Casey's Safe Haven - A Holistic Horse Rescue
Casey's Safe Haven - A Holistic Horse Rescue
One of our founders, Barb, has been involved in the kill lot rescue network. She has bailed some equines directly from the kill lots, helped them get through quarantine, and then helped them find new homes. But one very special girl from that kill lot will be coming to Casey's to live. Her name is Saoirse, pronounced "SEER' sha", which means Freedom in Gaelic.
Although many people thought the horse slaughter problem was solved when the slaughterhouses were closed in the United States some years ago, unfortunately that is not the case. Mexico and Canada, our two neighboring countries, both still have booming horse slaughter industries. Far too many horses that are brought to auction in this country get purchased by kill buyers, hauled to various kill lots around the country, then loaded onto trailers and hauled to either Mexico or Canada.Many starve to death. The trailer ride is brutal and slaughter at the end of the ride is even more inhumane and brutal. What can you do to help? The first thing is to contact your Senators and Representatives and ask them to support the SAFE Act, which would at least ban the export and import of horses to be slaughtered for human consumption. Is it enough? No. But it's a start.
When sweet Sir Lancelot came to Casey’s Safe Haven, he had been sitting in a stall for 5-6 years. He did not see the light of day nor had he been able to spend time in a pasture just being a horse.
When we first took Lance outside it was stimulation overload. All he was used to seeing was the inside of a stall - no windows, no sunshine, no green grass. He was leery of everything. After a month, we were finally able to turn him out in a small paddock, but he just stood in one place. He just didn’t know what a horse was supposed to do. He loved being next to the ponies, after all they were so small that he felt comfortable with them - so he just stood next to the fence by them. He never wanted to go into the middle of the pasture or get too far from the barn as that was all he knew. He slowly started venturing into the larger pastures and started to relearn on being a Horse!
Sometimes the Universe aligns and something wonderful happens that is- without a doubt- so Right and Meant-to-Be. We are so very pleased to announce that our dear Sir Lancelot has officially been adopted by long-time Casey's volunteer, Bridget, and her husband, Brian!
Bridget has volunteered with Casey's Safe Haven since we opened our barn doors in 2012. Bridget came out to volunteer on December 26th, met Lance, and fell in love! They have a true connection. And during that first meeting, it was clear that Lance chose his Forever Person too!
Bridget wants Lance to stay with us for at least a few months, so Momma Sue can continue to help him heal. When the time is right in his healing process, she wants to move him closer to her home so she can see him daily.
Bridget has worked with animals since high school. Currently, she works at Lincoln Park Zoo as an Animal Keeper in their farm area. Her husband, Brian, works at Brookfield Zoo as an Animal Keeper of their Big Cats. It has been her childhood dream to be the Momma of a Freseian and now her dream has come true.
Lance has picked Bridget and Brian his his Forever Family. And Bridget and Brian have adopted their Forever Horse who they will love and care for his entire life. It doesn’t get any better than this! We are so very happy for all!
Our sweet boy now has his very own Forever Momma and Forever Home. His Foster Mom, Jeri, is officially a "foster failure" - she adopted Charlie in May and all of us Casey's Safe Haven could not be happier!!!
Charlie was rescued by Casey's Safe Haven in June of 2011 and has been our longest staying "guest". Charlie spent over 20 years of his life "working the wheel". He arrived to Casey's very thin and terrified of every little movement around him. After a year of good food, proper care, a consistent routine, plenty of patience, and being treated with love and respect - Charlie turned a corner. He has since made even greater strides with the help of many people at Casey's and his special human buddy, Ryan. And now Charlie has his very own Forever Momma to love him, take care of him every day and tuck him in with a kiss every night. We are over-the-moon happy for you Charlie Bear and Jeri!
Sweet Autumn started working at the pony ride facility when she was 12 years old, and continued pulling the wheel for the next 25 years!
Autumn has cataracts in both eyes. She has a bad cut on her right cheek due to constantly wearing a halter that was too small. She will never have to wear that halter again; she now has a brand new properly fitting halter that she will only wear when necessary.
Congratulations to Sophie Joseph and Lola who found each other and the best news for all of us who love Lola is that Sophie's family is keeping Lola with us at Casey's Save Haven. Lola has found a wonderful family and so glad Sophie found her.