January has seen Save a Horse Australia start the year with an amazing spate of adoptions – seven so far this month, but also – gasp – a raft of vet bills.
Our beautiful Remi – who came back into care in December was quickly re-adopted to a wonderful home in Northern New South Wales with a very experienced horsewoman who will be able to bring out his full potential. He settled in quickly and is very happy.
THEN – oh my goodness – there was hardly a dry eye in the house when six of our Tarampa companion horses were adopted to three different people. Jag and Melody going to their forever home, Mac and Honey to theirs and Dakota and Miss Hanky Panky to theirs. What an amazing result. For those of you who might not have read the story on FB, the people who have adopted Mac who have a lot of experience with Warmbloods, were only wanting him, but when they came to collect him, Honey and Mac were calling out to each other so much that they adopted Honey then and there on the spot! What a wonderful story. Thank you so much to our adoptees for taking a horse, plus a friend – what better result could there be for one of our companion horses than to have a companion?
~ Michelle here ~It has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster over the last couple of days as we farewelled six of our beautiful horses from our Tarampa Sanctuary into their forever homes. We were so fortunate that three wonderful homes applied to adopt two horses each so it was lovely that best friends Jag and Melody and then Mac and Honey were adopted out together and Dakota and Miss Hanky Panky have gone to live together as well.Well done to Colleen, Carrissa and our Tarampa volunteers for getting through the last couple of days, it is a very emotional time saying farewell even when our special horses are going to such beautiful homes. As "they" say, a picture paints a thousand words so please enjoy this clip that the Tarampa staff put together and remember ……only happy tears when you watch it!!!
Posted by Save a Horse Australia on Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Thank you Colleen for this wonderful video of our ‘couples’ waving a hoof goodbye…
So this brings the total of horses in our care down to 99, which includes our tiny mini-horse rescue, Bowie, who has been stealing hearts ever since he arrived at Rachel’s place. It was a rescue done in conjuction with Red Collar Rescue, and it was a great result for the little fellow who was due to be put to sleep on the Friday before Christmas. Now, he’s gelded and had some lessons in horse manners (!), and is learning to fit in with a family and friends at Rachel’s place before we decide whether his future will lie in being adopted or possibly as one of our therapy horses.
Talking of therapy horses, little Milo and Charming put their best hooves forward for their first nursing home visit, and they are part of our vision for this year as we move into some wonderful therapy programs with our horses and staff.
We know that many of our horses are not adoptable and so for them to have a purpose in life is a great thing, and something we all feely strongly about – as we do also about finding homes for our adoptable horses, either as ridden horses or as companions, before we expand our rescues again. It’s so important that the Charity is sustainable and that the horses that can have loving forever homes, are placed with people who will look after them to the same degree we do. We will still rescue but our first committment is to the horses who are already SAHA horses.
On not quite such a cheerful note over the Festive Season our horses managed to rack up a lot of vet bills and injuries! So our big January fundraiser is to ask you please if you can help us – and even just a little makes a difference – so we can get some of our urgent vet bills down.
To be honest it’s been a tough four weeks. To start with our darling little Bowie needed some post-operative care for his gelding due to the extreme heat and his travelling, Zedpak hurt his eye, Eila has had ongoing issues with her haemotama, Tiger got a leg puncture – and due to his windsucking has terrible teeth so needs ongoing expensive dental care; Charming needed his eye checked and Duncan managed to rip his chest open!
On top of that at the beginning of the year many of our horses fall due for their dentals – we have 23 horses due for dentals, as well as a raft of 2 in 1’s and Hendras coming up!!
Sometimes it feels as if we are in charge of a massive nursery of unruly accident-prone children. But we LOVE them all, and we know you do too.
So please, if you can, think about a small donation for us for our vet bills.
To donate to our vet fundraiser please go to –> saveahorse.giveeasy.org/campaigns/9000
or SMS the keyword URGENT to 0459 114 411 to donate $5 or more fast and easy.
Thank you so much for all of your support!
We will keep you all updated on all the exciting programs that are currently in the works.
Candida Baker, President