May all that have life
Welcome to GAA! We are a 501c3 horse rescue located in the green mountains of Southern Vermont. We rescue horses from the unthinkable fate of being slaughter bound for human consumption, and with the ultimate goal of finding them each a perfect new home.
Once in our care, they can begin the healing of both body and spirit. Many come in horrific condition, needing medical attention and a feeding program tailored to each one. When they are ready, we evaluate them for their new life and provide training accordingly. There is no limit as to how long they stay with us, in time the right person always comes! And the day they step onto the trailer to begin their new life, our work will have been done. That is always a bittersweet day, but then there will be another horse, waiting desperately to be rescued!
We are solely supported by public tax deductible donations. As anyone can imagine it's always a struggle to support the horses, and we ask everyone to remember the plight of the horses who only want to live, and please be as giving as you can. Thank you!
Hooray! Gulliver just came back to his stall safe and sound after several hours of surgery, followed by a while In the recovery room.
The vets here are SO wonderful. They were able to remove a number of tumors that were or could have been significant issues and causes of discomfort -- in his sheath, rectum, and mouth, and an additional one higher up on his tail. It was not possible to isolate the main large mass from his tail, as the root intertwined bone and tendons, so for its removal sadly much of his tail had to be amputated -- which was known to be a likely outcome. ...
So Gulliver's ordeal is on the other side, and we look forward to him having many more good years!
If you remember we fund raised for his surgery before he had his surgery, but his vet bill way exceeded what we anticipated, so if anyone is interested in buying calendars, quilt,rocking horse and rug raffles now is the time to go for it!!
We are grateful to the surgery team, and beyond words grateful to Arliss who has offered to bring him back to CT for rehab and continued foster care...he lacks for nothing in her care and to all of you who's kind words of encouragement and positive thoughts, I say THANKS, it feels good to have your energy behind us!
So here's the vet report on Gulliver:
He is in his late teens, he needs a dental, but his biggest issue is the melanoma under his tail, he also has some minor ones in his mouth and around his rectum. BUT the problem one is the one on the tail it is huge and NEEDS to be removed asap. The choice at first was to completely remove his tail, that would be really sad for him...our vet called Tufts and and we have another option, he can have as much of the tumor removed as possible and they can insert chemo beads (I had this successfully don on my own donkeys eye). However here we go again needing funds, I am so sorry to always be asking but it will be impossible for GAA to afford this. He will need to spend some time in the hospital, and will need to return approx. 3 weeks after to have new beads implanted. We will have our hands full with the bandages, but if we can give him time to enjoy his life we will try to do everything we can for him. Please think about this in terms of as many of you donating SMALL amounts, as we all have seen it can be done without the same dedicated people carrying the load. Tomorrow we will post our thermometer again with a goal of $3000. Gerda