Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Calling All Pets: Displaced by Florence, furry, adoptable Mr. Big seeks his four-footed Carrie 

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — When Jewell Horton received the phone call that a Hurricane Florence victim had been displaced and was in need of a new home, she was determined to make a difference.
As shelter manager for the Pender County Animal Shelter, Horton regularly meets with those in need. Unlike many other area services, however, Horton’s clients are furry and four legged.

“For these older horses, they are definitely victims” Horton explained. “Senior horses, people can’t afford that. There’s not a lot of options.”

Named “Mr. Big” on account of his winning personality, veterinary staff at Reagan Equine, located on North Kerr Avenue just north of Wilmington, are estimating Big’s age at between 18 and 20. At more than 200 lbs below his ideal weight, Mr. Big’s new family will need to be able to devote significant time and resources to bringing him back to his ideal condition.

“Senior horses, they can require quality forage. You can easily spend $500 to $800 a month,” Horton asserts.

Although Mr. Big has been diagnosed with some foot related issues, most everyone he meets is quickly won over. Staff are in agreement as to Big’s affectionate nature and maintain that Mr. Big has never met a cookie that he didn’t like.

Veterinary technician Cyle Scott remains optimistic, as to Mr. Big’s potential recovery. “With correct rehabilitation, he could possibly have a career of light riding,” Scott observed.

Horton continues to hold out hope that Mr. Big will find his Carrie. “He’s affectionate and loves to be groomed,” Horton said. “As a pasture pet or companion, he could be just great.”

Mr. Big is available for adoption through Pender County Animal Shelter, at an adoption cost of $150. Applicants should contact Jewell Horton at 910-259-1484.


Samira Davis is a contributing writer for Port City Daily, with a focus on animal issues.

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