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Rusty is a pet-quality kunekune type boar who came to SAIN with several other pigs. All of the pigs were all moderately to severely underweight and in need of deworming and veterinary care to address a variety of issues. Rusty has been in good hands at his foster home. He's all healthy, out of the ol' procreation game, and ready for a new home. game.

Kunekune pigs stand roughly 24 in tall. An adult Kunekune can weigh between 130 and 440 lb. They have a docile, sociable nature and are frequently kept as pets. Their short, upturned snouts discour­age rooting, and they do not challenge fences. 

Roger is a pet-quality kunekune type boar who came to SAIN with several other pigs. All of the pigs were all moderately to severely underweight and in need of deworming and veterinary care to address a variety of issues. Roger has been in good hands at his foster home. He's all healthy, out of the ol' procreation game, and ready for a new home. game.

Kunekune pigs stand roughly 24 in tall. An adult Kunekune can weigh between 130 and 440 lb. They have a docile, sociable nature and are frequently kept as pets. Their short, upturned snouts discour­age rooting, and they do not challenge fences. 

Warrior was adopted by a loving family in October 2022!

Warrior's Story: Warrior is a young male pet-quality kunekune type pig. His mama was pregnant when she came to our rescue along with several boars and sows. As you can see, Warrior is hardly a pig "let" anymore. He has been growing impressively and was recently castrated.

Kunekune pigs stand roughly 24 in tall. An adult Kunekune can weigh between 130 and 440 lb. They have a docile, sociable nature and are frequently kept as pets. Their short, upturned snouts discour­age rooting, and they do not challenge fences. 

Jasper was adopted by a loving family in October 2022!

Jasper's Story: Jasper is a young male pet-quality kunekune type pig. His mama was pregnant when she came to our rescue along with several boars and sows. As you can see, Jasper is hardly a pig "let" anymore. He has been growing impressively and was recently castrated.

Kunekune pigs stand roughly 24 in tall. An adult Kunekune can weigh between 130 and 440 lb. They have a docile, sociable nature and are frequently kept as pets. Their short, upturned snouts discour­age rooting, and they do not challenge fences. 

Patient, calm, and steady as she goes.

Gracie is an 18-year old buckskin Quarter horse mare with four black socks and tips on her ears. She stands at 15 hands and weighs 1300 pounds. Gracie came to us with her stablemate, Forest (a former SAIN horse) whose owner is dealing with a serious ongoing health crisis.

HEALTH: Gracie is up-to-date on all vet care and has had no notable medical issues.

EXPERIENCE & BEHAVIOR: Gracie is described as a calm, slow, patient trail horse who is good with kids and inexperienced riders. She is not a fast horse and dislikes galloping. You might even call this lady a wee bit lazy -- she's solid, but just not going to take you on a thrill ride. She loads into a trailer easily and is easy to catch.


Gracie quickly found a new home and was adopted on 5/8/2022!

Forest was an 9-year old chestnut Quarter horse mare. As a foal, she was a SAIN horse named Speck who found a wonderful home. She and her stablemate, Gracie, landed back with us because her owner is battling a very serious ongoing health crisis. Gracie was adopted.

She was diagnosed with juvenile hock arthritis back when she was originally with us and she seems to be dealing with related lameness. Unfortunately, her condition was deteriorating very quickly, progressing to the point that she was dragging her back legs. With no treatment options available, we made the decision to humanely euthanize this sweet girl.

Run free, Forest.

These mostly pet-quality kune-kune type sows came to SAIN (along with 5 boars, two other sows and 6 piglets). All of the pigs were all moderately to severely underweight and in need of deworming and veterinary care to address a variety of issues. These gals are currently in good hands in foster care where they are convalescing to regain weight and health.

By March, these gals had regained their health. They have now been adopted!

These friendly, pet-quality kunekune type boars came to SAIN (along with 5 sows and 6 piglets) and two other boars, Roger and Rusty. All of the pigs were all moderately to severely underweight and in need of deworming and veterinary care to address a variety of issues. Once they had their first vet appointment, we took care of a few issues and they are no longer in the procreation game.

They have now gone on to a happy new home!

