Mom, teen, animals need help moving

Urgent plea.

Never in my life did I think I'd be asking others for help, but I'm in a very difficult situation right now, and have nowhere else to turn.

My teenage daughter and I have been in the process of moving from California to Texas. I thought I would have enough money to make this move and have all our animals come with us, but unfortunately, so many unexpected costly things kept arising. I have now run out of money. The bills are piling up and I have no way of covering the costs of transporting our animals let alone taking any more of our things there. Much of my days now are spent crying, drained of energy and trying to sell things to cover bills, hay, or gas. Our animals are part of our family and it's breaking our hearts that we might have to choose who to give up.

I've been an animal lover all my life, and have even done rescue and fostering. Most of our animals have always been rescues or adopted from shelters. We currently have 4 horses, 1 donkey, 2 pet goats, 1 pet ram, 2 pets pigs, 2 dogs, 4 cats, 13 chickens, 2 parakeets, and up until yesterday, we were fostering a dog we rescued off the highway. One of our dogs just had a $1200 vet bill and now he needs to go back to the vet because he is breathing heavy and wheezing. Our other dog also needs to be seen for a skin allergy. Our horses are not well trained, nor' well built and I know that if I tried to rehome them they'd be split up and most likely end up at auction, or worse, slaughter. We just can't bear the thought of that and are hoping they can continue to live out the rest of their lives with us. All the animals (except for the 2 dogs that already had theirs) will need shots and health certificates to travel across state lines. The four horses and donkey will also need a Coggins test. All these things are costly.


My daughter and I have driven to Texas twice now with a load of our belongings using my truck and towing a trailer, and each time it has cost approximately $2000 dollars round trip. As I look around the property I see approximately four more trips to be made with things we will definitely need, that I will never be able to afford to replace, such as equipment, fencing, water troughs, our spare car (which our cats need to be transported in and my daughter would need to get to school and work) and one flatbed trailer which is loaded. I would also have to hire someone to haul the horses. 

I am a 53 yr old woman with back issues and fibromyalgia, and my daughter has been having health issues too, but I tell you we are fighters. We are doing everything we can to not give up. I tried to reach out for some physical help moving things or help in driving there and no one can help. If I could pay people right now, I think we could find the help we so desperately need.  Unfortunately, us and the animals must be out asap, therefore my urgent plea for help. My goal at the beginning of this process was to try and make our lives better after struggling so hard here in California and going through so many difficult and heartbreaking situations.  That goal has become extremely difficult.

I now must humble myself and my pride and turn to the hopeful kindness of strangers for help. When I am back in the position of paying it forward I most definitely will.

Thank you for reading my story, and taking it into consideration. We will be forever thankful for any and all help.
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Dana Spann 
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