“We first received a call about a starving horse that needed rescue from one of the local county shelters,” said Katia Louise, WFLF Executive Director. “Upon further investigation we discovered that there were actually two horses in trouble at the shelter.” The buckskin dun, the younger of the two, was only four years old and had a severe abdominal hernia. They were both in life threatening danger. WFLF issued an Emergency Rescue Resolution for the evacuation and intake of both horses and WFLF’s 1st Responder Rescue Team leaped into action, but sadly animal control euthanized the older mare before the county’s scheduled release date. It then became a race against time to save the little four year old whose precious innocent life was hanging in the balance.
WFLF’s team was the first and only rescue group on the scene the day she became eligible for rescue. “She was thin, weak, hungry and scared,” said Katia Louise. It had been reported that she had suffered a traumatic injury to her abdomen which resulted in the hernia. However upon examination by the WFLF veterinary team it was determined that she had been born with this hernia and it had been left untreated by her previous owners. “This is why education about the proper care of horses is so important,” said Ms. Louise. “It’s not uncommon for a foal to be born with a hernia and when it’s treated early enough the horse can lead a normal life.”
“We welcomed the little mare in our American Indian way with a special blessing and ceremony under the Sacred Prayer Tie Tree at WFLF’s Wild Horse and Burro Recovery Center,” said Katia Louise of Lakota Sioux descent. Because the little dun has so many of the same traits and characteristics of the sacred Navajo Mustangs rescued by WFLF she was given the sacred name, Aiyana which means eternal blossom.
“We have established a surgery fund for Aiyana's lifesaving surgery to remove the severe abdominal hernia that is compromising her life,” said Jay Coskie, VP WFLF. Aiyana’s hernia requires major surgery and will be expensive. Tax deductible donations to the Wild For Life Foundation are needed so that Aiyana’s vital surgery can be scheduled when her doctors say the time is right.
The estimate for Aiyana’s entire lifesaving procedure including her pre-op ultra sound is $6000. “The goal is to raise the full amount ASAP so that we can be ready to schedule her surgery as needed,” added Ms. Louise. The first $500 is needed right away to pay for Aiyana’s ultrasound.
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The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is an all volunteer 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic equines through rescue, sanctuary and education. WFLF vigorously works to protect abused, neglected and slaughter bound horses and burros, and improve the standards of protection for America’s equine populations as a whole. Federal ID No. 26-3052458 For more information visit the WFLF website at www.WildForLifeFoundation.org