Each Month, HORSE AND MAN has a Drop in the Bucket Fund for a specific equine charity. My theory is that sometimes it is easier to give anonymously in a very small amount than not give at all because one feels embarrassed to give just a little.
Well, many of us feel that way. But, if we put all the drops in one bucket, it makes a difference in some horse’s life. So, that is what this page is about. If you feel moved by our monthly Bucket Fund story but only have a few dollars to spare, we are happy to help it grow bigger.
If the monthly Rescue horse is involved with a Non-Profit 501 (c) 3, all donations will receive a tax-deductible receipt from the Non-Profit. All donations are compiled into one larger donation to be gifted at the end of the month.
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SEPTEMBER ’14 BUCKET FUND:
“BROTHER” – PURPOSEFULLY STARVED BY HIS BOARDERS BECAUSE HIS OWNER DIDN’T PAY THE BILL.
C’MON, Really?! So this horse’s owner didn’t pay his board fees for several months so the property owners just stopped feeding him…
They didn’t bother to pick up the phone and ask anyone or any service for any kind of help at any time… Not one call to anyone. They did absolutely nothing while they watched this innocent being STARVE, knowing full well what they were doing.
They watched Brother starve to teach his owner a lesson.
Perfect. Another story of humans behaving badly.
THE STORY OF HUMAN BRAVERY AND AN EQUINE’S WILL TO SURVIVE!
Luckily, a non-horse person drove by the property several times and was able to watch Brother’s decline.
She didn’t know, really, what she was seeing, but she knew it wasn’t good. So, being a very brave woman, she approached the property owners…
The story the property owners gave this do-gooder was so repulsive that she couldn’t stand it. She knew she had to help this being. So, knowing absolutely nothing about horses, she negotiated his release into her hands. And it worked! She now was responsible for a nearly dead horse…
So, the brave woman called the only horse person she knew who called another horse person who called another… and within a short time, a team was created to go get Brother.
Brother, who could barely walk… mustered his will to load.
He knew it was now or never.
SONOMA EQUINE RESCUE – LET’S HELP THEM RIGHT THIS WRONG!
Sonoma Equine Rescue, Rehabilitation and Adoption accepted Brother and jumped in with both feet! Their vet, Dr Katherine Szabo, was on hand upon Brother’s arrival to take all his vitals and assess the situation. Brother, who they believe to be a 20+ draft/TB cross, was a few hours from death…. full of worms, 500lbs underweight and his body was shutting down.
But, he had a spark! The volunteers said he seemed ‘affectionate and grateful’ – even through his pain. Brother could barely stand and the only walking he did was between his feed and water buckets… but he was grateful!
Lifted by Brother’s will, the volunteers are steadfastly doing whatever the good Doctor prescribes including feeding Brother small meals every two hours around the clock, treating his skin infections and taking care of his eyes, ears, teeth, feet… you name it.
Can we help right this wrong for Brother?! Thank you in advance.
Sonoma Equine Rescue is doing their best… he has been bathed, fed around the clock, loved and tended since he arrived! Let’s support them in this endeavor!