The draft horses were surrendered by a farmer who could no longer care for them

By Kelli Bender
July 07, 2017 04:01 PM
Abe and Dolly rescue draft horses
Credit: MSPCA-Angell

Home: Some pets never have one to call their own. We’d like to help change that by introducing you to an adoptable pet every week. Today, meet draft horses Abe and Dolly.

These two stunning steeds are part of a group of 10 giant draft horses rescued by The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and placed in the Methuen-based MSPCA-Nevins Farm adoption center.

Abe, Dolly and their fellow gentle giants, who are all at least one foot taller than a typical horse, were surrendered by a farmer in central Massachusetts who couldn’t care for the animals.

“The horses are underweight and have hoof and dental issues for which they will need veterinary care. The previous owner had been trying to keep them healthy but continuously fell behind and ultimately decided that surrender was the best option,” MSPCA-Angell said in a statement.

“We see some ribs and spines showing on some of the horses, so getting everyone to a healthy weight and comfortably settling them is the priority at this early stage,” said Nevins Farm barn manager Gia Barss.

Now that the horses are under its care, MSPCA-Angell wants the animals to “enjoy quiet lives on rolling pastures in new adoptive homes” — and never have to work another day in their lives.

If you are interested in adopting Abe, Dolly or one of the other draft horse rescues, and have the space, you can visit the farm during open hours to meet the horses or email with questions. If you don’t have the room for a gentle giant in your life, the MSPCA is also looking for donations to help cover the $5,000 in veterinary care the horses require.

Click here to meet last week’s adoptable pet, Scotch.

Adopting a pet is an amazing experience – and a big decision! Before bringing a pet into your home, it’s important to consider your family circumstances and do your research.