Our mission is to create a community throughout the United States that will help animal owners (especially horse owners) cover medical costs in emergency situations.
The goal of the Skyy foundation is to create an internet community of animal lovers who donate small amounts of money ( $5, $10) during an animal’s time of crisis. We are in the process of obtaining large donations from individuals, corporations and grant money. We believe no family should ever have to face the traumatizing decision of whether or not to put their animal to sleep because they cannot afford the costs of veterinary care. The Skyy foundation can help prevent this tragedy from ever occurring by offering to help pay a family’s veterinary bills up front. This will help reduce any emotional or financial stress families may feel while trying to save their animal. Many of us know how terrifying it is to have to watch our animal and best friend struggling when they are sick or injured. It is even worse when you are unable to save them because the funds are not available. This is why our communities need this foundation. The Skyy foundation will ensure the protection of animals and their families’ love for them. Strength comes in numbers and the Skyy foundation can help provide those numbers within communities, so that every family has a chance to save their best friend. 100% percent of all funds donated will go directly to the animals. We will pay the Skyy Foundation’s expenses from the products that we will be selling on our website. Click here to become a member.
The Skyy foundation has been set into motion because of two very special horses. To us, animals are a part of our family and hugely important to our emotional and spiritual well being. That is why it was so traumatizing when we had to put down my favorite horse, Skyy, last summer. I found Skyy when I was eleven years old shopping on the internet. I dragged my family 5 hours north to Superior, Wisconsin, where Skyy was living at the time. The moment I saw him, I knew that he was perfect and it was only a few days later that we brought him home. Together, Skyy and I learned and grew together for seven amazing years. To say he was my best friend was an understatement. My whole family, especially my mom, loved and adored Skyy because of his gentle soul. But, all good things come to an end or evolve at some point.
Last summer, Skyy became very sick and we did what we could with our local vets to help him. But, because financially we were unable to bring him to a larger clinic, we were forced to put Skyy down three days later. I will never forget the agonizing pain this caused myself and my family. If it wasn’t for the support of my trainer, Sarah, and our good friend, Lori, who mysteriously gave me a horse a few weeks before Skyy’s death, it would have been much harder on my family.
Skyy did more for my family than I will ever be able to say, but most importantly he is the inspiration for the Skyy foundation. My mom decided that something good needed to come out of this horrific event, so she dreamed up a foundation that would help families save their animals. Little did we know that this was only the beginning.
Little over a month later, I went off to New York for my first year of college, leaving my horses and family behind. It was hard and I missed Skyy tremendously, but my mom kept a spark alive in the hope of starting a foundation to help other people avoid loss. Over Thanksgiving break, Lori called me and asked me to come look at her other horse, Asia, who was for sale. I had known Asia since she had been three years old and knew she was beautiful and full of talent, so I agreed. I thought about the previous summer and how much fun I had had showing Apollo, the horse Lori had given me. It was a gift to have Lori at all the shows cheering us both on and I imagined it would be even more fun if I had Asia as well as Apollo.
Of course, I loved Asia the second I saw her, and knew there was something special about her. To this day I still believe my mom was more excited about it than I was because as she said, “I get to be the owner of a prospective 4 star horse.” She was head over heels for Asia. My older brother Nick loved her too and refused to call her anything but Anastasia, which would eventually become her show name. We went forward and decided to get Asia around Christmas time when I was home for the month and was able to spend a lot of time with her. However, it was not until April that Asia became officially ours and went to my trainer’s barn a few weeks before I was coming home from college. I was so jealous that my mom and trainer got to spend time with Asia while I was stuck at college writing papers. However, my trainer, Sarah, was amazing and kept me updated on everything Asia was doing and how great she had settled into her new barn.
Finally, after suffering through my first year of finals, I came home and went to see Asia. I was amazed at the improvement she had made in only a few weeks. She seemed so happy and much more mature than the last time I had seen her in January. When we rode, I felt like we just “fit” together. Sarah felt the exact same when she rode her. I was convinced I was going to have to fight Sarah to get my horse back because she was so in love with her. But it seemed everyone felt this way. There was definitely something special about Asia that everyone seemed to notice.
