Friday, May 18, 2012

ASPCA Helps Minis in Massachusetts

Here is a great example of why I would like to use my birthday wish this month to help horses all over the country through the ASPCA's Equine Fund.  Please help me reach my goal of collecting $500 for the ASPCA's Equine Fund and make my special birthday wish come true for the horses!!!!!  No amount is too small - it will all add up!!!! 

Here's the ChipIn link: Declan's Birthday Wish Fund for Horses


ASPCA Grant Helps Support Neglected Miniature Horses

Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 12:45pm

Last month, the Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Boston and the MSPCA Nevins-Farm rescued 34 miniature horses kept on a small property in West Boylston, Massachusetts. The overwhelmed owner voluntarily surrendered the severely neglected animals after a state veterinarian concluded their basic needs were not being met.
"These horses were extremely malnourished due to an alarmingly high level of intestinal parasites," explains Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, director of veterinary medical services at the ARL of Boston. Dr. Smith-Blackmore adds that the horses' hooves were in very poor condition, and that they were also suffering from severe skin infections known as "rain rot" from living outside without shelter.
To help cover the costs of caring for and medically treating the horses, the ASPCA granted $9,000 grant to the ARL of Boston.
The ARL of Boston is happy to report that 17 of the 19 mini horses in its care have been placed in loving, permanent homes. The remaining two minis continue to be cared for by ARL of Boston’s Animal Care and Adoption Center staff in Dedham. Both horses require additional socialization and are growing more confident every day. The ARL of Boston is hoping to place them in permanent homes soon.
"We would like to thank the ASPCA for being there when we needed them," Dr. Smith-Blackmore says. "Their financial support allowed us to focus on these horses' care and rehabilitation by relieving some of the budgetary pressure of such large-scale rescue effort."

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