This morning we read an email that really touched our hearts. We receive a tremendous number of interesting emails, but this one really seemed to touch our hearts in a special way.
“In Aug 2005 we found out I was pregnant & pregnant with twins… My husband & I were feeling badly that Jake was not getting ridden as much as before the pregnancy. We had decided to start looking for a new home for Jake… I’ve always taken extremely good care of my animals so this was not an easy decision, nor was it a financial decision. My husband & I wanted the best for young Jake; trial rides & love as we gave him. I started screening different interested parties, but nobody seemed good enough for Jake. I soon received a call from my horse shoer who said one of his clients would love to see Jake & might be interested in making him a part of their family. I agreed to meet with this woman & her daughter. They seem so nice & really took to Jake. The daughter was in horse husbandry classes & wanted to some day be a vet. They both assured me they would provide him a wonderful loving home. I in turn said if you promise to give him a good home I will give him to you at no cost, because my first and for-most priority is that Jake is happy. Also, if he doesn’t work out, please return him to us. So this was October of 2005, I was 3 months pregnant with the twins. Though I missed him very much, I felt good about Jake’s new home & owners.
“This is why I am writing you: I’ve been keeping myself updated with your web-site since I found it about 7 months ago, because I have always wanted to help in one way or another. Tonight, the twins had fallen asleep. My husband & I were talking about how we could help Norcal Equine in 2009. My husband said “Look I found a YouTube video with Norcal Equine saving some horses.” We went to watch it & I saw Jake in your video dated 12-11-2005. I’m still shaking as I am writing you this letter, because my heart & soul is broken to the core, I can not describe my pain into words. If I could ask you to re-watch this video. It look place 12-11-2005 at the Roseville Auction. Norcal Equine is looking at a Black horse (Zoro) he is with two other horses a White horse & a Large Brown and White paint. The Big Brown & White paint is Jake. I know 100% that is my Jake.
“I’m horrified that this woman would take Jake to auction not even 2 1/2 months after telling me she would provide a wonderful home. I keep asking myself –“why didn’t she just return him to me” as we had made that agreement the day she picked Jake up, if it didn’t work out.
If you can remember anything about Jake @ the 12-11-05 auction or if you might know of how I can research to find him please contact me. I would give anything to get him back.”
Click here to see the Youtube video talked about above.
As it turns out, we had some great footage of the Paint horse in our archives, but unfortunately we were unable to decipher his auction number. While Tawnee called her up and gave her some pointers on how to hopefully locate the seller and buyer of Jake at the auction, Jason was rendering some more video footage of the Paint for her.
California code 3305 states: “Every auctioneer who sells any animal of the horse kind or any mules must keep a book in which he must register the name of each and every person bringing or offering any horse or mule to be sold and the name of the person purchasing such horse or mule together with the date of such sale and a description of each horse or mule sold together with the marks and brands. The book is a public record subject to the inspection of any person desiring to inspect the same.” So, we are hopeful that the lady will be able to track Jake down and give him a great forever home.
After receiving the extended footage of the Paint the lady says “Yes, for sure that is Jake.” Please, if you have any information on this horse, please let us know. He was sold at the Roseville Livestock Auction Dec 11th, 2005. This is Jake, taken Dec 11th, 2005. We wonder how many other horses are sold at auction a month or two after the people promised to love them forever? Let’s hope and pray that this boy has not been shipped to a slaughter house, and is still out there somewhere. Let’s try to get this boy back home where he belongs! He is a big big horse, the black behind him is a 17.2 hand horse.
And settled in for the night.