC, they are kind of beat up and look a little scraggly right now. This is all part of the rescue process.

More photos to come!

Sorrel Gelding, QH.

Buckskin Gelding, QH type

Palamino Gelding, QH type

Walking Horse/Saddlebred type? Gelding, Paint mix maybe? Has one blue eye and gaited.

These are some photos of the Cortez Yearlings. More to come. We are planning to move them to their temporary Cortez facility tomorrow. We ordered vaccinations from Mountain Veterinary Supply in Fort Collins, they are half the price of vaccinations here, so will accomplish that tomorrow along with de-worming.

More photos to come!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Tow Truck Picking up Stranded Transport

1:00 in the morning, Tow truck picking up Denkai Animal Sanctuary pickup near Monte Vista.

Truck Diagnosis

Rescue Transport Stranded; Monte Vista to Cortez

On October 5th a transport loaded with 2 horses and 2 donkeys headed for Cortez, CO from the Sanctuary's home in Grover, CO. At 1:00 in the morning on Monday while driving down Hwy 285, the engine quit. We coasted to the side of the road and waited more than an hour for a tow truck, cost: $505.00.

We were towed to Alamosa, CO where the trailer was dropped in an empty lot at 3:00 in the morning, just across from the Ford Dealership, where the truck was dropped off and across from our motel room. At the break of dawn, we unloaded horses, packed them with food and water and started making phone calls to find anybody that would allow us to house the horses in Alamosa until the diagnosis would come in on the truck. Thanks to one of our Board Members, Bob Grube, we made contact with Johnie Payne, who kindly hooked up to our horse trailer, helped us load the animals and towed it to his home, where corrals were ready for the horses. That was a huge load off.

The diagnosis on the truck was in: The valve had dropped and destroyed the piston. Our options were to replace the engine for a cost of $5,500.00 or leave it in Alamosa until we could come get it and tow it back to the Sanctuary. We chose to leave it and Johnie gave us a place to store it.

Our Cortez Contact sent her friends to come get the horses and us in Alamosa. They showed up Monday afternoon, we loaded horses and the trailer and headed for Cortez. Wolf Creek Pass was not an option because of Ice and our lack of trailer breaks, so we arrived in Cortez at 3:00 this morning. The Horses are safe and happy, the yearlings will be moved to safety tomorrow until we can find a way to get them back to the Sanctuary in Grover, CO.

Here is how you can help:

Option A: we can raise another $1,000 to hire a transporter to come get these yearlings and bring them to the Sanctuary.

Option B: You can help us to get a truck donated or the use of a reliable truck donated to drive these horses back to Grover, We'll pay fuel costs.

Option C: We have a person willing to transport the yearlings to Saguche in 2 weeks if we can meet somebody with a truck that has a gooseneck hitch and pass off the trailer and our Director with 2 dogs.

(970) 217-1457

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

5 Yearling Horses In Need on Cortez Kill Lot!

Denkai Animal Sanctuary
(970) 217-1457

Five Yearling horses are currently sitting on a kill lot in Cortez,
Colorado awaiting their fate in a Mexican Slaughter Plant. These innocent
babies are the result of backyard breeders and have become a byproduct of a
falling economy along with irresponsible owners.

Denkai Animal Sanctuary is asking not only for your help in ransoming these
babies and saving their lives but in finding them lasting homes where they
will never face such a horrifying death again. A ransom has been placed of
$90.00 for each of these five babies, $450.00 total to get them to freedom.
The youngsters would normally bring him .40 per lb at a Mexican Slaughter
plant. For more information regarding horse slaughter please visit:
http://www.hsus.org/legislation_laws/citizen_lobbyist_center/help_end_horse_slau \

If we are able to raise this funding, we are also looking for individuals
and other rescue organizations to place these babies in. If none can be
found, we will be sending some of our rideable and trained horses to
another facility for better adoption viewing where homes have already been
screened in order to help these babies.

