80 horses need a home

I found this on craiglist about horses in Tennessee-val

80 Appaloosa Horses need homes ASAP in Tenn (TN Humane Society)

Reply to: sale-ftuz9-1095558417@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
Date: 2009-03-27, 9:56PM CDT

This was sent to a group in AZ and I am forwarding it as I think advertising closer to home will be more hopeful in finding these horses a home..

Dear Horse Lovers,

The ApHC was contacted by the National Humane Society (Leanne McCollum 615-734-9537 leannemccollum@hsus.org) regarding a family in TN that has fallen on some hard times and needs assistance placing their 80 Appaloosas.

As I understand it, the TN Humane Society has been working with the family to find homes and to provide food. The National Humane Society has arranged for a 1 ton hay drop this week, but ultimately the family is needs to place the horses.

I realize that we are all under financial strain these days, but I am calling on you to contact the representative I mentioned above to see if you can offer any assistance from transportation, feed, farrier services, a temporary home, a donation or adoption.

If you know of anyone who might be able to offer assistance please provide them the contact information listed above.

Thank you for your support of this wonderful breed and for creating a great family and community organization!

Best Regards,

Merida McClanahan
Director of Marketing
Appaloosa Horse Club
2720 W. Pullman Road
Moscow, Idaho 83843
Phone: (208) 882-5578 ext. 235
Fax: (208) 882-8150

Location: TN Humane Society
it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
PostingID: 1095558417

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One response to “80 horses need a home

  1. Many people have expressed frustration with being unable to contact Leighann. I understand everyone’s frustration. I hope that I can help you understand the situation a little better & ease some of that frustration. Leighann is being BOMBARDED with emails & phone calls. She is getting 15-20 calls & text messages per hour. Not only was Merida’s email posted on horse boards & forwarded, it was also posted on Craigslist. As a result of this, Leighann & Merida are getting calls from a bunch of crazies. It’s hard enough to respond to a multitude of legitimate calls from folks offering assistance. Having to sort through the loony-tunes to get to those legitimate calls, is very time-consuming & energy-draining. Please understand, you are not the only person calling, nor is responding to much-appreciated calls of assistance, the only thing that Leighann has to do. Please, I don’t mean that to sound unappreciative, only to underscore the complexity & overwhelming nature of the situation. She is human & is doing everything within her power to help these horses. While doing this, she also has Senate hearings & other cases to deal with. As much as we would all like to see these horses immediately removed from the property, this “situation” MUST BE HANDLED WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE LAW. The owners’ name & location cannot be disclosed because it would be a violation of their privacy & the HS, ApHC, & individuals could end up in a huge legal mess. I’ve seen it happen & it’s not pretty, nor does it help the horses. Google Joseph Stuebing SPCA & read about the mess regarding a herd of starved Arabians in NJ. I was there & still have pictures of some of the emaciated horses that were on that farm. Several of us worked for YEARS to get help for these horses. They were finally seized by the SPCA & people were swarming to help, looking for “free” horses, or just to be nosy, trampling all over the property without authorization. Having something like this happen can only hurt these horses.

    As frustrating as it is to be patient, that is what is in the best interest of the horses. It seems that Leighann has a good handle on how to deal with the owners, & that she doesn’t let frustration to get in her way. In these cases, it doesn’t take much to trigger a defensive reaction where they just tell everyone to leave, then go underground, so to speak. It’s like walking a fine tightrope.

    I gave Leighann Laura’s suggestion to set up an auto-respond for her email. That’s a great idea so people won’t feel like they’re just being ignored.

    Merida will be sending out an email blast tomorrow, with a dedicated email & telephone number for those willing to assist with feed, trailering, veterinarian & farrier care, etc.

    I will continue to post any updates as I get them. I hope this is helps.


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