At 9:00 Tawnee was heading out to meet the kb at the rescue. Ever so faithful volunteers April, Amee and Cathy were heading out for the nights rendezvous too. We can’t thank our dedicated volunteers enough, knowing that we can call them up after supper and they will gladly be there is such a huge blessing.
The kb arrived and the horses were unloaded in the dark. It was hard to see their conditions and assess what was going on. There was a stallion that could not stay at the rescue for safety issues, along with a little foundered pony that had strangles recently, and a very sweet yearling that had a runny nose. Tawnee brought those three back to the old rescue facility where she could keep an eye on them and keep them quarantined. It was about 1:00 am when everyone was settled in for their short night.
Thursday morning, Crow was very happy to see Tawnee when she went out to the rescue to feed. She/he made it quite clear that it is time to be friends. Crow is turning out to be quite the sociable chicken who likes to ride on Tawnee’s shoulder and follow her along. To see Crow’s first Youtube video, click here.
Crow was on Tawnee’s shoulder when she was feeding, and then he hopped onto the flake of hay right before it got thrown into the pen. Crow has got to learn there will be no chickens for breakfast, lunch OR dinner around here!
The horses the kb brought in were enjoying their breakfast.
This is an older off the track Thoroughbred mare who is very emaciated. She does have a tattoo and the letter is the only readable part of the tattoo. Her letter says she is 27 years old. No doubt she was a friend, companion, maybe a ribbon winning world class hunter / jumper. Now, she was on her way to Mexico, but was too weak to make the trip. It is so vitally important that your senior horse is safe and given a good retirement, not thrown away like trash. If you are not able to do that, please do the responsible thing.
Her poor back.
This is another TB mare we have named Leiza with no tattoo in her 20’s.
She is very skinny too. She wasn’t feeling quite right, so she was going to be seen by the vet today.
This is a QH gelding who is completely blind. Can you imagine the horror of being crammed into a double decker, blind and not being able to know what was going on?
He is very leery of peoples voices and tries to move away. After a long time we were finally able to get close enough to get a picture of him enjoying breakfast.
This is a shy 2 year old filly who could use some groceries.
She has a pretty nasty wound on her hind leg. You can tell she has been walking in mud as her legs and wound are covered in dried mud. We can’t touch her to treat her, hopefully in a day or two she calms down from her traumatic events.
This is the sweet yearling who has the runny nose and is in quarantine. Someone has spent a lot of time with her, amazingly enough she doesn’t seem to have anything
wrong with her other than a flu. Her legs seem to be straight and we have high hopes for her.
She is a cute horse that loves hanging out by the gate waiting for attention.
After tending to the horses at the rescue, Tawnee and Jason headed to the vet with the horses that needed a vets diagnosis.
This is Merry Legs, the little pony who foundered. We were hoping that the xrays would show that she wasn’t as bad as she looked and that we would be able to make her comfortable.
Sadly, the xrays showed that she had nothing to stand on, and her coffin bone was severely rotated and that she was in a lot of pain.
She is such a sweet little angel, we are so thankful that her life was spared the brutal end at the slaughterhouse. No doubt for many years she has been little girls best friend. Now that she was older and was in pain from her founder, she was thrown away to the slaughter man with no regard to her future. How sad.
Next Leiza was examined by the vet and an ultrasound was done, showing she had an infection. Sadly, due to her age and the infection and overall health condition being so poor, the kindest thing to do was give her the last act of kindness and say goodbye.
This is the stallion, who Tawnee named Black Beauty. He was so incredibly gorgeous, one of the prettiest horses we have had at the rescue in a long time.
Sadly, he only had 3 decent legs to stand on. His back right leg had been broken and healed at a most awkward angle.
It was difficult for him to walk, it is hard to imagine how much pain this poor horse had to go through, trying to walk on this terribly broken leg. He was pulled out of the slaughter truck as his leg injury was too bad for him to continue the trip.
His leg was mangled and twisted.
Absolutely no hope of ever being straight again.
Tawnee told him “Goodbye” she told him she wished that things could have been different and that he could have been gelded and have a beautiful life. These horses that come from the kb are always so heart wrenching to see. Knowing that they all know love and kindness is so rewarding. Without your help, we could not help these horses, thank you for making that possible. Thank you again for your overwhelming support. The remaining horses are not in critical condition, and they will be evaluated over the coming days and weeks as they settling in, get some much needed groceries, and learn to love once again.
While on the way back, a quick stop had to be made at the gas station. While Jason was filling up the rescue rig, Tawnee saw a conversation start up that is happening more and more: “Are you a rescue? Can you take my old horse?” He took a brochure and we will probably be hearing from him soon.
As you know, we make hard decisions every day. Our board of directors has set up guidelines for horses coming into the rescue, making some decisions easier, not putting the decision on Tawnee and Jason’s shoulders alone. Everyone who surrenders a horse knows that if a home cannot be found, due to limited room and finances we are forced to provide humane euthanasia for unadoptable horses. To keep horses out of the slaughter pipeline, we are forced to run a dog/cat style shelter, but for horses. With this rescue last Wed night, we have already rescued over 200 horses just this year alone. It’s far from over too.
