Tommy the Horse Goes Home!


The Humane Society of Ventura County staff shed tears while saying farewell to Tommy as he was loaded into a trailer to be taken to his new forever home with Anne Scoscia.

Tommy came to the HSVC Shelter on December 13, 2017 as a stray horse. Found wandering in a field in Santa Paula nine days after the start of the Thomas Fire, Tommy was emaciated, covered with ash and dirt and without identification. The staff at the HSVC and veterinarians provided Tommy with his medical care and proper diet for his recovery. In the four months that Tommy had been in the care of the HSVC, he had gained over 350 lbs.

During Tommy’s stay, every attempt was made to find his owner to no avail. On April 2, Tommy was cleared for adoption by his veterinarian, Dr. Kevin Smith, DVM. After reading about Tommy’s plight in a local paper, Anne and her husband Mike Scoscia, current manager of the Los Angeles Angels, decided to put in an application to adopt Tommy. Anne made arrangements for Tommy to be boarded at Peck Farm in Moorpark where he will have plush accommodations and daily attention. “Everybody at the HSVC will miss Tommy,” said Humane Officer Winwood with the HSVC. “Stories like this remind us why we’re doing what we’re doing. After all the devastation of the fire, Tommy going home is a success,” continued Winwood. Anne expressed her admiration for Tommy while picking him up, “He’s the phoenix that came out of the Thomas Fire.”

Thank you to everyone who made this adoption possible. There are so many people that worked tirelessly to provide Tommy with quality care and compassion. While he will be greatly missed he will never be forgotten.


Tommy when he first arrived at the shelter on December 13, 2017. 



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  • Chantal Selleslags
    commented 2018-05-02 17:39:33 -0700
    I am shedding tears of joy because of what I’m reading here about Tommy. I would often say hello to him when passing the HSVC on my walks on the Ojai Valley Trail. Thank you so much to all of you who were involved in Tommy’s recovery and the good people who adopted him. ALL OF YOU ARE MY HEROES!!!!!
  • Steve Crossgrove
    commented 2018-05-02 09:00:24 -0700
    What a wonderful outcome to this story. Glad to see our donations have contributed to a swift recovery for this handsome equine. Best wishes for a long and active life in the care of his new Guardian Angel.
  • Nancy Shaw Shaw
    commented 2018-05-01 17:01:33 -0700
    Love this story! Thank you Humane Society of Ventura, the Vet and all the people who cared for and brought this wonderful horse back to life. Blessings to the good people who adopted him and the people who will now care for him. A round of Good Karma for all!