We are close!
Now known as 'Takoda' this beautiful paint gelding you see today was the victim of a brutal beating by his previous owner that left him blind. He had been neglected and starved and appeared nothing more than a bag of bones.
Today, Steve and Takoda are on a mission that includes strengthening animal abuse laws with stiffer penalties and to help raise funding for rescues...
"Our mission is to raise the awareness of the general public that there is never a reason for animal neglect or abuse. Help is often just a phone call away and those that provide that help need contributions to survive.
You can help their cause by helping them raise money for a trailer to attend parades and other events in an effort to promote their mission. Rescues receive absolutely NO government funding. It is up to us to help them continue their efforts, saving lives, and finding forever homes for abused and neglected equines.
Your help is greatly appreciated!
Takoda is at his new home and is learning the new routine and meeting his fellow residents. I, on the other hand, am facing a mound of medical co-pays that are stretching the budget beyond belief.
Since the last update a couple of trailers have popped up in our price range but were gone before I could even get a phone call through. It's been a really tough search but today a ray of sunshine has appeared. What appears to be a very nice 2 horse trailer, with bumper pull, has popped up on the horizon. I still have to go see it in person to be sure of it's value and what work may need to be done for Takoda's safety and comfort. If it works out we are just $500.00 away from ownership and getting our show on the road. There may be a delay as the current owner can't lay her hands on the title but she's assured me she has one and could get a copy from the state. Folks, I know many of you have already helped us a great deal to get to the point we are now...I would really hate to see another opportunity pass us by. If you can find it in your heart (and pocketbook) to help us it would be so greatly appreciated. This has been an exhaustive search and I hope it lives up to the owner's description of past care and current condition. Thanks to all of you. With your support hopefully we'll be on the road soon to help raise funding for the rescue's here in Southwest Florida.
Steve and Takoda
Steve and Takoda
BUT...that doesn't pay the feed, vet, or farrier bills! Rescues are in need of donations to exist and for whatever reason people seem to have closed their wallets. Yes they click the 'like' button on Facebook a lot and forward messages with words of encouragement for others to help financially but they themselves don't seem to be willing to follow their own advice.
Over the past couple of public appearances I've found that people hearing the horror story of Takoda and looking at him now with an understanding of the work and effort his recovery has entailed are more likely to reach into their pockets to help.
We need your help with funding...not with just good thoughts and well wishes. We asked artist Angela Lloyd-Briggs if she would offer one of her classic works to help us and she graciously agreed.
Her original pastel, "Down By The Pond" is up for auction. Take a look at this beautiful 16x20 and bid for your chance to own it.
If art is not your thing then please open your heart and make a donation. There are horses and the people who have opened their homes to help them in dire need of your financial support.
Your help would be greatly appreciated...
Steve and Takoda
We need to help this man and this blind horse !
Steve please call me tomorrow....i have an idea
Pl help if u can and share
Have to wait til after Christmas but you know I will do what I can! If I win the lottery I'll buy ya a new one!!! Love ya!!!
Thanks for your interest Elaine. Yes I am looking into a drape 'sign' to be worn across the rump and signage for the trailer as well. One of the volunteers at the rescue has an embroidery business and has offered to make the drape. We would also hope the local rescue to be benefited will have a booth at the event and sign boards have been made for those with pictures showing Takoda's progression from when he first arrived (skin and bones) to the day he was adopted. Ideally they would also have a roundpen with some of their adoptable horses. It is quite possible you've read about Takoda as several articles were written while the authorities were looking for his owner for criminal prosecution. Thanks again for your interest...
I read about this horse somewhere else. I would like to help, but am wondering how you will let people know about the story and the rescue in the parades. With a sign?