help animals, people
brews for two years
Express Staff Writer
interested don’t need to have four dogs, seven cats and seven horses
like Cheryl Welsh does, but they need to be able to pet and coo and love
Welsh shows off a few of her pets at her home south of Bellevue.
Knight Stalker is a 30-year-old horse she rescued. She also rescued her
sheep dog, Bailey. Sitting next to her is Chamie. Express photo by
David N. Seelig
the founder and president of the Rescue Ranch, at present a dream, but
soon to become a reality.
investment adviser and 20-year resident of the Wood River Valley, Welsh
came up with the idea of the Rescue Ranch along with several others in
is modeled somewhat after an animal sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, called Best
Friends is located on 350 acres of a 33,000 acre ranch near Zion National
Park, the Grand Canyon’s North Rim and Bryce Canyon National Park.
It had its
start in the ’70s, and about 1,800 cats, dogs, horses, burros, wild
birds, geese, rabbits, goats, pigs and other assorted creatures live
vision is similar, but different.
does she want to make a place for animals—whether pets, domesticated
farm animals or exotic animals—to have a home while waiting for
adoption, but she wants to use the animals to help people enrich their
already does work with the Blaine Manor Extended Care Facility in Hailey.
or not, she takes her miniature horse inside the Manor to deliver
Christmas gifts to residents. Needless to say, her visits cause a stir.
wants to use animals from the future Rescue Ranch to help kids at risk in
years ago, 90 kids were listed as ‘at risk,’" she said.
"People who are in need benefit from connections with animals."
One of the
great needs of the Rescue Ranch, besides land to put it on, is two people
to serve on the ranch’s board of directors, especially people who have a
background in fund raising.
Welsh has a
proposal with all the details of starting and maintaining the ranch
available for those who wish to help.
information, call Welsh at 788-9167.