The Rescue Round-Up

| 31 Dec 2013 | 01:14

By Diana Tuorto
Horse Rescue United

(for horses / based in Jackson)

Three years ago on Jan. 3, a 14.2 hand dark bay Standardbred mare ran through a ring at New Holland auction in Pennsylvania. She was lame and thin and only attracted interest of two bidders; one was a kill buyer who would sell her for slaughter, the other was the president of a New Jersey-based horse rescue called Horse Rescue United (HRU).

Thankfully, HRU won the bid and purchased the mare for just $75.

Now 19 years old, Jessica likely worked as an Amish buggy horse for most of her life. She was petrified of humans when HRU first found her, but quickly learned to trust again thanks to TLC and peppermints.

Jessica is sound and healthy, but doesn’t enjoy being ridden anymore, so HRU is seeking a companion only home where she’ll be spoiled as a pasture pet. She is good with horses of various personalities from minis to drafts and is best living outside 24/7 with a shed.

Jessica comes with her own leather halter with a nameplate and a bucket of supplies or a $50 Tractor Supply gift card upon completion of a successful 60 day trial period. She has no adoption fee, but is protected for life by HRU’s contract.

For more information on Jessica and HRU’s other horses for adoption and sponsorship, visit or email

Eleventh Hour Rescue
(for cats & dogs / based in Rockaway)

Louise is about 11 years old, a Mastiff mix with a big head and big heart. Her arthritis is starting to show more, but she will still play fetch as much as she can and dutifully return the ball to the thrower hoping for another toss. Louise is a wonderful girl and a kennel favorite, but it’s way over due for her to find that loving home to live out the rest of her years. She’s not ready to give up on life yet and has plenty of good years still in her, but the cold concrete floor of the kennel is no match for a caring home environment with a comfortable rug, a warm blanket and a toasty fire in the fireplace.

Louise just wants to be loved, to be around people, to have that special someone who cares for her. A quieter home will best suit her needs and it would be best if she were the only 4 legged family member too.

Mary’s Mario was born on Christmas Day two years ago. This handsome guy is in a foster home where the family has nothing but good things to say about him. He is very energetic, playful, and full of life. Mario has stunning red/orange coloration and a winning smile, draw people over to meet him wherever he goes. Clearly the alpha dog in any pack, his best forever home may be where he is the only dog in the house. Older kids are OK for him, but since his energy level is high, younger kids could get toppled over by his enthusiasm.

To learn more about Louise, Mario or Eleventh Hour, visit or call 973-664-0865.

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center

(for cats & dogs / based in Madison and North Branch)

Autumn is a 7 year-old domestic short hair mix who is one of many cats waiting for home through St. Hubert’s. The shelter also has dogs and rabbits for adoption. Call 973-377-2295 or visit for more information.

— If you know of a local animal rescue that should be featured in an upcoming Rescue Round-Up, contact Diana Tuorto at