April 20, 2012
BOSTON, April 20, 2012 – The MSPCA Nevins-Farm announced today that three of its 19 miniature horses—rescued last month from desperate conditions on a small farm in West Boylston—have gone to new homes this week. Two of the horses, Michelle and Misty, were transferred yesterday to the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals (MSSPA), New England’s largest equine rescue facility. A third mini, named Angel, went to MSPCA-Nevins Farm supporters Catherine Hackett and her husband Edward Temple of Deerfield, New Hampshire. The MSPCA-Nevins Farm has secured new homes for all of the remaining 16 horses, who will be placed once they receive a clean bill of health.
A New Life for Michelle and Misty at MSSPA
When Michelle and Misty were first rescued by the MSPCA and Animal Rescue League of Boston, they were severely underweight, laden with internal and external parasites and suffering from other serious but treatable health issues such as eye infections. Michelle and Misty will be in excellent hands at the MSSPA, where the organization’s equine specialists will assist with the horses’ continued weight gain, ongoing de-worming and socialization. In fact, the MSSPA has been helping these horses since the beginning, having loaned its staff of equine specialists and donated supplies to help the animals in their initial stages of recovery.
Six weeks after her rescue Misty enjoys a snack at MSPCA-Nevins Farm prior to going to her new home (credit: MSPCA-Angell)
Said Marilyn L. Goodreau, President of the MSSPA: “Like all horse lovers throughout New England we’ve been touched by the plight of these horses since the story broke in March, and we’ve supported the MSPCA-Nevins Farm’s efforts to rehabilitate the herd. We’re very excited that Michelle and Misty will be joining the 70-plus other horses at the Society’s facilities, where they will be restored to their best possible health and potential. We will find adoptive homes for both Michelle and Misty and we invite all who are interested in helping them to donate in support of their recovery. Their progress can be followed on our Website and via our Facebook page.”
Angel Finds a Home with a Mini Horse Savior
Hackett has adopted Angel as a companion for two of her senior horses, both adopted from the MSPCA (one of whom is a mini) who live on her farm. Hacket was drawn to the horses not only because of their incredibly moving story but because of how tame and sweet natured many of them—including Angel—have turned out to be. Said Hacket, “I’ve watched these horses from the time they arrived at Nevins Farm, and their transformation has been miraculous to witness. Angel has evolved from a terribly sick and underweight horse to a healthy, vibrant animal who I know will make a wonderful companion to my other pets. I’m very excited to introduce her to her new friends.”
The MSPCA has continued its methodical care and treatment for the 16 other miniature horses at Nevins Farm. All of the horses required a precise de-worming protocol to eliminate the parasites they were infested with when they first arrived last month. Thanks to the efforts of local farriers and equine dentists—all of whom have volunteered their time—the horses’ hooves, teeth and overall health have begun to recover. The horses are slowly gaining weight and the Nevins Farm team continues its efforts to socialize the herd to ensure they make wonderful companions.
A Bright Future for the Remaining Minis
All of the Miniature horses have potential adoptive applications at this time, and Ghareeb is encouraging those interested in welcoming a new equine into their lives to consider one of the 45+ other horses currently available for adoption at the MSPCA. Anyone wishing to adopt can click here for more information about the adoption process at Nevins Farm.
The MSPCA-Nevins Farm, which has set up a donation page to enable members of the community to contribute to the care of the horses, and animals like them, has extended its appreciation to all who have stepped up to help these animals. “The community response to the plight of these horses has been amazing,” said Melissa Ghareeb who oversees all barn operations at Nevins Farm. “Many, many people have donated much needed money, supplies and volunteer time to help us get the horses ready for new homes—and its especially rewarding to see that process now underway.”
About the MSPCA-Angell
The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions from individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org.