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Almost 50 Orphaned Foals Saved

Pure Thoughts Horse and Foal Rescue and the Emily Vernon Foundation Save Almost 50 Orphaned Foals

Loxahatchee, FL - July 11, 2007 - Pure Thoughts Horse and Foal Rescue acknowledges the Emily Vernon Foundation for helping make this year's Nurse Mare foal season such a success. Thanks to their generous donations, Pure Thoughts has been able to rescue more than 45 orphaned foals so far this year. Currently, Pure Thoughts has five Nurse Mare foals available for adoption, and as many as seven additional foals will arrive in the coming weeks.

Pure Thoughts is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to saving, rehabilitating and adopting out horses, ponies and foals that would otherwise be destined for slaughterhouses in the United States, Canada and Mexico. They also rescue starvation, neglect and abuse cases. Pure Thoughts was founded in 2004 by Jennifer Swanson and Bradley Graver and is located at B Lazy J Ranch in Loxahatchee, FL.

Many consider Nurse Mare foals the "by-product" of the sport horse industry. "In the past, Nurse Mares were used when another mare was too sick to nurse her own foal but now some breeders are taking healthy mares away from their new foals to put them back to work in the show ring, on the racetrack or even back in foal," Swanson explains. Because of the growing demand for Nurse Mares, Nurse Mare farms are becoming more widespread, producing even more orphaned Nurse Mare foals.

Recently, horse rescues have started to develop relationships with the Nurse Mare farms and are allowed first purchases on these foals. At Pure Thoughts, Nurse Mare foals are fed a milk replacement formula and are stalled with another foal for companionship. Swanson believes Nurse Mare foals are a great alternative to "backyard breeding" for someone who wants to experience the joy of raising a foal. "You don't have to wait 11 months to see what you get. Instead, you can find the perfect foal at your local rescue," Swanson said.

If you are interested in adding an orphaned foal to your family, please email Jennifer@PureThoughtsHorseRescue.com.

For more information on Pure Thoughts Horse and Foal Rescue, please visit http://www.pthr.org or call (561)753-6555.


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