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The Circle P Sanctuary has suffered a tremendous loss. With a heavy heart, I must report our beloved Captain has passed away. He did attend the Columbus Pet Expo and attracted many, many new friends to the Sanctuary. After Captain's adventure, he returned to his pasture mates Sunday night.
Farewell to our Beloved Captain
Captain and Wally were
best friends and we will all miss you Captain!
Happy Trails until we meet again
Monday morning (3/29/10), he died from an apparent aneurysm. He played in the mud puddles with Wally as they had done so many times before. Captain appeared to have died quickly and with no struggle whatsoever. The Veterinarian said nothing could have prevented or saved him from this fate. I believe there will be thousands of Captain's fans that will mourn him. Captain was responsible for attracting Internet visitors from all over the world and the United States to the Circle P Sanctuary.

We all miss him dearly.

Horse Info: Captain hadn't been so lucky in the first 12 years of his life. He was found in a field with two other mares and a stallion. They literally terrorized the poor guy and the owner did nothing to give Captain any relief. Some kind citizens stopped and expressed their concern for the terrible situation the battered horse was in. The owner replied, "He's useless, you can have him if you want". They located someone to help transport Captain that day. It took a full month to drain the abscessed area over his shoulder. He also had terrible bites and cuts on his legs and hind quarters that had not been tended to for so long, there were actually maggots in the wounds. Captain was nursed back to health and his rescuers loved him dearly. They were in a difficult position though because they really couldn't keep him long term, so they loaned him out to a farmer for a few years, which he did use him to drive. He came back for some reason, I'm not sure exactly why. The original rescuers kept him for about 15 months trying to find another alternative before they found the Circle P Sanctuary. We were moved by their story and took on the promise and responsibility to find Captain a great new forever home. When Captain came to us, he had not had his hooves trimmed for 14 months. Since Captain has been with us, he had regular farrier care, no more than 8 weeks apart. His hooves were better, and he did not exhibit any long lasting trouble. Captain was extremely passive and got along with all other horses well. It was an awesome sight to watch this big guy play with the foals. He was so gentle.
Breed: Percheron
Birth Year:
approx 1993
Gender: Male -Gelding
Color: Gray w/no markings
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Trooper came to us very recently as a rescue and sadly, passed away on August 8th. We have set up a special Healing Help donation fund to help offset the vet bills that grew while we desperately tried to save him and this fund will help offset all of our vet bills for all of the animals in need at Circle P.

We couldn't help as many animals as we do without the ongoing assistance of the wonderful veterinarians who work so hard on behalf of these animals. We know that our veterinarians would work for free if they could afford to do it, but even vets have bills to pay!

If you love animals but don't have the time to volunteer to feed, water, foster and care for these animals, your donation to our Healing Help fund can make all the difference for an animal in need!
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Tori has passed on after spending the final two years of her life here with us at the Circle P Sanctuary. During the two years she was with us, we did everything possible to bring her back to perfect health.

Sadly, her brave journey has come to an end but we are grateful that we were able to give her a wonderful life for the final two years of her hard life.
On March 19th, with heavy hearts we decided to let our beloved Diesel rest in peace. He had been a long time resident and favorite here at the CPS. He was surrounded by his favorite people and OSU vet team for his passing. He had a birth defect that caused his legs to turn in at the knees. He lived a long, relatively pain free life despite this defect. Unfortunately, this last year had become increasinly difficult for him to get around and recently his pain level was not been able to be managed as well as it needed to be. He couldn't get up on his own very well and spent most of his time laying down. Even though it was incredibly sad to make this hard decision, it was in his best interest to let him go. He will be forever missed."
Notes: Notes: Diesel was born with birth defects, which were not attended to and typically would have been euthanized. Diesel adjusted well to his abilities, and maintained a happy and healthy life for most of his life. He stayed pretty close to his pasture mate, and we kept him sheltered from other aggressive horses. Diesel was a fan favorite and inspiration to all. He was the perfect example of overcoming obstacles and living a happy life.
Diesel (Lifetime Sanctuary Resident)
Breed- Haflinger
Color- Chestnut
Birth Year- 1995?
Arrival Date- September, 2005
~Forever in our Hearts! 2007-2012~

Frisky passed away on August 20th, 2012 from an apparent colic. She had just moved to her wonderful new home the Wednesday prior. Our hearts are breaking not only for the loss of this beautiful mare, but for her new family and pasture mates as well. They truly were meant to be together.

UPDATE: After Frisky's Michigan family consulted their vet, her cause of death has been changed from colic to an aneurysm. Though we are all still in shock over her death, we take comfort in knowing she did not suffer!
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Name: Katie
Breed: Pony
Color: Sorrel
Birth Year - approx 1991
Gender: mare
Arrival Date: 05/16/09
Breed- Pony
Color- Sorrel
Birth Year- approximately 1991
Arrival Date: 05/16/09

On April 22nd, 2013, we brought Katie down to see the equine team at OSU for a chest x-ray. During the exam, Katie suffered from a major seizure and was not able to recover. We had to make the extremely tough decision to let her go. She will be forever loved and missed daily!

