Gumball had a severe dislocated hip before he landed with the East Tennessee Miniature Horse and Donkey Rescue. He was in a lot of pain and needed surgery at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center. Unfortunately, Gumball did not make it through surgery, but the rescue was left with a huge bill. We voted to sponsor Gumball’s surgery, so we paid one-third of the bill ($1,000) to help ease the rescue’s burden.
Hot Toddy was sold when he was just a few weeks old at an exotic sale. Much too young to be away from his mom or to be exposed to all the diseases at the sale. He developed salmonella, pneumonia and equine herpes. After a week in ICU at the University of Tennessee large animal hospital, he is finally showing signs of improvement. He still has a long road ahead of him and will be heading to the East TN Mini Horse & Donkey Rescue as soon as he is strong enough. HPAN was happy to contribute to Hot Toddy’s large medical bill.
KansAss, NebrAsska, TennAssee, MissAssippi, MAssachusetts, TexAss, and AlAsska had no place to go. Their family had given them away and then sold their home. Their new owner had to return them because they were renting and had to move. The first owner had no choice but to send them to auction or surrender them to rescue. They called East Tennessee Miniature Horse and Donkey Rescue. The donkeys had been well cared for besides being up to date on basic vetting. We sponsored their Coggins tests, vaccines, and two castrations for the males for a total of $564.50.
Calvin is a 13 year old miniature horse surrendered to the East Tennessee Miniature Horse and Donkey Rescue. He was behind on all vaccines, his teeth needed work, and he had an undescended testicle requiring surgery. The rescue asked us to help on the cost of his surgery, so we kicked in $300 toward the bill.
The East Tennessee Miniature Horse and Donkey Rescue was asked to help an elderly couple that could no longer care for their minis. The husband is completely bed bound and the wife said she could not handle the responsibility. The minis kept getting loose, and the neighbors were getting angry with them etc. The rescue ended up taking in nine wild minis because they were at risk of being hit by cars and needed care badly. All the mares have foals and are pregnant again; there are two stallions that need castrated; one mare has an injury to her tail; at least one mare needs her teeth done; another one needs x-rays for foundered feet; and they all need vaccines and coggins pulled. For this initial vet visit, covering Red Rover, Checkers, Clue, and Jenga, we sponsored the stated needs.
Melinda and Max are two standard donkeys pulled from auction by the East Tennessee Miniature Horse and Donkey Rescue. Melinda became sick first with a very bad cough and probably a viral infection. Max did not have a fever at that time, but by the evening he had a very high fever of 103.4. Their vet was able to get the fever down to 101.8, and both beasts were transported to UT vet hospital. Melinda was not allowing Max to nurse either, only to find that her milk was almost dry. The rescue reached out to us for help on life saving treatment. We chipped in $600.
For the second year in a row, HPAN has had the ability to offer sponsored rescue organizations the opportunity to bid on grants for capital improvements. This year, we are proud to announce that there were two recipients who were awarded a total of $10K in January. The East Tennessee Miniature Horse and Donkey Rescue (ETMHDR) and K9 Lifeline Rescue, Inc. (K9LR) presented proposals covering their needs for sustainable areas of refuge for their rescue animals. ETMHDR, a fairly new organization rescuing mini equines, had a huge need for separate paddocks, dry lots, and adequate shelter. Our grant enabled them to get busy on this worthy goal. K9LR had already built “The Dog House,” where all of their rescued dogs live with a caretaker, but they had a goal to add on to the house an area for indoor play, meet & greets, dog training/socialization, etc. Our grant enabled them to finish The Dog House.
Both of these fine rescue organizations are doing an excellent job saving animals in dire need. We are happy to be partners in their mission.