Lil' Gypsy the day of her arrival to USERL.
It’s been a busy summer with many community needs. Through generous donations from supporters via Global Giving, USERL was able to immediately assist two cases needing critical assistance.
Lil Gypsy arrived to the USERL Horse Program April 14, 2011. She was found abandoned in a NC county. When no one came forward to claim her, the county contacted USERL to assist her. She was very thin, had been clipped/sheared (probably due to a severe skin condition she had) and was lame in 3 of her limbs. Lil’ Gypsy was accepted into the USERL Horse Program and received medical care, nutrition and socialization (she is very timid) and has now fully recovered. She will be available for adoption soon thanks to your donations!
A second recipient of our Global Giving donator’s generosity was a mare and foal from a cruelty case in Virginia. The mare, very weak from starvation, was too far gone and humanely euthanized within days of coming into USERL. Her two month old foal, now an orphan, is severely stunted from lack of milk, has limb deformities from malnutrition and an umbilical hernia that may need surgical treatment. Transported to a critical care foster rehab farm, the foal who is now named “Stori” is getting stronger every day. Although she is two months old, she is being cared for like a newborn since her body is so fragile and receives formula every two hours (many small meals), a supplement for her severe anemia and daily exercise with her companion mare to strengthen her legs. She now runs and acts more like a healthy foal every day!
Cases such as Lil’ Gypsy and Stori exemplify what USERL offers to counties, providing immediate shelter, veterinary care and nutrition for neglect/abuse cases. The counties call needing help right then, with no time to fundraise prior to their arrival. Their need is immediate. With your help, USERL was able to help the same day the counties called about Lil’ Gypsy and Stori. With your support, USERL can help the next horse in need, the next county that calls.
Lil' Gypsy June 26, 2011.
Stori, an orphaned foal, starts her new life.
Stori is improving daily!