Kind Strangers Jump To The Rescue Of Traumatized Horse Who Evaded California Wildfires By Hiding In A Backyard Pool

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.

Hill wrote:

“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. 

There is horrible devastation in the area, and this little story of hope was sorely needed.

H/T: Time, SF Gate