Our Sanctuary Family
As one of the last colts sired by an extremely popular Arabian stallion before his passing, Casino was thrust into the show world at a very young age. His show career was not as successful as was hoped and, in spite of his breeders’ significant monetary investment, he was offered “free to a good home” with the caveat that he be gelded. He was rehomed and in this individuals care he was gelded and “broke” using what we and many others consider to be outdated and unkind techniques which did not produce the desired results so he was put up for sale even though selling him was against the agreement with his original breeders. With the authorization of his original breeders, we “reimbursed his current owner for her expenses” and Casino was welcomed into our rescue family in 2000. He is a sensitive, kind, gentle and loving soul who will most likely always carry the emotional scars from his “training”. Casino now enjoys the peaceful comfort of life as a pampered horse.
This petite and pretty mare is originally from Canada. Zaraa joined our family as a young filly in 2002. She has a skin depigmentation condition called Vitilago and later developed insulin resistance and laminitis. She requires twice daily medication for the IR and is under the care of a specialized farrier for her laminitis. Zaraa is all heart with just the right amount of sass!
Unexpected economic circumstances caused Allie’s previous owners to seek rehoming. She had a successful show career but an unfortunate eye injury ended that career. She was eleven years old and untrained under saddle so she was not easily rehomed. Her previous owners, being more concerned about a safe and loving home than money, allowed us to welcome Allie into our sanctuary in 2013. She and Zaraa have been inseparable since!
Ranger joined our sanctuary family in May of 2019. His mom was battling cancer and reached out through a friend for assistance in rehoming him in mid March. We networked privately (per the family’s request) without success then we were relieved to be informed that they had found a home for him. Sadly, shortly thereafter, Ranger’s mom passed away. We received word that the home offer did not work out and Ranger was again in need of a new home. We once more networked privately but, when no other home offers were received, we offered Ranger a permanent home here at the sanctuary. We are not only honoring the memory of our beloved Sha-Ron but also fulfilling the wishes of Ranger’s Mom that he find a forever home with a love and appreciation for the Arabian breed as well as knowledge and experience caring for a horse with Cushing’s disease and a history of laminitis.
We were contacted in May of 2021 regarding a 28 year old Arabian mare in need of rehoming due to unforeseen owner illness. Dawn is a retired brood mare who is not trained to ride and requires several times daily senior feed mash. Not a first choice for most, but perfect for us! We adore seniors and, although the odds may be against us due to her advanced age, it is our greatest hope that Dawn will have many years of good health, happiness and pampering here at our sanctuary; all the things every senior horse deserves!
Dawn does not have a heartbreaking or sensational history yet she too needed a safe and loving place to spend her golden years. As difficult as it can be to ask for help, her previous owners responsibly sought placement through local horse rescues and would never knowingly put her in harm’s way but we are of the opinion that every horse is just one wrong owner away from a sale barn/kill pen and potential ownership then extortion by a kill buyer or in danger of cruelty, abuse, neglect, starvation and/or slaughter. Owner surrenders do not elicit a strong emotional response from the public or result in an outpouring of donations like some other situations do. Nonetheless, whenever possible, we believe in intervening BEFORE a horse gets into a bad situation. To that end, we are honored to step up and ensure Dawn’s safety now and forever.
In 2012 we found this little guy wet and shivering under our horse trailer. We made every effort to find his owners but he was never claimed therefore Rubio became a cherished member of our sanctuary family.
This beautiful soul spent the first few years of her life as a breeder dog in an Amish puppy mill then she was heartlessly sold at auction in 2014. Thankfully she was purchased by a dog rescue but was not doing well in a kennel environment. Upon hearing her situation we offered her lifetime sanctuary. Next began the long process of earning her trust and reversing the reprehensible emotional terror inflicted upon her at the puppy mill. In addition she has hip dysplasia and should not have been bred. She currently takes twice daily joint supplements for her hip dysplasia but her Vet believes more extensive treatment or even surgery may be necessary in the future. Here Apolonia is learning what it means be truly loved. With kindness, patience and consistency, she is making great progress.
In early 2015 we were contacted by another rescue regarding a local Rottweiler male in need of rehoming. His previous dad is in the military serving our country and found it increasingly difficult to find people to help him with the care of his dog when he was in training or deployed. He considered foster care but ultimately decided to responsibly seek adoption assistance through rescues. We were honored to welcome Hank into our sanctuary family. He has been our most challenging dog to date but after neutering then basic followed by advanced training, he is well on his way to becoming a true gentleman.
Denver was abandoned at a Kansas shelter in 2015 by his previous family at approximately eight years of age. He was so frightened, confused and heartbroken that he was too fearful to be evaluated for rehoming and was scheduled for euthanasia or “rescue only” placement. We were made aware of his situation by a friend via social media and instantly volunteered to pick up and foster him for Mid America Rottweiler Rescue. We quickly fell in love with this shy and timid senior and became his forever family.
Sweet Missy was originally a stray cat in our old neighborhood. Our neighbors put out food for strays but Missy is very demure and quiet so she was struggling to get adequate food and shelter. In 2006, when we moved in, she began coming to our house literally crying for food. She started sleeping first in our garage then in the house. She somehow knew which house to come to (we think she and Joshua pre-planned the whole thing)!
On Father’s Day evening in 2014 we were headed to the barn to say goodnight to our horses when to our dismay we discovered a feral cat in our garage in obvious distress with a badly injured hind leg. We were eventually able to get him into a cat carrier then took him immediately to our Veterinarian. Unfortunately his leg had multiple fractures requiring complete amputation. He also needed treatment for fleas and ticks as well as neutering. He is polydactyl (extra toes on his paws) adding to his allure. Tre has made a complete recovery and is now one of our sweetest and most affectionate cats.
We saw a plea for help with a momma cat and her remaining kitten on social media in 2015. Bonnie was practically a kitten herself at that time. We instantly offered to foster both cats but failed at fostering once again and became her forever family. She is very active, sweet, silly and playful not to mention beautiful. Sadly, her son Herbie, died in 2016 from Bob Cat Fever.
As a hungry stray cat in the middle of winter in 2017, Bobby came to us looking for food, affection and care and he found it. He is a very handsome and talkative fellow who has a bobbed tail (not sure if he was born this way or if this is the result of an injury). He is a fun addition to our clowder of cats.
Angus was a feral cat who began coming to our wildlife feeders in mid April of 2021. It took us several months to slowly earn his trust and he is now residing in our main barn due to the fact that we have a very reactive rescue dog who takes time to warm up to new family members. For Angus's safety, he will reside in the barn until we can slowly introduce him to all of our other sanctuary residents. For now, Angus enjoys being "king of the barn" and is quite comfortable around the horses. He has a sweet, affectionate and silly personality. We adore mini panthers!
In Loving Memory
10-25-11 to 01-09-2021
06-18-95 to 12-10-20
10-29-04 to 12-06-2020
09-30-09 to 10-12-19
05-24-88 to 03-29-19
03-31-15 to 05-29-16
06-02-05 to 05-29-16
09-01-08 to 07-30-15
08-20-07 to 04-25-15
08-15-02 to 04-20-15
09-01-08 to 10-04-14
03-25-99 to 08-17-14