I’ve always loved horses -- since I was a little girl, I’ve been so drawn to their beauty and strength. But when I saw Second Chance, he was almost unrecognizable. He was so thin I was surprised he could stand.
Of all the 49 horses we rescued from neglect on a ranch in West Virigina, I was most afraid for Second Chance -- he was dangerously underweight. I could see every one of his ribs, and his skin sunk deep in between his ribcage and hips. I wasn’t sure he’d survive the trip to the stables we’d set up nearby.
Second Chance is a true survivor -- he's back to a healthy weight and he has a safe pasture to graze. But there are thousands more animals like Second Chance just waiting to be rescued. That’s why The Humane Society of the United States is doing something BIG: We’re hoping to raise $1.2 million online by December 31 for our 2011 Animal Survivors Fund.
It’s ambitious -- but so are our plans for saving animals next year. We'll not only continue to help rescue mistreated animals, but we'll also take on the individuals and industries that profit from animal suffering -- from people who club baby seals to death, to those who confine animals in factory farms, to those who cruelly pit dog against dog in dogfighting rings.
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