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.