On this Labor Day 2014, there is little rest for those working round-the-clock to save a couple of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses recently rescued at the 11th hour.
In Kentucky, Jeanne Mirabito of Our Mims Horse Haven continues to nurse Jo Jo Gypsy back to health.
The 16-hand “walking skeleton” was rescued on Aug. 22, and Jo Jo is not out of the woods yet, Mirabito reports. The severely emaciated mare, who found with dozens of others earlier this month by Animal Rescue, shows an intense will to live, but is far from well. (Please see an earlier story).
“She knows she is safe now. She knows she is loved,” Mirabito says.
And as Jo Jo struggles to regain weight, a 22-year-old gelding dumped in the C-9 basin of Florida, is also in a fight for his life. (Please see earlier story). Recovered by the South Florida SPCA, Sosa, a Kentucky bred, suffers severe lacerations on his legs, and is undergoing painstaking care as volunteers lovingly change his wraps and try to keep him cool in the heat.
Sosa is reportedly on his way to a foster home soon.
Hats off to Jeanne Mirabito of Our Mims and to the volunteers at the South Florida SPCA for working so hard, even on federal holidays, to ensure these beautiful Thoroughbreds make it another day.