Save our farm
Need: money, fencing material, propane tank...The devastation is horrible, 8 inches of water in the attached garage - everything is ruined, we need fencing no climb horse fence to at least fix the backyard, we cant move back in without it, a large propane tank (ours is gone) and gravel and dirt eventually , the driveway is gone. Most of the cats, chickens, and ducks survived...sadly no sign of 14 alpacas (4 baby alpacas, 2 pregnant alpacas, and 8 adults) and 2 donkeys yet except one alpaca that didnt survive in the barn. Monetary donations or fencing is what we need. FEMA and insurance doesnt cover fencing . We havent given up on our big animals, we are putting together a search team but no matter what we will continue to rescue and foster animals. We love them all, we give all we have to saving those that have less, a 3 legged dog, 1 eyed cat...I want to hear my one eyed rescue donkey that could only hee again. The flood came so fast, moving animals in knee deep water to trying to force animals to higher ground in waist deep water is terrifying, the water came so fast. My husband helped save other animals since we couldnt get to ours. Tomorrow we want to save ours and put our farm back together and continue to save. Our kids only know a farm, they miss their babies and their chores please help me put my family back together.+ Read More
Many must think...why rebuild your farm after such a disaster...we are because you respect and hold close to your heart the animals lost, rebuild better and bigger than before, and learn from what happened. I run it through my head everyday what i could have done differently so im learning from that. We are going to expand the front pasture so that high land that i was trying to get them to that didnt flood will be a part of their daily routine, this will be always accessible and where they will get their crumble and treats. The back pasture will have a huge foundation and hill with a building on it, everywhere on this property will be safe. Our kids have been searching for days...they were so excited when they found a baby chicken feeder that dedication for animals is what i want to foster and continue to build on so we are rebuilding our farm bigger and better to respect the lives lost and the ones we will save next with all this love and support everyone has shown.
In your life time you only give rescue dogs one freedom ride...thursday during the flood they got another one and today they were able to come home again with all the help we got done...i will focus on this because i couldnt save all of our family ...6 dogs in one tiny jeep or highlander is not recommended but you make it work! I am forever grateful to our friend brad, he let me run around trying to save everything as the water rose on his tires. He didnt flinch when i said he had to lift a 150 pound dog into his jeep because he was a junk yard rescue and was terrified of car rides...forever i am in your debt. He didnt panic as his jeep started to float he stayed so calm...this village of people around me amazes me everyday.
Our world might not be right still but kenny our 6 yr old worked so hard today, finding all the animals things like a horse tank and water bucket, cleaning out the barn as best he could, digging trenches to get water to drain, even dug out a wheelbarrow and he came in and wrote a story about it. A few close friends and family rolled in today and dug in, sam and louies in elkhorn donated pizza to feed us, we got the attached garage scraped out for the feral cats and ourselves, the out pouring of love is amazing, just everything is so overwhelming...the love and support is unbelievable...i am so very grateful of the village that surrounds us... Gary Collett i hope you have an amazing birthday thank you for spending most of it sliding around in mud and devastation with a smile on your face. I want to thank everyone for everything the respect the love the support...so many of you