Delaware SPCA rescues variety of animals from Seaford farmOne horse still needs a loving home
While people often think of the Delaware SPCA as the place to adopt a cuddly kitten or spay the family dog, the organization also has responsibility state-wide for animal cruelty cases, some of which include four-footed friends of another sort: farm animals.
Early in the summer, the organization was called upon to take in neglected animals from a Seaford farm. The group included three horses, four dogs, 10 goats and 30 pigs, all of which were not being cared for responsibly.
The horses, known as Cecilia, Tony and Maria, were underweight and in need of dental and farrier (hoof) care as well as re-socialization training. Over the last few months, all three horses have regained their strength and are now happy and healthy. This month, Cecilia and Tony were placed at Last Chance Ranch in Quakertown, Pa. where they will have excellent care and room to run until a permanent home is found.
“Rescuing farm animals is a lesser known but highly important aspect of animal welfare and the work of Delaware SPCA,” said Al Mollica, executive director of the Delaware SPCA. “Much of this state is rural, and we find and prosecute cruelty cases in Sussex and New Castle counties. We are thrilled that we have been able to find homes for nearly all the animals that we have rescued, but the challenge of finding safe environments for farm animals is significant.”
The Delaware SPCA placed the dogs into their Georgetown Shelter, and they all have since been adopted. The SPCA received help from Changing Fates Equine Rescue in locating homes for the pigs and goats. The Delaware SPCA continues to seek a home for Maria.
“Farm animals, especially large ones, are more expensive to rehabilitate, and it’s really a labor of love,” said Mollica. “Donations of time and resources from animal welfare professionals and donations from the public make it possible for us to carry out this part of our mission.”
Dr. James Casey and NZ Forge Farrier service donated services, while Dover Saddlery provided supplies for Cecila, Tony and Maria. Donations from individuals in the community have helped to cover some of the costs, but more is needed for Maria’s care until a home can be found. To donate, go to www.delspca.org or call 302-998-2281.