C.H.E.E.R. spent a day at Murdoch's in Ft. Morgan! Our wonderful member Crisy Howell brought her llama and alpaca and our board president Billie Douglas brought Festus and Newley the miniature donkeys as well as Oliver and Lisa her Nubian goats. The animals drew lots of attention to us and we were able to talk to many people about our rescue and answer questions.
This was our first event as a rescue! We worked with a great bunch of young people who came to help with running and setting the balloons in the arena. for the Colorado Regulators Mounted Shooting Club. Many thanks to the young people from Poudre Valley Young Marines and our great members who came to help!
C.H.E.E.R. volunteers and board members spent the day on Black Friday wrapping gifts for donations.
( The duck came already gift wrapped)
C.H.E.E.R. was honored to be invited to participate in a program through Harmony Equine Center. Harmony is the equine section of Denver Dumb Friends League, a well known non-profit organization that takes in dogs and cats and more recently equines. The program allows C.H.E.E.R. to take our eligible equines to them for free training. They provide room and board , training and any vet and farrier care if needed. They also assist is finding that perfect forever home for our equines while they are there. C.H.E.E.R is very grateful for this program as it has saved C.H.E.E.R. hundreds of dollars that would have come out of C.H.E.E.R.'s donations. The photos are of Zena and Boo entering the program. Boo had a refresher course and was adopted out to be a hippotherapy horse.
August 13th - Strasburg Hometown Days
April 23rd - Murdoch's
March 19th - Spicer's Area - Mounted Shoot
November 25th - Black Friday - Murdoch's - Ft. Morgan
A very emotional time! Billie took Jack and Abbey to visit Bryan. This is the first time he has seen them since he was hospitalized and Billie took custody of them. The bond between the three of them was incredible.
C.H.E.E.R. had a booth at Strasburg's Hometown Days. Hometown Days is an annual affair with a parade and free BBQ. It attracts people from all over the I-70 Corridor. C.H.E.E.R. made numerous contacts with people that are involved with equines. We love talking with people because it allows us to educate, and sometimes we meet people that are interested in fostering or adopting our equines. A day out in public is always a great day whether we make money that day or not.
June 11th - Tractor Supply- Greeley
It's aGIRL!!! Frannie gave birth to a beautiful baby girl who has been named Cheerio! ( Pat Foster was the winner of the baby contest!)
It was the weekend before Halloween and the main street of Brighton was blocked off. There were vendors selling a variety of goods and the street was full of people in costume trick or treating! We gave out over 1000 pieces of candy and toys for the ones that didn't want candy. Our donkeys were on hand to join in on the festivities as they were dressed as an angel and a devil! It was a great time, we had friends and supporters stop in and we made lots of new friends talking about and showing pictures of our adoptable equines.
September 17th - Tractor Supply - Greeley
October 22nd - Brighton Harvest Festival
C.H.E.E.R. was able to raise quite a bit of money during this event. Tractor Supply supplied a grill to cook hamburgers and hotdogs on. Thanks to the grilling expertise of volunteer Bill Yeager a lot of food was served! Thanks to Kelsey Walks, the glasses and tumblers that she designed were a favorite and we sold several. We took the cute little donkey trio of Trooper, Booberry and Sweetpea with us for this event. The animals draw in the people and they were a real hit!
October 8th - Barr Lake State Park
Reflections of 2016
C.H.E.E.R. member and staunch supporter Pat Foster offered to make Fly Bonnets and socks for our members. A portion of her profit was donated to C.H.E.E.R. out of each purchase our members made. She had many designs to choose from and our members loved the variety. - Thank you Pat!
September 9th - Harmony Equine Center
C.H.E.E.R. had a very successful first year! Here is our year in review. We are very blessed to have wonderful people that help and support us!
Rescuing equines has its rewards but it also has some terrifying moments! Imagine the horror that Billie Douglas went through when she found that baby Cheerio had gotten rambunctious and flipped over backwards! Cheerio couldn't move and it took quick action by Billie and her husband Scott to get baby Cheerio the help she needed. They rushed her to Littleton Large Animal Hospital where she was watched and tended to around the clock for a few days.
C.H.E.E.R. had a great day at the Tractor Supply in Greeley! We contacted and educated lots of people and answered questions about the equines we had available for adoption. The kids were handed coloring pages and colors to take home as well as making horse head figures out of styrofoam noodles. We had miniature donkeys Festus and Newley and goats Oliver and Lisa there to receive loves from the public and lots of treats!
C.H.E.E.R. announced that they would be having a contest to see who could guess when rescue donkey Frannie would deliver her baby! The winner would win a C.H.E.E.R t-shirt.
On September 24, 2016 Bryan Brant passed away. Traveling across the country with his "herd' left him separated from his family. His caretaker Judy and Billie Douglas wanted to do a memorial for Bryan. On October 8th they conducted a celebration of Bryan's life at Barr Lake State Park. Billie brought Jack and Abbey and the friend that took the dogs were all in attendance as well as some of Bryan's followers. Billie had promised Bryan that Jack and Abbey would find their forever home and live the rest of their lives out together. Billie fulfilled her promise and Jack and Abbey are living a life of leisure with someone that loves them and fills their every need.
July 8th - Littleton Large Animal Hospital