Thank you to actress and philanthropist Autumn Macintosh for once again spreading the love and making a significant donation towards Jazzy’s surgery and recovery expenses!
However, we are still short approximately $2200 to cover her total costs. Those wanting to donate in support of Jasmine’s care and recovery can donate by going to our website and choosing Medical Fund from the dropdown menu. No amount is too small to make a difference, even a $5 donation can the save the life of an animal in our county.
Jasmine, Jazzy for short, came to the HSVC in mid-May after our Humane Officers responded to a call regarding a skinny horse on a property in Ventura County. Officer King met with the horse’s owner who decided it was in Jazzy’s best interest to be signed over to the shelter to find a new home. The Thoroughbred was brought to the HSVC and has been under the care of our staff ever since.
After being seen by Dr. April Armstrong, DVM, Jasmine was diagnosed with a rectovaginal fistula. A rectovaginal fistula is an opening or perforation through the wall, or septum, between the rectum and the vagina of a mare. For more information on this condition, visit equimed.com. It was determined that Jazzy would need surgery to repair her condition. She was taken to Humphrey, Giacopuzzi, & Assoc. Equine Hospital in Somis to have the surgery.
Thanks to Dr. Cori Youngblood, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA, Jasmine’s surgery was a success and she is now back at the shelter in recovery. Jazzy’s medical expenses, including the cost of surgery, vet visits, and post-surgery care, were in the thousands. She could not have received the care she needed without the support of our community.