Jackson and Einstein

Ren's story is below. Sadly, while we had hope for him -- as we do for all our animals -- Ren's many physical and behavioral issues made him a danger to himself and others.


Ren is a brown and white pinto horse who we're told is about 11 or 12. He came to us as a seizure from Skagit County Animal Control in really rough shape. We don't know his breed, but at 15 hands, he was very underweight when he came to us. Now he's come through a number of the issues he came to us with (see below) and this handsome boy is ready to find his forever home. He will be a companion horse only and has some special needs but we know that perfect place is out there for him. He gets on well with other geldings.

When Ren came to us, in addition to being so thin, he had lice and a noxious discharge coming from one nostril. And another thing...his hooves were overgrown and his frogs were in bad shape from thrush. Our vet was able to take down the sharp points on his teeth and scope his nasal passages. One was totally clear but there was an infection in the other with some inflamed and necrotic tissue. Fortunately, a course of strong antibiotics cleared up the infection.

His foster mom thinks he might be part Arab -- she noticed a little dish to his face, plus, there's the spice.


Update 5/8/2022: Ren’s infection has cleared and healthy tissue has grown in. We were elated to find out there was no sign of anything worse. He continues to gain weight, and though he still has a little way to go, he is looking much better. His feet are coming along, and he is finally not as sore-footed as he had been. His foster home is starting to do some groundwork with him, and we hope to have him assessed for riding once he has gained a little more weight.


Q-Tip found her forever home with her foster family in May 2021!

Othello was a 7-year old half-Navajo Mustang/half-Arabian. Unlike many of the horses on this page, Othello rehabbed quite successfully and was acing his training. Much to our heartbreak, he was discovered in distress at his foster home early one morning with a twisted intestine and was euthanized. He was deeply loved and each of us who knew him is left with a big hole in the heart. 

Selena was a 20 year old mare that had spent most of her life without being handled, and as a result was unable to be rehabilitated enough for us to provide the basics of care for her.

Kiowa was a 13 year old APHA mare who was diagnosed with cancer and was blind in one eye.

Gladys was a 30+ year old mare  who developed respiratory issues, causing her difficulties when breathing.

Star was a 23 year old mare that had a chronic choke issue as well as ongoing lameness, and her attitude was uninterested, distant, and untrusting. After much discussion and consultation with several veterinarians, we made the decision to peacefully euthanize her.

Hot Shot was a 32 year old mare with joint and spinal arthritis. She had stayed in our program for over five years.

​Daphne was a 20 year old paint mare who had severe hoof problems that kept her from being sound and comfortable.

Dodger was a 17  year old gelding who had re-fractured his coffin bone, causing him to be in chronic pain.

Stevie was a 26 year old Quarter Horse type mare who had severe and unpredictable aggression issues.

Edward was a 27 year old Thoroughbred cross who was diagnosed with Wobblers.

Henry was an older gelding who had medical issues that prevented recovery.

Kenneth was an older Quarter Horse gelding who became unable to rise. 

Dunn was a 15 year old Quarter Horse type mare who suffered from neurological issues.

Splash was a 6 year old Pinto mare who had a terribly deformed leg.

Annie is an Appaloosa mare who was seized by Skagit County Animal Control on July 19, 2019.  Annie had a body condition score of 3/9 and severely overgrown feet on intake. Her right ear is split and she has stringhalt, affecting her left hind leg.  In rehab, she achieved a healthy weight and we got her up to date on her vaccines as well as dental and farrier care.

Annie was with us for about 15 months and found her forever home in November 2020.  

Rusty and Olivia (who saved up and paid for his adoption fee herself!) found each other and now Rusty is living his best life out on the Olympic Peninsula! What a great story. We're thrilled for both of them.

You can read a little about Rusty's history with us below.

We can't get enough of this sweet and kindly older gentleman! Rusty is a lovely 27-year old palomino Quarter Horse type pony gelding standing at 14 hands.  He has a great temperament, despite having gone without the attentive care a horse of his age deserves. He may be a golden oldie, but definitely is not a rust-bucket!  Rusty could be a fun horse for an intermediate, confident child (light-weight), or could be a leadline pony for a confident younger child just learning to ride -- details in our assessment notes below. Don't forget to watch the videos!

