With the help of our supporters, an additional horse was assisted with this program. On July 28, 2010, 10 horses were seized in Charles City County, Virginia. The horses were in poor condition and were transported to area USERL quarantine/rehabilitation farms. All are doing well and are recovering (see news story).
With winter approaching, we need your support now more than ever. The poor economy has left many horses in need thus far in 2010, and that need will increase as summer pastures wither during the colder months. Please consider donating to the program to help others that desperately need a place to go, to recuperate and find a loving home. With your support, we can continue to make a difference!
Since our last update, two more equines in need have been assisted by donors through the Global Giving campaign. Tuxedo, a stallion, and Cletus, a donkey jack, were being kept in horrible conditions. The owner voluntarily surrendered 2 horses and 2 donkeys during the investigation. The stallion and donkey in worst need of medical and farrier care came into the USERL Horse Program for rehabilitation while the other two went to a private home.
The stallion (Tuxedo) had been confined for a long period of time in a stall that was not kept clean. Standing in his own excrement, he developed thrush which ate away at his hoof sole until painful ulcerations resulted. Unable to stand comfortably and unwilling to lie down long in the filth, he constantly shifted his weight around on all four feet trying to find comfort.
The donkey (Cletus) was also confined in an inadequate environment. His hooves were painfully overgrown to the point of impeding his ability to walk comfortably.
Both Tuxedo and Cletus were treated medically and with farrier care and responded immediately. Tuxedo was trimmed and his hooves carefully cleaned to expose the ulcerations. They were then wrapped and soaked daily, giving him immediate relief to his pain. Today, his ulcerations are completely healed. Cletus’s hooves have been successfully trimmed back to more normalcy and giving him the ability to move freely. It will take about a year of hoof trimming for Cletus to sport normal looking hooves, but luckily with no future lameness issues. Both have been castrated recently and will be available for adoption soon into new loving homes.
With your help, Tuxedo and Cletus have a new chance at a better life. Thus far, this project has assisted 19 horses! That’s 19 horses with a new life, a new home. But always there are more in need of nutrition and medical treatment. Help us help them by supporting the USERL Horse Program. Give them a second chance with your donation.
As always, Thank You, from USERL and the horses - to our supporters!
2010 continues, thus far, to be a challenge for horse owners. Three additional horses have come into the program under this expansion project: Ferrari, Legacy and Duramax. All three came from horrific cruelty cases and needed immediate care for survival. Thanks to supporters like you, USERL was able to shelter them and provide critical care. Today, they are all much improved in health and expected to make a full recovery.
To date, 17 horses have been assisted by this project with a total of $31,010 being raised to assist them! Please visit our Facebook page (link below) to watch a special video – "10 Years of Miracles" - one that was created in celebration of USERL’s 10 year anniversary. The story in this video (“The Starfish Story”) exemplifies USERL’s motto – “Make a Difference”. Your support has made a difference to these 17 horses that needed immediate placement for nutritional and medical care. You are making a difference!
Since August, your donations have assisted three more horses with shelter, food and medical care to escape neglect and get their second chance at a new life! Sebastian, Sam and Elliott (pictured above) all came from dire circumstances that, without your help, would have left them without options to escape their suffering. To date, $25,499 has been raised for this project and a total of 14 horses have been saved! We could not do it without you and the USERL Board of Directors thank you for your support.
This past year has been difficult with the recession, and the increase in horse neglect is projected to continue as people face home foreclosures and job losses. Your funds help these horses displaced by the poor economy, as well as those impulsively bought by uneducated owners due the current poor horse industry market without thinking of the costly monthly expenses to keep them healthy. Your funds also help horses like Sam and Elliott, whose owner intentionally inflicted cruelty by riding them in poor condition causing saddle sores on their skeletal frames.
Your funds help those that do not have a chance at finding a good home. With thousands of horses flooding the market that are healthy and trained, these horses have no chance at finding a home with the knowledge to care for them and bring them back to good health. Help us help them – the neglected, the abused and the abandoned. With our continued efforts together, we can give them that second chance!
It continues to be a difficult year for the horses with the poor economy all across the U.S. However, with the help of all the wonderful donors through Global Giving, a total of $23,993 has been achieved which has assisted 11 horses thus far to escape neglect/abuse through the USERL Horse Program.
The following photos are just a small sample of how your donations help the horses. Pregnant and malnourished, this mare had little chance of survival. She and 6 other horses were seized during a cruelty investigation. After 6 months of nutritional and veterinary care, all are doing very well. And the mare pictured has given birth to a healthy filly!
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