A new home for Lindsay and Riley

We are reaching out to help our dear friend Lindsay, who lost her home in the Northern California Wildfires.

As soon as Lindsay had word of a fire breaking out in Calistoga near Tubbs Lane, she immediately left her home in Santa Rosa and jumped into her truck to make her way to us. It was almost midnight. She left her best friend Riley asleep in the safety of her home in Coffee Park in Santa Rosa, she would never think of bringing her dog into fire danger. When she crested the hill and stopped at Equi-Ed to pick up a four horse trailer to bring to us in Calistoga, she was approached by CHP who informed her that the fire was raging towards Santa Rosa and that she needed turn around and go back. She had the presence of mind to hitch up the trailer and take 4-of the Equi-Ed horses down the hill with her to safety. She then headed to Cloverleaf Farm in Santa Rosa and led 20 of their horses out of an enclosed wooden barn into open pastures and arenas. We now know that the barn burned to the ground. When she turned behind her she saw the flames coming towards her. She ran to her truck and headed to her home in Coffee Park only to find her neighborhood was on fire, she had only minutes/seconds to get Riley out.

She and Riley escaped but only by minutes. She instinctually grabbed her camp gear which is always ready to go and headed to the Coast, making calls along the way to wake her friends and family and alert them of the fire danger. It was 2:00 a.m. Her house and everything she owned burned to the ground that night.

Lindsay set up camp at the Coast and has not skipped one beat in helping Sunrise Horse Rescue and horses all over the Napa & Sonoma Valleys get to Safety.

She has not paused to think of her own loss. Instead, she has been mobilizing teams of horse haulers and has been coordinating efforts to get horses to safety day after day without much sleep or the comfort of her home.

Lindsay is a true hero, selfless, brave, incredibly capable, an extraordinary human being. Help us give back to Lindsay who has given so much during this devastating time, She and Riley need our help getting back on their feet!!
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Organizer and beneficiary

Mary Burklow 
Santa Rosa, CA
Lindsay Merget 
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