Molly: 11. Hurricanes: 0.
Since Molly the Pony was foaled 19 years ago, 11 hurricanes and named tropical storms have darkened the skies over her home state of Louisiana. Andrew, Opal, Josephine, Danny, Frances, Georges, Lili, Katrina, Rita, Humberto, and Gustav have all sent people and ponies scurrying for high ground. Katrina in 2005 almost was the end of the little Pony of the Americas mare; she was abandoned in a barn that later collapsed and Molly was only accidentally found by rescuers.
Molly's post-Katrina road to recovery turned bloody when she was attacked by a pit bull at a rescue farm. Her leg could not be saved, and things looked grim but Molly's friends convinced Louisiana State University's College of Veterinary Medicine to perform an experimental amputation surgery. With the help of an artificial leg, Molly has not slowed down since! She is now America's most celebrated therapy pony, and spends time each week visiting hospitals, schools, and nursing homes and inspiring all who come near.
So it was a relief to hear today that Molly survived yet another hurricane, Monday's Gustav. Even so, the "Kids and Ponies" Foundation Farm outside New Orleans was damaged. Roofs are leaking, one barn is flooded and there's lots of clean-up work to do, says Kaye Harris, Molly's benefactor and director of the foundation.
Molly is the subject of a best-selling book, Molly the Pony by Pam Kaster, published in April. The first edition sold out in a month, and a second printing is now on sale. Click here to learn more about Molly and to order her book.
Click here for a link to a PayPal donation page where you can make a donation of any amount to help rebuild the farm for Molly and the 19 elderly, retired or otherwise unwanted ponies who have found a sanctuary there.
Survivors like Molly deserve the best.
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