Hundreds of Horses Displaced by Wildfires
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Wildfires are not only devastating to humans, but to animals as well. Officials say 300 have been killed due to wildfire activity and about 1,000 are displaced. Betsy Small, a member of the Grand Valley Dressage Society, said, "I would be hysterical. Because my horses really are my best friends." During catastrophes, these animals need their human companions more than ever. Tiger Adams, horse show manager for the Grand Junction Horse Show Association, said, "They can't speak for themselves and sometimes in stress or panic situations they'll be the last ones thought of." Colorado wildfires have rapidly displaced horses, leaving owners helpless. "Spare one or two bales, it adds up to 1,000 bales in a heartbeat. And horses eat seven days a week. There's no vacation from food," said Adams While the flames can be extinguished, the void they leave behind is devastating. "Everything that happens to a human can happen to a horse, but they unfortunately can't tell us what's wrong sometimes," said Adams. "Everybody's had some kind of tragedy with their horses, and so when something like this happens we all try to help out, it's pretty universal actually," said Small. So far the Grand Valley has come together to help out, but the need is still great. "Just think of a care package for a human and only transfer it to a horse's needs. And anything is welcome because when you have nothing, anything is appreciated," Adams said. "The least we can do is get some money and some hay over there," said Small. "For a lot of people these are our children, and it would be like you child not having and wondering where their next meals coming from, and having someone provide that, it's a great feeling," said Adams. People interested in donating hay or other items can reach out to the Grand Valley Dressage Society on Facebook here. They can also visit there website here. Officials say the trailer is located at 819 24 Rd.