Sick, Abandoned Horses Get Some Love at Last Chance Corral

Many of the horses at the Last Chance Corral have been given up or abandoned by their owners, or are sick. The Corral, in Ohio, treats their illnesses and gives them a little love.

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Victoria Goss, founder of Last Chance Corral, encourages a foal to eat from a bucket of formula in Athens, Ohio.
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A foal is given fluids to combat the symptoms of a rotavirus infection at Last Chance Corral in Athens, Ohio. In the absence of their mothers and the opportunity to nurse naturally, foals must be encouraged to eat and drink, especially when suffering from diarrhea symptoms and stress.
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Adopter Stephanie Toth, center, and friend Sierra Smith select a foal at Last Chance Corral in Athens, Ohio. During the foaling season of January to June, the rescue typically sees between 150-200 foals pass through their care and onto adoptive homes.
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Horses mill about their paddock at the Last Chance Corral in Athens, Ohio. The horse rescue says it has saved thousands of foals and full-grown horses since it opened in 1986.
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Two young foals rest together on wood shavings in their barn at Last Chance Corral. Stressed by the separation from their mothers and rapid relocation, foals often form bonds with each other for comfort.
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Victoria Goss, founder of Last Chance Corral, caresses a young foal in Athens, Ohio. “We wanted to put our efforts into something that people don’t want to work with, which is newborns,” said Goss. “We needed to at least give them a chance.”
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Victoria Goss, left, and employee Trisken Emmert hold a foal while it is administered fluids to combat the effects of a rotavirus infection at Last Chance Corral in Athens, Ohio. The young foals often arrive with the highly contagious illness that may cause potentially life-threatening diarrhea.
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Victoria Goss, founder of Last Chance Corral, stands in the medical supply room as she waits for the result of a colostrum test in Athens, Ohio.
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Foals rest in their barn at Last Chance Corral. The foals, some only days old, spend most of their time resting while they are provided 24-hour care. Suffering from stress and rotavirus, many of the foals must be encouraged to eat or require medical intervention to survive.
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Rachael Bendler, vice-president of Corral, sits at a cluttered desk beneath a collection of horse bits hung from the ceiling. In addition to direct care for the orphaned horses, the staff fields dozens of inquiries from potential adopters who must be extensively vetted.
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Victoria Goss, left, is assisted in bringing two foals to a adopter's trailer in Athens, Ohio. Foals from the rescue are required to be adopted in pairs to facilitate their acclimation to new surroundings and reduce stress.
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A young foal rests in a sunbeam at the Last Chance Corral in Athens, Ohio. Orphaned, unwanted and only weeks old, the fragile foals are given the opportunity to live and grow without their mother at the non-profit horse rescue in southeastern Ohio.
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