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THE MISSION OF

     STAR DANCER

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for the animals

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My mission to help animals is grounded in the angelic presence of Star Dancer, my beloved senior rescue horse. Star Dancer lived to 25 years of age and gained her angel wings on December 26, 2020 after a long battle with advanced DSLD and numerous injuries from being horribly overbred and undernourished in her previous life before coming to live with me.

When Star Dancer first became mine, some said she wouldn't last long. But we knew better, Star Dancer and I. God granted me nearly four more years with her. Star Dancer lived her very best life to its absolute fullest with me and her animal children. Despite a lifetime of mistreatment before she came to live with all of us, this courageous horse had nothing but love and compassion for everyone she met. She mothered goats, chicken and dogs and people. Gentle beyond measure, Star Dancer stood still for her ferrier treatments, loved her vet team and was affectionate to all who knew her. 

When Star Dancer could no longer support her own weight, this gracious equine let me know she was ready to become a real angel in Heaven. She will always be the matriarch and is the heart and soul of my rescue efforts. Inspired by a divine love, Star Dancer gives us all the courage to keep going. She loved each and every one of the animals on this page and was a loving presence to many foster animals as if they were her very own. We miss her terribly, but forge ahead in her memory.

Meet MY animals 

It has been such a blessing to play a small part in the rescue journeys of dozens of God's creatures. My rescue journey began long before Star Dancer, when I was just 18. I'd stopped at a Huddle House for some late night pancakes where I found a starved German Shepherd begging for food. As they say, the rest is history.

In the past, I took in just about every stray and abuse case who wandered up my driveway. I learned very quickly that it takes a village of supporters to operate a sanctuary. So I now  I focus my support on emergent response, transport, connecting people and fundraising for established rescues. The animals in my care are my forever pets and many have chronic illnesses that require constant supervision and management. Dash the grumpy brindle who has inoperable mass cell tumors, Pixie the English Pointer who has respiratory disease , Flash the goat who shakes hands and his mother Bianca who has precocious udder syndrome, and my seven chickens, including the famous Gabrielle the Chicken featured on the news who rides in the car with me to name a few.   
 

In addition to partnering with rescue organizations, I've been involved in many private rescues. Animal cruelty is widespread and not limited to the poor. Many wealthy establishments employ animal abusers, but the good news is, it is becoming more of a stigma. In America especially, people are voting with their dollars.  

The biggest expense many rescues face is veterinary care, which is never ending especially when you have special needs animals and certainly when you rescue horses.   

I've lost count of how many times I've been at the vet's office and helped pay for stitches or emergency care for animals I've never even met.

 

Here are some of my favorite animal rescues, vetted and beloved -- they are my heroes. Please consider donating to them -- even $5 and be sure to follow them on social media and like their channels. 

 

Skydog Sanctuary

The Wild Beauty Foundation

 

Surry Animal Rescue

Engler Canyon Ranch Wild Mustang Sanctuary, part of the Serengeti Foundation 

 

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