After rescuing 200 horses from ranches that had considered selling them to slaughterhouses, several of the individuals who were apart of the operation were blessed with a few surprises in the form of new baby horses, reports the Post Independent
Many ranches that own horses for commercial purposes will send their livestock to slaughterhouses when they encounter financial problems. Aspen Valley Horse Rescue is a nonprofit that was formed to save horses from that fate, and to remove them from ranches that mistreated the four-legged creatures.
Of the 200 horses recently saved, 65 were pregnant. Many of the horses have been adopted and the remaining ones are being taken care of by Mary Bright, one of the founders of the nonprofit.
Some of the equine animals arrived with obvious physical and psychological issues but have since been recovering nicely and adjusted to their new surroundings.
"They were definitely not in ideal shape," Bright told the source.
Some of their health issues ranged from hoof or dental problems to avoiding human contact completely. They have since regained their health and are now seeking out human attention.
Many nonprofits rely solely on donations and are in need of funding. Look into local organizations near you that benefit animals and ask what you may be able to do to help.