In the past few weeks that I have been home with Asia, everything had been going on track. She was young and immature, so we were taking her training very slowly and making things fun for her. The Princess, what Asia has become known as, is very smart and quick to learn which makes her very fun to work with. However, we (Mom, Sarah, Lori, and I) wanted to keep things simple for Asia while challenging her at the same time. Our summer plan was to trail ride and bring Asia to the shows with Apollo to become more exposed to the atmosphere. So far, that seemed like a great plan because she was loving every minute of her new life. But it turns out there were other plans in store for her.
Last Thursday night, I got a call from Sarah saying that Asia was colicing. Throughout the years, I have learned that there is nothing more frightening than getting that call. However, Sarah said there was no need to come out because her condition seemed to be improving. Many times a horse will begin to colic, but will not require a vet because whatever is upsetting their tummy will work itself out. That seemed to be the case. Later that night, we received another call from Sarah saying that it was getting worse and Asia needed a vet. We jumped in our car and headed to the vets planning to meet Asia there. It was a scary time for my mom and me because our funds were limited. But we were going to do everything in our power to help Asia because we could not lose another horse so special to us. Together we prayed Asia could work out her tummy pains naturally because we knew surgery was not an option for us.
Sarah and Asia were closer to the vets than we were, so she was being looked at while we were still driving. That local vet told Sarah to bring Asia to the University of Minnesota, the closest and best clinic in the area. So, once again we changed our direction of driving to meet them at the University. I wished more than anything I was with Asia. I felt like I needed to be with her. But instead, my mom and I called anyone we could think of to lend us money because we knew the University’s fees would be outrageously expensive. But, we did not have much luck since it was the middle of the night. Finally, we arrived at the University with Asia at our heels. I was impressed with the vets who were fully prepared for our arrival. Asia was scared and I noticed how abnormal and large her stomach looked. I was terrified and all I could do was hold her and tell her it would be alright. Sarah, Kate, and a friend waited with us to find out what Asia’s options were. Finally, the vets kicked us out at two am promising to call if there was change in her condition. We were furious that we could not stay the night with her. The vets told us she had a slight twist in her colon and that they hoped it would fix itself naturally, but if it did not she would need surgery in the morning. How could we even attempt to sleep knowing that we might lose the most precious thing in the world to us? You could say it was a rough night.
The next morning did not look any better. Asia’s pain level was only increasing and there were no changes in her gut. The vets said she needed surgery in the hour or it was going to get way worse. The only problem was that we needed to give a 5,000 dollar down payment before they would even begin the process. We were running out of options fast. But, Asia was the perfect candidate for this surgery. All she needed was for her colon to be placed in the correct position and to find out if there were any other blockages. The success rates of this particular surgery were extremely high; the answer seemed so simple. We had to do it. My mom said we would make this work. I will never forget that moment as long as I live. I had never been so relieved in my life and yet so terrified. We began calling everyone and anyone we knew who could possibly lend us money to pay for the surgery. That desperate situation is one no person should ever have to go through. I am thankful everyday that my mother is the strong woman she is. Because of her, Asia was able to have the surgery.
A hour had gone by since that horrific feeling of uncertainty and now we waited in stillness. There we sat watching the surgery, 4 women; my mom, Sarah, Lori, and I, united as we prayed for Asia to make it through this day. It was a unique gathering of people and yet it was what helped pull Asia through. Sarah tried to keep things light and said, “It takes a community to raise an Asia.” And right then and there everything from the past year came rolling back. Skyy’s death, the foundation. It really does take a community of support to achieve anything in life. Asia had this community of people who loved and cared for her. Why can’t all animals have that? Why can’t there be support for people to prevent them from ever having to feel the pain that Asia’s family went through? Those were the questions that ran through my mom’s mind. And there we talked, thinking up ideas and ways to make this terrifying event a positive one.
Asia made it through the surgery as the perfect patient. She recovered well and was able to return home the following Tuesday. Only a few days have gone by since she has been home now, but I feel like this past week had lasted for an eternity. Asia is getting stronger everyday because of the amazing people who helped us make her surgery possible. It is horrible what this amazing horse had to go through, but we believe things happen for a reason. Sometimes it takes an ugly mess for something beautiful to appear. And as much as I miss Skyy and feel torn that Asia had to go though such pain, I can see something beautiful emerging. Skyy may have been our inspiration for this foundation, but Asia is the motivation. Together this series of awful heart wrenching events have played a huge role in making the future of all animals a better one. And that is truly beautiful.
Donations are greatly appreciated, suggested donation $20.00 per family, $5.00 individual. We gladly accept more.