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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
Birth Year: approx 1993
Gender: Male -Gelding
Color: Gray w/no markings
We want to invite you to participate in our Memorial Page. For a donation of only $15.00,
we want to invite you to send in up to 4 photos and 400 words about your cherished
animal friend who has passed and we will celebrate their life with you on our Memorial
Page for 30 days! Click here to join in the celebration!
Once your donation is made, simply e-mail your photos and 400 word celebration to
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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)
Birth Year- 1995?
Arrival Date- September, 2005
~Forever in our Hearts!
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!
Birth Year - approx 1991
Arrival Date: 05/16/09
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
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.
Birth Year: Approx 1985
Gender: Male -Gelding
Color: Chestnut with
blaze and flaxen mane
Birth Year: unknown
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
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)
Color- Black / White
Birth Year- 1996
Arrival Date- 10/30/05