This Is NOT the End
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How It All Began
After a lifetime of owning horses my husband Joe and I were down to one horse.
At that point I could no longer ride due to arthritis in my knees & hips and we decided to let Favor who had been foaled here, live out the rest of her life with us but decided no more horses due to us getting on in age.
Then, in February 2011, I received a call from a woman that had seen an emaciated horse abandoned in the barren mountains north of Desert Hot Springs, CA. She said someone had to get him out or he would die without food or water. I couldn't just ignore that he needed help and hoped desperately that someone else would help him.
Well, that didn’t happen so my grandson & I searched for him until dark to no avail, and that night we called in help and made a plan. The next morning we had two jeeps full of people to search. We drove up and down very steep hills and through washes searching for signs of a horse. We hiked up side canyons but found no sign of him. No one could believe that a horse could be this far up in the mountains without food or water as witnessed remains of deer & mountain goats along the way.
Finally, after searching for hours and hiking up a large canyon we came around a corner and there he was! He was just standing there looking at us like where have you been? He was in bad shape and at a body condition score of about 1-2, a healthy horse should be at a 6 with 9 being fat…he was skin on bone! But he let us walk right up to him and put on a halter. We gave him hay & water in small amounts as to not shock his system. We weren't sure how we were going get him out but knew we had to hurry if we were going to get it done by dark. When we left him I gave him a hug and promised we would not leave him there another night. We returned with the trailer two hours later and headed out to find him again with the hope he was strong enough to walk the 8 miles needed back to the trailer and most importantly, that he would get in.
To our delight, he was waiting for us right where we left him. We took turns leading him out of the canyon for several hours but we finally made it. It was very dark and we were praying that we could get him in the trailer without a fight. I asked my daughter to hold him while I got some grain to entice him into what had to look like a dark hole. Before I realized it he had leaped into the trailer almost knocking me down and dragging my daughter with him. I called Joe on the way home and told him we had the horse and to put up another corral. You have to realize it was 9:30 p.m. and we go to bed at 6:30 p.m. that time of year. I was asking a lot. To Joe’s dismay, we had no place to take him for the night and when I got home there was a corral ready with food and water. Next morning as Joe left for work he told me "call animal control” as we had made an agreement, no more horses.
Later that day, I called a dear friend of mine Diane who just happened to have a friend named Carol that had always dreamed of owning a horse. Carol lives in Utah but said "of course I will take him if you will keep him there at your ranch." Carol came to see him the next day and named him Joi. Being the country girl I am he instead became Joey. Carol agreed to pay all his expenses, that was in 2011 and she still does to this day.
After that it seemed there was always another horse in dire straits and we soon decided that we had to become a 501©3 and hence the rescue started under Joey’s Home Animal Rescue. Joey is our mascot and continues to thrive to this day.
Thank you for your support,
Melinda & Joe Allen
Founder's of Joey’s Home Animal Rescue
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