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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Update for Excel - TB Mare - 2004 adoption!

Just received the note below...yeah!! We LOVE happy stories like this!

This is Thema. I adopted Excel from you about 5 years ago.

Just sending you some up to date pictures to let you see how she is doing. I attached a picture of her and my other horse elvis. She is having a great time at her new home.

She lives on 17 acres with her friends. You can check it out at

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Matties Fund Helps Again...

Mattie's Fund was able to assist with placing two horses from Michigan to their safe haven in California! Their owner was unable to continue to care for them and Mattie's Fund was able to assist with the vetting and was able help get the owners in touch with a great hauler who helped them get to their safe home!!

PLEASE consider helping us help other horse owners in need by supporting Mattie's Legacy Fund!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Mattie's Legacy Fund - Steps Up Again!

Matties Legacy Fund helps save 3 horses bound for slaughter! We got an email from one of our readers asking for assistance with 3 horses in danger of going to slaughter in NJ...they had raised the funds to buy the horses, but dealer decided to up the... anty an extra $50 per horse!

So, we got the email, did some investigating (rescue is VERY reputable & had homes/safe haven for them) and we helped with the remainder they were unable to raise. We couldn't do this without community support!

Please consider donating to Matties Legacy Fund today!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Rescuer's Answering Machine


Hello: You have reached ___-____, Tender Hearts Rescue. Due to the
high volume of calls we have been receiving, please listen closely to
the following options and choose the one that best describes you or
your situation:
Press 1 if you have a 10-year-old dog and your 15-year-old son has
suddenly become allergic and you need to find the dog a new home
right away.
Press 2 if you are moving today and need to immediately place your
150 pound, 8-year-old dog.
Press 3 if you have three dogs, had a baby and want to get rid of
your dogs because you are the only person in the world to have a
baby and dogs at the same time.
Press 4 if you just got a brand new puppy and your old dog is having
problems adjusting so you want to get rid of the old one right away.
Press 5 if your little puppy has grown up and is no longer small and
cute and you want to trade it in for a new model.

Press 6 if you want an unpaid volunteer to come to your home TODAY
and pick up the dog you no longer want.
Press 7 if you have been feeding and caring for a "stray" for the
last three years, are moving and suddenly determine it's not your
Press 8 if your dog is sick and needs a vet but you need the money
for your vacation.
Press 9 if you are elderly and want to adopt a cute puppy who is not
active and is going to outlive you.
Press 10 if your relative has died and you don't want to care for
their elderly dog because it doesn't fit your lifestyle.
Press 14 if you are calling at 6 a.m. to make sure you wake me up
before I have to go to work so you can drop a dog off on your way
to work.
Press 15 to leave us an anonymous garbled message, letting us know
you have left a dog in our yard in the middle of January, which is
in fact, better than just leaving the dog with no message.
Press 16 if you are going to get angry because we are not going to
take your dog that you have had for fifteen years, because it is
not our responsibility.
Press 17 if you are going to threaten to take your ten year old dog
to be euthanized because I won't take it.
Press 18 if you're going to get angry because the volunteers had the
audacity to go on vacation and leave the dogs in care of a trusted
volunteer who is not authorized to take your personal pet.
Press 19 if you want one of our PERFECTLY trained, housebroken, kid
and cat friendly purebred dogs that we have an abundance of.
Press 20 if you want us to take your dog that has a slight
aggression problem, i.e. has only bitten a few people and killed your
neighbor's cats.
Press 21 if you have already called once and been told we don't take
personal surrenders but thought you would get a different person this
time with a different answer.
Press 22 if you want us to use space that would go to a stray to
board your personal dog while you are on vacation, free of charge,
of course.
Press 23 if it is Christmas Eve or Easter morning and you want me to
deliver an eight week old puppy to your house by 6:30 am before
your kids wake up.
Press 24 if you have bought your children a duckling, chick or baby
bunny for Easter and it is now Christmas and no longer cute.
Press 25 if you want us to take your female dog who has already had
ten litters, but we can't spay her because she is pregnant again and
it is against your religion.
Press 26 if you're lying to make one of our younger volunteers feel
bad and take your personal pet off your hands.
Press 27 if your cat is biting and not using the litter box because
it is declawed, but you are not willing to accept the responsibility
that the cat's behavior is altered because of your nice furniture.
Press 28 if your two year old male dog is marking all over your house
but you just haven't gotten around to having him neutered.
Press 29 if you previously had an outdoor only dog and are calling
because she is suddenly pregnant.
Press 30 if you have done "everything" to housebreak your dog and
have had no success but you don't want to crate the dog because it
is cruel.
Press 31 if you didn't listen to the message asking for an evening
phone number and you left your work number when all volunteers are
also working and you are angry because no one called you back.
Press 32 if you need a puppy immediately and cannot wait because
today is your daughter's birthday and you forgot when she was born.
Press 33 if your dog's coat doesn't match your new furniture and you
need a different color or breed.
Press 34 if your new love doesn't like your dog and you are too
stupid to get rid of the new friend (who will dump you in the next
month anyway) instead of the dog.
Press 35 if you went through all these 'options' and didn't hear
enough. This press will connect you to the sounds of tears being
shed by one of our volunteers who is holding a discarded old dog
while the vet mercifully frees him from the grief of missing his
> ~Author Unknown, but much appreciated

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Update on He's A Baby aka Harvey!

