Jerome enjoyed a long life and knew that during the last six years that he was loved. Thank you to Kate, Suzie, Jane, Susan, and all of the people who helped to care for him. He was a tremendous life force and kept moving forward without an ounce of self pity, right up until the day he transitioned.
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Jerome is a personable, friendly and highly intelligent Appaloosa gelding that entered the CHANGE Program in late July. He was found by a citizen taking her morning walk on a rural street off of Lakeville Highway in Petaluma. Jerome was emaciated--all of his ribs could be counted and his entire backbone was clearly visible. To make matters worse, he could barely walk because he could not bear weight on his left front foot. But he knew that he was in trouble so he tried his best to follow the woman. She stayed with him and comforted him while help arrived. When law enforcement arrived on the scene, the officer immediately picked up his sore foot to find a roofing nail buried up to the head in the sole of his foot. He was taken immediately to a skilled CHANGE foster barn where he received emergency veterinary care, much needed love, attention, and FOOD! If you have any information about this horse, please contact Sonoma County Animal Services at 707-565-7100. Jerome is in his mid to late twenties by dental estimates and clearly knows the ropes in life. His story is waiting to be told- do you have a piece to this puzzle?
Great news! Jerome is gaining weight, and the infection in his foot caused by a deeply embedded roofing nail is healing. After only 10 days, he has put on a noticeable amount of weight and his pain level is down thanks to intense medications and therapy for his foot. He is surrounded by a team of loving and attentive CHANGE volunteers--and boy does this horse LOVE attention! He is being fed mashed pellets several times per day and continues to receive daily foot treatments to manage the infection in his foot. Jerome has spunk and life skills; he doesn't seem to want to give up quite yet! His optimism is infectious, and everyone who spends time with him comes to adore him within minutes! Stay tuned for more updates and also follow Jerome's case on the CHANGE Facebook page. If you have any information about Jerome including possible leads of past owners, please contact Sonoma County Animal Services at 707-565-7100.
August 16, 2015
It was a big day for Jerome today! He had his feet trimmed, teeth powerfloated, bloodwork done, and other "spa day" procedures. True to form, he was cool as a cucumber and behaved like a pro throughout. He is gaining weight thanks to a good quality diet and excellent care by his foster barn family. He is on his way to being one happy healthy guy again!