He came to us from Skagit County Animal Control in January 2021 with a 2-3/9 body condition score. His feet were in poor condition, chipped and cracked, with thrush throughout due to poor diet and the extreme muddy conditions he had been in. 

​But Rusty's life is looking up! We're happy to report that he is now at a healthy weight, enjoying his soaked senior grain and alfalfa cubes or pellets, in addition to pasture and the occasional nibble of hay. We're super happy that his feet are on the mend, and so is Rusty. 

We recently put Rusty through his paces under saddle and he seems to be doing really well with smaller, light riders. You know...we mean kids. :-). Here's our assessment of this adorable love:

Started him off with a less experienced 12-year-old and she was able to handle him but he really wanted to go.  He was good with a 5-year-old boy on the ground and under saddle, but he tends to walk out and get ahead of his handler. The 12-year old ponied him with her horse, and he did fine with that.

We also had a very experienced 13-year-old girl put him through his paces, followed by her 9-year-old twin sisters.  Results: good steering, good brakes, and lots of gas in the tank. May have been a gamer in the past but tends to drift around barrels, especially the last one.  Walks out and wants to go faster, but can be ridden on a loose rein at the walk once he understands that is what he is being asked for.  Has a “comfy” rocking horse lope.  May have been trained for neck reining, doesn’t move off the leg (tends to think that means go), but with regular work may figure it out.  Could just be a bit rusty (ha, ha!) on his cues. 

Rio was a popular SAIN-ster from the moment he came to us. What this adorable 10-year old mini donkey john lacked in stature, he made up for in personality! As a result of many years of neglect, Rio had foundered our farrier made good progress getting his hooves back into shape.

Rio was adopted in December 2019 and now lives with his pint-sized buddy, Pooh Bear.

Standing at 14.3 hands, this sweet but scared senior sorrel Quarter horse came to SAIN in February 2019 with Mazy and Peter. He was underweight, with a body condition score of 4/9, had overgrown hooves, and white line disease.

Patrick regained his health in foster care and in December 2020, nearly two years after he came to us, Patrick was adopted and went to Oregon to live with another SAIN alumni horse, Willow.

Chocko found his forever family in 2014.

Koda was adopted in 2012.

Button is a tall, leggy, sweet 2005 Thoroughbred gelding. He was adopted by his foster mom in 2013.

Deja was a 9-year old bay mare who was polite, friendly, and easy to ride. She came to SAIN with her young foal, Moon. Deja was adopted in 2014.

Peter was a 15 year old, 14 hand grey quarter pony who was super friendly and sweet. He found his forever home in May 2019. 

Einstein is a 2008 Buckskin Quarter Horse gelding who stands at 14.1 hands. After rehab and then training with Valenti Horsemanship, he gained confidence and found his forever home.

Betty (on the left in the photo above) was one of our long running foster horses. This golden girl is a 1999 registered Quarter Horse. Her registered name is COME ON LUCK and she stands at 15 hands. Betty was seized by Skagit County Animal Control in September of 2017 along with her pals Einstein, Thor, Frank, and Junior -- all of whom were adopted long before she was.

When she came to us, she was in especially poor shape with overgrown feet, a fractured infected tooth, loose stool, a hoof abscess, thrush, and a body condition score of 1+/9. Because of a previous leg injury which led to chronic lameness, Betty could only be a companion horse/pasture pet.

With love and the right care, Betty regained her wellness (other than her lameness) and she finally found a loving forever home with Amigo, who is also a senior Quarter Horse.

Mazy was a very sweet 15.3 hand, registered and tattooed bay Thoroughbred mare. According to her records, she was born as Sunset Echo, foaled April 8, 1997, and raced once as a 4-year-old at Portland Meadows. ​Before she came to us, she'd been through some difficult stuff. Her body condition score was 3-4/9 when she was released to Skagit County Animal Control in February 2019 with current wounds and scars from old ones.

Mazy had severe muscle atrophy to her left shoulder and upper leg, likely due to nerve damage. It was a progressive condition without the possibility of improvement. She got to the point where her stability was unreliable and we made the difficult decision to euthanize her.

