Water & Shelter for Odin, Tessa & their Goats (Napa Fire)

For: Odin, Tessa, and their family of misfit rescue goats
Santa Rosa, CA
Organizer: Roland Hendel
Water & Shelter for Odin, Tessa & their Goats (Napa Fire) (Odin, Tessa, and their family of misfit rescue goats)
of $45,000 goal
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Raised by 2197 donors

The Story


As many of you know, Ariel, Scott, Stephen, and I lost everything we had in the Tubbs fire that devastated our forest home in Sonoma County earlier this week.

We had minutes to load up the animals and run from the advancing firestorm. Despite the sounds of exploding propane tanks, twisting metal, and the hot swirling winds, Odin refused to leave our family of 8 bottle-fed rescue goats.

Hours later when we had found relative safety we cried for Odin and our goats. I was sure I had sentenced them to a horrific and agonizing death.

Days later, when we were able to make it back to the property, we found a burned, battered, and weakened Odin, surrounded by his 8 goats, and several small deer who had come to him for protection and safety. Odin was weak, and limping, his once thick and beautiful coat singed orange, his whiskers melted. Even now as i write this, I am crying tears of gratitude and awe at his bravery and devotion.

Since then, Odin has been reunited with his sister Tessa. He appears to be getting stronger, and his sister's presence will surely help to lift his spirits and take some of the burden off his giant shoulders.

But we are not out of the woods yet. Our pumphouse was destroyed, and we have no fresh water supply for them. All structures on our property were decimated, including the barn we had lovingly rebuilt for them earlier this year. And winter is coming.

We have been overwhelmed with offers for help and assistance from our extended family of friends and loved ones. We would like to ask that you all direct this compassion to Odin, Tessa, and our goats, so we can re-establish a fresh water supply and rebuild their barn before the winter. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

When you lose everything, it is easy to see what is important. I pray we can get our animal family what they need to win their heroic fight for survival, so Odin's bravery and sacrifice are not in vain.

Thank you, from all of us, and please help us by reposting.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 30, 2018


Posted on April 30, 2018

Friends and Family.

I am sorry that we have not provided more updates. As you might imagine we have been pretty much consumed with rebuilding our home.

Over the past several months we have made a lot of progress. The first few months were consumed with cleanup. We could not do much before that was done, and it really was the hardest part. Slowly through the cleanup process the devastation, scars and rubble were removed and it became less and less painful to be on the land. Since then, the perimeter fence has been repaired, temporary power is in place, and the well-head is providing cool clean water.In the meantime the forest was in full recovery. In fact it has never been quite so beautiful and alive. The once blackened ground is alight with wildflowers. New, bright green shoots are everywhere. The acrid smell of burning garbage has been replaced by the fragrance of new life in a redwood forest.

As many of you know, during these early days of rebuilding, Odin, Tessa and the goats have been sheltered at one of Goatlandia's sanctuary sites in Sebastopol. Ariel and i would make the trip south at least once per week to visit with them. We are so thankful to the wonderful folks at Goatlandia for caring for them all this time.This weekend we were finally ready to take Odin, Tessa, and the herd back to their home. Words could never describe the feelings of seeing them all returned back to their home.We have a long way to go. But right now it is time to reflect on how far we have come, and to give thanks to all of you who made this possible.

Gratitude. So much gratitude.


Posted on October 27, 2017


Posted on October 27, 2017

Friends and family,

Thand you all again for your giving. We are well over our goal and have what we need to get Odie and the gang back to their land as soon as possible.

I will be replacing my laptop next week and i will reach out to each of you to offer our personal thanks. Now that the herd is safe st a sanctuary, I will be focusing our updates on our rebuilding process.

For updates on Odie and the gang, please refer to our Facebook pages.

Thznk you, again. ❤️

Posted on October 21, 2017


Posted on October 21, 2017

Good morning everybody!

Odin, Tessa, and the goats were transferred yesterday from the shelter at the fairgrounds to an animal sanctuary,  where they have lots of room to play and graze while we rebuilt their home in our forest.

Thank you to Deborah Blum and the people at www.goatlandia.org for being such gracious hosts to our fur family. 

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