Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.: Senior Pet Adoption Grants

What was the money or product used for?

The money from this grant covered our senior horse Sheza’s adoption fee as well as her yearly knee injections for her arthritis.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The senior pet grant helped us find our senior horse Sheza a new home, opened up a space at the rescue so we could help another horse, and made a connection to a new foster family! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping us find great homes for our senior horses!

How many pets did this grant help?

3

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Sheza is an 18-year-old well bred, registered quarter horse who was used as a broodmare for most of her life. She was rescued from auction in 2017 and was adopted out as a light trail-riding horse. After about three months in her new home, she was returned to us for being barn sour (a form of separation anxiety in which a horse wants to stay in the barn) and bucking under saddle. We believe that her arthritis in her knees had begun acting up and bugging her more than we had realized and the weight of a rider was making her uncomfortable, so we looked for a retirement home where she could be a companion. Her arthritis is managed with a yearly injection of Legend, which helps to keep her comfortable. She is a sweet horse who gets along well with both mares and geldings and enjoys being brushed and pampered. She participated in our Horse Agility Clinic and would make a great partner for someone wanting to get into the sport.

Sheza was with us for a few months without any interest, but within a day of our posting that her adoption fee was waived and her first year’s knee injections for her arthritis were sponsored thanks to the grant we received from the Petfinder Foundation, we found her a perfect new home! Her adopters also decided to become a foster family and are currently fostering Louise, a neglected senior thoroughbred who came from auction and needs to put weight on to get her ready for adoption. None of this would have been possible without your Senior Pet Adoption Grant! Thank you!

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