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We got a great update on Senorita, now named Leona.  Her adopter writes: “Update on 28yr old pregnant mare, now Leona (Leo). She is doing very well gaining weight, she has become the new herd master and loves to boss around the younger horses with her friend 28yr old arab cross Zera. In this picture she is with Powder the 15 month old partially blind albino colt (now gelding) that we adopted back in march 2012.”

We also got an update on Presley and Dakota.  “Presley & Dakota (Dakota from Animal Control in 2011).  You will see how well everyone is doing.  Its hard to tell what the horses look like but you should know, can probably tell, they are both just as stout as can be.”

This family also adopted Strawberry, the donkey, and they write about her: “Strawberry, well, she certainly doesn’t miss a meal.  Boy does she love her EARS SCRATCHED.”  You can tell she is really enjoying her ear scratching, just look at her droopy lip.

We also got a great update from an adopter who recently adopted Goliath.  They sent updates about some of the other horses they have adopted.

“Buddy is one of the horses we adopted this last summer. He is a great horse, even took my 37 wk pregnant sister for a nice ride.

“Heath(Goliath) and Hoyt(Marcos), 2 of the horses we have adopted from you.”  As you can tell they enjoy going on trail rides and are having a wonderful life.

Thursday morning it was raining.  Tawnee was leading Callie away from the barn to start the journey to her new life.

On the way to Callie’s home they passed the place where it all started, where the first horse was rescued.  The auction, Shasta Livestock Auction, no longer sells horses, but at that time in 2003 they were the largest horse auction in northern California.  Tawnee first heard about the auction when she was about 7 years old from her neighbor, who was a killer buyer.  She remembers listening to him talk about taking horses there and selling them by the pound for meat.  It is so nice this auction no longer sends horses through to the slaughter pipeline.

Mile after mile slipped under the rescue rig, it was an absolutely beautiful drive.

It had snowed the night before on the higher peaks.  There was a beautiful frosting of gleaming white snow.

The most gorgeous mountain of all they passed was Mount Shasta.

Callie was enjoying the ride and looking out at the scenery too.

As they were getting close to Callie’s home the road started getting some snow on it.  The last two deliveries have been in the snow.  It is nice that our shelter is usually below snow level.

Finally they arrived at Callie’s new home.  It was neat seeing all the shelters dotted across the field.

Callie was going to Humanity for Horses, a newer sanctuary.  They got the new facility last summer and have been very busy building pens and shelters to protect the animals from the cold weather and snow.  To visit their website, click here. 

   Callie looked and looked when the trailer door opened.  Where was she and who were all those horses?

Before long she hopped out and was getting acquainted with her new caregiver.

Callie was led into her new pen and her caregiver told her that everything was going to be OK.  Callie has been at our shelter for awhile, and she gets extremely bonded to other horses.  It seems that the other horses get adopted, leaving Callie in a tizzy as her friend leaves.  Humanity for Horses is giving Callie permanent sanctuary and are going to find her a great friend for life she will never have to be separated from again.

Callie liked the snow.  She laid down and rolled in it several times.

One of Callie new neighbors, an older mare who came to them pregnant, was delighted to have Callie as a next-door neighbor.

   Driving back was as beautiful as driving there.  Thankfully they were out of the high mountains before the snow storm settled in.

Thank you all for your support!  It really means a lot.  Have a wonderful weekend!