About Lost Hearts and Souls Horse Rescue
In 1999 I purchased a horse for my daughter out of the newspaper. The horse was being presented as a 14 year old Mare, Sound and Bomb Proof. Of course once we had her a few day, the drugs wore off and she became a Lame Pistol. Vet check showed around 25 years old. Her back leg needed surgery for a damaged tendon. I reached out to a local Horse Rescue to see if they could assist with Surgery at UC Davis that would be around $3,200. This is when I found out that Horse Rescue Groups are the poorest folks around. Soon after I joined up with this group and became the Vice President.
In 2005 I decided to go out on my own and attempt to do bigger and better things with Horse Rescue. This is when I formed LOST HEARTS & SOULS HORSE RESCUE. At first I wanted to try and do it on my own and not obtain a 501.c.3 status and get rapped up in a lot of paper work. I leased 20 acres across the street from me on the Golf Course for $1 year. I had no electricity or Water. I ran all White 2in Hot Wire Tape and purchased several solar panels. I connected 12 garden hoses together and pulled them across the street from my house, over a main street, over the field, over a railroad track and into the pasture to water the horse daily. I did this for approx. 3 years. My neighbors on the Golf Course were very upset with a Big Old Orange Horse Trailer parked in front of the house and Hay and Wheel Barraws sitting in my driveway. I decided I needed my own place.
In 2009 I found my home. A beautiful country lane with a house and 4 acres. A barn that was built in 1947. A lot of barb wire since the prior animals for 4-H were sheep, easy fix thou. And so it began, time to fix up and separate stalls and pastures to start doing more intake.
During this time I assisted our local Animal Control Department, Sonoma County since they had no means for horses. Taking one at time and providing what I could. It wasn’t enough !!! I met up with a vet who had a bigger dream like myself. With this, Myself the Vet and a Friend decided to start a program for Sonoma County, The Change Program. This program would assist All of Sonoma County Horse Cases that were being prosecuted for Neglect or Cruelty. Those that did not fit into the Criminal Aspect, they went under the program of LOST HEARTS & SOULS HORSE RESCUE. I remained with the Change Program as a co-founder and BOD for just over 2 years and then decided to move on once again.
In 2011 I decided to file for my 501.c.3 status in order to expand. This was done and in mid year I was granted my status. I decided to not only help all of Northern California Animal Control Departments, but also assist with horses going to slaughter and families in economic distress with their horses vet or feed bills when applicable. Help network out to find homes for those no longer wanted. It wasn’t long before the other Animal Control Departments caught wind and the calls began coming in. Horse abuse cases being charged criminally and horses needing rehab and placement into their new forever homes. I specialize in re-feeding program of very serious cases with 24/7 Care.
I was born in the South San Francisco area. I wanted a horse my whole life and my Mom got me my first horse for my 14th Birthday. Not knowing it back then and looking back, Geeeeez this was my FIRST RESCUE HORSE. My mom had purchased him through a Horse Trader. He was a mess. A lot of TLC and Horse Care and he became my Show Horse. No one believed he was the same horse.
My entire teenhood was horses and I rode my Horse at my High School Games live since our mascot for the school was “COLTS” or horse.
After High School I went into the US Army as Military Police. After the Army I became a Full Time Police Officer K-9 unit for almost 13 years. During this time I specialized in the Animal Cases and Horses, continueing my education. I volunteered at the local shelter and performed alot of fund raising to assist the local Animal Control. In 1993 I retired pregnant and stayed home to be a mom for awhile.
In 1995 we moved to the State Of Washington on a job transfer. There I became a Deputy Sheriff . I wanted to help horses and began a small Horse Rescue on our 2 acre ranch. Just as it was beginning, I had to end this venture when I moved back to California to care for my Mom who had a stroke.
In 1999 I moved to Sonoma County and this is when it all began.