The absolute latest date for ransom is Saturday, October 4, 2008. We plan
to have a transport pick these babies up October 11, 2008 in Cortez. Any
contributions towards fuel cards/gas money would be greatly appreciated as
well. Fuel costs are estimated at $400.00.

The Sanctuary can be reached at: (970) 217-1457 or info@denkaisanctuary.org.

Donations can be sent to:
Denkai Animal Sanctuary 36710 WCR 126
Grover, CO 80729

or visit our website to donate:
www.denkaisanctuary.org and click on any donation button.

Forward and Distribute Widely;

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Parker, Colorado Resident Initiates Monthly Giving Challenge

For Immediate Release
Denkai Animal Sanctuary
Floss Blackburn
(970) 217-1457

Parker, CO Resident Initiates Monthly Giving Challenge For The Animals!

In lieu of the recent press releases regarding eighteen Arabian horses
displaced due to a horrific divorce (http://denkaisanctuary.blogspot.com/),
Parker Resident Kathy Zaffore has issued a Monthly Giving Challenge for
donors. Her letter follows below;

Dear Fellow Supporters of Denkai Animal Sanctuary,

I received an email from Floss a couple of days ago addressed to all of us
who are concerned and active at some level with Denkai. She outlined the
current financial struggles and asked for our time and dollars to meet the
immediate needs for not only the creatures large and small who call Denkai
home, but also for other animals in need who have found a way to reach out
to Floss and Denkai – and therefore all of us – for help.

Let me say here that I have never met Floss, nor have I visited Denkai.
Nor did Floss ask me to do this letter. It is simply my response to her

I live south of Denver and care for my own menagerie – a dog, cats,
horses, and the many wild critters who drop by for help now and then. I
learned about Denkai about a year ago through news articles and I contacted
Denkai for more information. I made an initial contribution and was amazed
at what happened. Floss worked hard to keep me involved. She informed me
several times a week about the activities at Denkai. She invited me to
participate at many different levels. She included me in campaigns to save
not only the lives at Denkai but those in many other communities, too. She
engaged me in a way that few CEOs of organizations do (and as a CPA, I have
worked with a lot of organizations). It was both responsible and
responsive, and demonstrated her desire to not only pay the bills, but to
sustain her organization for the long haul. If you do not know – THAT IS
RARE. A lot of people care about animals, and many start what they cannot
finish. Few stand up to the day in and day out demand of operating and
SUSTAINING a thriving sanctuary. It is a lot of work – caring for
animals AND raising the buckets of money that makes it all possible. Two
more-than-full-time jobs. And she is apparently doing both exceptionally

She won me over with her business-like approach, which encouraged me to
give more. And then a few months ago, I chose to include Denkai in my
AUTOMATIC MONTHLY GIVING plan. Automatic monthly giving does a few
important things:
• The organization, in this case Denkai, knows
how much it can count on each month for its
operational expenses – THIS IS BOTH
• Because you are giving automatically by credit
card, you DO NOT FORGET to give even when you
are on vacation (the critters do not take a
• Your giving will appear on your credit card
statement each month which provides an
acceptable receipt for the Internal Revenue
Service (unless you give $250 or more! And if
you do that, Floss will happily jot you a
personal receipt, I am sure!)
• You will stick to your plan and accomplish
your giving goal each year while providing
vital funding to an organization you love.

Today, if you are not already giving regularly in some capacity, I would
like to challenge you start an automatic giving program on behalf of
Denkai. Here is how it works:

Go to www.denkaisanctuary.org and click on Donate Now at the top left
corner of the home page. You will end up on Network for Good. Follow the
instructions and sign up to give the same amount every month - $10, $20 or
more. Add a dollar or two to defray the expense of credit card donations.
That is all you do. Simple! And so incredibly effective. Your monthly
commitment will encourage Floss to continue with the work she is doing on
behalf of animals for all of us.

One last note – I am not a wealthy person, but I believe in supporting
animal causes and well-run local organizations. My current gift is $100
per month (plus a few defraying bucks). I am prepared to add $1 to my
monthly gift for the first 25 people who sign up to automatically give $50
or more per month for at least one year. I will count on Floss to let me
know, and perhaps add the challenge to her blog.

