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Pet of the Week: Taco

Original post made on Jan 31, 2013

Recently, Danville organization Horses Healing Hearts has took in Taco, who was found in Tracy by a CHP with no food or water and very underweight. Taco has since required medication, extra feed and hours and hours of ongoing love from volunteers, who hope to place him in a loving home.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 31, 2013, 3:19 PM


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Posted by Melissa Austin
a resident of Danville
on Jan 31, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Dear Community,
It is with such extreme sadness I inform you that Taco AKA Zeus had to be put to sleep. Unfortunately his age 22 and due to starvation of more than 5 weeks caused his body to lose a fight with his overall condition and infections. I have to say that Taco AKA Zeus received more love the 2 weeks we had him than he probably ever did in his 22 years. He was a fighter and to follow the advise of our vet Dr. Hibner this was the most humane option for he was in pain although you never would have known unless you were taking his vitals. Zeus, you left with me that day a couple weeks ago and you left with me and Carissa to a place with green pastures all around. You enjoyed your last hours grazzing on fresh grass with Carissa walking you. We at Horses Healing Hearts mourn our first life lost to soon due inhumane treatment to horses that could have been avoided. Please donate to: or check us out on facebook. Please support your local horse rescue so that more options are available to people who feel their situation is hopeless.

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Posted by Carissa
a resident of Danville
on Jan 31, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Due to unfortunate Circumstances beyond our control and under the guidance of our vet Dr. Hibner Zeus needed to be put to sleep before the story was published. However Snowman 19 is currently being fostered and up for adoption along with several others Dixie, Norman, Zorro and Gomez a standardbred from the track.  Please contact Melissa at 415-260-2232

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Posted by the dogfather
a resident of Danville
on Feb 1, 2013 at 7:01 am

Dear HHH, Clarissa and Melissa:

First, please allow me to express the gratitude that I know many, many folks in the community feel for the heartful work you are doing on behalf of these magnificent creatures -- the need is great and never-ending. It's easy to look the other way or "not go there" because you are exposed to the tragic effects of human neglect and cruelty, and no one person can solve it all -- but you've faced it for all of us**, and you are making a difference, so thank you!

Second, there will be other Zeuses, where we just can't repair the damage done by others. But know this -- you may have given him the best and kindest weeks of his life, and that, in itself is a wonderful gift of yourselves. As you mourn him, please know that what you did for him mattered, and it was a huge win for him -- even the circumstances of his passing were an act of love and kindness, and much better for him than any likely alternative. In animal work, you just Have To focus on the "wins" -- and this situation, although briefer than anyone would've liked, was a big one. Hang in there!

Again, the website for further info and donations:

** there is also great joy in this work, that much more than counter-balances the pain -- it's a lot like opening yourself up to love: you know there may be heartache in the vulnerability, but the payoff in joy, pride and the satisfaction of having done something pure and good in the world can satisfy the soul like little else!