Have you seen our featured ‘H.O.R.S.E. Rescue’ page on our website?
We have been featuring horses from an organization called ‘H.O.R.S.E. Rescue’ for the past several months. These horses were all up for adoption to good homes and/or sanctuaries. The Organization was founded by a man and wife who had a serious goal to find care and compassion for these beautiful creatures… These horses were all in desperate need of a big heart, willing to take on the responsibility of a special needs horse. In early 2012 they received news that would change their ability to run this amazing rescue…this was Mike’s final statement released to their website…
“It is now August 2012 and has been almost a year since my cancer diagnosis. Since my last ct scan last month things are still going. My lung cancer is still stable and the only thing that’s changed is a tumor on the adrenal gland. That one has doubled in size and I start radiation on August 21 with five treatments. We’ll see how that goes.”
“We still have 12 horses here in Pavilion and five in foster care. Cali and Betty are in Pike undergoing training and Blue, Mykala, and Maverick are in Spencerport. It looks like Makayla and Maverick may have found new homes with Marial in their foster home.”
“We still need your help. I don’t know about my health right now. I am still trying to get things done but I don’t have the strength to do what I did before so vounteers are needed especially doing yard work. We need help taking care of the horses with feeding and grooming. We’re not able to do much fundraising because of physical limitations. We also need help with maintaining the facility such as painting, mowing and weed whacking. If you can help in any way please let us know.”
Mike and Chris Dodge
Mikes wife could not manage the rescue by her self and they would be forced to close once he passed. His final wish was that all of the horses that remained in their care would find forever homes before he passed. With the help of a lot of word of mouth in the horse community all of the horses have been taken in to new homes and/or sanctuaries.
Mike recently passed away after his long battle with cancer.
He was able to hear the good news before his passing, and left this world at peace.
Here are pictures of the horses that were at the rescue during its final days…the last horses Mike cared for… all of these horses were adopted and now have new care takers.
We feel so blessed to have been able to help support this amazing program for horses. Mikes story will always be in our hearts. We will forever remember his selfless love for these majestic animals.
Rest in Peace Mike. We will miss you greatly.