What's New At The Rescue!

As Whispering Winds Equine Rescue has stepped up to the plate time and time again to give horses the gift of life, please consider taking a few moments out to give something back.

There are 10 days left in the Animal Rescue Site $100k Shelter + Challenge where you can vote for your favorite Rescue, Sanctuary or Shelter and Whispering Winds could use your votes!

Click Here and type in Whispering Winds Equine Rescue and click the Search button, then click the Vote button!. The site will ask you to confirm your vote by typing in the name of the animal photo shown and then your done!

You can vote every day through December 14, 2008 with the Grand Prize of $25,000 dollars for the Rescue with the most votes. This could go a long way in helping settle the Virginia Range study group and all the other wonderful equines who call Whispering Winds their home!


In 2002, twenty-eight wild horses from the historic Virginia Range, home of the original herds that inspired Velma Johnson (aka “Wild Horse Annie”) to initiate protection for all of America’s free-roaming equines, were rounded up and held for what turned into a six-year birth control study being conducted by the University of Reno and Nevada Department of Agriculture.

Recently, the grant funding for the project ran out and by law, Nevada Department of Agriculture had to initiate actions to begin processing the horses under Nevada Estray laws, a process that can make them potentially available for purchase at local livestock auctions as a strange twist of fate failed to protect the Virginia Range herds under the 1971 Wild-Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act.

However, on October 23, 2008, the Nevada Department of Agriculture issued a press release stating they were partnering with the Virginia Range Wildlife Protection Association (VRWPA) and were committed to insuring the horses would find good homes. Dr. Phil LaRussa, State Veterinarian commented, “The VRWPA has always been an excellent group to work with regarding the strays on the Virginia Range”. (Click Here to read the NDA Press Release)

Known for their high quality commitment and standards, the VRWPA reached out to Whispering Winds Equine Rescue in Roseburg, Oregon as their first choice to assist them in securing permanent sanctuary for these Living Legends and Whispering Winds has delivered!

Dedicated to providing homes and humane treatment for those who might otherwise suffer separation, abuse or slaughter and supported exclusively by donations and a staff of 100% volunteers, on November 28, 2008, Whispering Winds sent out a press release of their own announcing the arrival of the Virginia Range study group and welcoming them to their growing family. (Click Here to learn more).

Welcoming The Herd!

To All The Dedicated Staff At Whispering Winds Equine Rescue



Unknown said...

Thank you so much for posting this on American Herd. We are so grateful to Susan Pohlman and Whispering Winds Equine Rescue.
When The Nevada Department of Agriculture asked us to find a sanctuary for these mares, I didn't even hesitate. I knew we had to find a special place for them, free from being science experiments and free to run and kick up their hoofs for the first time in seven years. I think we found the perfect place!
I also wanted to thank Crisswell Trucking of Wyoming for taking such good care of the mares and foals and giving us a great price on shipping them from Nevada to Oregon. Last but not least, our anonymous benefactor, who not only helped us pay for the shipping of the mares but also donated to Whispering Winds to help them in taking care of the mares. It is an honor to be associated with all of you.
I can’t wait to visit the ‘girls’ and see them in their new home.

Jeanne Gribbin, President
Virginia Range Wildlife Protection Association

Anonymous said...

I am very happy that they have found a suitable home and will finally have the opportunity to be horses, its been long overdue. Did you also take the herd stallion? As I did not see him in your video of the herd? Curious, as I have visited the herd and have a interest in all of them and there well being. I would be a shame to have seperated them.