Give the Gift of Life
A thick mist was coming down when the bay mare stepped off the
trailer. Her head hung low, her steps were slow and calculated and
everything around her was once again new and frightening. Despite her
fear and pain she walked placidly to a stall filled with deep shavings,
clean water and a small handful of hay.
She was starving to death and her survival was questionable. She was
covered in lice, had open sores and was suffering from rain rot. But her
eyes…her sad chocolate eyes held hope in them and despite her pain and
emaciated state, her quiet demeanor and polite ways quickly won over the
hearts of everyone who was graced with her presence.
Her story, unfortunately, was not uncommon. She had been seized by
Animal Control and transferred to a local equine rescue for further
treatment. Due to her emaciated state (rating a 1 on the
Score Scale), the local rescue quickly contacted NWESC to see if we
would be able to help save her.
Despite her condition – one vet commenting that she had never seen a
horse this thin still alive – the hopeful bay mare fought a quiet battle
to regain her weight and conditioning while thriving on the love she
received on a daily basis from the caretakers at NWESC. Just six weeks
after her arrival at NWESC, she left to return to the local rescue
organization as an unrecognizable beauty – full of life, full of love
and full of hope.
While it is easy to be overcome by anger and frustration over the
initial condition of this gentle animal, it is important to focus on the
fact that this horse was given love and consideration for her well-being
despite her horrific state by the staff and volunteers at NWESC. The
neglect that she suffered in the past is a reminder to those everywhere
that even when times are difficult, our animals must continue to be an
important member of the familial make-up that we all have. This mare did
not understand what she did wrong or why she was not given food and
water – she only knew hunger and pain, but her will to survive remained
Horses are herd animals and form strong bonds to humans. To break
that bond in any way is a troubling and scary notion as these are loving
creatures that want nothing more than to give you their love and to be
provided with their basic needs. However, in today’s society with the
relationship between Human and Animal constantly evolving, unfortunately
too many animals end up paying the price.
Northwest Equine Stewardship Center (NWESC) is a non-profit
organization that was founded in 2008 and that is dedicated to providing
professional level rehabilitative care (like veterinary care, re-feeding
assistance, hoof care, rehabilitative therapies and training) to rescue
horses. This is done by working together with local equine rescue
organizations to help neglected and abused horses get the care they need
and find forever homes.
Our mission is simple. NWESC is dedicated to promoting a mutually
beneficial relationship between horses and humans by encouraging
community responsibility and stewardship for all horses.
We do this by working collaboratively with other local horse rescue
organizations that take in and adopt out rescue horses so that we can
focus on providing the professional level care that these horses need.
This cooperative networking makes NWESC unique by allowing us to help
numerous horses along with a wide range of horse rescue organizations.
Additionally, beyond rescue horse rehabilitation, NWESC is also
committed to building programs that provide educational and therapeutic
opportunities for people and promotes the prevention of unwanted horses
and neglect. We offer a comprehensive educational program along with
on-going events and clinics. We also provide unique, hands-on learning
opportunities for veterinary and vet tech/assistant students in which
students are able to gain real-life experience with horses in need –
creating a win-win situation!
NWESC strives to bring the horse community together and form a
network of concerned stewards working cohesively toward a solution to
the problem of animal abuse and neglect. We encourage you to look around
for more information on what we do, our programs and our successes.
NWESC needs your support. Our goal is to obtain sustainable monthly donations ranging from $10
to $1,000 per month. In order to assist our donors, we have created five
donor categories to help you find a sustainable donation level that fits
your budget. Our long term donors, at any level, ensure that the
efforts that NWESC makes continue to be possible!
If you are able to support NWESC, please fill out the attached
Donation Form or click on the PayPal button below to utilize our online
All of us here at NWESC thank you for choosing to support us and the
horses that we serve.