Phantom (of the Opera)
The story of Phantom (of the Opera) is one that no animal should ever have to go through. This beautiful boy was posted on a Facebook group called ‘Last Chance Direct Shipping’ in Texas. This group combs the slaughter yard taking pictures, trying to save horses that are set to ship to Mexico. I was amazed that a one year old baby that looked healthy, aside from being beaten up by the other horses and has poorly feet, was headed for slaughter. I sat and watched the clock, in hope that someone would take him in, but when it was down to the final two hours before he was headed for that truck, I just had to step in and pay his bail. It’ll take some time for him to be treated and to heal, the marks you can see on his body are from where he has been bitten by the other horses, he has some issues with his eye and his feet but he will make a full recovery. He is beyond sweet and loves to be kissed on the nose!
I came across a post on a Facebook group I belong to, for pigs in need, that there was a pig found wandering around the railroad tracks in East LA. I just knew that we had to help her, so we did. When we found her, she looked so vulnerable but whilst being a little skittish, we were able to collect her and bring her home. We called the shelter to enquire if there was any action out on a missing pig as I thought a pig this lovely must have been brough up by someone, but there was nothing to be found. Jasmine is a very sweet and friendly little girl and she absolutely loves belly rubs!
We’re sure she has been fixed but we have an appointment to take in to get checked out and also find out what information we can about what type of pig she is. This baby deserves all the love and belly rubs in the world, please help us find her her forever home!
ME MYSELF I
Me Myself I was born in 2011, he was trained for the track and ran his first race as a 4 year old in 2015. Unfortunately he bowed a tendon and was taken out of training rotation for 2 years. They brought him back to try to race him again and it aggravated the injury so he was taken out of the training rotation again. They tried to bring him back to race fitness a third time to no avail, he was not staying sound enough to race. During his lay ups and after the last failed attempt to bring him back to race, Me has been used as a “place holder” at the track.
A place holder is a horse that stays in the 12x12 stall and only comes out to walk on the walker. Trainers need these place holders to keep their stalls. This job for a horse is a jail sentence for a crime he did not commit.
Me was kept as a stallion, he was never used for breeding, so the first thing that needed to happen was to geld him. Gelding an older horse is risky so he was delivered directly to the hospital for this procedure. Unfortunately there was a complication and his lungs filled with fluid and he had to stay in the hospital an extra day to clear that up with medication.
The second thing that had to happen is his feet needed trimming and shoes put on.
We are looking forward to giving him the life he deserves at Tita’s Place and once he has been rehabbed and accessed to figure out what job he is comfortable in we look forward to placing him in his forever home.