Animal rescue ranch at Yandina, Soquilchi. Organisers are have funding problems to keep operating. Aaliyah Wells with rescue horse M&M.
Animal rescue ranch at Yandina, Soquilchi. Organisers are have funding problems to keep operating. Aaliyah Wells with rescue horse M&M. Warren Lynam

Eating like a horse: Thoroughbred saved from starvation

TWO weeks and some hard-working volunteers were all that stood between life and death for M&M a few days ago.

The thoroughbred was severely emaciated when rescued from a property between Yandina and Coolum by Soquilichi Rescue Ranch.

M&M, as he has been dubbed because of his near-shoulder brand, is now on the road to recovery in foster care near Yandina, but it is a slow road.

He is stabled and being fed three small meals a day because any over-indulgence could make him sick but foster carer Jess Pettitt said he was brightening up.

"I think he knows he's being helped," she said.

A vet has cleared M&M of permanent organ damage but SRR founder Miranda Wells said it was a narrow escape.

"The vet said he probably only had another two weeks in him," she said.

M&M is one of "heaps" of thoroughbreds Ms Wells has seen showing signs of neglect.

"People think you get a horse, a horse lives on grass, but thoroughbreds need a lot more."

 

M&M, with Aaliyah Wells and Jessica Pettitt, is on the slow road to recovery.
M&M, with Aaliyah Wells and Jessica Pettitt, is on the slow road to recovery. Warren Lynam

M&M is one of more than 1000 animals Soquilichi has given refuge to over the last two years and one of about 100 in care at the moment, including dogs, cats, poultry and even peacocks.

The charity is based at Yandina and has a network of volunteers Australia-wide who help rescue, foster and re-home animals.

But a busy year - and cases like M&M - have put pressure on Soquilichi's seemingly elastic resources.

The charity currently owes $6000 in veterinary fees, making it difficult to take in any more animals.

Ms Wells hopes animal lovers will chip in, with either money or food, to help keep the organisation's good work going.

"We rely on fundraising, and generally, the help of the public. We ask for the public to get involved because we're not government funded," she said.

 

Soquilichi Rescue Ranch is looking for food, funding and new homes for animals like Prince Harry, a one year old domestic long hair.
Soquilichi Rescue Ranch is looking for food, funding and new homes for animals like Prince Harry, a one year old domestic long hair. Contributed

Soquilichi has a $1 club with 400 people a week regularly donating a small amount which adds up but Ms Wells said pushing the membership to 1000 would make a huge difference.

For information, find Soquilichi Rescue Ranch on Facebook.

If you would like to help SRR with its vet bills, direct deposits can be made to All Animal Vet, reference SRR, BSB 064424, account number 10381094.

Tax deductible donations to SRR can be made to the account of Soquilichi Rescue Ranch, BSB 064014, account number 10056215.


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