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By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Rapture's Horse Rescue joined efforts led by Deerhorn Valley Antler editor Kim Hamilton with help from local community members and businesses to bring supplies to Potrero

June 25, 2016 (Campo/LakeMorena) – With the Border Fire now 70% contained, relief efforts continue.  Shontel Grivno at Rapture’s Horse Rescue Foundation sent us the following e-mail this morning asking for supplies of non-perishable foods, water  propane and animal feed for fire survivors, livestock and pets in the Campo/Lake Morena communities:


Thank you so much for your story on the animal assistance efforts in Portrero.  We made our third trip up there today and things are improving.  Power was on for most people, cell service was restored and we have a large stock pile of not only animal feed but basic toiletry and food items for the residences there.  However as we were leaving we were contacted by several people coming in from the Campo and Lake Moreno areas looking for supplies.  We are now coordinating and pooling resources to have a new donation drop off for that area.  The new location is at Rancho el Borracho 2218  Cameron Truck Trail  Campo 91906. 

The contacts there are Suzie and Cato 619 623 5573.

We will continue to gather donations at Rapture's Horse Rescue Foundation 10006 Bon Vue Rd  El Cajon 92021.  Contacts there are Shontel Grivno 619 592 1424 or Stacey Russell 619 592 1424. We will be making our first delivery on Sunday leaving the ranch at 11 AM.

We would be very grateful if you could get the word out for the people out there as well.  They are looking for animal feed of all kinds, water, propane, non perishable food items.  Thank you so much for your help.

Highest regards,

Shontel Grivno

Rapture's Horse Rescue Foundation

Shontel Grivno []


Rapture Horse Rescue joined with the Deerhorn Valley Antler editor Kim Hamilton and other volunteers to bring in supplies o Potrero, when that community was left with many animals stranded amid a power outage during the fire. 


For Hamilton and other survivors of the 2003 and 2007 firestorms, this was déjà vu—and a chance to give back to help others going through a similar ordeal.  She wrote on the Deerhorn Valley webpage that people donated $1,500 cash to help survivors as well as donations of food,water and others supplies from local businesses and individuals, which were deliver to Iris Gardener at Primeval Gardens farm in Potrero for distribution to those in need.  Below is an excerpt, and you can read her full post at :


. I'm just awed at the outpouring of love and care. It seems to me that having experienced something so similar here in Deerhorn, hearts are even bigger and more loving for those just beginning the journey back to rebuilding, recovery and healing.


I have never been more proud of a community in my whole life. And it's not just Deerhorn, but Jamul, Lyons, and all the areas we call our backcountry  home. I am so thankful to call you all friends and neighbors. Special thanks to Suzanne and Jeremy Walker, who coordinated the delivery last night. It wouldn't have happened without Jeremy and the Border Patrol. They just made things work. Tracie Nelson from Rancho Jamul Reserve (her creds got us through the roadblocks today!), Mary Duffy... driver extraordinairre, Bob at the Lyons Valley Trading Post for expediting last night's delivery at —and below— costs. We had feed and supplies to Potrero within 5 hours. Wow. It does take a whole community.


Below are some posts from Rapture Rescue’s Facebook page

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Rapture's Horse Rescue Foundation added 12 new photos.

June 22 at 9:46pm ·

We made it. Scary dead ends, closed roads, backing trucks and horse trailers down long winding steep narrow roads and long waits but we got all of the supplies into Portero. Thank you EVERYONE who donated or otherwise helped out. We are heading out tomorrow to deliver 60 bales of hay and 200 lbs of feed. They still need gasoline, propane, pig, chicken, goat feed and water. You can continue to bring your donations to the ranch starting at 8 AM tomorrow! We are so grateful for the amazing turn out today! People are awesome..

 Rapture's Horse Rescue Foundation

June 22 at 9:08pm ·

We would like to send a special thanks to PetSmart in El Cajon, Double S feed store, WalMart @ Los Coches, Dan from Jobsite Supply,for your exceptional donations. Office Lara of the CHP and Julie Salmons; Tracie Nelson of Department ofFish and Game and especially Derek Fry of Lab Rescue for the amazing work you all put in to get us there today!!

Cal Fire, County Animal Control and the Humane Society also pitched in to help animals in need in Potrero and other fire-stricken areas. Below is a media release from Cal Fire:

The fire storm that occurred during the Border3 Fire has left devastation behind in its path. The impact on the Community of Potrero and the surrounding areas is great. It has not only displaced the residences but the animals as well. 

The County of San Diego Animal Control, at the request of Cal OES and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office, responded immediately to the fast moving fire. Animal Control launched a herculean effort to assist homeowners in moving their animals to safety. They deployed professional responders to conduct field rescues and assist homeowners with care of their animals that were left behind. They continue to check individual residences for pets and livestock. Animal Control is also assisting the families and their animals which have been displaced at the Red Cross shelter. (Note: the shelter is now closed.)

Other agencies working with Animal Control include, Border Patrol Horse Detail and the San Diego Humane Society. These agencies together have evacuated 145 animals which include; domestic animals along with small and large livestock. Additionally, cooperating agencies are caring for over 600 animals with food, water and care.

First Responders as well as San Diego County Fire Authority Damage Assessment Teams and Local San Diego Rural Community Emergency Team (SDR CERT) are conducting regular site visits. They are providing and making sure, that the animals are left with food and water and assisting the residences with necessary supplies that they may need.

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