Great Spirits Rescues Fire Relief
Great Spirits Ranch, home to dozens of rescue animals large and small, has been hit hard by the Woolsey Fire. Debbie Malmazada has been steward of this land for over 20 years spending her own resources to care for the many previously neglected and abused animals that thrive on the ranch. She has meticulously built shelters and pastures that allow these cherished animals to live naturally and safely. Even in difficult financial times the animals were always a priority.
Debbie and Joe stayed until the fire was under their feet and cars, their home and other out buildings burning.
UPDATE: ALL ANIMALS ALIVE AND OKAY! Even my 34 year old horse made it. Debbie's House, Gabby's House and other out structures burned. Shelters, barns and pasture fences all sustained damage. Much immediate repair is needed to care for the animals properly and create living conditions for Debbie, Joe and Gabby. Our heroes.
RESCUES: 6 horses, 2 mini donkeys, 4+ dogs, barn cats, a llama, 6 goats, 2 pigs and dozens of chickens and ducks. Healed with loving care and provided with not only humane, but luxurious accommodations, these rescues have helped thousands of visitors rediscover their true nature. Please help them as they have helped so many understand the beauty and power of nature's wisdom.
Funds needed immediately and gratefully accepted.
Gofundme.com asked that I include these details: Debbie Malmazada is the SOLE BENEFICIARY of all donations and will use it to rebuild structures for the animals, vet care and feed, and help them re-establish a living situation. Much damage is not going to be covered by insurance. I am Cindy Lu and I started this campaign. I am Debbie's closest friend, living part time on the ranch for over 4 years. My senior rescue horse lives there and we share Deano, my rescue dog, who works there as Debbie's companion when she is taking care of the ranch and looking over the herds. My horse and one other are the only rescues that have sponsors. Everything else has come out of Debbie, Joe and Gabby's personal resources.
Take a look at all the pics. They are tragically historic with some sweeping views of the damage that no one else can access. Thank you!!!!
More than 2 weeks after the devastating fires started, the efforts to return to normalcy have yet to begin. Debbie Malmazada, Ariel Malmazada, Joe Schiro and Gabby malmazada are now virtually hostages on the burned out land, as getting in and out proves to be incredibly difficult. They had 20 bales of hay donated and delivered, THANK YOU WEST VALLEY FEED! But every bale is an effort to acquire and transport with a minimum of 2-3 bales needed a day plus grain to feed the dozens of rescue animals.
Debbie has developed Valley Fever due to the poor air quality and labor intensive circumstances and so far, no vets have been able to reach them so they are doing as much care as they can for Bacon, the old rescue pig that got a little fried in the fire and the 2 Anatolian Shepherds that seem to be suffering from smoke inhalation. So far the other animals seem to be okay and happy to have their caretakers on the land with them.
They acquired a generator so they can pump water for the animals during the day and give themselves some warmth and power during the cold nights. With their Great Spirits in tact, they put together this surreal Thanksgiving Day celebration.
THANK YOU! for all those that have chipped in large and small. It is bringing much relief to an impossibly difficult situation, putting animal care first above their own livelihoods and comfort. So much more is needed for them to begin to rebuild, insurance offers incomplete coverage and time to receive funds. Any help is much appreciated.
WOW! Debbie, Joe, Gabby and Ariel are truly moved by all your contributions. I am, too. Thank you all for reaching out, even those that do not know the magic of this place personally. All funds are going directly to Debbie, the ranch owner and caretaker of so many rescues over 20 years. They cannot get in or out without escort, there is still no power or water.
Through all this chaos and tragedy we see humanity, love and the hearts of our highest selves as a community. These firefighters from Arizona that have been able to use Great Spirits Ranch as a place to rest, eat Debbie's food of love, survey the area and yes, even fill the animal troughs with fresh water. So grateful for everyone's efforts and support.
The burnt out road is Mulholland, so yeah, that road is closed indefinitely.
UPDATE: House burned. Her collection of incredibly powerful and rare items like the Damanhur creation that let us hear the singing of the trees, tools passed on by masters, powerful art etc, lost. It's a bit like losing a spiritual museum. Le sigh.
They are staying in little bunkhouse, the rental that survived and the original structure she built on the ranch.
All animals are happy and calm with Debbie and family back on the ranch and are calm and staying put for now despite having no fences. She the llama and pig chillin' in near their burned out shelters. New fences needed soon!
Of course Debbie has already transformed this challenge into something beautiful. She is rescuing the rescuers that are protecting the rescues. After seeing these photos that she sent I asked if she was okay. Here’s her reply:
We have a huge community larger than I even knew with so much love
I’m free of all those weights
It feels really comfy
Anything that comes now will only be with purpose and I have much higher forces guiding and helping us
We have 4 fire trucks sleeping with us on the ranch
I made everyone an amazing dinner
with no water or power!
I forgot how beautiful it is to stay in the bunk house
We will ck in tomorrow