What started as an ominous mission for two men from Paradise, California, turned into a heartwarming story.
Jeff Hill and Geoff Sheldon headed into their town to look for Sheldon’s father, who had stayed behind to take care of his home during the deadliest wildfire to ever hit California. The two men headed toward the house with a feeling of dread.
Hill told SF Gate:
“We were up there to check on his dad, and we were ultimately thinking we were going to find the remains of his dad.”
Ultimately, the two discovered that Sheldon’s father had safely left the area and was fine, but then they discovered someone else in need of help. Hill posted photos of a horse they found in a swimming pool trapped by the cover. The men don’t know if she entered the pool to avoid the flames or fell in and then became trapped.
“Well among all the sadness I had a glimpse of happiness today!
“As I was checking to see if someone’s house was standing we stumbled upon this girl who had given up and had the look of defeat in her eyes. There’s no telling how long she was there but she was shivering uncontrollably and ultimately lost her fight. She was all caught up in the pool cover but her being suspended by it prevented her from drowning. We scrambled to unhook the pool cover and pulled her to the shallow end where we guided her up the steps.
“She got out, shook off, loved on us for a few minutes as a thank you and walked off assuring us that she was ok ❤️”
Everyone was ready for this happy ending.
“Bless the beasts and the children
For in this world they have no voice”
— King George III (@GeorgeTheTyrant) November 14, 2018
I’m so happy she was rescued!!! Poor thing I’m sure she was terrified!!!
— CJMotherofSeahorses (@Colleen29594570) November 14, 2018
To my heart breaks for the people and animals in California. So sad.
— laura schulz (@lazs91) November 14, 2018
Omg, poor guy but smart guy!
— JenJudson (@JenJudson) November 14, 2018
No words. Just tears. 😭
— Amanda Kowalko (@amandakowalko) November 14, 2018
Never, ever want to hear about “what small brains” horses have…huge hearts and incredibly smart. #WoolseyFire
— Charlie🕊 (@charolyn_) November 15, 2018
I can’t even imagine the animals caught in this disaster! The human and animal toll is unimaginable and sad!
— Proud Nana (@JaydensNana03) November 14, 2018
This hurts my heart so much. These poor terrified animals
— Victoria Smith (@QueenV628) November 15, 2018
Jeff, God bless you for rescuing this horse. I know that there are lot of persons in needs but as it said God see even a sparrow that fell down from his branch. You were here and you did what you do to rescue this animal. I hope you were not affected by the fires, I live close.
— Patrizia Sowinski (@PatriziaSow) November 14, 2018
Omg 😮 poor baby!
— Ti María (@iamtiffanymaria) November 15, 2018
There is horrible devastation in the area, and this little story of hope was sorely needed.