A Gatlinburg Story–A Girl And Her Horse.

veterinary care for burned therapy horse (Heaven the burned therapy horse)

This Is Heaven–And She Is A Therapy Horse.

For a five year old child, the world can be a very strange and frightening place. But for the little girl who owns this horse, it’s even tougher than average–she has Autism. Heaven is her link to a world that she doesn’t see very easily. Autism can manifest in a variety of ways, but thay all have one thing in common–even our “ordinary” world is passing strange, and often extremely frightening, for those who are autistic.

Heaven and her family live in Gatlinburg–a town that has been visited in the last several days with massive fire destruction, torrential rains, and tornadoes. While the world goes on for the rest of us, this girl and her family have lost all they have. And Heaven is facing a lot of veterinary care to be returned to good health.

While Heaven is safe and receiving veterinary care, her owners are having to cope with devastating losses, and one little girl is facing them without the therapy animal that is her anchor. She is facing a world without ANYTHING she recognizes, save her family. No Heaven, no beloved Disney movies. All of the children in Gatlinburg are facing the same conditions, but there aren’t many in her position.

Here Is The Update On Heaven:


UPDATE: I have just spoken to Brian in regards to Heaven. I can tell you that she is being cared for at Douglas Lake Riding stables and is under veterinary care. We will only be giving out limited information as several people who were NOT Heavens owners have tried to claim her. If you need verification as to her needs they can be reached at 865 556 3869. Heaven is under the care of Dr Ryan Snow DVM of the Sevier County Animal Clinic 865 453 1221..
This family has lost everything, their home was a total loss the thought that some would try to take their autistic childs certified therapy horse is just beyond my comprehension!
Friends this horse was evacuated by Brian Minton she is a certified therapy horse for a 5 year old autistic child.
They have requested help with her veterinary bills currently at $500.00 but expected to go higher. She was initially seen by a veterinarian at UT but is now under the care of another veterinarian. We are awaiting and update from her care givers as to which vet is currently caring for her. Please consider making a tax deductible donation towards her care.
If more is donated for her care than what is needed excess funds will be donated to help other pet owners with veterinary bills resulting from the fires.

veterinary care for burned therapy horse (Heaven the burned therapy horse)

How Can YOU Help?

HELP PAY FOR HEAVEN’S CARE  Heaven is going to need quite a lot of care to get through this, and be reunited with the little girl who needs her very much. And Heaven’s story is only one of thousands I have seen in the last three days, since this crisis began. For those who wish to see more of what is happening in Gatlinburg, and reach out to those who need us to help make their corner of America Great again, you can read my personal facebook timeline. I am, and will continue to be, collecting all of the stories and information surrounding this crisis on my timeline until things calm down. 

Feel free to share, report, reblog and make use of the information there as you wish. I’m getting nothing from this, and have no desire to–but if some item on my timeline helps someone, that is all that matters.


On Heaven the burned therapy pony-
Hello friends,
I have spoken to Alyssa today, Heavens owner. Heaven is doing well and in an effort to keep costs down will be leaving Douglas Lakeview Boarding Stables and instead will be boarded with the kind gentleman who evacuated her and saved her life. She will still be under the care of Dr Snow.. Heaven is expected to make a full recovery and Alyssa will be sending us updated photos tonight..
She was kind enough to share with us photos of happier times with Heaven and her daughter Izzy.
Alyssa and her family have lost everything, their home, their 3 beloved dogs….evacuating in such a hurry that she even left her purse behind without so much as a debit card to purchase gas.
I asked her what was needed and she did not even know where to begin… She is looking for a small place to rent in the Gatlinburg Sevierville area until they can rebuild. She needs a rental with at least a small yard for Heaven….. so if any of you are aware of a place for rent where a small horse can be kept please let us know ( you an email us at savingfurryfriends@yahoo.com)
I also know all of Heavens supplies brushes, saddles, halters where also lost.
She also informed me that her daughter Izzy loves Disney movies and had quite an extensive collection until the fire claimed those as well. I have asked her to make a list of what is needed most for her and her children. She will be figuring out what is needed most and let us know. She also gave us the address of a friend where packages can be sent in care of. If any of our friends are interested in sending much needed items please emailsavingfurryfriends@yahoo.com and we will share her temporary mailing address with you.
I will update the chip in with this information as well as photos taken of Heaven today. Thank you all for your support.


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