Owner of local doggie day care and founder of food pantry and crisis sheltering service for pets travels to Nashville with United Animal Nations to help horses rescued from “worst case of neglect” she’d ever seen
Castaneda spent ten days in
“These horses were starved to the point of hurting … there was no life in them,” Castaneda said. “I’ve worked in law enforcement and as an animal control officer, but I’d never seen neglect like this. It is beyond me how they hung on so long.”
After a few days in the emergency shelter, the horses began to improve physically and emotionally, Castaneda said. “When I first walked into the barn it was really quiet, but when I came back the next day, the horses would nicker and talk, demanding that I hurry with their food,” she explained. “Even after all they had been through, they were willing to trust us.”
Castenada acted as “barn manager” in
“Julie’s calm and ordered leadership enabled all of the volunteers to give the horses the immediate care and attention they needed to heal their physical and emotional scars,” Matthies said. “She is a key part of the United Animal Nations volunteer team.”
Castenada and her husband, Phil, operate Dog Day Afternoon Doggie Dude Ranch and the Capital Area Animal Response Team (CAART), a nonprofit that provides a pet food pantry and short-term animal sheltering for families in crisis and facilitates emergency sheltering and response in the
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Founded in 1987, United Animal Nations (UAN) focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the bond between people and animals through a variety of programs, including emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. Learn more at www.uan.org.
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