Happy horse tails

November 17, 2009

We are delighted to report that according to the Peninsula Humane Society the fifteen miniature horses needing homes which we wrote about in September have all been placed. A family in San Gregorio which were overwhelmed by their growing herd of horses and could not provide necessary veterinary treatment surrendered them to the Peninsula Humane Society. Three of the mini’s were pregnant and all of them needed hoof trimming and deworming. Miniature horses weigh between 100 and 200 pounds, are 30 to 40 inches tall at the shoulder and can live to be 25 to 30 years old.

One of the mini’s, named Anaya, was adopted by Riley’s Place, a wonderful Woodside nonprofit that helps children experiencing chronic or life-threatening illnesses or challenging family situations such as homelessness. Their program encourage and facilitate children’s interaction with animals, allowing them to experience the joy and healing that spending time with animals brings. To learn more about Riley’s Place visit their website. A farm in Lodi took three of the horses, three more went to a farm in Galt and several horses were adopted by local residents.

We clap our hooves for all who adopt animals in need. We appreciate the good work of the Peninsula Humane Society which is our County’s provider of animal rescue and control services. Most COWs are familiar with their work with stray or unwanted pets but are not necessarily aware that they are equipped to rescue even large animals. If you see a large animal in need of rescue on a weekday, weekend or holiday between 8 am and 5 pm, you can call the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA at 650 340-7022 ext 5. After regular business hours, please call San Mateo County Public Safety Communications at 650 363-4953. From their website we have learned that the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA are equipped and trained to handle Large Animal Rescue incidents. They have helped bring horses, cattle, and sheep in precarious situations to safety. Most of the Animal Rescue & Control Officers have completed the California State Fire Marshal approved class, Large Animal Rescue – Operational. This two-day class teaches the principals of rescue, application of techniques and equipment, and most importantly, safety.

Their website also states that the Department of Animal Rescue & Control maintains two sets of Large Animal Rescue equipment. Each set contains a rescue strap, various sizes and lengths of webbing, a horse halter, long lead lines, carabiners, pulleys, a rigging plate, prusik loops, a padded horse halter, an animal first aid kit, 200’ ½ rope, and a “J” hook, used for pulling webbing underneath horses. One set of Large Animal Rescue equipment is stored at the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA while the other set, including a rescue glide and related equipment for hauling horses over rough terrain, is kept in the 4×4 vehicle used by the on call supervisor. A helicopter rescue sling is available, if needed, from the Felton Volunteer Fire Protection District via mutual aid request.

Other area organizations provide bird and wild animal rescue: Check out the International Bird Rescue Research Center; Rescue Me! Animal Rescue Network for rescue dogs, rescue cats, as well as horses, rabbits and birds; and the Wildlife Center of Santa Clara Valley http://www.wcsv.org/. The nonprofit Los Altos-based Assisted Animal Happiness also brings animal interaction into the lives of children experiencing health or family challenges. All of the organizations mentioned in this story are providing an important COWmunity services and rely on donations.

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