Neglected horse will give birth soon and the shelter that saved her is asking for help

Posted at 5:37 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 20:41:27-05

Around this time of year, more and more furry four-legged friends get the chance to find a new home.

“We've had great adoptions all year round, but really November and December pick up like crazy," said Hope Brustein, Executive Director at Rescue Village in South Russell.

But as one group moves out, shelters prepare for others to move in.

“We will see probably an uptick once the snow starts flying because then there's issues about animals being outdoors or people being unable to continue to take care of their animals," Brustein said.

That's why they're still in need for residents to donate and support, especially for one special farm animal.

"She came to us very fearful of people, not easy to handle at all... we worked with her and she's become more trusting of us," Adrianne Johnson, manages the barn program with Rescue Village and is referring to Nevra, the horse they recently rescued.

The all white horse was rescued and sent to the county's rescue village, the only one for farm animals in Northeast Ohio, after being neglected so bad that she lost her first born.

“We actually haven't had this happen before... the owner did not want to surrender, but when she had a foal that wasn't being taken care of properly and ended up starving and dying, that gave us the warrant to go in a remove the other horses," Johnson explained.

The rescued horse is pregnant once again, and while she's in better care now, shelter workers say taking care of a pregnant horse had its challenges.

“It takes a lot of care and financially the first month always costs about $1,200 per horse... so it's an expensive endeavor, but it's one we're really passionate about," said Johnson.

When she’s due in March, her caregivers said they want to make sure they’re fully prepared with everything she needs, so they can be there for her and her unborn baby, every step of the way.

“We're hoping that she takes to being a mom pretty easily, well and that it goes smoothly," Johnson said.

Nevra and her expected foal won't be able to be adopted until early spring, but if you're interested, you can contact the Geauga Humane Society directly.