Local animal advocate spent her Thanksgiving break caring for 84 horses who were starving and near death
More than 80 horses found starving and weak on a property in Cannon County, Tennessee needed nearly round-the-clock care from volunteers to survive.
When rescuers arrived on the Bradyville,
UAN was asked to send volunteers with its Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) to care for the horses at a temporary shelter at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds after they were removed from the property. EARS volunteers are trained to care for animals after they are rescued from cruelty situations or displaced by natural disasters.
Little, a music librarian at the
Little has a lot of experiencing working with veterinarians: Ten years ago she and her husband founded Alley Cats Advocates, an all-volunteer organization that works to spay and neuter unowned cats throughout the
Little is one of 24 volunteers with UAN who has traveled to
According to Little, helping the horses was a “life-changing” experience. “The attitude of the horses changed just in the time I was at the shelter,” Little said. “A calm came across them, and they became outgoing, demanding even. They were surprisingly resilient.”
Little said she put in 12-hour days at the emergency shelter, less than a typical day at home, where she usually volunteers with Alley Cats Advocates for several hours after leaving work at the university. “I am used to working 16- to 18-hour days here, so I actually got more rest in
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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.