My best to the Denkai community.

For the animals,
Kathy Zaffore
Parker Colorado

I, Floss Blackburn will personally keep track of these donations and report
them back to Kathy and to the giving community. Thank you in advance for
your support, it means the world to these special animals.


Sunday, August 31, 2008

Hay donations roll in for Horses in Need!

This load courtesy Jerre Fisher and Larry Adams of Greeley, CO

This load courtesy Amber and Russ Herrell and Shiloh Acres horse rescue; Ault, CO

This load courtesy Alan Oster, Oster's Premium Hay, LaSalle, CO

Forward and Distribute Widely

For Immediate Release
Contact: Floss Blackburn
Denkai Animal Sanctuary
(970) 217-1457

Larimer and Weld County Hay Growers Come through for Homeless Horses at Denkai Animal Sanctuary

Greeley, CO - Jerre Fisher is one of the most amazing individuals that I have come across since founding Denkai Animal Sanctuary. Aside of caring for her own wonderful bunch of animals, Jerre has gone above and beyond the call of duty for Denkai's Sanctuary animals and most recently the arabian horses in need. Visit: http://www.apria.com/resources/1,2725,494-795956,00.html to read Jerre's story, get out your kerchief, it will bring tears to your eyes.

Thanks to Alan Oster of Oster's Premium Hay in LaSalle, Colorado, Larry Adams of Greeley, CO, a large contribution from Jerre Fisher of Greeley, CO and Shiloh Acres Horse Rescue of Ault, CO, more than 10 tons of hay has been contributed to the Sanctuary in the last week. This will get the horses through the next 30 days and hopefully a little longer until a court ruling can be made on the Arabian Horses from Dry Creek Arabians in Niwot, Colorado.

Photos of the Hay contributed, the original press release, and a video of the arabian horses designed by teenager Katrina Stowasser of Fort Collins, CO can be viewed on our website at: http://denkaisanctuary.blogspot.com/

We are not out of the woods yet, please keep contributing your in-kind and cash contributions for the animals. Hay is a constant every day need if you happen to know of anybody that is willing to contribute even a small amount, it will make a difference!

Denkai Animal Sanctuary can be reached at: www.denkaisanctuary.org
(970) 217-1457

Friday, August 29, 2008

18 Arabian Horses, Video By Katrina Stowasser!

Wonderful Video By Katrina Stowasser of arabians in need.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

18 Arabian Horses in Desperate Need!

For Immediate Release
Contact: Floss Blackburn
Denkai Animal Sanctuary
(970) 217-1457


Grover/Niwot, CO-- Rulings by the Supreme Court have recently shut down horse slaughter plants in the United States. For many this was an enormous victory. Horses are dumped weekly at our local sale barns by dude ranches, breeders, and other individual owners that are totally clueless to the fact that their well trained horse is destined to end up in the hands of a kill buyer and headed to a Mexican or Canadian slaughter plant, a fate worse than death.

For eighteen Arabian and Arabian Cross horses this fate has been delayed over the last ten months. They are now staring it in the face. Colorado law states that livestock are considered property, not a pet animal, therefore these horses are considered property and are treated as such in the judicial system. This law is flawed, though horses are not necessarily pet animals, they are not inanimate objects to be simply auctioned off either.

These horses have been the victims of a horrifying divorce between Mr. and Mrs. Helmick. They are caught up in a nightmare of he says, she says and their only options are to die or have a ruling handing them over to Denkai Animal Sanctuary in hopes of finding a home.

Denkai Animal Sanctuary has been housing these eighteen Arabian and Arabian cross horses since Novemeber of 2007. These horses were brought to the Sanctuary in poor condition from Marcy Trescott-Helmick’s Dry Creek Arabian facility in Niwot, CO. Marcy Trescott is the Owner of Dry Creek Arabians and plead guilty to two counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals in December of 2007. (http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/10958/CO/US/) The Sanctuary has been able to care for these horses through a written agreement and payments from a Boulder County Agistor.

