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October 13, 2016
They are abused, neglected, starved. Their humans have often inflicted them with emotional and physical trauma. They have been abandoned or surrendered by their owners or seized by law enforcement because of mistreatment. They are horses, donkeys, and ponies that are helpless and hopeless. And they are hurting. The lucky ones land at Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, a not-for-profit organization.
Under the loving care of professional staff and volunteers, the animals are medically and nutritionally rehabilitated, then placed with trainers to prepare them for rehoming/adoption. Since 2005, Bluebonnet has rescued and given hope to 840 such precious animals. But rehabilitating an equine is an expensive and time-consuming challenge, most often costing hundreds to thousands of dollars each.
So, why am I launching this fundraising campaign now? Well, horses and other animals have enriched my life in immeasurable ways. This is my way of giving back at a time when I have something to celebrate. My debut picture book biography for young readers, Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness, releases October 15, 2016 (launch party at 3pm, Oct. 23 at Austin’s Book People). The book is about William “Doc” Key and his horse Beautiful Jim Key— a duo that made a profound difference in the world by proving the power of kindness. My very humble platform is supported by the good hearts of many friends and colleagues. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, a 501(c)(3) organization. See Bluebonnet's website for more information.
A few examples of Bluebonnet's current and past cases are shown below. Unfortunately, many of the photos are missing here because they were not uploadable.
Twenty-year-old Flo and her young foal were surrendered to the sheriff's department after the owners were threatened with abuse charges. The foal was started on milk replacement and has made a full recovery. Flo, however, is still in rehabilitation.
Three-year-old mare Prairie Rose was abandoned by her owners and left to starve. She arrived at Bluebonnet emaciated and with one eye. The empty eye socket needs surgical intervention once her weight and health rebound.
Penny For Your Thoughts spent many years as a recipient mare. Embryos from expensive mares who were still competing or whose owners wanted to have multiple foals per year were implanted into her. She carried the foals and nursed them until weaning. When it was time for her to retire, her owner had the option to send her to auction, a "kill buyer," or rehome her through Bluebonnet.
Blake, a gelding, came to Bluebonnet as a neglect case. He has been medically and nutritionally rehabilitated and is now with a trainer, preparing him for competition in the annual 2016 Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge and Expo (Oct. 22 in Austin). He will be offered for adoption at the event.
Gulliver came to Bluebonnet last year, also due to neglect. After rehabilitation, he went to a trainer who fell so in love with him, she adopted him.
Candy, a mare, came to Bluebonnet several years ago after extensive abuse. She was rehabilitated and rehomed, but the adopters returned her because they lost interest. Candy will be available for adoption at the Bluebonnet Horse Training Challenge.
October 22, 2016. 9a-7p. 2016 Bluebonnet Horse Expo and Rescue Horse Training Challenge. Travis County Expo. Center. 7311 Decker Lane, Austin, TX.
October 23, 2016. 3pm. Book People. 603 N. Lamar. Austin, Texas. Book launch celebration for Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness, illustrated by Daniel Minter (Lee and Low Books)