One of the great outcomes of The Humane Society of the United States' animal rescue and emergency response work is the chance to deliver previously traumatized animals into new and better lives, and to watch their transformation in their new, better surroundings. This video just posted to humanesociety.org shows the change you help make possible.
In the video, our West Virginia state director Summer Wyatt visits three families who adopted seven of the 49 horses, donkeys and mules The HSUS helped to remove from severe neglect on a Prichard, W.Va. farm in May in coordination with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office and the Cabell-Wayne Animal Shelter. Custody of all 49 equines was granted to The HSUS after the animals' previous owner pled guilty and was convicted of animal cruelty.
Before the rescue, many of the horses had been denied food, water, and companionship, and they were in bad shape. As you'll see in the video, the scars from the horrors these horses endured are now starting to fade, and the bones of the animals don't poke through their skin. There's fat and muscle below the skin.
We've also posted an update on two other horses and a mule from the case who have found sanctuary at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, operated by The Fund for Animals in partnership with The HSUS. These three equines are being housed in a special-needs paddock where they receive extra care and nutrition to help build back muscles that were depleted by starvation. Though previously thought to be unadoptable because of behavioral issues, they are now bonding and blossoming and, if all goes well, might eventually be candidates for adoption and find new homes after we open the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center early next year.
If you're interested in assisting The HSUS and local horse rescue organizations by providing a permanent or foster home for a rescued horse, please add your name to our Equine Adoption Network.
This post originally appeared on Pacelle's blog, A Humane Nation.