Heavenly Horse Haven still needs help

Some of the horses at the Heavenly Horse Haven are boarders. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

The number of animals adopted from the Heavenly Horse Haven equine rescue in Anza has remained steady; however, despite fewer mouths to feed, the physical work required to care for the remaining stock is continuing to take its toll on owner Gina Perrin.

Perrin said she is in desperate need of volunteers to assist at the ranch, due to her ongoing health issues.

She was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control. ALS is often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the baseball player who was diagnosed with it.

It seems that even rescued horses can have a sense of humor. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

Her condition is worsening, she said, and she cannot manage all the work required of the large rescue facility. Volunteers are needed to exercise and groom the horses, to clean stalls and to give medication and feed.

The Heavenly Horse Haven equine rescue ranch is looking for loving homes for their adoptable animals, which are primarily horses, and donations for their care.

Many of the animals at Heavenly Horse Haven were acquired by the rescue in poor condition and in need of rehabilitation. Others were owner-relinquished in perfect health and in various phases of training. The horses are assessed and vetted, and their individual needs are met. Additional training is provided if needed. When they are ready, they are offered for adoption to their forever homes.

Besides horses, ponies and miniature horses, the ranch is home to an emu, dogs, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, goats, poultry and pigs.

The continued legacy of Heavenly Horse Haven is now in the hands of those that care about animals as much as Perrin does.

This horse is in retirement at the Heavenly Horse Haven in Anza. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

Heavenly Horse Haven is located at 58290 Marlis Lane in Anza. Their phone number is 951-551-3561. They can be reached by email at info@heavenlyhorsehaven.org.

For more information about Heavenly Horse Haven, visit http://www.heavenlyhorsehaven.org or on Facebook.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.