Remy: On September 23, 2016 a gentle, severely lame horse was a heartbeat away from slaughter because he was being sold at a farm animal auction. He could barely walk and his head hung low in distress from the pain radiating from his legs and hooves. CAPE rescued him and brought him to the CAPE Animal Sanctuary in Grass Valley, CA. When Remy arrived at the sanctuary, our veterinarian went to work doing everything she could to help him. It was not long before Remy’s wounds healed and he was able to walk without pain. Remy has recovered beautifully. His front legs, once extremely swollen, are now long and lean. His ribs are barely noticeable and he runs through the pasture with renewed energy, his head up and his tail flying. Remy is a sweet-tempered horse who has captured the hearts of all who meet him.
Renegade is a stunning Mustang who was born wild and free in the Nevada desert. Around the age of two, he was cruelly rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and forced to live in a holding pen. He never saw his family or herd again. Renegade was adopted by a kind man with whom he lived for 25 years. In 2018 Renegade’s guardian passed away. His dying wish was for Renegade, now a 27 year old senior, to find a home where he would be taken care of for the rest of his life. Family and friends did what they could to care for Renegade, but he was eventually taken to a shelter. Renegade bonded with some of the animals who were in nearby enclosures at the shelter, but when those animals were adopted, leaving him behind, he became upset and would head butt and kick the walls of his stall. It was obvious that Renegade yearned for companionship – he needed other animals to bond with. While at the shelter he was diagnosed with Equine Cushing’s Disease, a chronic condition that will require ongoing veterinary management for the rest of his life. Renegade arrived at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary on May 18, 2019. Since his arrival, his health has improved considerably. CAPE will continue to do everything we can to give Renegade a good life. Today he is a member of a herd of equines that will live out their lives in peace at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary.
Why does CAPE rescue horses? • Horse racing is a cruel sport where over 1000 horses die every year. Injuries occur often and are masked with drugs and horses are forced to continue racing. After their racing days are over, typically around the age of six or seven, horses are often sold for slaughter. • The BLM is a costly and cruel federal program that rounds up wild horses and burros from public land so that the land can be used for livestock grazing, mainly cattle. Helicopters are used during round ups, and many animals are injured or die due to this barbaric practice. Wild horses and burros are then kept in holding pens. If they are not adopted, many end up being sold for slaughter. • Like dogs and cats, there is a surplus of horses needing homes. Always rescue or adopt! What can you do to help end their suffering? • You can help by never attending or supporting horse racing or rodeo events. • Write your legislators giving them your opinion regarding bills that impact the horse racing industry. • Consider a plant-based diet to reduce the impact that livestock farming has on other animals, your health, and the environment. • Go to www.americanwildhorsecampaign.org for more information about how you can help the wild horses and burros that live on our public lands. Interesting facts about horses: • Horses protect each other and will take turns lying down to make sure their surroundings are safe. • Whinnying and neighing sounds are made when horses meet or leave each other. • Horses drink up to 25 gallons of water a day. • Horses are very social and will mourn the passing of a companion. • Horses are social animals and will always want to live within a herd.
“Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace." ~Dr. Albert Schweitzer