6-25-09

Today was actually a “normal” day at the rescue. It was nice to have normality instead of rushing around getting ready for an event. This morning two horses were surrendered into the rescue.

Their owner had lost their job and were no longer able to pay for the board. The boarding facility contacted numerous other rescues, but the all too familiar “Sorry, we are full” was all they heard. The horses definitely enjoyed getting out of the trailer and getting a nice roll in the round pen after the trip in the trailer.

They are both really nice geldings and are trained to ride. The bay is a 12 year old is trained to ride but stumbles at trot and canter, so he should be a walking only horse. The grey Arab is said to be nicely trained to ride.

It was neat watching them look around and take in their new surroundings. They may have never seen so many horses in one place before.

Daisy and Mo got to check out the new pen that Larry and the other guys were working on during Father’s Day. They really enjoyed it, it was really nice seeing Daisy so alert, she even trotted around for a bit…

But it wasn’t long before they were standing at the barn gate saying “Let us back into our stalls!” While this picture was taken Tawnee was on the phone with the lady that is going to foster Daisy and adopt Gage. Tawnee told her that Mo is now available for adoption, she said “I’m putting a hold on him.” So, she will have a little Appy herd. She is a big Appy lover.

Home at Last came down to adopt Ranger for their grand-daughter. As he was standing there, he was looking pretty awesome. Notice his bright, shiny coat, how alert he is, and while he still needs some weight, he is looking overall really nice…

…not a bit like the scraggly horse he was when he was rescued in April. It is one of the things we love about rescue, watching horses go from below, to above.

Jim and Donna from Home at Last also adopted Braveheart. We are so excited that he was able to go into their retirement program. He will be able to hang out with other seniors and enjoy the warm summer days.

Some other folks came out, somehow we didn’t get a very good picture of them. They really seem to be nice people. They fell in love with Promise and Juno (the one eyed gelding from the Euthanasia Clinic) and put holds on both of them. Juno loves playing in his water buckets, and these folks have a pond, so just image the fun he would have. He would be a companion for Promise. A win-win situation for everyone involved.

Sugar was also placed into adoption pending status today. That makes two horses in adoption pending today and two adopted! Jaime will get to have more fun doing adoption applications.
We would like to thank Rebecca O and Sara H for donating today. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. As Tawnee was doing the surrender paperwork for the two horses that came in this morning, she had a reality check: we have so many people wanting to surrender horses right now, it’s worse than it was over the wintertime. Generally you get people wanting to surrender their horses in the wintertime and it slows down in the summertime, but it just keeps getting worse. Home at Last has turned away over 100 horses this year, we try not to turn away any horses, but we simply cannot bring them all into our organization. We try to offer solutions for people, but it is getting harder and harder to suggest options. As the economy gets worse, there are more and more horses that need help and fewer and fewer donations. This winter is going to be incredibly scary. The rescues and government agencies need to band together, say “No!” to horse slaughter and say we would rather see horses humanely euthanized rather than be shipped to a slaughter plant. Once again, there are over 5,000,000 dogs and cats euthanized every year, mostly by government funding, and only roughly 100,000 horses sent to slaughter each year, hardly a drop in the bucket compared to the overpopulation of dogs and cats. Please remember us in your donation plans so we can help more horses in need and not have to turn them away.

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