I just wanted to update everyone and let you know that all the horses have made it safely to the shelter. It has been a very long and busy 2 days! The auction is over 150 miles one way from our shelter, and it was raining for most of the trip. The rescue team didn’t get out of the auction until past midnight last night. We only got a few hours of sleep before it was time to load the horses and head back to the shelter. Once we arrived at our shelter the horses all went through the intake process: microchipping, vaccinating, worming, weight and height, and their initial information has been logged. Again, I cannot thank everyone enough for your generosity that made this auction rescue possible! 16 animals were saved from the slaughter auction thanks to your donations.
We have posted all the horses on Facebook asking for name suggestions. If you would like to participate and suggest a name, and vote on your favorite name, click here. Comment on the horses photos and suggest a name. The name suggestion with the most likes that is appropriate will be chosen. Tell your friends to like your name suggestions!
There is one horse in particular that we are very concerned about. He is literally skin and bones. We are estimating his age to be about 12 years old. He is literally starved almost to death. It amazes us how much life he has in him, and his personality still shines through his emaciated body. On the trip back to our shelter we put him in his own compartment with a very quiet mare. They rode very nicely to the shelter. It always breaks our hearts to see horses in this condition. We are very concerned about him, not only for his current condition, but sickness and disease is so rampant at auctions, we are hoping against hope he doesn’t come down with something. If he does, it could kill him, he just doesn’t have a reserve to fight illness. We are doing everything we can to keep him healthy! Scroll down to view more photos of him. Again, thank you so much for your support, I cannot thank you enough for enabling us to save these horses from the slaughter pipeline, and our next blog will go into more details about each of them, but it’s been a very long 2 days and I’m exhausted. ~ Tawnee Preisner