The following is from All About Equine Rescue:
As we count down to 2024, join us every day this month as we share stories from the barn that show how your support has helped horses this year and every year.
This year Elliott received the best Christmas gift ever, and his story is one of our favorites! He’s healthy, happy, and with his new family!
Elliott is a captive bred mustang born in March 2021. He was rescued as a colt by a local family from a backyard breeder who said Elliott needed “a little” cosmetic surgery. The family soon realized the surgery would be more complicated and costly than they could manage, so they reached out to AAE for help.
AAE welcomed Elliott in August 2022. We learned he was born with a congenital abnormality – he had a sheath, but no visible penis – and he couldn’t urinate freely. Urine dribbled from his sheath almost continuously and scalded his skin, which was very painful.
Elliott had surgery to reconfigure his sheath, and the missing part was found! He could now urinate freely like a normal horse, too! After healing from the first surgery nearly closed his sheath again, he had a second surgery to reconfigure his sheath again to facilitate a different healing pattern, and he was castrated at the same time. He was a biateral crypt orchid; neither testicle had descended.
Elliott recovered well from both surgeries! He could move freely, and he became playful and active with the herd. This was probably the first time in his life he’s been pain free enough to be playful and run with his herdmates. He was a joy around humans, too. Our handsome and sweet baby was growing into a big boy, too, nearly 16.0 hh (one hand = four inches) and maturing.
Elliott found his forever family this past fall! He has three new horse friends at his new house, and he recently started school. We couldn’t be happier for him!
We have another very generous donor offering to match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $3000! Help us get to our goal, and turn $3,000 into $6,000!
As we wind down the year, our goal is to raise at least $35,000 this holiday season to jump start our funding for the new year and make sure 2024 is merry & bright for horses-in-need.
Like you, we have felt the pressure of the changing economy. Hay, fuel, supplies, and other care costs have increased substantially. The effects are compounded for nonprofits across the country, as many of us have seen a decrease in overall donations. Rising costs and fewer donations are stretching us thin, impacting our ability to serve the number of horses we typically serve. We’ll scale back as we need. We need your support more than ever.
On average, it costs about $8 per horse each day for feed and health care for the horses at AAE. Expenses add up quickly when caring for 50+/- horses and other animals, including costs for basic care, diagnostics, treatments, medications, surgery, and emergency care, when needed.
We know your lives have been impacted, too, we’re all in this together. If you’re able, please consider making a year end donation to support this life-saving work and make it possible to help more horses-in-need.
Expenses can add up quickly, but your donations can, too! If every one of our followers made a $5 donation, we could surpass our goal by thousands.
You can help make similar stories to share next year by donating today. Any amount is very much appreciated, and it makes a big difference for the horses.
Ways to Give This Holiday Season
(1) Set up a bill pay with your bank for a one-time (or recurring) donation
(2) Mail a check to:
All About Equine Animal Rescue
2201 Francisco Drive #140-174
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
(3) Drop off your donation at:
AAE Used Tack Store
4050 Durock Road #6
Shingle Springs, CA 95682
(4) Donate online using a credit card, Venmo, or PayPal by clicking hereor any of the red “Donate” buttons
(5) Text HOPE4HORSES to 53-555
(6) Venmo your donation to @allaboutequine
A New Way to Give
Start your own fundraiser on behalf of AAE! Then ask friends and family to donate as a gift for your birthday, Christmas, or just because, and help the horses of AAE! Click here to get started. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your donations, volunteering, adopting, and social media shares & likes really do make a difference and make all of this work possible!
Thanks for your gracious and continued support of AAE!