Financial assistance grant from United Animal Nations enables Maryland equine rescue group to begin lifesaving treatment on once-starving horse bought for $45 at auction
OWINGS, MD (December 15, 2009) – United Animal Nations (UAN), a national animal protection nonprofit based in California, has awarded an emergency grant that will enable a Calvert County equine rescue group to begin lifesaving veterinary care for a horse it rescued from near death.
Romulus (left) is getting lifesaving treatment for a serious foot infection thanks to a LifeLine Grant from UAN.
Earlier this year, members of Freedom Hill Horse Rescue attended a local auction to purchase unwanted horses and find them new homes. They saw a horse who was extremely thin, full of parasites, covered in thick black manure “that smelled like death” and tied to a flatbed wagon. Knowing that anyone who would buy a horse in such poor condition would most likely sell him to slaughter, Freedom Hill topped the highest bidder by $10 to purchase the horse for $45. They named him Romulus, gave him the medical attention and loving care he had obviously lacked for years, and found someone to adopt him.
But before he could go to his new home,
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“UAN’s LifeLine Rescue Grants are intended to help people who save animals from life-threatening situations,” said UAN Program Coordinator Esperanza Zuñiga. “It was clear the folks at Freedom Hill would do anything in their power to make
According to Pam Hill of Freedom Hill,
“During the whole ordeal he contentedly munched hay and looked on with his kind, thankful golden brown eyes,” Hill said. “UAN recognized, like we did, that
So far in 2009, UAN has awarded $77,725 in LifeLine Grants to help people pay for lifesaving veterinary care. Applications for LifeLine Grants have increased dramatically during the recession. UAN received 1,854 applications through the third quarter of 2009 – a 15 percent increase over 2008 and a 73 percent increase over 2007.
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To learn more about LifeLine or see a comprehensive list of financial resources for veterinary care, visit www.uan.org/lifeline
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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
Freedom Hill Horse Rescue saves horses from neglect and abuse situations, and from industries that produce unwanted foals, such as the industry that nurses the offspring of expensive brood mares. Learn more at www.freedomhillrescue.org
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