Help Save Athena
Hi, I’m Athena, a paint mare. I’d like to share with you the story of how I came to this amazing place, Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County.
Imagine for a moment being covered by flies, bugs in wounds you can’t reach and too weak to even care. Days and nights run together. I never knew when I might be given some food or water. So weak I was afraid to lie down for fear I’d never get back up. My legs so weak they’d finally give way slamming my body to the ground.
THAT WAS MY LIFE. I gave up hope of ever being rescued. I couldn’t remember the last time someone card for me or showed me love.
Thankfully my story does not end there!
It was a hot and muggy night, when I heard a truck and then voices nearby. It was my owners. I couldn’t remember the last time someone had come to care for me. I thought, I can’t even get up anymore, I just want to die. They forced me to get up on my sore feet, my legs too weak to even hold my body up. I was loaded into a trailer, being hauled to who knows where. I kept telling myself to fight…fight…fight, as I was bounced around during the ride. My legs were very relieved when we pulled off the road and stopped. I could smell other animals and the sweet smell of grass!
“We can just dump her here because no one lives on this farm.” I overheard one of them say.
“The gate is locked we can’t get her inside the fence.” The other said. The first guy was already unloading me from the trailer. “Close the trailer up and let’s get out of here.”
I’d been dumped like trash on the side of the road, I thought, what did I do to deserve this? The smell of the sweet grass brought me back to my senses, I was going to take advantage of this situation and eat the grass under my feet.
The next day as I felt the sun hit my body, I heard some noise and looked up to see a truck and trailer stopped near me.
“What are you doing out here poor girl? Who did this to you? It’s okay girl I will take you somewhere safe.” A kind farmer said.
I was brought to Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County and was welcomed with open arms. This amazing rescue gave me fresh water, and a soft clean stall to rest my old, weak body. I felt like it was all a dream and wondered when I would wake up.
Everyone was very compassionate and loving toward me, but I just felt defeated, as though I didn’t deserve to be loved. I needed help getting up every morning because I didn’t have the strength to do it alone, but they continued to come. I soon began to find my hope again. On the tenth day when they came to take care of me, a little girl came over and sat down beside me. She laid her head on mine and started whispering softly to me. “Come on girl, fight with us! You are safe now.” I began to feel something I had never felt before. I was warm inside, different then I’d ever felt. I felt loved! I found my hope that morning along with my will to fight! The next morning, I was standing awaiting their arrival, ready to face the road to recovery.
I’m writing to you in this time of need because rescues like myself need your help to be able to have a second chance for a good life, in a home with a family that will give us the love and care we deserve. We are the lucky ones. There are so many others that don’t deserve to go down the difficult and deadly path because of someone else’s neglect or abuse to them. Just think of the tragic injuries and physical abuse these animals suffer through, being beaten or left to die without food or water in the blazing heat (like I almost did) or freezing cold. You know how awful it is to be hot and thirsty. It’s not something I’d wish for anyone. IHRWC steps up and rescues the unwanted that don’t deserve the pain, abandonment and loneliness. They exist to serve you and the animals you have trusted them with to provide hope, healing and recovery. IHRWC vows to continue to make sacrifices so an animal in need will be able to have a safe haven. If you can find it in your heart to sacrifice a little something this holiday season and bless this organization you will be helping them. Please help us and send your gift today! All of us rescue animals are counting on your support.
Thank you for your sincere kindness, Athena
Athena's UPDATE 2020