Summer 2017 Newsletter


ShyAnn is a silver mini-mare that S.O.S. rescued from neglect and abuse.  She had been starved and chased for sport by children and dogs.  She was so frightened, that she was untouchable. 

Though still wary of humans, she spent her rehabilitation time with 3 other minis, who helped calm her fears about people. 

When it was determined that ShyAnn was physically rehabilitated, it was time to work on her behavior.  We did as much as we could here at our sanctuary, but she needed more focused and consistent attention, so it was time for her to move on and find a family of her own.

It was clear from the first moment they met, that Eric and Cambria Moon could work magic with this shy and sweet little horse.  Their patient and gentle handling made ShyAnn feel confident and trusting in their care. It was love at first site, and ShyAnn made the three hour trip to her new home.

Congratulations to the Moon family on their adoption of this gorgeous little girl. Photos show ShyAnn when she was rescued, and a photo of ShyAnn in her new home, where she is now being handled regularly and learning new 'tricks', like lunging.

S.O.S.: Re-Defining Rescue

Stamp Out Starvation of Horses has been working to eliminate starvation, abuse and slaughter of horses since 2010.  

Since our inception, S.O.S. has helped hundreds of horses achieve a better life by assisting economically challenged horse owners with feed and vetting, as well as educating them about equine nutrition and horse care. 

Today, we continue to take applications for assistance from the public, but we also assist Horse Rescues United (HRU) organizations with costs associated with taking in horses that require rehabilitation.

Horse Rescues United of Georgia (HRU)

In 2014,  S.O.S. became one of the founding members of Horse Rescues United of Georgia (HRU).  This is a group of 501c3 horse rescues that share information and resources, for the purpose of expanding the overall intake capacity for horses in Georgia.

S.O.S. does not have the capacity to take in many rescued horses, although we have rehabilitated several, some of which remain in sanctuary on our farms, others have been adopted to qualified homes.  

The officers of S.O.S. operates from two small horse farms in Clarkesville, Georgia, so we do not have the capacity to be a traditional 'horse rescue'. 

In order to maximize the reach of our organization, S.O.S. obtains donations and grants for feed, hay, emergency vetting, gelding and hoof care.  We make these funds available to qualified individuals who complete an application for assistance, and to any HRU member horse rescues.

Better Together

One of the great benefits of belonging to a group of like-minded and reputable rescues, is the sharing of resources.  For example, a few months ago, S.O.S. responded to a situation in which two mares were removed from from their home after their owner was cited with animal cruelty.

One mare was pregnant and the other required surgery on a severe wither injury.The owner had been riding the horse as transportation with a poor-fitting saddle, and continued to ride her even with open, bleeding wounds on her back and withers. Both had very low body scores and malnourished.  This caused the pregnant mare, now named 'Princess', to lose her foal.

The mare with the open wounds required surgery on her withers, which S.O.S. paid for.  This mare was named 'Road-A-Lot', because she was ridden several miles every day, without concern for her well-being.  Both mares were transported to Save the Horses, where they are now rehabilitated.  Thank you so much to Cheryl and Save the Horses for taking such good care of them.

Did You Know? 

Horses produce about 10 gallons of saliva each day.  But, when your horse produces so much saliva that it begins to drip or, in some cases, pour, from his mouth, look around your pasture for clover.  What you may be seeing is Slaframine poisoning, or 'clover slobbers'.  This is not a life-threatening disease, but can create a dangerous situation if your horse becomes dehydrated. 

Please remember that clean, fresh water must be available to your horse at all times!

S.O.S. was awarded a hay grant from ASPCA in June.  These funds have been allocated to be used, upon request, by other HRU rescues, in $150 increments per horse.  Documentation requirements include before and after photos of each horse that benefitted from the donation. One recipient of these funds is Southeast Equine Rescue (SEER), who works to save at-risk equine in Southeast Georgia. 

Habersham County Puppy Mill & Livestock Impound

S.O.S. was contacted by the Habersham County Animal Control to coordinate the removal of all the livestock impounded during the raid of a puppy mill.  The Humane Society of the United States sent in their Animal Rescue Team.  They found more than 350 animals including dogs, cats, donkeys, pigs, chickens, ducks, doves, bunnies, a horse and an alpaca. The HSUS said the animals were living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions and "in need of urgent veterinary care."

Thank you to both Cheryl Flanagan, of Save the Horses and Candace Taylor, of Georgia Draft Horse Rehabilitation and Recovery, Inc., for their assistance in transporting animals to Cheryl's barn for assessment and rehabilitation.

We would also like to thank Drs. Pam and Rob Milligan of Chattahoochee Veterinary in Cleveland, GA, who assisted with exams, and helped to organize the capture and transportation of the large animals.

read more about the puppy mill bust