The Ontario SPCA works with the equine community to help find new homes for horses
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Cornwall, ON. (August 29, 2016) – When caring for a dozen horses became overwhelming for an elderly couple from Eastern Ontario, the Ontario SPCA and the local equestrian community came together to help them find new homes for some of their horses to keep the herd at a size they can manage.
“This is a great example of what can be accomplished when a community comes together,” says Bonnie Bishop, Senior Inspector, Farm Animal Welfare, Ontario SPCA. “When the Ontario SPCA reached out to members of the horse community in that area to see if they could assist, they went above and beyond to help these horses find new homes.”
Christine Allard from Forever Green Stables in Glen Robertson, ON stepped up to welcome five horses into her stable. Two have already been adopted, while three others are still in need of homes. Allard has been busy prepping them for adoption, which includes ensuring they are comfortable with day-to-day handling and starting under-saddle work.
Finding homes for horses is typically more difficult than it is for smaller animals. It’s even more difficult when the horses are stallions (unaltered males), as three of the five horses were when Allard took them into her stable.
To help make the horses more adoptable, Dr. Ingrid Bill, DVM, castrated the three stallions and ensured they were up-to-date on their vaccinations, at no charge.
Lucky, the 10-year-old paint was already gelded, but had his own challenges to contend with. He had a five-pound mass on his genitals that was beginning to threaten his health. With the assistance of a fourth-year student from the Ontario Veterinary College, Dr. Stephanie Yates, DVM, of the Martintown Animal Hospital, performed surgery to remove the mass. Dr. Yates waived the cost of the procedure, charging only the cost of the required medications.
“The horse community has a way of coming together when someone needs a hand,” says Allard. “It’s very rewarding to be able to help these horses find new homes. I couldn’t have done it alone. The veterinarians who provided their services to get these horses ready for a new home should be commended for their generosity.”
Now, with a clean bill of health and training underway, the horses will soon be ready to move on to new pastures.
“It’s a happy ending for the horses and their previous owners,” says Bishop. “They did the responsible thing by asking for help when they needed it. We are so pleased to have worked with the owners and the local equine community to find homes for their horses. Together we are ensuring these horses get the attention they deserve.”
Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:
Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 communities.
Since 1919, when Ontario's first Animal Welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce Animal Welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.
Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.
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