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

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!

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

What was the money or product used for?

Adoption fees and blanket.

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

The grant helped us find two senior horses, who’d previously had no interest, homes within a few weeks of posting! Because we were able to adopt out these two guys, we were able to take in another two horses in need as well!

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

The grant was used to help get two senior horses adopted! Breezy (first three photos) was a 20+-year-old palomino gelding who had been at GER for a few months with no interest until the Petfinder Foundation grant! We’d hoped to find Breezy a home for Christmas, and after posting that his adoption fee waived and we’d include a six-month supply of hydration hay and a blanket thanks to the grant, he found a home within a week! He was adopted by a grandmother who has grandchildren who will love on this kind and gentle guy when they come visit.

Breezy’s adopter grows her own hay, so she didn’t need the hydration hay and wanted the funds to help another horse in need, if possible. We checked with the Petfinder Foundation and they let us use the funds to waive the adoption fee of another senior horse, Tori (fourth and fifth photos)! Tori had been at the rescue for more than a year, but a few weeks after we posted that her adoption fee was waived, she was adopted by the most amazing woman for her! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation.

Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds received for TeeDee went directly towards paying his medical bills for his sarcoid removal surgery. This was his second procedure and the doctors attempted to remove and freeze the area this time. They are hopeful that it will not return and he’ll be able to live a long and happy life.

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

This grant helped to make TeeDee’s surgery possible. We were able to raise funds for his first surgery ($3,000) but donations fell short in our fundraising efforts for the second surgery. This grant allowed us to get TeeDee the care he needed while the sarcoid was still small and helped increase his chances that the surgery was successful and that this youngster will go on to live a long and happy life. It has helped make TeeDee more adoptable and will hopefully help us find his new forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

TeeDee is a big pinto baby whom we found in a feedlot at only 2 years old. He arrived as a very sick, skinny youngster who now looks cared-for and happy. TeeDee had sarcoid [skin tumor] removal surgery on his hind leg a few weeks ago and he is recovering now. The vets are hopeful that the surgery did the trick and the sarcoid won’t return. We’re looking for someone experienced with young horses to bring him along slowly and with patience. He is a clean slate and is as kind and gentle as can be. Meet TeeDee here.

Update Nov. 18, 2018: We’re still treating TeeDee’s sarcoid and the vet we are working with believes that topical medication should get rid of the section of sarcoid that remained after surgery.

Here’s the other, very exciting part! Baby TeeDee will be competing in Rescue to Stardom at the World Horse Expo in Pennsylvania this year! We’re very excited because he’ll be getting the training he needs as a young horse while his leg continues to heal and we’re sure he will find a home of his own after the contest!

The official announcement will be made next week but we wanted to thank you for seeing the potential in him and helping him get this far with the Petfinder Foundation grant. Here are some pictures of him with his trainer for the event (fourth and fifth photos).