Hudson—Now Adopted !!
He is a Gelding, Dark Bay, white blaze, RH heel, 3-4yr, Morgan, less socialized will be project horse, that came in with many others from one of our investigation cases. He always wanted to respond to people, but he was scared and felt he needed to be careful with humans. Hudson liked to whinny for breakfast and dinner if our Officers didn’t move fast enough with the food, of course that was if the other’s did too, he was truly part of the herd, he didn’t want to stand out on his own. He is now in his new home where they understand that he will need help, training, a professional hand, and patience. His person fell in love with him, he is a fortunate boy. Please enjoy the video of him going to his new home!
Carol Coy We just adopted Hudson a Morgan gelding from the SPCA in Fresno and he is a great horse and the employees were fantastic, They helped us find the horse that was right for us. They were fantastic!!!!!
Posts Tagged ‘starving horses’
The call started out as a request for assistance to the Sheriff’s department for dogs attacking horses. That was only one element of the situation that our Officers found when they arrived on the scene. They discovered a ranch with 15 starved horses that were being attacked by dogs. The horses were so emaciated and tired that they couldn’t get away, they couldn’t even move.
Our Officers work with incredible professional restraint, especially when they see just how cruel and neglectful people can be. One horse, a stallion, was so depleted, he couldn’t move without his bones sounding like they were breaking, without wobbling dangerously. He needed to be humanely euthanized because he would make it no further, was in pain, and was suffering from starvation.
One of this stallion’s offspring also collapsed in the process of trying to help his sire. When the offspring went down, yet another herd mate, a brother, tried to nudge him with encouragement as if to say “come on you can make it, they are here to help us.” “Cronus” didn’t want to leave his brother. He wanted to stay and keep encouraging him to get up, to join him in being rescued. Our Officers called the Veterinarian over for assistance with the downed horse and it was determined that he, too, would have to be euthanized. “Cronus” reluctantly left the side of his brother and loaded up into the trailer with all the support from our Officers.
Our Officers called ahead to brace us that the condition of the horses coming in was “worse than those that came in back in December.” This was hard to imagine. When they arrived, our hearts hurt for the obvious discomfort that the horses were experiencing. They were greeted with many whinnies of sympathy from all of our current resident horses, as if to tell them it’s good here…there’s food!
One of the stallions, when turned out, was glad to see his mares safe and close. Of the 15 horses seized, 7 went to another horse rescue and 6 came to our Animal Center. After rescuing the horses, our Officers came back to set up, feed, and give comfort to all the new horses … especially “Cronus.”
We now need your help more than ever, as we have 44 horses to care for ….
The new horses are on a regulated diet because of being starved. They are anywhere from 250 to 350 pounds underweight, so they will need a lot of hay and feed. Their hooves are long and need the immediate attention of the farrier. And more pens need to be purchased in order to house them, as we have run out of room.
Please consider making a donation, either in-kind or monetary, towards the care and rehabilitation of the many horses we now have. Help us work towards giving these horses a forever home and life they deserve …
We will be posting a article featuring each of the horses along with regular overall updates on the horses and their needs.
We need hay please to be donated!
We have finished half of the evaluations of the horses and should finish those next week.
Featuring Little John
Little John arrived at the shelter the night of 11-17-2011 totally emaciated. A kind man found him wandering around and brought him down to the Shelter. The following morning he was examined by our medical staff and it was determined that it appeared to be a lack of nourishment that caused his weight loss…no obvious medical reason. What this means is that somebody locked him up somewhere and just didn’t feed him. A horse wandering around on his own could find something to eat. Even weeds growing on the side of the road would provide some nourishment.
In the beginning he suffered a few belly aches, as his tummy wasn’t used to being filled. We started him out with small amounts of food, given often and gradually he started gaining weight and strength. Now after several months of a steady diet he’s recovered from his ordeal and is looking for a new home. We believe him to be about 12-13 years old, he enjoys being brushed and is a pretty friendly guy.The staff enjoys visiting him and he loves all the attention. There is a possibility that he is saddle broke, but will need an experienced hand. He will need structured exercise to continue to build up his muscles, now that he has reached a more normal weight. We are keeping our fingers crossed as we may have a home for Lil John.
Another cruelty investigation leads to more horses needing care and attention at the Animal Center. 11 horses were surrendered today from a Sanger ranch, where they were not cared for properly and had become severely underweight. Most of them score a 1 to 2 on the Henneke Body Condition Scoring System.
The CCSPCA is now in extreme need of hay and feed for all of the horses.
Please continue to follow all the updates on the horses as we will need ongoing help and we will be looking for qualifying homes for horses that are rehabilitated and healthy.
A big thank you to the community for their tremendous support! We’ve raised $10,565 for the horses and were able to start construction of the horse corral today. We called in the earth movers to clear out the mounds of dirt and level the area at the site of the soon-to-be corral location here at the Animal Center.
Although we have come very far in a short amount of time and are close to our goal for the corral, we need continued help with items like wash racks with rear gates, hay, feed, and other supplies.
Since they were first rescued and brought into the CCSPCA, the starving horses have gained 120 to 130 pounds each! We have received several more starving horses from other situations that we are now housing. We have raised $5,000 of our $11,000 goal to build a corral for their rehabilitation. The price of alfalfa has doubled since the horses first came in so we are spending more than we initially planned in caring for the horses we have. Since then, we have received more horses in need of rehabilitation. We need your help to make sure these horses are provided for and brought back to health. Every bit helps. Thank you!