UPDATE 7/26/21: Thanks to the generosity of donors, Johnny and June have made a full recovery and were adopted together into a loving home!
Their family shared, "They are loving their new life — enjoying pasture time, have been seen by a vet and farrier and both seem pleased with their progress. They immediately adjusted to their new home and know their routine, but most of all, they just seem happy. It is wonderful to see!"
Below is Johnny and June's "Before" story, we are thankful they recovered and are in the loving home they deserve!
Lake Humane Society's Humane Agent investigated a report of animal neglect and found two starving horses at a property in Lake County, Ohio. Johnny and June were exposed to the frigid elements without proper shelter or blankets. Their water buckets were frozen solid and there was barely enough food for the horses to survive. Their bodies were quickly deteriorating. Due to the conditions and their physical state, Johnny and June were rescued.
Lake Humane Society operates out of a refurbished warehouse in the heart of Mentor and does not currently have the space to care for horses on-site. Johnny and June were relocated to rented stall space where an emergency large animal veterinarian assessed their health.
After enjoying some grain, June reaches out to thank her rescuers.
Both horses were dehydrated and starving with neglected teeth and hooves. Johnny and June's hooves were so overgrown, that they were unable to walk properly. Because they were freezing and did not have blankets, their long fur was covering up their protruding ribs and hip bones.
Without immediate action, it was unlikely that they would survive.
Johnny and June were put on a special diet and their water intake was monitored closely. Two days following the rescue, June became lethargic and stopped drinking. The emergency veterinarian ran a tube up her nose to hydrate her.
Now, both horses are finally stable, but they have a long road of recovery ahead of them. Additional medical treatment and rehabilitation is necessary for Johnny and June to thrive again.
Retired racehorse, Johnny, finally relaxing in a warm stall.
Lake Humane Society staff discovered a tattoo inside Johnny's lip. This tattoo identified Johnny as a 16-year-old retired racehorse. He had spent 10 years racing in the United States and even Canada. With your help, we hope to give Johnny the happy, healthy retirement he deserves.
After all they have been through, Johnny and June are bonded. These two horses remain inseparable during recovery, yet still find time to share their affection with Lake Humane Society staff and volunteers. These beautiful animals will remain in Lake Humane Society's care for the duration of their recovery, which is estimated to be 1-2 months.
We need YOUR help to give them a second chance at life. Lake Humane Society is a non-profit organization, and relies on community donations to help animals in need. Please donate to Johnny and June's Angel Fund today.
Johnny and June's care will cost upwards of $10,000
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, their lifesaving care has been covered in full!
This estimate is higher than normal because Lake Humane Society only cares for horses in emergency situations. Supplies, rented stall space, transportation, and emergency veterinary care had to be obtained immediately to rescue them from the premises. These costs are included in this estimate. Additionally, this estimate includes extensive medical care (dental cleaning, large animal veterinary visits, medication, lab work etc.) along with preventative care and initial vaccines. In addition, LHS will cover the cost of hay, alfalfa, grain, and supplements for the duration of their stay.
All donations made to this fundraising page will be designated to our Angel Fund, and 100% of your gift will go toward Johnny and June and their lifesaving care. Once they have fully recovered, any excess funds will remain in our Angel Fund and will be used to help the next animal in need of extensive or emergency medical care. Scroll to the bottom of this page to read about our other Angel Fund recipients.
We can't give these loving pets a second chance without you! Please donate today.
Pets Who Have Received A Second Chance At Life
Thanks To The Angel Fund and Donors Like You
Stevie and her six puppies were surrendered after being found living outside in 90 degree heat. After Stevie's health was assessed, it was determined she was also heartworm positive. Because she was nursing, this sweet girl was unable to immediately start her heartworm treatment.
In 2020, Penny was found chained up at a Lake County residence in the heat and sun without water, shade or food. She suffered from heat stroke. Lab work revealed kidney and liver problems, which medical staff believed was the result of deadly heat exposure.
Paulie came to LHS from an unsanitary hoarding situation. When this gentle kitty arrived at LHS, he was lethargic, dehydrated, and very sick. After months of fighting the infection, it was discovered that he had a rare bacterial infection that was resistant to typical treatment.
On behalf of the animals, staff, and Board of Directors at Lake Humane Society, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude for your donation. Your compassion and generosity are truly appreciated. Without your loyal support, we cannot continue to care for the thousands of homeless, abandoned, and injured animals of Lake County.
Thank you for supporting our cause and making our lifesaving work possible.
Lee Nesler, Executive Director
The Lake Humane Society is recognized as a tax-exempt charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code,
EIN: 34-1246277. Contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Questions about your donation?
Contact Mandy Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org or (440) 951-6122, extension 103.