Grant Submission: Spring Hill Horse Rescue

Posted by Jennifer on June 27th, 2011

We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for the the Purina Veterinary Diets® $50,000 Veterinary Care Fund! We were so moved by the amazing lengths rescues and shelters go to give homeless pets a chance at getting healthy so they can be adopted – and thought you would be too! So we’re sharing some of the submissions, and all of the finalists’ and recipients’ stories here. Here’s how a $2,000 grant would (or, in the case of our recipients, WILL) change the life of a pet or pets in their care:

Spring Hill Horse Rescue
New York, NY  10011

My name is Gina Brown, Executive Director of Spring Hill Horse Rescue founded in 2000. Our facility is located in North Clarendon, Vermont, just south of Rutland. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that rely mostly on individual donations as we do not get any state or federal funding. We are the only equine rescue in the state of Vermont that specializes in cruelty cases and takes in all large animals in need of rehabilitation from abuse or neglect. We are writing today in hopes of receiving one of the $2000 grant awards to help us with veterinarian and medical expenses. We are in immediate need.

Not long ago we were called out to investigate a case regarding 3 horses that were tied to tree’s out in the woods. When we arrived at the scene one horse had to be euthanized immediately due to his debilitated condition. The other two were in serious condition, especially Seneca, the black mare. Seneca ranked a 1 out of 9 on the body score chart. She was truly just before death. Happy, the bay mare, was thin as well and suffered many hoof abscesses and rope burns all over her head and limbs.Law enforcement signed the horses over to Spring Hill to rehabilitate them back into health. The owner was charges with aggravated animal cruelty which is a felony.

Without hesitation we brought both of the mares back to our facility; they seemed content to just be free from being tied up. The next morning Seneca laid down to get some much needed deep sleep and could not get up. We tried 5 or more times but she just didn’t have the physical energy to lift her big frame up. Seneca laid her head down and had given up. We, however, went and got the tractor and a sling, we never give up!

With the sling pulled around her lower abdomen and a volunteer at her head and another encouraging her we were able to hoist Seneca back on her feet.Without much excitement she looked at us as if to say “okay, I’ll try too.” It’s been three weeks and Seneca is recovering well. Both her and Happy have had their hooves trimmed, teeth floated, Coggins tests taken and are a special nutritional diet. Senenca is loosing all of her hair coat due to the severe malnutrition she’s undergone but a bright shiny new coat is not far behind.

Receiving this grant would help us with their recovery costs including veterinarian costs, vaccinations, medical supplies, supplements, dewormers, hoof trimming and hay. If these expenses were recovered we would without worry for sure be able to take in more horses with such severe medical needs when ever necessary. Included are a few photos of Seneca and Happy – the two mares we recently received through a cruelty case.

I look forward to your response. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

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