Claim: Several rescued horses in the Niagara Falls area are in need of adoption.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, November 2013]
Update!!!!! URGENT!!!!!! I just found out the horses are now being held in a pasture. They are booking them for slaughter for meat! We have to rescue them! PLease please we need help
Origins: Unlike many other Internet-circulated pleas to help rescue horses destined for a slaughterhouse, this entreaty to help find homes for equines in the Niagara Falls area checks out. The owner of the phone number listed in the message, Petra Cuddy, told us:
Please pass it on so folks know the real story from the horse's mouth so to say, I appreciate that.
I went to look at them for myself and when I saw them it became even more frantic — they were beautiful, never missed a meal I might add, which unfortunately would not be to their advantage at auction. After serious deliberation with my husband, and much discussion with so many people in the equine business AND literally a call to the
We bought the lot of them literally as the first two were being loaded, standing with cross ties to go onto the trailer. We paid $5,500.00 for them all. Two hours later they were on our property.
Our vet came today to evaluate them, give them their shots, and test for the proper deworming program. The mare with the foot issue has been adopted by
Our sincere hope is to find them loving and respectful homes. After learning so much as to what is truly going on out there in the horse meat industry, (ignorance is bliss), especially with draft horses, we have been strongly recommended to charge an adoption fee (between $600.00 and $700.00) which we are doing. If someone or someone you know has the proper facilities and kind intentions and would take more than one (we would like to keep as many together as possible) than we are certainly flexible. If we cannot find suitable homes for adoption than we would give them to a proper sanctuary that we trust to provide them a good, and respectful life, we have already chosen one and spoken with them.
For whoever takes the time to read this, and is from the Niagara region, my husband and I would like to express our thanks to the folks that were taking "care of the matter" for the old man, they apparently were called by a lot of people who all had a lot of assumptions. (Others knew of the plight of these horses). The power of the internet in both positive and negative force. To those folks I apologize, I never disclosed the whereabouts of these horses to anyone. From the calls I received many other folks knew where they were also. I regret any friendships lost, part of the price paid for these wonderful animals.
Some people have already come to see the horses, and each one has expressed how truly beautiful they are, and amazingly so calm despite what they have been through in the last week. So again, no regrets!
Our sincere thanks and appreciation for all the people that cared and took the time to call, or write, a special thanks to those that went that extra mile and made calls and contacts for us — we are truly grateful. I believe that many, many equine lovers are, as I was, ignorant of what REALLY is going on in Ontario, Quebec and Canada. It was the great leader Gandi who once said a nation shall be judged by its treatment to animals. I think we need to become more aware. Perhaps once this is all over and the horses have found loving homes I will use this site to pass on, or to become a forum of information in regards to the horse and donkey meat industry, especially for human consumption. Quick fact — did you know that some of the horses sold for human consumption are flown LIVE to Japan! I certainly didn't, and it goes on and on.
Please if any one you know would be interested in some of these horses, and would be able to provide a loving home and proper care and respect, and we will certainly do checks, than have them contact us.