Ensuring all equine in South Carolina live in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.
Lexington South Carolina 803-729-3692
Maggie Finds Hope
By: Colette Cloud Slemp-Schoolmeester
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From Jan Carter, President
Winter is here and the neglected animals of our community are fixing to face the cold without the basic necessities they require. We are overwhelmed with complaints - neighbors watching animals decline - owners who are being evicted and can't keep their horses - and then there are the people who have old horses that aren't "useful" anymore and they need to surrender them to retire. I believe they have visions of a huge acreage of lush green pastures, stalls with deep clean bedding, and numerous worker bees flitting around to make sure every need of their old friend is being met. They have done good for them. Well, the reality is that there are a very small number of people who do their best to raise money to buy feed and hay. Shavings are a luxury that you buy when there happens to be money left over or local vendors help with a donation. And you do your best to make sure they have some shelter from the elements, but there are so many it is a constant struggle. These few people caring for your faithful companion are out in the pasture in the rain, heat, and cold to take care of the unadoptable residents with physical or emotional issues that aren't the epitome of the perfect horse.
Just because we don't take in every horse that comes to us in need doesn't mean that we haven't spent hours on the phone trying to solicit the help that is needed. We are racking our brains for a solution to the problem. A couple of weeks ago, we were presented with an emaciated mustang mare who had been bred but couldn't be handled. She had foaled and had dogs rip her foal apart in front of her. Local animal control removed the dead foal but left the emaciated mare - who had already eaten every living organism in her pasture - to fend for herself. After dozens of calls and e-mails, we were able to determine that she hadn't been titled - contact was made with the BLM and they are picking her up. Neighbors are making sure she has at least hay and water until that happens.
Please be patient with us - we are individuals just like everyone else - who work fundraising, networking and educating into our responsibilities to our families. We lose sleep wondering if there will be enough money to do what we need to do. A rescue is a community - a safety net - but that net is only as strong as the people who support it. Don't forget to thank the rescuer in your life today, and to my fellow rescuers - give yourselves a pat on the back. Rescue is not for the faint of heart. Stay strong and know that you have made all the difference in the world to each individual life you influence. I am thankful for every one of our rescues for each has taught me a life lesson. And that is the reward.
Trubador's Dental Surgery
My name is Jan Carter and I am the president of South Caroina Awarenes and Rescue for Equines, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to equine welfare. Trubador was originally rescued and rehabilitated by our organization, and placed in an adoptive home along with his buddy Savanna. In January 2014 I dropped in to do a welfare check only to find our Tru in the condition you see here. After months and months of work, and over $2000 in vet bills, Tru's weight and general health was restored. Several monthsago we noticed a swelling on his muzzle that turned out to be two abcessed molars. Our vet attempted to pull the molars, but they were fractured and came out in pieces, leaving the roots of both teeth. We were in hopes that they remainder of these teeth would come out on their own, but that has not happened. That familiar "odor" indicating infection has returned. He cannot live on antibiotics. Tru is only ten (10) years old. Without this surgery his future is grim. There are no good alternatives. He needs to have surgery. Tru has a spirit as gentle as he is beautiful. Please consider helping Tru so he can continue on his way to happy life. No horse deserves that chance more. Please help us help him.
Thank you to the Horse Supply Directory for featuringSavanna and Troubador's story on thier website. Please visit thier site as a show of appreciation.
Savanna and Troubardor RE-RESCUED
The next time somebody complains about a rescue being "too picky" or doesn't understand going through an adoption process look at these pictures.
These are SCARE's horses rescued AGAIN and Troubardor is actually in worse shape than he was in when he was initially rescued. You don't know what a sick feeling is until you pull up onto a property to see SCARE placed horses once again in these conditions.
Troubador At Time of Placement
Savanna At Time of Placement
The bills for these two are mounting up quickly. As of now over 1000.00, and we have a long way to go. We are in serious need of your donations to help with the rehabilitation of Troubador and Savanna, and the continuing care of the unplaceable horses in our care. Please find it in your heart to donate today in order for SCARE to be able to care for the neglected and abused horses in South Carolina.
The Amazing Jericho, Rest in Peace
"Last night, we laid this grand old boy to rest. I promised him years ago that I would never let him suffer again, and last night I kept my word to him. He was one of the most amazing horses I have ever had the pleasure to know. Everyone who knew him loved him. He came to us as an emaciated skeleton, and after 10 years, left shiny and beautiful. God Speed my boy till we meet again!" Jan Carter President SCARE Inc.
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