Dear Animal Welfare Supporter,
By now, you probably know we have a passion for serving the people and animals in Placer County at the highest level of professionalism. Whether serving customers at our Used Book Store in Auburn, responding to animal cruelty complaints, disseminating animal care information to the public or providing temporary animal assistance, we continually strive for excellence.
The important part is, we believe that protecting and stopping animals from cruel treatment is more about educating animal owners than it is about enforcing animal cruelty laws. In most cases, we're helping cooperative owners by providing pet food, equipment, and other resources with personalized and professional service. However, when owners persist in treating their animals cruelly, we'll never walk away from helping those animals.
In October last year, after months of unsuccessful efforts to work with an owner, 29 neglected horses were rescued from deplorable conditions. In their months of being in HSSF's custody, these poor animals, whose overall health was not good and deteriorating, received veterinarian attention, were wormed to address high parasitic counts identified by laboratory tests, and were fed proper supplements twice a day in addition to good forage.
According to those laboratory tests, one very sick colt had 15,000 parasite eggs in a gram of fecal matter. If our veterinarian had not intervened and treated that animal we are certain it would have died. As a result of their time under HSSF's care, they all gained much-needed weight and enjoyed improved health. The costs of this rescue, bringing these 29 horses back to good condition and professional fees were close to $45,000.
With a grant from ASPCA, the financial impacts of the rescue were greatly reduced. We can't thank ASPCA enough, as well as the wonderful volunteers who helped with daily multiple feeding schedules, paddock cleaning, monitoring, and so much more. A big thanks also goes to the professionals—the experts who helped with managing the herd, transporting, and training while they were in HSSF’s custody. We’ll provide more details about this rescue in our next newsletter.