"Bucks for Babies Fundraiser
A Little Bit of Heaven, Inc. staff and volunteers are working hard to raise money to fund critically needed surgery for three of the foals living at the rehabilitation center.
Colts Lonestar and Snowy Owl, and filly Blessing, all born to rehabilitation center mares from Owls Head, NY, suffer from a stud-thrown hereditary defect that caused them to be born with herniated belly buttons. The defect, known as an umbilical hernia, prevents horses' navels from closing after birth, and appears as a sack beneath the horse's belly. A portion of the animal's intestines fall into the sack, and depending on severity, can leave the horse at risk of infection, abscess, intestinal blockage, colic, and even death.
The three LBH foals have been vet-checked and confirmed to be at high risk because their intestines are no longer able to be pushed back into place. Cornell University will perform emergency surgeries to correct the hernias, but the foals and their mothers will need to be housed on-site for at least three days of recovery. The estimated cost per foal is $500.
As a result, LBH has started a "Bucks for Babies" fundraiser to help cover the $2000 needed to complete the surgeries. Individuals wishing to donate may contact A Little Bit of Heaven for more information, or donate directly via PayPal.
Source: A Little Bit of Heaven, Inc.