Marengo Sanctuary Gives Horses Second Chance


On a recent trip to the Circle P Sanctuary, the partly cloudy skies offered a metaphor for the facility.

The sunshine for the hope it offers, but the rain and clouds for the sadness it often confronts.

“This past weekend I got a call. I was going to go out on a humane call, and as it turned out, it was too late. The horse had to be euthanized,” said Lynee Petitti, Circle P Sanctuary President and Co-Founder.

Pettiti wants to make a difference in the lives of the animals that were betrayed by their humans.

“If I turned my back I just wouldn't live with myself,” she says.

Her heart would help all of them if she could, but her space and budget only allow 15 rescued animals at a time.

In June, she welcomed Wilson and Rain. She says they were starving, skin and bones.

It took measured feeds, sometimes in the middle of the night; along with plenty of TLC to nurse the two horses to health.

“It's just a need to say to the animal: I'm so sorry this happened to you,” said Pettiti, explaining what drives her.

“When you bring them back from almost death they still love and trust you ...People don't do that,” said Jennifer Johnston.

Johnston volunteers at Circle P.

She’s also helped the sanctuary fulfill another one of its missions. She adopted one of the horses saved from starvation, Bo.

“It puts tears to your eyes to see how far they come and what they do,” she explains.

It sometimes takes two or three years to rehabilitate the animals. They must hope that someone will then give them a home.

Until that happens, the horses stay at Circle P.

“When you call out in the field and they're like huh and they come running to see you,” said Pettiti. “The look in their eye - the life in their eye.”

It’s pure joy for Lynn who loves watching the horses in the field of dreams that the sanctuary has made a reality.

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