When Bella and Jasper arrived at California Coastal Horse Rescue the first wish for them had been granted: they had been spared from being destroyed.
As part of a group of pregnant mares that had been sent to auction, their fate would most likely have been being sent to slaughter. Thanks to the rescue effort that was mobilized by National Equine Resource Network and also made possible by a network of CCHR donors, volunteers and supporters, Bella and Jasper were saved.
The next wish…
Having arrived at CCHR, Bella and a week old Jasper had to be placed in quarantine for three weeks; the fear was that they had possibly been exposed to Strangles, a highly contagious disease that affects a horse’s lymph nodes in its upper respiratory tract. The hopes and wishes of everyone involved focused intensely on the well-being of these two horses. Another wish was granted; Bella and Jasper came through quarantine without any health concerns.
And possibly the most important wish…
‘Please let there be happy forever homes and companions for both Bella and Jasper’
Well, this wish has come true in the happiest of ways; both Bella and Jasper have found the people who will become their most trusted friends, protectors and companions. Jasper was taken under Shannon’s wing from the day he arrived at the Rescue and it is beautiful to see the relationship that has developed between them as Jasper has grown. This sweet and energetic (and very mischievous!) colt has found a loving and dedicated friend and teacher in Shannon. Bella, too, has found her special friend and companion in Kate. We hope Kate and Bella will also have a long and happy journey together. From the expressions on their faces it sure looks like they are off to a perfect start!