Katie spent the majority of her life as a contest pony in 4-H programs. Unfortunately being a pony in 4-H, her handlers quickly out grew her. Her career was extended through a lease family but, once again, the riders out grew her. Katie became the forgotten pony. She was returned to her original family in such poor condition, euthanasia seemed likely. Upon the discovery that her teeth were in such bad condition, a dental technician stepped in and initiated her rehabilitation. It became apparent; Katie needed more comprehensive care so she was brought to the Circle P Sanctuary. Here Katie was meal fed multiple times through out the day/night, including unlimited pasture and hay. Unfortunately, Katie had lost all of her molars and could not eat hay or grass. Her meals were increased to as much as we could get her to eat throughout a 24 hour period. She required around the clock care for the rest of her life.
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of this sweet girl, Hannah. She literally wandered into our lives 3 years ago when she was found as a stray and brought to the Circle P that same day. It appereard she had been on the run for some time since she was extremely emaciated and in desperate need of some TLC. She was blind in one eye and a bit arthritic but that did not stop her from settling right in and running around the pastures while making friends with the other horses/pigs/goats/llamas. She had become accustomed to several delicious meals a day and weekly massages. Recently, her pain increased and no longer seemed safely manageable by medications. We made the humane decision to euthanize her today, in her home pasture, surrounded by some of the people and animals that loved her dearly instead of facing another harsh winter. She will be missed greatly but never forgotten. RIP, Sweet Hannah.
Farewell to our Dear Hannah
Paco- Lifelong Resident - Educational Program
Breed- Pygmy Goat
Color- Carmel/ White / Black
Birth Year- 2002?
Arrival Date- 09/2005

Notes: Paco was the only male goat (wether) at the barn. He got along with all of the girls, and could share space with any of them. Paco did not have horns, but would still butt heads with the others in play as well as to push them off. Paco had a very wide body/belly and was sometimes mistaken for a pregnant doe!

Paco, you will be missed!

Wally was saved from his worst nightmare ever - the auction block. He was one of over 20 horses shoved into a small holding pen at Sugarcreek Auction. He was only known by the number pasted to his hind quarters. Wally was a gentle fellow with a big heart and did well with children.
Wally did great under saddle and was the favorite horse to ride amongst the volunteers of the Circle P Sanctuary. Wally was adopted in January of 2011 and spent a few great years with a loving family as their favorite trail horse. Due to a change in their financial situation, the family had to make the tough but responsible decision to return Wally to the Circle P Sanctuary in November 2013. Wally lived out the rest of his live with us at the Circle P and he will be missed greatly by all.

Name: Wally
Birth Year:
Approx 1985
Gender: Male -Gelding
Color: Chestnut with blaze and flaxen mane and tail.
Name: Peanut
Breed: Pony/unknown
Birth Year: unknown
Gender: Gelding
Color: chestnut

Peanut came to us from a terrible situation he unfortunately was born into. It is suspected he really truly never knew a loving /caring hand prior to coming to the Circle P. He was a smart, funny, curiously rotten pony and we will miss his antics greatly!"

Peanut History - Peanut was surrendered to us in December of 2011. He was seen by The Ohio State equine team and has been doing great. He was gelded in February 2012 and was in a foster home until June 2012 before he was moved over to the Sanctuary.

What I am about to type does not come easy. EVER. As many of you know, Johnnie, a long time permanent resident at the Receiving Center, is an EPM survivor! He was in bad shape when we took him in, treated the EPM, and he has been able to live an amazing life since then. Unfortunately, the disease never really goes away, even in remission. His body still deals daily with the lasting effects of the muscle and mobility loss. He has managed relatively pain free up until recently. It is now a constant struggle for him to lay down and get up. When he walks his hind leg on is bad side locks and pops with each and every step, adding additional strain on his "good" back leg. Johnnie, being the stubborn and determined Appy that he is, still insists on a good roll or two or three a day and still wants to be his pushy, bossy self in the pecking order. He just isn't able to physically complete either of those tasks. As the mud mounds up, it is even harder for him to navigate and the slippery ice/snow, that will prove to be the most dangerous, is just around the corner. The decision to humanely let him go on 12/04/15, with dignity and in a calm and not urgent or emergent situation did not come easily. It has been mulled over and evaluated since spring. He is missed by all but free from pain now.

Johnnie- (Lifelong Sanctuary Resident)
Breed- Appaloosa
Color- Black / White
Birth Year- 1996
Arrival Date- 10/30/05
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