Baby showers are regularly given for human babies – so why not for equine ones?
Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County will be holding a special equine baby shower on Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th at Yelm Farm and Pet:
Yelm Farm and Pet
11242 Bald Hill Road SE
This baby shower will help collect much-needed supplies and funds for the animals that are in the care of HARTC, including newborn foals and a potbelly pig named Quinn.
On Friday, May 24, The News Tribune featured this special event that supports horses who may have otherwise run out of chances, were it not for HARTC.
Kathy Bailey, current President of HARTC, discussed why this event is so important.
“We have three mares who came from a 13-horse impound in November of last year,” Bailey explained.
“A mare named Lindy had a hernia and abdominal swelling. We used a belly band on her and it saved both her life and her baby’s life. We’re hoping that the hernia will heal itself.”
Uncertainty is an unfortunate part of animal rescue.
“We don’t know the dates that the mares were bred,” Bailey explained. “There were three studs on the property with the November horse rescue – they were part of the seizure.
“Our sheriff’s department has done a great job with animal cruelty investigations,” Bailey continued.
“They trained with the prosecutor’s office and HAROTC and received some hands-on experience with horses. We got the deputies out and showed them how to put a halter on, how to pick up their feet, how to check their teeth.”
Bailey was equally enthusiastic about the baby shower’s location.
“Yelm Farm and Pet is great! They’ll have some items discounted and a registry of sorts for animals in need. It takes place June eighth and ninth from ten to three.
“Quinn, our pot belly pig, will be there, too – he’s also available for adoption. He’s so sweet. If you call him, he comes running. The foster home is having so much fun with him.”
HARTC also offers options for pet owners whose animals have received veterinarian recommendations for euthanasia.
“We have an End of Trails Fund that offers euthanasia assistance to offer to the community,” Bailey stated.
“It has to be vet recommended, but the fund will help cover the euthanasia fee or the rendering fee – and infrequently, both.Our emergency fund – Thurston County Humane Society and another local ALBOHN Foundation, helped fund that.”
HARTC offers other assistance, as well.
“We offer assistance for medical, farrier, or hay,” Bailey explained.
“One of the best examples was the year before last – one of the horses we worked with was very thin. They probably had a body score of about 1.5. The owner had never floated the horses’ teeth. We gave him some counseling and offered suggestions. It wasn’t intentional neglect; they just didn’t know.”
The older couple had four horses. While they didn’t call HARTC for assistance, they went out with a deputy and assisted the couple.
HARTC paid for the horses’ teeth floating and veterinary bills. They also helped pay for the farrier.
“The horses are doing great now,” Bailey enthused.
“I drive by them on a regular basis and they’re all doing well. Our goal wasn’t to get people into trouble – we want to help people keep their animals. The old couple could have been charged, but we worked with them to rectify the problem. They had never heard of teeth floating.”
HARTC’s emergency fund has helped many people, including a single mother who needed assistance last January.
“Last January, a single mother had a tree come down on her donkey shelter. She told us that she needed to find her donkey a home because she couldn’t afford to rebuild the shelter,” Bailey explained.
“Rather than having her rehome the donkey, HARTC helped her rebuild the shelter. There was a man from the community who stepped up and helped rebuild the shelter. Another member took his truck and trailer out and helped do some work in the pasture.”
The favor was quickly repaid.
“In return, the lady had a fundraiser. She raised over $1000 for HARTC,” Bailey enthused.
To learn more about HARTC, attend their baby shower this weekend and visit their website here.
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