Adoption Fee $250

Companion Horse

Talia is a sweet and lovely senior Quarter horse type mare, about 26 years old and she stands 15.1 hands with a star we can only call a supernova. When she came to us through Skagit County Animal Control in March 2020, she was underweight (body condition score of 3/9) and had overgrown feet. But rehab has been good to Talia. She's at near perfect weight and her teeth are in very good shape for her age (though she's missing two).

Given Talia's age, we think she's best suited to be a companion horse only. She's doing really well in her foster home, but she'd be ever so grateful to find a forever home and she'd dress up any pasture, we think.

Talia is also available for our Foster to Adopt program.

Jana was adopted in 2013 by a truly loving family! She will has great life with two goats, two horses, a little boy, and a mom and dad!


Dallas is an adoptable horse! She came back with us in September 2022. She is an appendix, (Thoroughbred-Quarter Horse cross) mare, approximately 26 years old and stands at 14.3 hands.  When she came to SAIN back in December of 2011, she had a body condition score of 2.5/9, as well as a few old abscesses and a puncture on her hoof. After she regained her health, Dallas was adopted out.

Unfortunately, her adopter was no longer able to care for her so she is back with us. We are told she was last ridden in June 2022 and that she was a good trail horse, and is still sound, though they've had difficulty maintaining her weight, of late. We are making arrangements to have Dallas checked out by a vet for full evaluation as soon as possible. Until we know more, she'll remain in Rehab/Assessment.

December 30, 2022 Dallas is now an adoptable horse! She has gained at least 60 pounds, has her old personality back, has been fully checked out by our vet, had her dental and also a proper pedicure. Just today, she is back under saddle and ready to find her new home! She is doing so great! This golden girl has plenty of giddyup in her. She's a little rusty with her riding manners, likely due to not being ridden in awhile. But she's picking it back up quickly and is well-suited to light trail riding and arena work. But because she needs some guidance as she gets reacquainted with the riding game, she's probably best suited to an experienced rider.

September 13, 2023: Dallas continues to do well in foster care. She has some arthritis -- not unusual for a gal her age but is still good for light riding. In fact, she'll be more mobile if she can find a home where she'll get more light riding. Just like us humans, keeping those joints mobile, well, keeps those joint mobile.

January 2024 Update: Due to her arthritis, Dallas should not be ridden hard, but she is still up for light riding duty, either in the  arena or on easy trails.  She was used as a lesson horse previously, and could be a lead line horse for a young rider.  She loves attention, is easy to handle on the ground, stands nicely for the farrier, and loads and hauls well.  In the herd, she is the QUEEN, so should not be housed with another dominant mare in a small space.

Spud was a very special 25 year old senior horse. An adorable Bashkir Curly gelding, he came to us six and a half years ago in terrible condition. He was emaciated, among other things, and had a previously fractured pelvis which had turned arthritic. And yet, his personality shined through. Because he had a complex variety of conditions needing special care, we decided not to adopt him out, but to place him in long-term foster care with his devoted foster mom, Gina.

Just recently, it became clear that his arthritis was progressing to the point that was no longer comfortable. These are the decisions that gut us, but that as stewards of these magnificent animals, we must make.

We all will miss Spud -- especially Gina. And we cannot thank Gina enough for the love and care she lavished on Spud during the last years of his life. He was happy and well cared for and knew he was loved.

SPUD'S BACKSTORY

Spud is a 1998 Bashkir Curly gelding that stands at 14.1 hands. Spud was released to Skagit County Animal Control on 4/28/2017 with a 2/9 Body Condition Score, lice, and fungal skin infections. We later discovered that Spud also had a previously fractured pelvis.  Unfortunately, due to the progressive deterioration of his pelvic fracture and associated arthritic, Spud is now in Long-Term Care with his loving foster family and is not available for adoption. 

Spud's foster home says:  

What can I say about Spud? In short, he is adorable, and full of personality. He is always gentle, never pushy, waits at the gate the minute he hears my car come in the driveway. He follows me around in the pasture poking his nose at what I’m doing, nibbles gently at my hand or nickers when he is hungry. If he doesn’t like the taste of something, like dewormer, he makes the funniest faces for quite a while afterward. He is by far the easiest horse to be around I have ever met- gentle and sweet. 

Spud frolics with his goat friends at his Long-Term Foster Home.
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