Thank you to everyone who made After the Finish Line's first annual fundraiser a success. It was a wonderful day for the Thoroughbreds! The community was very supportive of our efforts to help the racehorses. It is never too late to express your appreciation for the work we do to rescue the horses. Your donation to After the Finish Line will rescue and transition these horses into a second career. Please visit the new Fundraiser link on our website. And make sure you don't miss next year's fundraiser! Each year we will set our goals higher so we can help more and more Thoroughbreds.
This month our Emergency Funds go to three rescue organizations. Second Chance Rescue in Elma, Washington needed veterinary funds for three horses including Einstein, an ex-racer in his 20's. Einstein raced until he was 9 years old then championed a dressage career until the age of 16. For the past 5 years he has been at the rescue. He has battled and survived cancer for the past 3 years. When chased by another horse he broke out of his pasture, ran into the hallway of the stables and then tried to jump over a small tractor in his way. That spells trouble. The vet worked on Einstein for 3 hours to stitch his wounds. He also required antibiotics to help him heal.
Tender Mercy Equine Rescue in upstate New York took four Thoroughbred broodmares, that may also have raced, from an SPCA seizure. The seizure was the result of an ongoing animal cruelty investigation where a total of 82 horses were confiscated. These horses are in very poor physical condition and have immediate and ongoing medical, grooming and farrier needs. They are also hundreds of pounds underweight. After the Finish Line donated funds for their medical, farrier and nutritional requirements. Here is a picture of one of the rescued mares.
Recently long time horse advocate John Hettinger, who championed the welfare of horses, passed away. Hettinger helped to raise awareness about horse slaughter in the racing industry. In his honor and with the help of Another Chance 4 Horses, After the Finish Line purchased and sponsored a mare saved from a Pennsylvania auction. Her name is Luna Laura. This "unwanted" horse had people waiting in line to adopt her less than a week after being rescued. She is a beautiful four year old bay mare with white sox that stands 16 hands tall. Luna Laura last raced on September 6th at Penn National. She is one lucky "wanted" lady!
This month we received donations in honor of Genuine Risk, the 1980 Kentucky Derby champion. I was also contacted by an individual who is making a donation to After the Finish Line as a wedding present to her friends. If there is someone you want to honor please consider making a donation to After the Finish Line.
The press was extremely supportive of After the Finish Line leading up to our fundraiser. Visit our Press page to read the August articles. The press continued to support AFTL after the fundraiser. Rancho Santa Fe Review featured a full page of color photos. We are also featured on SDBackyard.com's community website and The Social Diary. ATFL was also the feature story in SDBackyard.com's premier print issue.
After the Finish Line is growing thanks to you. You have made generous donations to After the Finish Line and you are volunteering your time to help the Thoroughbreds. The Thoroughbreds and After the Finish Line need you to get involved. Together we can help transition these horses off the racetrack and into a second career in lieu of slaughter.
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