Below is a list of media that had covered the story of these Arabian horses from the beginning of their plight:






Since May of 2008, payments towards the care of these horses have ceased. Denkai Animal Sanctuary with the help of Horses Forever in Hygiene, CO has had hay, farrier work, vaccinations, and veterinary care donated towards these innocent beings. Resources have run dry, without public help, there is nothing left to care for these horses.

Denkai Animal Sanctuary has placed a lien against these horses and is working to get a hearing in court to take possession of them in order to bypass the “norm”. The normal process that happens since horses are considered property once a lien is placed provides that these horses would have to be sold at auction. This means that they would be purchased at auction most likely by kill buyers who would then ship them to a Mexican or Canadian Slaughter plant. After almost a year of rehabilitation, Denkai can not fathom such a fate for these horses. The Sanctuary has worked with local veterinarians in beating cancer, providing needed dental work, de-worming and putting more than 100 lbs on each of these horses, just for them to go to slaughter? We don’t think so!

Denkai Animal Sanctuary is asking for help from the public to save these horses and show that there is another option rather than public auction for such animals. These are not vehicles, houses, or material items! They are living, breathing beings. They have feelings; they can become frightened, sad, and happy. How is that we have reduced horses to the likes of an inanimate object?

The need for help is GREAT and URGENT! Please make a contribution to the Sanctuary; Denkai desperately needs hay, the horses each 10 tons per month. The Sanctuary has located good quality grass hay for $70.00 per ton to help feed these horses and needs to raise a total of $1,400.00 to bring in 20 tons which will help to feed these horses for two months. By this time, a court ruling should have been made and these horses should be seeking homes. This is our greatest need while the lives of these horses hang in the balance. Please don’t let them down!

Contributions can be made to:
Denkai Animal Sanctuary
36710 WCR 126
Grover, CO 80729

Contributions can be made online at: www.denkaisanctuary.org

Monday, August 18, 2008

Teens working hard at the Sanctuary

Elijah and his friend Jamie both from Fort Collins and in High School spent a large portion of their summer helping the Sanctuary. Both of these hard working teens are eligible for our Presidential Service Award. Elijah has spent more than 6000 hours volunteering with the Sanctuary since 2004 and Jamie has spent more than 50 hours helping out.

After a couple of long days hanging drywall in relentless rainstorms, these boys decided to make the best of it and take a spin in the go cart through a few very large "ponds" in the driveway. The end result? It's always good to have a little fun!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Shadow, chocolate Lab in need!

Help! I've just rescued a very sweet chocolate lab mix from a bad animal \
shelter who had him on death row, because he doesn't "play well" with other \
animals! I found him a foster home for one week, but he needs a longer foster \
home or a forever home with someone. He's great with people and a very healthy \
50-60 lb. boy! He just wants to bond with someone. He's a neutered male, \
around 7 or 8 years old. Very friendly and well mannered. I've attached a \
photo. Would you, could you help?! Please let me know...303/547-2613.

Friday, July 18, 2008

House Leader Opposing Proposal to Euth Wild Horses

Posted by TheHorse.com

House Leader Opposes Proposal to Euthanize Wild Horses
by: The Associated Press
July 13 2008, Article # 12269

A House leader has come out against a federal proposal to euthanize wild horses and asked a federal agency to delay a decision on the animals' fate.

Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, urged the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to refrain from action until after the scheduled September release of a General Accountability Office report on the agency's management of wild horses.

The BLM's National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board in September is scheduled to consider alternatives to deal with horses' surplus numbers, including the euthanasia proposal.

Agency officials have said they're faced with tough choices because wild horses have overpopulated public lands in the West and they no longer can afford to care for the number of animals that have been rounded up.

"The BLM can, and should, do a better job with its entire wild horse and burro program, and should wait for the GAO to come forth with its report this fall before moving forward with a decision that will have a permanent effect on the lives of these creatures," Rahall said.

The agency, which had hoped to reach a decision by Sept. 30, now has no exact time table for one, spokeswoman Celia Boddington said Friday.

