We first heard of the Marie Dean Horse Protection Initiatives – Canada in early 2018. We had a mare who was struggling and needed extra feed, care & treatments that our funding just wasn’t able to provide at that time. It was brought to our attention that we could apply and have the opportunity to be granted funding for monetary assistance towards vet, farrier, feed & alternative therapies.
An application and a quick approval process allowed us the opportunity to not only help this mare live an amazing last few months of her life before her physical limitations caught up to her, but it gave us the chance to spoil her with as many extras as she allowed massage, extra veterinary procedures to get a thorough diagnosis in to her issues, as well as supplements that helped to bring her calmness in her final months.
Without the MDHPIC funding, this mare likely would have been euthanized months prior, and would have left us still struggling to come to terms with what was wrong with her and not be able to help her the way we wanted to.
Not long after, we rescued a gelding from the auction lot that was skin & bones, with big ankles, and seemingly struggling to get through daily life. The one thing he did have, a spark in his eye. While many of his previous owners, caretakers & people who cared about him stepped up to assist with the initial costs of paying his bail funding, and his quarantine stay & it was clear that it would be a long financial stretch to get him back to health. Enter the wonderful MDHPIC team once again. To have them come to our aid twice in one year was a true miracle & and both horses would have never had the opportunities that they have gotten, if it wasn’t for the additional funding from this amazing program.
One thing we often struggle with, is people who come to us with horses who are elderly, injured, or suffering. They don’t have the heart or the financial ability to euthanize them, and they don’t want to see them end up at auction either. Euthanasia is not a cheap option, however it is often the kindest one. Unfortunately we often turn away these horses because we simply don’t have funding available either.
Programs like MDHPIC are truly god-sends because the opportunity for individuals to have the chance to get funding to assist with emergency veterinary costs, or to help towards the cost of a humane ending for their beloved companion & we need more programs like this one in our region!
Please consider donating towards this fantastic program, they have helped many horses & including our two amazing horses, Roly’s Girl (Molly) and Rudy The Rock. I look forward to seeing this program help many more horses in the future as well!
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