Message From Tawnee | Auction Rescue Update and More

Hello everyone,

The group of 43 auction rescues have been keeping us very busy. Our adoption specialist has been searching for homes for them and we have quite a number of them lined up to go to new homes once all the quarantine and arrangements are done. They are all on our Facebook page right now and we are asking for help naming them. If you would like to suggest names for them, click here and scroll through our Facebook page. Here are photos of each one of them, larger photos can be seen on our Facebook page. We are waiving all the adoption fees on the donkey’s, so if you’re interested in adopting a donkey please email our adoption specialist at:

In my last message I talked about a horse that was going to be shot if we did not take it, I was told it was hard to catch. When we arrived at the property where the horse was we found that he was running loose on 65 acres and he was a pony not a horse.
We brought panels and an additional horse, Soquili, from the shelter to help with catching the pony. I tried coaxing the pony, Snickers, with grain but he didn’t want to have anything to do with the halter or lead rope.

We ended up taking Soquili into their front yard, and the pony followed him in it.  There was a lot of stuff in the front yard…

Once he was in the enclosed area, he was easy to catch. I was able to halter him and loaded him into the trailer without any problem. Soquili was such a good boy and really helped a lot with rescuing Sneakers.

On the way back to our shelter, we stop by a property that we have received multiple complaints on with horses, one that was very skinny. We were able to make contact with the owner and he agreed to surrender the horse. The horse was in such horrible condition I knew from experienced that due to its age and condition she probably wasn’t going to make it. She was too far gone. I knew the best thing we could do is get it out of that place and give her love and kindness and see what the vet had to say.

There was an additional horse on the property and they did not want to surrender it, but I had $100 with me and offered them the money and they took it. You can watch the Facebook live videos I did when we were rescuing these horses by clicking these links. Video 1 | Video 2

In Video 1 I said that Tennessee does not have any animal control laws, I was very frustrated at the time. There are laws but they are very weak laws mostly regarding dogs and cats and in most areas of rural Tennessee there is no animal control so the laws are not enforced.

I’m glad we were able to rescue these horses, the vet came out to evaluate the emaciated one and she had to be humanely euthanized as she was too far gone to save. Rescue life is never easy, but I know it’s the right thing to do and I will always fight for the animals who have no voice.

Thank you for your support, it would be impossible to do what I do without you!

Tawnee Preisner | President
Horse Plus Humane Society

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