Every Pet Deserves A Good Home…

Meet Molly – The Right Horse Found the Right Owner

 Ya gotta meet Molly… 


Meet Molly. She’s a grey speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane Katrina hit southern Louisiana.  She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected, and her vet went to LSU for help, but LSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case. You know how that goes.

But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he changed his mind. He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn’t seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her. She protected her injured leg. She constantly shifted her weight and didn’t overload her good leg. She was a smart pony with a serious survival ethic.

Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee, and a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there.

‘This was the right horse and the right owner,’  Moore insists. Molly happened to be a one-in-a-million patient. She’s tough as nails, but sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain. She made it obvious she understood that she was in trouble.The other important factor, according to Moore, is having a truly committed and compliant owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse.

Molly’s story turns into a parable for life in post-Katrina Louisiana. The little pony gained weight, and her mane finally felt a comb.  A human prosthesis designer built her a leg.

The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life, Allison Barca DVM, Molly’s regular vet reports.

And she asks for it. She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too. And sometimes, Molly gets away from Barca. It can be pretty bad when you can’t catch a three-legged horse, she laughs.

Most important of all, Molly has a job now. Kay, the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation
centers. Anywhere she thought that people needed hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed people her pluck. She inspired people, and she had a good time doing it.

It’s obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life.  Moore said She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others.’



Barca concluded, She’s not back to normal , but she’s going to be better. To me, she could be a symbol for New Orleans itself.’

 This is Molly’s most recent prosthesis. The bottom photo shows the ground surface that she stands on, which has a smiley face embossed in it. Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind.

February 5, 2009 Posted by | Just One More Pet, Pet Friendship and Love, Pet Health, responsible pet ownership, Success Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Humane Society’s Pet Update: Three Years After Katrina

The HSUS - Three Years After Katrina

We’re Working Hard to Help Animals and We Need Your Help

Our disaster relief work since Katrina

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August 29, 2008

The devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina three years ago today was a heartbreaking reminder of what can happen to animals — and their families — when disasters strike.

With the generosity of supporters like you and in partnership with a host of other organizations and selfless volunteers, our dedicated emergency teams were able to save thousands of animals who were stranded by the storm. Our relief work in the Gulf Coast region continues today.

For us, those trying times were a turning point, and we now have built the leading animal disaster response team in the post-Katrina era.

I invite you to watch a special slideshow highlighting our crisis relief work during and since Katrina. Then support our efforts to help animals in need by making a monthly contribution to our Disaster Relief Fund.

One of the most significant steps the country took following Katrina was the passage of legislation to help prevent animals from being left behind during disasters. Through the work of The HSUS and more than 324,000 individuals who took action, the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act was signed into law Oct. 6, 2006.

In our disaster response work since Katrina, The HSUS has focused its attention and energy on an unending array of tragedies — both natural and human-caused — around the country and throughout the world.

As you may know, just days ago we led the effort to rescue nearly 1,000 dogs from a puppy mill nightmare in West Virginia. Finally, these innocent animals are free of their cages and on their way to the loving homes they so deserve.

And today, we’re keeping a close eye on Gustav as it moves toward the Gulf Coast. Our entire animal rescue team has been put on standby to deploy at a moment’s notice, but only because your support keeps them operating.

Our work doesn’t stop there. We’ve rescued animals not only from the erratic paths of hurricanes and the horror of puppy mills, but also from unbearable hoarding conditions, vicious animal fighting operations, overwhelming floods, out-of-control wildfires, deadly volcanoes, and other perilous situations.

We’ve made tremendous strides since Katrina, but only with your support can we sustain our efforts to respond to disasters and emergencies.

Watch our slideshow. Then please support our rescue efforts.

I am grateful for all you do for animals.


Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

August 30, 2008 Posted by | Animal Rights And Awareness, Just One More Pet, Pets, Success Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment