Rescue Horses:

Meet Rue, a sweet little Arabian mare that came to us as a rescue horse back in January 2011.
Like most of the all-to-many rescued horses, Rue was severely underweight and malnourished. I was grateful at the time for her shaggy winter coat, otherwise every bone in her body would have been visible and I doubt she would have made it through that extremely cold winter. I was even more grateful for her flint-hard Arabian feet, which saved her from the assured hoof problems of neglected horses.
Rue was one of seven purebred Arabian horses surrendered by a negligent owner. Sadly, by the time rescuers arrived, it was already too late for one of the horses. The remainder of the horses were huddled together in the back of the enclosure, emaciated and shivering with cold.
When Rue arrived at the farm I was struck with the condition she was in. To say that this little mare hadn't received a lot of care in her life would be a huge understatement. But even through her shabby, heartbreaking appearance she had a spark in her eye and something about her that screamed her royal blood.
Indeed, when I looked over her papers I had to do a double take. Surely this little waif of a horse could not boast such lines.
But as the days went by and she grew in both stature and confidence, the uncanny resemblance to those great horses was beginning to shine through.
Rue still resides at our facility, and will continue to do so until she is fully recuperated and a worthy home can be found for her.
Little Rue has found her home - a loving family that could see her amazing heart and great potential. She is happily settled and doing very well.

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Here in America (and all around the world for that matter) the horse is becoming less and less of a necessity for livelihood and, more and more a financial burden to their owners. It breaks my heart to see any animal be mistreated or neglected because its owner no longer has money or time to spend. 
If for any reason you find yourself in a position where you are no longer able to provide for any of your animals please consider the many, many wonderful rescue organizations around Utah. They are ready and willing to take in, care for, and relocate unwanted animals. And, of course you can always call the Humane Society or your local Animal Control Department for help, that's what they're here for.

Other Rescues:

This is Indy -- a Husky mix. We rescued her from euthanasia a little over 5 years ago. Indy had been given up by her previous owner at just five months old. She waited in the animal shelter for over a month, and, for reasons I can't understand, hadn't been adopted. 
Alone and betrayed by those she'd loved, Indy had given up all hope for a happy life, she didn't jump at the bars like all the other dogs on her row, she simply sat dejectedly, hardly daring to watch me as I passed by. And I did pass by, too intrigued by the other writhing masses of yapping, barking, jumping dogs. It wasn't until I walked past her again that I saw something in her eyes. Something that I, who had recently lost my previous dog and best friend, desperately needed. I fell in love with her and she has been a beloved member of our family ever since. 
Winter is Indy's absolute favorite season (a good thing if you live in Utah) and she loves to be hooked up to the sled and drag the little kids all around the pasture. She enjoys being around the other animals, but her favorite things in the world are kids...any kids. She has been to visit the local elementary school many times where she happily preforms her vast repertoire of tricks before flopping over on her back so the kids can crowd around her and scratch her chest.
Could we have asked for a better dog?

Meet Cody -- a Whippet, Australian Shepherd mix. Yep, another mutt. Adopted from a rescue organization as a two month old puppy in 1999, Cody proved how truly smart a mutt can be. She learned every trick I could think to teach her, and even made up some of her own.
She had a great affinity for water. She would jump into any body of water available and swim laps for hours and hours if I'd let her.
A sleek coat like Cody's is great in the summer time, but come winter...not so great. Much to Cody's disdain, she would have to wear sweaters when she went outside during the winter months. But smart as ever, she would dart to the nearest barbed wire fence, slip under it until her sweater caught on the barbs, then simply back right out of the offending thing.
Sadly, little Cody was taken from us far too early, passing away at the age of four. She will always be missed.

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Our local Animal Shelters are filling up at an alarming rate! Nearly 4 million dogs and cats have to be euthanized each year due to over-population and over-crowding in animal shelters. These are typically healthy, happy cats and dogs who are just unwanted.
The number one cause of over-population is the huge number of dogs and cats that are not Spayed or Neutered! It is not up to someone else to do this. It is the owner's responsibility to fix their pets. I once had a friend jokingly say that "a good stallion makes a great gelding" the same is true with cats and dogs.
The old notions that a female dog needs to have a litter of puppies so she will settle down, or that an unfixed male makes a better guard dog, are untrue.
I've also heard many parents say that they allowed their female dog or cat to have a litter of puppies or kittens to give their children a chance to experience the circle of life. I can't help but think that that particular tour of the circle of life should end in the back room at the animal shelter. But of course no one wants to think that their actions would lead to that unpleasant business. 

I would urge anyone who is considering adding a cat or dog into their family, to first check the Animal Shelters and other rescue organisations. There are some truly WONDERFUL animals there, just waiting for someone to give them a second chance. 
A common complaint is that people don't want a 'mutt', they want a purebred dog. 
Perfect! More than 30% of the dogs in shelters are actually purebred animals.
Me? I love a good mutt.
If adopting a cat or dog isn't an option for you or your family, consider volunteering at your local Animal Shelter. It is a great way to give a bit of happiness to these sweet little cats and dogs who want nothing more than a person to love them.
The Shelters are always in need of donations too, even just a bag of dog or cat food can go a long way to helping these animals.
I think it's about time we give back a little.