This note just came in from Barbara...we are thrilled with the update!! Thanks to Barbara for giving this big, sweet guy a fantastically, wonderful, loving forever home!


Thought you might like a look at Harvey (Baby). He's come a long way from that first day I met him.

We went to our first show and he was great.

Everyone said how handsome he is, look at him braided!

We are having so much fun together, I love helping him grow.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Article on Injured Equine Athletes!

The Destiny of Injured Racehorses...

Check out the story below from

Have a great day everyone and thank you for reading!

Jo :o)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Check this out...very cool!

Morgan Wilmer will be 14 years old on September 20 and she is using her birthday to raise funds for the Angel Acres horses! How cool is that? Big thanks to Morgan from all of us at Angel Acres!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Mountain View Equine Hospital

Mountain View Equine Hospital

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Mountain View Equine - Vote Today!

I just voted for Mountain View Equine...Message from MVE: Our veterinary clinic was nominated for the shinealight contest with nbc and american express. Today is the deadline and we need 50 votes to move on to the next phase.

Shinealight focuses on businesses that continue to help the community even during the tough economic times. We need all the help we can get.

To vote go to and search for mountain view equine hospital. It isn't the easiest to navigate through but we appreciate the support.

Wynne DiGrassie, DVMRead More

Saturday, September 12, 2009

On Vacation...

Angel Acres is on vacation!

Rescue is open to regular volunteers at this time, and will be back open to the public after September 22, 2009.

We will try to post from the road!!


Friday, September 11, 2009

Rescue of the Week - Shiloh Horse Rescue!

This is Crusoe - adorable halflinger - pony available at Shiloh Horse Rescue in NV. The info below is from Shiloh's sure to check him out today!

9/10/09 Crusoe's adoption music video.

He is such a friendly little guy, loves attention, leading, grooming and playing with his herdmates. He gets along with everyone. He is getting very good about picking up his feet and will stand tied. We will continue to work with him until his home comes along, but he deserves more attention than he can get at the rescue. Crusoe will make someone a wonderful pony! He is healthy, 100% sound and up to date.

Visit Shiloh & Crusoe today!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Cee Cee Pictures and Update From Amy her Parelli trainer!

Hi Jo,

Of course, another great session with Cee Cee today! She actually came straight to me today and walked around just following me with no halter/lead for a quite a while.

Her foster mom Angie also reported that she turned her out Saturday, took off her halter and Cee Cee decided to continue to follow her around so Angie did some liberty exercises with her and just loved on Cee Cee for her willing connection

she's established so quickly!


Sunday, September 6, 2009

We are honored...thank you, Lynne...

This just in from Lynne...big, big, thanks from all of us at Angel Acres!

Hey Jo,

Below is a picture of the Mattie portrait I put in my clinic at school. Some information you may want:

Picture is displayed at Chickahominy Middle School, in Mechanicsville, VA. I hope all is well with you. Give the horses a hug and kiss from me.


From Jo: Read more about Mattie's Legacy Fund!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Cee Cee Update - Parelli Foster Training - From Amy!

Hello Jo,

Hope the fair is going well. I'm sure going back and forth is weighing on you!

I just returned from my 3rd session with Cee Cee this week. My first statement is WOW ... she is one remarkable horse on so many levels! Her progress each time we play is just incredible in that she retains every little tidbit and moves on to give even more than the last time. Our focus has been developing her confidence with objects, areas, thresholds, etc and also using some leading exercises. She trotted along with me many times tonight ON HER RIGHT SIDE, stopped and even backed, once just off my body movement (no action in the lead line or w/ the stick!). I was also able to drive her front end in a complete 360 circle just off the energy in my body!

We were working on figure 8's with orange cones which she was quite skeptical about at first. We worked through those thresholds for a a few minutes and all of a sudden she marched up to the one cone and knocked it over with her nose! Then, she came over to me and nicely asked for me to scratch her forehead. HUGE for her!

Her foster mom Angie and her foster brother Dreamer are all loving her too! CeeCee is such a VERY HAPPY HORSE!

With this progress, we may begin working on mounting and riding as early as next weekend!

I'll try to remember to bring my camera along when we play on Monday to give you some blog/facebook photos to post.

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend,


Friday, September 4, 2009

Garcon D'or Adopted by Fran!

Garcon D'or aka Gee has been adopted!

He is now the newest velvet-nosed family member at Boxwood Farm!

Fran is the owner of Dustin's Dreamer, who competes in Maryland on behalf of Angel Acres.

She will be sending us pictures of him soon!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Miss Judge - Cover Girl - Thorughbred Mare!

WOW... one, tall, dark & gorgeous lady...4 magazine's, 1 COVER shot, hanging out with Pat Parelli, not bad for a once slaughter bound thoroughbred mare...Check it out...Angel Acres is honored to have been a part of this wonderful event!

Check out Miss Judge in her most recent article!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Off to the fair I go...Day 6

Day 6 of the Maryland State Fair! I am headed down now to relieve Ms. Fran!

Belle went to her foster home, Boo Boo Baby was adopted, Cee Cee is off for three months of Parelli training (maybe 6 we will see) Po Po is settling in well at his new foster home! YEA!!!!!!!

Will update with some pictures and stuff soon...the Fair keeps us really busy and I am not able to update like I want to...but will be sure to do as much as I can!

Have a happy day everyone!

Jo :o)