Giving Tuesday has become the single biggest giving day of the year. Like all nonprofits the funds raised during the end of year giving season can make or break our ability to be effective in the coming year.
As part of the annual social media day of giving, Giving Tuesday, a contest is run for supporters of nonprofit organizations to submit a “Giving Story.”
You can help us generate interest in our work by clicking to read the stories, voting for them and sharing! If you want to add a story send us the link after you submit them.
At Wild Horse Education all of our volunteers are grateful for the support from friends, family and all of you that believe America’s wild horses and burros deserve to be preserved and protected for our future generations.
We will feature some “My Giving Stories” from now through Giving Tuesday on this page.
SAVING AMERICA’S LIVING SYMBOLS
First came shock. You and I own thousands of healthy wild horses living on public lands! Then waves of sorrow, mixed with anger and tears washed over me as the photographs showed their fear. Fear from being chased by helicopters, babies trying desperately to keep up with their family. All being rounded up, separated from their family, and trucked to holding facilities never to see their family again.
They need help, but what could one grandmother do to shine a light on abuses they are forced to endure? Photographing roundups for days and weeks in below freezing weather or scorching dessert sun was not an option so I began researching wild horse organizations. Honesty and integrity are important and I knew that would be critical in meticulously documenting and addressing the abuses our wild horses and the land they live on frequently face.
I’m writing to you today to talk to you about Wild Horse Education, a very small non profit group that has struggled to survive for the past few years. I’m intimately familiar with their struggle and plight, because to be perfectly honest, the founder is my mother, Laura Leigh. I’ve watched her go through hell to try and help the wild horse herds of this country, and it’s broken my heart to see her constantly denied the support she so exceptionally deserves. For nearly a decade Wild Horse Education has devoted itself to fighting for the rights and freedoms of both America’s wild horses and the fair use of our public lands. My mother and her very small team of allies are no extremist advocacy group: instead they toil constantly against a rising tide of growing public apathy and horrible acceptance of policies that hurt both them and wild animals.