The sad reality is -- we're not. Much of all the amazing work we've done, has been self-funded. Fundraising even for the exciting things like auctions can be difficult, and it's hopeless for any of the routine expenses we incur (which are sizable -- from hay, feed, farrier, to bedding and stall maintenance, like the huge load of DG we brought in to keep the uncovered half of our stalls dry -- $500 for one load!). And when we continue to insist on only the best, professional level care for our rescues, including the "worthless" companions, that means paying for a tooth float on an as-yet-unadoptable ancient pony like Tony. But he needs it, so it's done. And so, another check is written, and our funds for the next rescue dwindle even more.
But, Tony is chewing so much better! The original float done by the first vet (used by his first rescuer), after his initial rescue, wasn't a particularly thorough job, so we're hopeful this second float will address why we've had such a difficult time getting weight on this aging pony! Turns out he had large amounts of food impacted between his teeth, too, and he did show his first signs of sinus infection two weeks ago -- likely related. Yet another reason why it can be good to get a second opinion, when an issue hasn't been resolved.
So...that was an additional $260 bill for the rescue to pay. Can you help? Our Paypal is firstname.lastname@example.org, and please mark it for "Tony's vet"!
And thank you Dr. Rathbone of Byerly Vet for coming out!
If you're interested in adopting Tony the Pony, please fill out our application at www.auctionhorsesrescue.com -- Tony is the sweetest, kindest, gentlest pet, ever! We hope he can find his forever person, or family, someday soon. So we can rescue the next horse in need!