When the RSPCA reached out to the staff at Catley Cross Veterinary Clinic (CCVC) about a dying colt, they didn’t know if they could help out. The hospital was running over capacity with 6 abandoned horses already, and there wasn’t any space for another one. But when the staff heard the colt’s heart-wrenching story, they knew they had to save him.
Gizmo the 4-month-old colt was abandoned by his owner in a deserted field next to a caravan park. Days went by and no one noticed Gizmo freezing all alone. By the time he was discovered, hypothermia, dehydration and pneumonia had set in and a colony of blood sucking parasites had infested every corner of his feeble, emaciated body.
Gizmo’s survival seemed like a challenge, but the staff at CCVC wasn’t going to give up on him. They spent thousands of dollars on blood transfusions, antibiotics, and changed his bandages every few hours to heal his infected skin. After 2 weeks in intensive care, Gizmo turned out to be a real fighter as he found the strength to stand up!
Over the next few months, the staff put their heart and soul into helping Gizmo recover. He became their blue-eyed boy, while Gizmo enjoyed every second of their attention. They taught him how to walk and run, and helped him socialize with other horses. It was no surprise that they eventually ended up adopting him!
The best part of Gizmo’s rescue was when his humans entered him as a show horse in RSPCA’s Equifest championship. Gizmo proudly took home 2 prizes, along with the top honor as the RSPCA’s “Rescue Horse of the Year”! From beating death to being a victorious champion, Gizmo’s underdog tale has come full circle!
Click the video below to watch Gizmo’s first cute attempt at “hopping” during his recovery.