Saturday, April 21, 2012

You’re Never Too Old to Start a New Life

In addition to being National Poetry Month, it’s also Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Sadly, we need far more than a month to address this subject. But as a cheerful nod to the occasion, I want to introduce you to Lady Jane.

Lady Jane is a 20+-year-old mare who spent her first couple of decades with a woman known for chronically neglecting the animals in her care. Last month, Catskill Animal Sanctuary persuaded the woman to surrender two of her many charges, including Lady Jane.

Turns out, the mare was pregnant. Despite her poor condition, she gave birth to a healthy foal this week—a first for CAS and the last for the mare.

From now on, Lady Jane can look forward to some regularity in her life—regular feedings of nutritious meals, regular grooming and vet care, regular time spent with other horses in a safe environment, and regular affection from humans. And little Simon will (we hope) remain blissfully unaware of the kind of neglect his mother experienced.

[See more pics on CAS’s photostream.]

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