Back in December of 2009 we were contacted by a lady, who we shall call Jane, who was desperate to find her horse a home. She had lost everything and was living in her car. Tawnee explained the whole process, including end of life decisions. The lady ended up selling her horse.
Last June we got a call from a lady with a 23 year old Arab mare who wasn’t a good match due to behavior issues. She asked us to take her, once again, the entire process was explained, and the owner was more than happy with the arrangement. When Deneigh arrived, and was shown on our blog, we got a call from Jane telling us that it was her old horse.
Deneigh was evaluated for adoptability, and placed in the adoption program. Due to her age, temperament and behavior issues, no one was interested in adopting her. It came down to turning away other horses that desperately needed help and were slaughter bound, or keeping Deneigh in the adoption program longer. Following our guidelines, Deneigh was given the last act of kindness and went to sleep very peacefully, eating grain and yummy treats. As Tawnee says, “I didn’t start a horse rescue to put horses to sleep, but with the economy, what else can we do? I don’t want to see any horse go to slaughter, that is my passion in rescue, keeping horses from the slaughter pipeline, and doing everything I can to find them homes.”
It is so hard living the rescue life day to day, rescuing horses in horrid conditions and saying goodbye to those that cannot find homes. Your emotional support is greatly appreciated and helps a lot!
Jane saw that Deneigh was no longer on the website and left a phone message wondering what had happened to Deneigh. Jason returned her call letting her know that we were unable to find a home for her and that she was given the last act of kindness. These phone calls are extremely hard for our staff to make… After 15 minutes of verbal and emotional abuse, Tawnee came in and Jason had her take over for the next 15 minutes of verbal and emotional abuse. Jason and Tawnee both tried to calm her down and get her to see the big picture of rescue work, but she would have none of it. She asked why we didn’t send Deneigh to A Chance for Bliss, or some other retirement. As we told her: they are all full. We can only do what we can do, and we do the best we can for every horse that comes into our care. We received this email in regards to the situation, we starred out the swear wo
rds to make it family friendly. It hurts our hearts to know that some people think we are emotionless and don’t care about the horses. Read her email word for word.
“why dont you say no to the kill buyer with all the f****d up horses who you sink money into endless money…why dont you care for the horses you already have there instead of killing them…deneigh was healthy ridable we have video to prove it…quit taking theses horses and care for the ones you have …be brave put your real agenda up…to get a tax write off and to get a kick back from the meat truck….you had deneigh for 2 months only…tell all your lil bloggers that….you never tell anyone you kill healthy horses…you just talk about the horses who are hurt or to lame or to mean…you never put in your blog that monthly you kill healthy horses just to make room for the horses you can put up on the blog and beg for money…you nor cal are a fake rescue//you really are in it for the money…theses horse dont make you cry….its all a put on….thats how we feel…also we called chance for bliss they are not closing and they dont kill healthy horses just cause you can only ride them in aa halter or just cause you cant find them a home…you should of called us we could of pd 150 to a retirement….you let us down and you let deneigh down….i hope you -know how broken hearted michelle is that you killed her horse…hopefully you put them to sleep first….just cant understand why you take more horses then you can help and beg for money…..just so people can give you land…..i will tell everyone what a joke you are….how stupid you are….lets save the horse we can put on the blog and beg for money out of people pitty….you suck……….how many healthy horses do you put down a month….lets get real on your blog…quit tip toeing around the real stuff…..people would not donate if they knew the truth……truth truth truth….honesty…karma will get ya….you hurt a beautiful polish crabbit mare…you let deneigh dowm 2 months is hardly lomg enough…did ya kill rio too…..or is he still in bad enough shape you can beg for money……sorry but this is how i feel……i will never read or support you again….and i will tell every person i can that u kill horses for the hell of it”
We want to thank you again for your positive emotional support, it means a lot to counteract emails like this.
Once again, thank you for honoring Dano in such a huge way, you blew us away in a big way. Our goal was $1,800 and with your generous support, in the last 24 hours $3,840 was donated to rescue and care for horses like Dano. Money was also raised to bring in the two horses that we got a call about this week and shared on the Youtube video.
Faryn K. – Betty S. – Patricia V. – Ruthann C. – Leo – Martin O. – Paula G. – Carla G. – Cindy M. – Kathy H. -Caroline R. – Susan T. – Glennis R. – Jennifer K. – Dana M. – Diana K. – Barbara P. – Angela T. – Diane K – Barbara P. – Angela T. – Sondra W. – Josh W. – Kirk M. – Tracy C – Sherry E. – Carolyn S. – Rosemary B. – Adam S. – Natalie K. – Erin M. – Linda L. – Pamela N. – Janet H. – Erin L. – Joan M. – Denise L. – Jenette S. – Victoria G. – Margaret O. – Chrysteen A. – Verena M. – Pat B. – Marlene B. – Dianne M. – Mary U. – Dianne W. – Karen D. – Sara H. – Stanely M. – Show Dressed Up – Lynn E. – Barbara B. – Lorene A. – Martin O. – Marylin R. are all horse heroes, thank you again!