VALLEY CENTER–On August 23, 2014, County of San Diego Department of Animal Services seized 31 horses from a property in Valley Center. At the time of the rescue, the horses were several hundred pounds underweight and many were long overdue for hoof care. After weeks of care, the horses regained weight and recovered to the point that they were ready for new homes. All of the horses from this seizure were adopted into new homes or placed with non-profit equine welfare organizations. Unfortunately, several weeks ago, one of the horses was returned by her adopters due to lameness. After a series of diagnostic tests, it became clear that she was not an adoption candidate for a home where people would be riding her. “Horses of Tir Na Nog is honored to have been asked to provide Silver with a life-long home, she is a very sweet girl,” said Amy Pat Rigney, President of Horses of Tir Na Nog. “I cannot think of a better way to kick-off our month-long celebration of the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals national Help a Horse Day than to once again partner with Animal Services to save a life of a horse in need.” Horses of Tir Na Nogwill be celebrating the ASPCA national Help A Horse Day on April 26 and competing for a chance to win up to $10,000 in grant prizes to assist with their efforts to protect horses. To celebrate the day, Horses of Tir Na Nog will be hosting a Ranch Open House. “Our friends and supporters will have a chance to meet Silver and dozens of other Animal Services ‘alumni’ at our Help a Horse Day Ranch Open House on both April 25 and 26,” said Rigney. Horses of Tir Na Nog is the longest-operating equine sanctuary in San Diego County and is currently caring for over fifty equines. Horses of Tir Na Nog is an adoption partner with County of San Diego Department of Animal Services.