Retired Thoroughbred “Juliet” is Holding out for a Hero after Spending a Full Year at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm • MSPCA-Angell
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Retired Thoroughbred “Juliet” is Holding out for a Hero after Spending a Full Year at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm

Champion Racehorse Needs a Seasoned Rider to help relive her Glory Years – so the MSPCA is waiving her $1,000 Adoption Fee on Aug. 17th

Methuen, Mass., Aug. 13, 2019 – A former racehorse who spent years racing in Kentucky and Florida—and earning over $100,000 in prize money for her former handlers while basking in the glory of victory—has now spent a full year at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen, where staffers continue searching for a new home in which she can start the next chapter of her storied life.

“Juliet” is a 14-year-old off-track thoroughbred who was surrendered with two other horses on May 30, 2018.  Three more horses from the same property arrived at Nevins Farm later that year.  The other five horses have since been adopted, leaving Juliet to make new equine friends over the last 12 months, only to lose those as well to adoptive homes soon after their arrival.

Juliet’s $1,000 Adoption Fee Waived on One Day Only!

As part of the build-up to NBC Universal’s national “Clear the Shelters” campaign, the MSPCA at Nevins Farm will waive Juliet’s $1,000 adoption fee in a bid to find her the perfect home on Aug. 17th.

A Horse for a Seasoned Rider who Can Help a Sensitive Animal Thrive

Juliet’s long stay at Nevins Farm is due mostly to her incredible physical condition.  “She’s in the prime of her life and loves nothing more than to work hard and hone her skills—and we’re confident she’ll do that brilliantly with her new rider,” said Ellie Monteith, manager of the equine and farm animal program at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm.

Juliet’s complex emotional life has also contributed to her long stay at Nevins Farm.  “She’s a horse that warms up to new people, but at her own pace, and that can be misconstrued as aloofness, when really she’s just exceedingly sensitive,” said Monteith.

A Champion On and Off the Race Track

What makes Juliet so special, according to Monteith, is that despite the competitiveness that saw her win race after race over the course of a five-year career, she’s also nurturing and social.  “After her career ended she became a surrogate mother to a foal who lost his mom, and she’s amazing with the other horses on our farm—patient, gentle and social,” she said.

Monteith emphasized that the kind of home in which Juliet will thrive can be one that’s harder to find.  “She’s definitely not for the beginner rider—she stands over 16-hands high, which can be intimidating when paired with her athleticism—and she’s very sensitive, which means she’d make a fantastic and challenging partner, but only for an advanced equestrian.”

Monteith hopes that the attention focused on animal adoption during “Clear the Shelters” will help Juliet find a home on the same day that countless dogs, cats, guinea pigs and other animals will also go home.  “We will do all we can to help Juliet transition into a wonderful home as, once again, she’s about to see many other pets get adopted—and we want her to go home, too!”

Anyone interested in adopting Juliet is urged to email farmadoptions@mspca.org for more information.

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