EL Harris Emergency Animal Shelter

My Dad, “Pops” Ernest Lee Harris Jr, died on January 5th, 2018, of sudden cardiac arrest   He was only  58    

We had all expected to watch him grow in a funny ornery ole man  

My mom and dad lived here, San Diego and later Oceanside,  for more than 30 years     They loved loved loved San Diego County     

About 3 years ago, they found their “home with a view” And moved to Valley Center,  

Pops had taken on the day to day routines and hard ass work - but quiet life of a country landowner.   

The loss of so many horses during the recent Lilac Fire set him on a mission to learn how he might have been able to help   

It wasn’t something he’d talked much about with us, but the notes from his phone calls and visits, the drawings and quotes from contractors told us exactly what this must have meant to him    

A fireproof building that would keep about 10 horses and their owners safe and secure during an evacuation 

And so now, we just have to find a way to make it happen   

For his family and for all of those people he touched here in California and all of those characters that he met in his travels and for those of you who have asked how you can  help, this is that thing   

We set up this GoFundMe account -  for our Pops, for our mothers hope to make “Mr. Harris” proud    

The funds will be forwarded to an account and  held until the actual construction work begins.

Adding a water line from the well

Clearing the site, building the stalls , installing a special floor matt system and fireproof sliding doors  

The concrete block - a special wall coating  and roof vents was donated by a  couple who  want to remain anonymous - but who lost their home  in the 2003 Cedar Fire  Thank You -  Thank You  - You’re amazing

We hope you’ll send this out to your connections, , to random kind people and all your friends and family  

We will keep checking back with al of you and by the end of this summer, want to have the supplies  and hire the  contractors    Our goal  to make this happen by Jan 5 , 2019    


Donations (18)

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  • Kathleen Morrison
    • $500 
    • 5 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $250 
    • 6 yrs
  • Jennifer Frazee
    • $200 
    • 6 yrs
  • Rick Muth
    • $500 
    • 6 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $100 
    • 6 yrs
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Brenda Jean Harris
Valley Center, CA

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