"We won't make a decision until we've discussed this issue fully with Chairman Rahall and humane groups," Boddington said. "We clearly want to take all our stakeholders' concerns into consideration."

The agency is considering different options such as efforts to step up birth control, but has not made any decisions yet, she added.

The 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act gives the agency the authority to euthanize and sell wild horses if necessary.

"It is a sad state of affairs when we have to fight to prevent the possible euthanasia of thousands of American horses," Rahall said. "We have a responsibility to preserve these icons of the American West for future generations."

But ranchers have said euthanasia might be necessary to keep horse numbers in check. Ranchers view the horses as competition for forage on the range.

"These are not easy choices," Boddington said. "The fact remains Congress authorized us to manage healthy herds on healthy rangelands. We're now looking to choices afforded us by current law."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., thinks the GAO report will show that the BLM has not done "a particularly effective job" when it comes to managing wild horses, spokesman Jon Summers said.

"Further, he believes the agency could do a much better job with its adoption program," Summers said, adding Reid also supports birth control as a way to control horse numbers.

There are an estimated 33,000 wild horses in 10 Western states. About half of those are in Nevada.

The agency has set a target "appropriate management level" of horses at 27,000. About another 30,000 horses are in holding facilities, where most are made available for adoption.

Last year about $22 million of the entire horse program's $39 million budget was spent on holding horses in agency pens. Next year the costs are projected to grow to $26 million with an overall budget that is being trimmed to $37 million.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

A day with Gus and Smiley

Tuesday this week Kayanna and Katrina Stowasser of Fort Collins were able to visit Gus and Smiley, two of the original Miracle Horses rescued from Dekalb, ILL when the slaughter plant was shut down by a Supreme Court Ruling.

This was a very important day for these two girls who have followed the story of these horses from the beginning and were there to see them arrive at Denkai from the Stockyard.

The Girls received some wonderful information from Christine Schultz who has fostered these two TB horses for the last year and has done a wonderful job in caring for them. Christine is so intelligent and has a wealth of knowledge to share.

We arrived home around midnight from our daily adventures, both girls tired, but having fulfilled a very important need. Katrina is well on her way to finding her career goal thanks to this project and Christine, I look forward to watching her blossom with this!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Ribot Dream on Bloodhorse.com

Check out Steve Haskin's article on Bloodhorse.com about the plight of Ribot Dream, a.k.a. Gus:


Warning: Graphic

Shelters experience this every day. These animals are real, their stories are very real and the abuses they have suffered at the hands of people are real. These animals, after all the torture they go through, still find a way to forgive us. Think twice before you look the other way and decide not to report animal abuse and neglect.

Farmed Animal Transports Cruel

Friday, June 27, 2008

Sweetheart, 9 Month old TB/Paint Mare

Sweetheart is just that, an amazing, intelligent sweet girl! She is 9 months old and has quite a story to tell. Sweetheart was purchased by her previous owner from a woman in the Galeton/Eaton area that was recently convicted of animal cruelty for starving a horse resulting in death. This precious little girl has entered our Sanctuary because the woman who purchased her is no longer able to care for her or any of her other animals due to alcoholism issues. This curiously wonderful little filly has a special need, she has a very large hernia that will require surgery and she needs your help to make this possible or she faces serious health complications. Please help her live, make a contribution to Sweetheart today! Your contribution is life-saving and can be mailed to: Denkai Animal Sanctuary 36710 WCR 126 in Grover, CO 80729 or via our website at www.denkaisanctuary.org, just click on any donation button.

Sugar Babe Update, End of June

Sugar Babe continues to recover. This week she was visited by Dr. Michael Suit of Timnath, CO who sutured her finally healed puncture wound and then floated her teeth. She had a history of ulcers in her mouth from a long lack of dental work, a lot of the reason she was having a hard time gaining and holding her weight. It is very painful for a horse to chew when they continually bite into the sides of their mouths or on their tongues. Your contributions count, please help Sugar Babe Recover: www.denkaisanctuary.org to make a contribution.