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On June 30, 2010, Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society volunteer Sarah Kee received a phone call from Kerrville Animal Control. They had found a young, neglected horse wandering around. Despite attempts to locate the filly’s owner, no one claimed her and they were seeking a rescue who could take her in, rehabilitate her and re-home her.
Sarah has been a volunteer with Bluebonnet for several years. She’s fostered several horses and adopted two horses from Bluebonnet, and she knew she had to help this filly. Sarah offered to foster her for Bluebonnet, and the rescue agreed to take in the filly.
Bluebonnet’s President & Executive Director Dr. Jennifer Williams says they can’t always help. “Over the past 12 to 18 months, we’ve gotten a lot of calls to help starving horses. In 2009, we took in over 120 horses, but that filled all of our spaces. Unfortunately, that means we have to turn needy and deserving horses away.” Williams is happy they could help this horse, but she worries about the next horse who will need them.
The organization, which is 501c3 non-profit, works through volunteers and donations. Although having a ranch or facility is one of their goals, at this time the rescue doesn’t. All of the organization’s horses go to volunteer foster homes who help with some of the cost of rehabilitating the horse and who provide the horse with the one-on-one care he needs. “We pay for veterinary care, de-worming, necessary medications and supplements, and a portion of the farrier care,” commented Williams. “But the foster homes pay for hay, grain, etc. The foster homes really are the angels for these horses: without them, many more needy horses would go hungry.”
Although the filly just came to Bluebonnet, she’s already seen a veterinarian to receive her vaccinations and had her feet trimmed. She’ll go back to the veterinarian in several weeks to receive booster vaccinations, and she needs to gain some weight. Sarah comments that she’s a sweet and loving filly, and she believes someone will be lucky to get to adopt her.
If you would like to contribute towards this filly’s care, are interested in adopting a rescue horse, or would like to help Bluebonnet help other needy horses by fostering or volunteering, you can contact the rescue at http://www.bluebonnetequine.org or (888) 542 5163.