Our Rescue is in need of the following items: We can offer a tax-deductable receipt for your donations. Thank you!
The kind and gracious Bobby Shuttleworth of WAFF TV did a story about us. It was a cold, wet & windy day, but we had a nice visit. You can really see how much Bobby cares about animals. Hope you enjoy her program. Here is a link to the interview
Thank you Bobby, we enjoyed having you here. I think Patrick misses you.
We adopted out 11 horses this year to good loving homes. The sad thing is we Lost 6, 5 before they got here, the horses were so neglected they did not even make it to the rescue. For the 11 horses we rescued and the 6 we tried to rescue this year, there were twice that number that we did not have the resources to help. I sadly say most of those beautiful animals were put to death because there was no one there to help them. Please consider adopting your next pet from a shelter. If you want a full blood animal they are out there in need of rescue, along will all the rest. Contact me and I'll help you look. We really don't need to be breeding new animals when we have so many that are dying from lack of love. There are shelters for any kind of animal or reptile you wish to care for, just look to the shelters first. Never buy from the pet stores or breeding mills.
I must thank Jeanette Shull for providing the hay, Gene Bagwell for buying supplies and feed & the Lawrence Co sheriffs dept. for all there help in finding the horses and help with the owners. We would not have been able to rescue one horse without your support.
The rescue is looking for Volunteers to help care for the horses, work on the barn, and help with fund raising. Please contact us I you would like to help.
This year we adopted out 10 horses to forever homes. We lost one; getting there to late to help. We also got 22 calls from people out of our area and from other States looking to place horses, we were able to help about half of them with phone calls to other rescues. We also got several calls this year from farm owners; it seems people are just turning their horses loose or moving them to a remote location and letting them go. If you no longer can care for your animal; please call a rescue. You could get some child killed by letting a large animals go and it gets hit by a vehicle. Please think before you act. If any of these animals had caused an accident YOU would be held liable in a court of law.
This year we adopted out 16 horses. Thanks to some great quality hay; purchased by Gene Bagwell all our horses, mules, donkey and ponies stayed fat and healthy. Most of our adoptions this year where done on the phone, right from the home of the person that needed to find a home for their horse to someone looking for a horse. All we did was assist in investigation, transportation and paperwork.
We only had one case of neglect (reported by a Lawrence Co Sheriff Deputy) The owner had no idea, you needed to feed and care for a horse; he thought they did it all themselves; he said “after all they run wild in the west, no one takes care of them”. He wanted to keep his horse; so with a little education, de-wormer, and vet bill everyone is happy; especially his horse. I have to give him credit; he really is doing a good job; now that he knows what has to be done.
The last of our Hurricane Katrina rescued horses died today. She was blind when we got her, we suspect some chemical contact in the storm and she had lost all her hair. During the last year she developed cancer. She died in her sleep sometime during the night. Baby we will all miss you.July 26, 2011 Baby was around 25 years old.
It is our desire not only to rescue horses and pack animals from poor/unsafe living conditions and to provide good homes to animals that owners have outgrown but also to provide our Native young people the opportunity to learn and better themselves in the Community.We usually pair a Youth with an Elder, making a great team to help students learn responsibility and people management skills needed in life. Our teams visit horse/pony owners and talk about care and related subjects in a very non-confrontational way to help educate the pony owner to better care for their pony or pack animal. These teams are taught to bring up subjects like; deworming, vaccinations, floating teeth, hoof care, proper feeding for the pony's age, etc.
This concept is working exceptional well as the horse owner does not feel he is being threatened, belittled, or picked on. However, if our team visits do not make the life better for the animal, stronger advisement is done by an Animal Welfare Officer.
Alabama does not have a law protecting horses from abuse and neglect. PLEASE write your Alabama Representative Senators today and ask them to put horses in the “Alabama Pet Protection Law” Look under links for the e-mail address for Alabama Representatives.
Students also keep apprised of opportunities for rescue over the World Wide Web. Hidden Hollow Pony Rescue conducts research on up to date pony care, training, feeding, communication, veterinary care, and innovative equine maintenance techniques. Students are encouraged to participate in all areas of our rescue and adoption programs. Hidden Hollow has rescued 21 horses and burros and have successfully adopted out 15 horses, four horses died or were put down by our veterinarian from the extreme abuse they were subjected to by their owners and there are two that are of old age that will remain here at the Sanctuary to live out their lives in peace and comfort.
Hidden Hollow Pony and Pack Animal Rescue formally known as "The SilverWolf Horse and Pack Animal Sanctuary" is a division of the "Hogohegee Indian Community Center". SilverWolf was founded by Bruce and Betty Kelso several years ago and they passed the non-profit on to the "Hogohee Indian Community Center" where it lives today.
The Kelso's established SilverWolf to rescue good horses that were being sent to slaughter, horses that had been starved, abandon, and totally neglected by their owners. When the Kelso’s took on this quest when there were no other groups or non-profits doing this kind of work in North Alabama. It was a small beginning with a mighty effort. Today there are many rescue groups; horses and animals all over Alabama are being rescued and cared for thanks to people like Bruce and Betty. Many thanks go to good people like Bruce and Betty all over Alabama.