Time running out for animal rescue NW of PHX

Posted at 2:33 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-16 20:16:55-05

Time is running out for an animal rescue northwest of Phoenix, unless they can build a well to provide water to dozens of animals. 

“If we don’t have water, we don’t have a rescue, bottom line,” said owner Robert Jessel.

Jessel has been operating Sacred Grounds Rescue Ranch in a secluded area south of Wikieup since 2002. 

He takes in abandoned and abused animals including horses, goats, llamas, sheep, ducks, chickens, and more. 

Until now, Jessel has been able to use water from a neighbor's well, but it has recently dried up. A drilling company from Kingman estimates that building his own well will cost $14 thousand dollars.

Jessel has been hauling water from a neighbor's house in Wikieup, but after January 31st their agreement ends and he's on his own. 

There is a GoFundMe account set up to help build a well and keep the animal rescue going.


You can also learn more about the rescue online. Its mailing address is PO Box 967, Wikieup, AZ 85360.