The SPCA for Monterey County is a unique organization for many reasons. Closest to our hearts, however, is the existance of the SPCA Barn and it's Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation Program.
With the current economy, high hay prices, and lack of rain, the Barn has seen a significant increase in the amount of livestock and horses coming through our doors. Where we once had 7 horses maximum at one time, we currently have 38. Each of these horses is given the best care possible not only by SPCA staff and volunteers, but from our fabulous 24/7 vets at Monterey County Equine, and our farrier, Dave Miller, who comes rain or shine at the drop of a hat if we get a new horse that needs help. We are also lucky to pair with local trainers like Kristi Fredrickson, who helps start our young horses and teaches others how to get better about their feet, being mounted, etc. all in the name of rehabilitating these horses for adoption.
In 2011, the SPCA Barn successfully adopted 25 horses and countless goats, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, ducks and peacocks (and more!). At one point we were down to 18 horses, but with one seizure case, our numbers jumped again. We are always on call for horses in Monterey County, and are a resource for other counties as well. The Barn works closely with the Wildlife Center, the Humane Investigations unit, and the Monterey County Sheriff's office to take care of all animals in need. We also keep in touch with adopters, and answer any questions they may have about the animals that are now in their care. We love getting updates and hearing about their progress. We believe in educating potential adopters and spending the time to make sure the matches are the right ones. None of our animals adopted last year were returned, which is a testament to the animals and the people who adopt them as well.
One of the horses we adopted last year was Paris, seen in the picture here. Paris made an incredible recovery and is now living in a beautiful home with a wonderful family that loves her to pieces. Paris was a true SPCA team effort - she was seized by our Humane Officers, treated by Steinbeck Country Equine in their ICU, brought back to the SPCA and nursed back to health with the help of Monterey County Equine and SPCA Barn staff, learned how to go under saddle at Kristi Fredrickson's, and blossomed under staff and volunteer's caring hands. All this work made it possible for her to not only live, but thrive.
Our horses do not have time limits. We devote as much time and energy as needed to each horse, treating them individually, with their own diets, vet treatments, and farrier schedules. Thunder, rescued in 2006, found his forever home in January, 2012. Cabra and India arrived in 2008, and went to their new families in 2012. Other horses don't take as long - Finnegan, our most recent adoption - was here only 4 months before finding a home.
Please support the SPCA for Monterey County in the hard work they do for all barn animals in need, not just horses. Without your help, we wouldn't be able to do our job as well as we do. As you can imagine, the Barn's operating costs for feed alone far exceed any other department, but we truly embrace the mission of our organization - to ensure the compassionate and humane treatment of ALL animals in our community. These animals are special and incredibly inspiring, and everyone associated with the Barn feels lucky to be doing what we do. From pregnant guinea pigs, to senior rats, goats with lice, and horses with fungus, we see it all here and learn more every day. Each success is a true celebration and donors like you make it all possible.
Thank you for supporting The SPCA for Monterey County. Your tax deductible contribution is greatly appreciated. On behalf of all the animals, thank you for supporting us in finding loving and caring forever homes.