A lot is going on. It is scary, and many uncertainties exist. But we still need your help. We know you are feeling stressed...."tapped out". So are we, we understand. But we are carrying a deep responsibility for those whose needs are acute. They cannot speak for themselves. Zara's needs are acute. She needs your help. Please take 2 minutes out of your frenetic and worrisome day and read about a beautiful palomino filly named Zara. If her story moves you, as it did us when we took her off the zoo meat truck a few weeks ago, please donate to Zara's care. If you cannot donate, please share Zara's Go-Fund-Page. One at a time is what we do. Help us help them.
Here is Zara's story:
Beautiful Zara. We don’t know much about where she came from, but we are hoping her sad story has an ending as beautiful as she is. Last December, we were able to pick up this gorgeous 3 year old palomino filly at auction. She was extremely undernourished, darn right skinny to look at. But she was such a sweet girl. Her good heart and beauty shown right through the dirt covering her and her malnourished body. Leaving her there at the auction to be scooped up and sold for meat or to be flipped to yet another stressful auction situation was not acceptable. Zara and three other horses got lucky that night. At the end of a very long and stressful day, all four of them came home to the Rescue, even though we went there with the funding and intention to take only ONE home with us. We wanted to take them all, believe me. Since then, Zara has been learning what it feels like to have a full belly every night when she goes to sleep. Probably something she hasn’t known since she was a foal at her mother’s side. She is also learning that there are good people in this world. People who will take care of her, give her treats, love her, and teach her about being a horse with a human she can trust to not abuse or starve her. At first, it was difficult for Zara. She had known little of human kindness for most of her young life. Just eating an apple from a human hand was a bit scary to her. But before you knew it, she was gobbling up those apples with the best of them! It was all so new to her. And you cannot blame her for thinking it might be too good to be true .Zara learned how to stand at the cross-ties to be groomed and to pick her feet up to have them trimmed. She accepted a blanket on her back at first, then a saddle cinched around her belly. She figured out how to adjust her step to her person’s step, so she can be led and explore new places with her human. She was doing so well. She accepted her trainer and agreeably accepted a human on herback. So much to learn, but there was no going back for this girl. In fact, after just 2 months, Zara was ready! We were on the verge of taking adoption applications for her and finding her forever home. Her forever person. Then, a week or so ago, tragedy struck. Zara slipped and fell on the ice. It was obvious that she had hurt her hip. And that forever home was going to take a bit more time, and a lot more money. The vet came and determined that Zara’s hip was out of joint. But more importantly the reason she was so unsteady in the first place could be traced back to her malnourished upbringing. She is now presumed to be deficient in both Vitamin E and Selinium and is undergoing treatment to rectify this situation. Additionally, we will need to have a horse chiropractor come in and put her hip back in place. This treatment has already been scheduled. And there will undoubtedly be other costs that need to be taken care of for us to get Zara back on the road to full recovery. Back on the road to her Forever Home. Zara will now be spending a few more months with us. And as noted she has significant issues related to her malnourishment (aka being STARVED ALMOST TO DEATH) that need to be addressed prior to her availability for adoption. Paying for all of that, as well as several additional months of food and boarding for this lovely filly is sadly stretching our small horse rescue’s ability to provide. Caring for ANY horse is an expensive proposition. Hay for a month costs approximately $100; quality grain costs at least $50 a month. Farriers range from $30 to $50 dollars for a hoof trim, and of course that has to be done every six to eight weeks. Zara also needs a dental check-up and the outine spring vaccines are looming very shortly. Unfortunately, because of her fall, Zara needs additional care as well. We all know what it costs just to have the vet walk on the property. The chiropractor charges $100 to $120 dollars each time she comes and with the exception of Elevate (the vitamin E supplement), which has now been prescribed, we don’t know yet how what additional medicine Zara might need, but the one thing that is known is that whatever else is prescribed will be expensive as well. Without your help, it will be difficult for us to give Zara the care she needs. Without your help, Zara’s future is uncertain. So, PLEASE, find it in your heart to donate to Zara’s care. ZARA’s big, beautiful heart will thank you. You will make a difference for Zara. It takes a village to assist at-risk horses! We are an approved 501 c3 nonprofit organization. We are all volunteers. Every dime that is contributed to our non-profit goes directly to the horses in our care. Thank you in advance for assisting Zara. She is one of the lucky ones for sure.