Monday, September 29, 2014

Sheep in your yard? What do you do?

What do you do if a sheep shows up at your door? You take care of him. After a few weeks, the sheep becomes friendly and gets love from the family who does their best to keep him safe. With winter coming, they know food source for Coyotes will get scarce and they are afraid the sheep may be in danger. The family decided to call We happily accepted another sheep. We have been waiting for a sheep in need of a home since Rambo, our Gwinnett County Animal Control sheep, was humanely euthanized in June of 2012. We don't buy animals, we take those needing homes. 

Buddy on left.

'Buddy' was happy to see another sheep, a goat and 3 pigs. Buddy is young and playful. He brought some new energy to the petting animal group. 

The family who found Buddy came out and visited him this weekend. They miss him terribly. Tears were falling but they were happy he is safe here. They may fence an area at their home and build Buddy a safe shelter. If they do, we will bring him back to their home. Either way, we will enjoy and care for Buddy while he is here. 

Though we are a horse rescue, we are wiling to help any animal in need the best we can. We know we are a People Rescue as well. 
Taking yourself away and being with rescued animals , helping them recover mentally and physically is rewarding and you learn so many things about yourself. Come to an Orientation on the second Saturday of each month at 9 am and/or to an Open House 1-4 pm the Second Sunday of each month and learn about SaveTheHorses and other animals. Learn about our Barn Buddy Program for foster and adopted children and our Pink Horse Shoe Fund for horses with cancer. 

Horse Rescue, Relief and Retirement Fund, Inc 
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Love For Lobo

The Gwinnett Animal Control officers went out on an animal abuse call and found several malnourished dogs and one malnourished horse, that was August of 2011. SaveTheHorses was asked to take Lobo after the county was awarded custody. We happily agreed. 

Lobo August of 2011
Lobo was estimated to be about 28 years old. He was thin but good quality food several times a day made a big difference. Our original plan was to get him healthy and find him a home but he has a bladder problem. He dribbles his urine on his legs. At first we thought it was because of age but Dr Leah Patipa suspected it was Sebaceous bladder. Lobo soon had his first treatment of cleaning out his bladder. It takes two veterinarians for the procedure. We have had it done regularly in the past 3 years.His bladder went from the size of a basketball to the size of a near normal bladder. 
Dr Murray and Dr Walker work on cleaning Lobo's bladder.

We didn't have any calls  for an older, non ride able horse who needs a costly procedure so Lobo has been here since he arrived. He does have people who love him.
Logo is Madeline's best friend and confidant! 
Monday morning Lobo wouldn't eat his grain or soaked hay cubes. Lucky for Lobo Dr Gail Daley, animal Chiropractor came out and made Lobo feel much better. He happily ate his food and went out to play and eat grass, back to normal.
Lobo enjoying the grass
Lobo has many volunteers who love him and enjoy his company. Many thanks to Stephanie Emhoff and the Pate Family for helping with Lobo's care and medical needs and every volunteer who gives their love and time to help horses like Lobo. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Is A Miracle On Its Way For Dixie Kitten?

Welcome to the Dixie Kitten ride! It seems like we are riding a roller coaster of emotions. Dixie does well, walks around then seems to be in pain and lays down more than she is up. We have tried many things to stop her feet from abscessing and we felt we were losing the battle. We surely do not want her living in unbearable pain. 

The farrier comes and does her feet regularly but she can't always hold her one foot up for more than 20 seconds. It makes is hard to trim enough in the short sessions. The farrier would trim, put her foot down and give her a break, then pick it up and trim for 20 seconds and it could go on for an hour for one foot. Last week we had the veterinarian and farrier out together.The vet gave her injections to block the pain so the farrier could be more aggressive with trimming her feet. What a difference! Dixie has improved and has been walking around much more. We had some great suggestions sent by caring people who have used different products and methods to help horses feet.  

When Dixie does lay down, Volunteers like Kathy, make sure she is comfortable by cooling her off with a shower. 

We are also still seeing if the Vetrixinc product could be injected and help her heal. One consideration of using it is it has been used on acute problems. What we have with Dixie has been going on along time. She came to us 11 months ago and had already foundered possibly 6 months before she even came here. 

Dixie's bit of improvement gave us hope to try a few more things. We love to see her happy and if she continues to move around without intolerable pain, we will continue to do everything we can to help her. 

Some new products are on their way here. Let's hope one is the miracle we have been looking for. 

WE are Rescue!