Happy Auction Day!
We are heading into the day with $564 dollars in the pot... About half way to one horse. (keep reading for a breakdown of fees needed)
If you're new to HiCaliber, each week we attend a SoCal meat auction with the intent of rescuing horses. Lately, we've been helping other species too... Drop calves, goats, pigs, alpacas.
We are only able to help those we can afford.
We reset the funds each Tuesday, our effort at maintaining a sustainable practice, by raising $650 dollars over the purchase price of each horse. That allows for initial vetting and approx two months of feed. They are then absorbed into the general fund through spaces made available via adoptions etc.
We are a realistic group who understands we can't save them all.
While we do our best to rehabilitate and adopt out as many as we can, we also understand that auction is a dumping ground for horses in poor condition.
Instead of leaving them behind to avoid public controversy, we choose to get them out of the slaughter pipeline by any means possible; we've taken a stand, albeit sometimes an unpopular one: euthanasia is still rescue. Yes, we will very often seek out the suffering horses who simply need a kind release from their pain. Founder, severe ringbone, significant lameness.... After consulting a vet, if the horse is not rehabable or adoptable, we make the hard choice of putting the animal down.
It hasn't made us the most popular group in the rescue world, but we are growing in support from the middle of the road equestrians.... The realists of the world.
No rainbows and butterflies for us. Those people hate us... And yet, we are still compassionate enough to get a giggle from the pro slaughter crowd that still drinks the kool aid that the pipeline is a necessary evil of ranching life.
Humane euthanasia, proactive ownership, and responsible breeding is the only way we will ever stop slaughter... Since we don't live in a fantasy world, we realize the likelihood of that happening is slim... So we pick our poison and have agreed to do the dirty work. We aren't the monsters... Just a group of crazy horse lovers who got tired of the two extremes in the hor