Orphan filly needs our help now. Yesterday (4/5), AAE received a plea for assistance with an orphaned foal who was just a few hours old. She had been rejected by mom and needed help. So transport was arranged and off we went. She was about 4.5 hours away and we met in the middle.
Gosh, what a precious lil' filly we met, but it's been a really rough start! Unfortunately, she was very weak, and definitely in a fragile state, so we stopped at Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center (LBEMC) on the way home. Turns out, her blood values were not good, and she was hospitalized. A call at midnight informed us her blood values moving in wrong direction, and we were being prepared for not so good news in the morning. HOWEVER, she was up and drinking milk replacer on her own, so that was good!
This morning, she was holding her own, but still quite sick. She was still getting up on her own and drinking her milk replacer with a good appetite. That offered some optimism. This afternoon, she was up, she's eating, and her blood levels are trending in the right direction. She wants to live! She's a FIGHTER and AAE wants to support her as she battles to live.
Although she's not out of the woods, the docs think she's moving in the right direction. It likely she's dealing with the results of being rejected by mom, stresses of transport, and secondary effects resulting from mom's malnourishment and selenium deficiency. are hopeful that with 5 +/- days of hospitalization and supportive care, she has a good shot at a relatively normal life. However, there is a chance there will be some long lasting effects, but it's too early to know. We need a few more days to have a better picture, but so far, the trend is good. A BIG THANK YOU to LBEMC for their quick actions and the outstanding care provided for this little filly.
Without hospitalization, she has little chance of survival at this point. The unfortunate reality is that we are looking at a big expense for this one little life, well over $5,000 to get there. She needs your help. If our big community can help in little bits, the hit isn't so hard to any one, and for those that need, AAE is a 501(c)(3), so donations are tax deductible.
If everyone that can will help just a little, we can give this precious girl a chance to live a full life.
Some folks may think because of the costs that euthanasia is the better choice. Fair enough, and if you feel that way, you are under no obligation to donate. But if you are like many others and believe every life counts as long as there's a good chance for a good quality of life, please help if you can. Because this little girl has a good chance for a good quality of life, we think she deserves the opportunity. This girl wants to live!
This little girl thanks YOU for caring enough to help her live.
Please note, should there be excess funds, they will apply to future AAE veterinary needs.
"By saving the life of one horse, we may not be changing the world, but we are changing the world for that one horse." - Author Unknown