Educate 1000's in Animal Welfare in Oregon

 
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Mar 18, 2014

We need your help more horses arrived March 8 2014

Nel and Piercey in their first day at the Shelter.
Nel and Piercey in their first day at the Shelter.

Our shelter is growing in its population of horses needing care, and our savings for our project is staying static.  We need your help to make a better life for starving horses.  Our education program has no office or indoor facility to teach others how to care for their animals, how to stop starvation, and law enforcement needs our support as well.

Six more horses arrived March 8th in starving conditions.  If we can get this center built, we may have been able to stop their harm by starvation and neglect.  In addition to saving for the teaching facility, we utilize donations as you request for hay, farrier care, grain, bedding, medical supplies and more to ensure the best potential recovery available for horses whose owners have tossed them out. Horses that are not wild, cannot survive behind a fenced enclosure where no care for their well-being is provided.  They live without forage of any kind, without clean water, some without water for days, without medical care; some barely hang on to life with only skin left over their bones as they have digested their own muscle mass to survive.  

We are to be a progressive world, yet we choose to ignore the animals.  That choice has a strong link to lack of care for children as well.  Help us improve the lives of animals through education.  Despite not having a classroom, two 4-H groups of kids have visited the shelter and had no idea people could be so cruel to an animal that is so giving. If we could reach more people through an education center, we can really help to stop neglect and cruelty of animals together! 

Your donations saved Lyza, Maka Nani, and more.  New arrivals challenge us again. Please be giving, we need your support every day.

Doc, begging for food
Doc, begging for food
There is no muscle left, near death
There is no muscle left, near death
They deserve better...we provide for them
They deserve better...we provide for them
Dec 19, 2013

Winter brings the most severe neglect cases to us.

Lyza, standing with support from a volunteer
Lyza, standing with support from a volunteer

Hello everyone,

As we all know, winter is a cold time of year when forage is no longer accessible on pasture, and some owners cannot feed their horses.  This is the time when the most starvation cases arrive at our doors; this year is no different.    

After a frigid week of near zero temperatures, water lines freezing, the ground hard as rock, crystallized with ice as well, a sweet arabian mare was left without food or blankets, yet she survived, barely. Her owners thought it was cute to see her legs tremble at the site of food, and told us that she also had a hard time standing. She just didn't want to get up.  What they didn't want to believe is that those are all signs that she was close to death.

Our local sheriff stepped in after calls from the community started flowing in to their dispatch. The sheriff contacted us, we were sent to her rescue. A small, sweet mare we call Lyza was found barely able to walk. Every rib, her hips, and neck vertebrae were noticeable from a distance. Her hind legs are contorted from her muscles and tendons being catabolized in her body's last attempt to survive. Her eyes are dull and her vision is diminished from malnutrition. She was hypothermic and needed support to walk a straight line, and stand on her own.

There will be more like her in these coming months.  Please help us educate people to avoid situations that Lyza endured, and help us provide safe shelter until she recovers. She needs alfalfa to help her body regain the much needed protein she was left without for months, a new warm blanket, and most of all affection from all of our volunteers to give her a reason to live.

When horses are this far down, they seldom recover, but we are giving her round-the-clock care.  She is a trooper and we are giving her the best chance for recovery with 24 hour care.  

Please help us help horses, No horse needed to endure what Lyza has.  Education is the key to prevent this from happening - we are slowly getting there with your help. Please donate today.

Lyza, blanket off, being groomed by Judy and Kim
Lyza, blanket off, being groomed by Judy and Kim
Contracted tendons need to rehabilitate
Contracted tendons need to rehabilitate
Oct 7, 2013

Another United SPCA rescue...

And the owner said nothing was wrong...
And the owner said nothing was wrong...

It has been a few months since we last updated you of the happenings at the shelter.  Just a month ago, before winter even began to set in, another group of horses was found wanting of adequate care to avoid starvation and malnutrition. We worked with a local sheriff department to bring these horses here, to save their lives.  They were found covered in thousands of parasite eggs, had several areas of untreated skin disease, coated in flies.  They found care and affection at the United SPCA shelter.

We also were able to locate qualified adopters for several of our rescues, provided a youth group educational program, and presented disaster preparedness training to a coalition of feline animal rescue organizations.

Your donations are the only way we can continue our efforts in rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, and education.  Please help us continue our efforts in education and rescue! We rely on you, so that you can rely on us to help animals in need. 

We were told he had plenty of weight...
We were told he had plenty of weight...
Only four years old - starving - no energy
Only four years old - starving - no energy
Their only water - go ahead and take a drink...
Their only water - go ahead and take a drink...
Jun 27, 2013

Update at the Shelter for July 2013

Saved from starvation, now ready for adoption!
Saved from starvation, now ready for adoption!

Hello Everyone!

We want to take this time to thank all of our donors for providing much needed funding.  We recently had a 9 horse seizure enter our doors due to starvation and other health issues that were not being cared for.  Because of your donations, we are able to provide care for these animals. While care is the greatest and immediate need, educating the owners is critical to prevent reoccurance.

We have provided diversion training to those charged with animal crimes.  This diversion training will provide much needed education where otherwise there would be no support for change.

In addition, we have provided education to two scouting troups, and an additional youth group.  While the funds for our building are coming along slowly, we provide this education in our barn environment, or at local public meeting rooms.

Your donations help to support a mostly unseen need by the general public for those horses hidden from view due to their starvation, or for those people whom you may think take care of their animals, but don't.  We appreciate your help greatly and hope for your continued support of the United SPCA in its need to education the public in Animal Welfare.

Apr 8, 2013

Animal Welfare Education Center - Report #1

Enduring Ignorance...these are our beneficiaries
Enduring Ignorance...these are our beneficiaries

We still need a significant amount of donations to help these animals, please tell friends, co-workers, colleagues and friends - help us help them today. This is our first project report in preparing to build Oregon's First Animal Welfare Education Center.  Our mailings and requests for donations are being delivered throughout the community and the State, Twitter and Facebook. The building site has been laid, the contractors are waiting, the community is ready to volunteer! 

We have discussed our plans with the Executive Director of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, law enforcement groups, community members, horse clubs and many others.  All are excited to have such an outstanding opportunity to develop this center, especially in today's economy.

We can't stop here with donations!  We have a long way to go to get there, to help animals, to educate!  Please encourage your friends, colleagues, and family to donate through our GlobalGiving Project page.  Animals cannot afford any longer for their owners to be un-informed.

Please encourage all to donate - help us keep this project in fast forward!

Our project leader: 2012 Animal Welfare Award Winr
Our project leader: 2012 Animal Welfare Award Winr
With education, she survived her abuse and neglect
With education, she survived her abuse and neglect
This is the same horse as in photo 3, before educa
This is the same horse as in photo 3, before educa

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Barbara Kahl

Yamhill, Oregon United States

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