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SilverWolf Horse Sanctuary

Abused & Neglected Horses Rescued

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Klieta with Katrina, Rescued Horse from Hurricane Katrina

Klieta with Katrina, Rescued Horse from Hurricane Katrina

The SilverWolf Horse and Pack Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that rescues and houses abused and neglected horses. The sanctuary is a division of the Cherokee River Indian Community in Bankhead National Forest near Moulton, Alabama.

Since 2002, forty acres of Native American land is being used to save horses. The ones that are well enough, are adopted out; but the ones that are too old or too abused, are lovingly cared for at the sanctuary for the rest of their lives.

SilverWolf has successfully rescued 18 horses and burros and adopted out 12 horses. Four horses died or had to be "put down" by the veterinarian because of extreme abuse; two other horses are staying at the sanctuary because of their old age.

One of the horses at the Sanctuary was a Hurricane Katrina survivor. No one knows where she came from, but she seemed to have been well-card for before the hurricane struck. She's been named Katrina.

I met with Klieta Bagwell recently on a trip to the SilverWolf Sactuary. She is a very interesting person. She's a horse trainer and animal specialist, but that's just a few of the hats she wears.

In Bagwell's Indian Community, she's also Captain of the Fire Department, a police officer, on the Alabama Board of Minority Consumer Adovacy, works with the Mental Health Dept. and Ambassador for Nations, Foreign & Domestic. She's a busy woman with a real mission in life.

Klieta uses a miniature Shetland pony named Cherokee as the Sanctuary's mascot and takes him with her to schools to talk to the students about mental health. She said she loads him in the back of her police car and away they go.

There are several things that you can do to help SilverWolf Horse Sanctuary. You can sponsor a horse for only $20 a month. Donations are tax deductible. For more information or if you know of a horse or pack animal that needs to be rescued, call Klieta at (256) 292-3584 or email her at silverwolfsanctuary@gmail.com.

Another project that Klieta is extremely concerned about is the fact that in Alabama, horses are not part of the "Alabama Pet Protection Law." This means that owners can abuse and neglect their horses as much as they want to and nothing will be done to stop or punish them. Abused horses are returned to the people that abused them in the first place. Please write your Representatives and Senators and ask that horses be protected under the Alabama Pet Protection Law.

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